The Vajra: An Ancient Weapon of War

The vajra is the most important ritual implement of Vajrayana Buddhism.  In Sanskrit, the word vajra is defined as something hard or mighty, as in a diamond.  It symbolizes an impenetrable, immovable and indestructible state of knowledge and enlightenment.  Our knowledge of the vajra goes back to deep antiquity.  Texts indicate that the vajra was not always a symbol of peace and tranquility but something very different.  It first appears…

Ancient ‘Nukes’? Powerful Ancient weapons described in thousand-year-old texts

Ancient texts describe powerful weapons that the gods used on Earth thousands—even perhaps tens of thousands—of years ago. “…An incandescent column of smoke and flame, as bright as ten thousand suns, rose in all its splendor. It was an unknown weapon and iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes the entire race…” When we take a look at history and read through the countless ancient texts left behind by different…

The Mysterious Secret Society of Ancient India and The Nine Unknown Men of Ashoka

There is a pervasive legend in India of a secret organization that allegedly has a vast amount of advanced knowledge in their possession. Believed to have been formed over 2000 years ago, the Nine Unknown Men is widely suspected of manipulating political and societal trends in order to further the personal goals of the Nine. But is such a secret organization a reality or is it merely the stuff of…

Krishna Butter Ball: 250 Ton Boulder that Defies the Laws of Physics

The Krishna Butter Ball is a large boulder located in Mahabalipuram, a town in the Kancheepuram district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This giant boulder is one of the town’s tourist attractions, as it seems to defy the laws of physics. This rock seems to be balancing off a small surface area on the slope of a hill. It has neither slid down this hill, nor budged…

The Secret Substance Soma: Bringing Human Beings Closer to the Gods

Soma is both the name of a god and a substance that is found in Hindu mythology. As a deity, Soma is one of the most important gods in the Rigveda. Soma is also considered to be a primeval being, even by the standards of the Hindu gods. As for the substance, soma is said to be a drink that was originally consumed by the Hindu gods, though it was…

Dwarka: The Home of Krishna is a Gateway to Heaven and an Underwater City

The modern city of Dwarka (meaning ‘Gateway to Heaven’ in Sanskrit) is located in the north-western Indian state of Gujarat. This city is regarded as one of the most prominent Chardham (the four sacred pilgrimage sites of Hinduism), and one of the seven most ancient religious sites in the country (the other six being Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Banaras, Kanchi and Ujjain.) Dwarka and the Sacred City Dvārakā The reputation of…

Beautiful, utilitarian stepwells of India are in danger of becoming extinct

Imagine a country so dry that you have to build a 10-level stepped structure going down into the earth to get water. Such is India, where thousands of ingenious stepwells were built from the 2nd century AD through the 19th century, many financed by philanthropists, to whom the parched population were entirely grateful. This was before sophisticated technology allowed people to pump water from deep in the earth. Many stepwells…

Pilot Claims India Invented Airplane 7,000 Years Ago

Forget the Wright Brothers and the Apollo program. A paper presented this week at the Indian Science Conference by retired pilot Captain Anand Bodas claims that India invented airplanes 7,000 years ago and they could not only fly but stop in mid-air, move in any direction and travel to other planets. Bodas, a retired pilot, trainer and one of the two authors of the paper “Ancient Indian Aviation Technology,” attributes…