The glory of ancient Hindu astronomers

Earth’s Rotation, Globular Shape and Gravity

When we talk of the earth going around the sun as it has always done, its globular shape, the different seasons, different lengths of day and night, mind goes back to Galileo and Copernicus, scared to death, holding the truth back lest the fury of the church falls upon them for letting the world know the reality of nature. When one thinks of gravity one thinks of Newton sitting under an apple tree watching an apple fall to the ground and Newton proclaiming “Lo! there is gravity.”

If I were to say Hindu philosophers talked and wrote about gravity and the globular shape of the earth centuries before Newton and Galileo and Copernicus, and quoted Hindu sources, I would not only be dismissed as a “fanatical Hindu communalist” by our ‘all-knowing-secular intellectuals’ but also incur their wrath.  And who wants that?

In order to state the truth and make it acceptable to our ‘all-knowing-secular intellectuals’ let me seek the help of a Muslim scholar from Central Asia. Who around 1030 AD wrote a very comprehensive book “Indica” about India — its literature, its philosophy, its religion, its culture, its languages, its history, its geography, its customs, its sciences including astronomy.  I am talking about Abu-Raihan Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Alberuni — a scholar and a devout genuine Muslim by all standards.

Before I go into what Alberuni wrote let us take some time to find out more about this man — Alberuni.

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2 responses to “The glory of ancient Hindu astronomers

  1. Bharat

    A good article exposing Western Eurocentrism.
    “When one thinks of gravity one thinks of Newton sitting under an apple tree watching an apple fall to the ground and Newton proclaiming “Lo! there is gravity.”

    How many of us know that “Euclid” is a fake???

    Read more about this from Prof. C.K.Raju’s website
    http://ckraju.net/blog/?p=16 ;
    http://ckraju.net/

  2. karan

    Kanada (2nd century BCE-6th Century BCE) born in Prabhas Kshetra (near Dwaraka) in Gujarat, India, was a Hindu sage and philosopher who founded the philosophical school of Vaisheshika and authored the text Vaisheshika Sutra.
    He theorized that Gurutva(Hindi/Sanskrit for Gravity) was responsible for the falling of objects on the Earth and originated the idea that paramanu (atom) was an indestructible particle of matter.
    Vaiseshikas further held that atoms of same substance combined with each other to produce dvyanuka (biatomic molecules) and tryanuka (triatomic molecules). Kanada also put forward the idea that atoms could be combined in various ways to produce chemical changes in presence of other factors such as heat.
    A.L. Basham, the veteran Australian Indologist “they were brilliant imaginative explanations of the physical structure of the world, and in a large measure, agreed with the discoveries of modern physics.”

    According to author Dilip M. Salwi, “if Kanada’s sutras are analysed, one would find that his atomic theory was far more advanced than those forwarded later by the Greek philosophers, Leucippus and Democritus.”

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