constructed according to Vymaanika Shaastra, may enable men to reach God, and enjoy thebenefits of His Divine abode.The previous Aachaaryaas Bharadwaaja refers to are named by Vishwanaatha as,--Naaraayana,Shownaka, Garga, Vaachaspathi, Chaakraayani and Dhundinaatha, venerable authors of "Vimaana-Chandrikaa", "Vyomayaana-Tantra," "Yantra-Kalpa", "Yaana-Bindu," "Kheta-yaanaPradeepikaa," and "Vyomayaana-Arkaprakaasha," respectively.Bharadwaaja thus defines the word Vimaana:Vega-Saamyaat Vimaano Andajaanaam. Sootra 1.
"Owing to similarity of speed with birds, it is named Vimaana."Bodhaananda Vritti:The word "andaja" means "egg-born", and includes eagles and other birds which fly by their ownvolition. The Vimaana is a vehicle which flies in the sky with speed comparable with birds.Lallachaarya says, "That which can fly in the sky with speed equal to that of birds, is calledVimaana."Aachaarya Naaraayana says,"That which can speed on earth, on water, through air, by its own power, like a bird, is a"Vimaana."Shankha says, "Experts in the science of aeronautics say, "That which can fly through air fromone place to another is a Vimaana"And Vishwambhara says, "Experts say that that which can fly through air from one country toanother country, from one island to another island, and from one world to another world, is a"Vimaana"."Having thus defined the name of the Vimaana, the sage proceeds to describe its details.Rahasyagnyodhikaaree. Sootra 2.
"The pilot is one who knows the secrets."Bodhaananda: Scientists say that there are 32 secrets of the working of the Vimaana. A pilotshould acquaint himself thoroughly with them beforep. 3he can be deemed competent to handle the aeroplane. He must know the structure of theaeroplane, know the means of its take off and ascent to the sky, know how to drive it and how tohalt it when necessary, how to manoeuvre it and make it perform spectacular feats in the skywithout crashing. Those secrets are given in "Rahasya-Lahari" and other works, by Lalla andother masters, and are described thus:"The pilot should have had training in maantrica and taantrica, kritaka and antaraalaka, goodha or hidden, drishya and adrishya or seen and unseen, paroksha and aparoksha, contraction andexpansion, changing shape, look frightening, look pleasing, become luminous or enveloped indarkness, deluge or pralaya, vimukha, taara, stun by thunderous din, jump, move zig-zag likeserpent, chaapala, face all sides, hear distant sounds, take pictures, know enemy manoeuvres,