"In the Mahabharata (writings), there is notion of divine lighting and ray weapons,even a kind of hypnotic weapon. And in the Ramayana (writings), there is adescription of Vimanas, or flying machines, that navigated at great heights with theaid of quicksilver and a great propulsive wind. "These were space vehicles similar tothe so-called flying saucers reported throughout the world today.
even describes a beautiful chariot which 'arrived shining, awonderful divine car that sped through the air'. In another passage, there is mentionof a chariot being seen 'sailing overhead like a moon.' "The references in theMahabharata are no less astounding: `At Rama`s behest, the magnificent chariot rose up to a mountain of cloud with atremendous din.` Another passage reads: `Bhima flew with his Vimana on anenormous ray which was as brilliant as the sun and made a noise like the thunder of a storm." In the ancient Vymanka-Shastra (science of aeronautics), there is adescription of a Vimana: "An apparatus which can go by its own force, from oneplace to place or globe to globe." Dr. Raghavan points out, "The text`s revelationsbecome even more astounding. Thirty-one parts-of which the machine consists-aredescribed, including a photographing mirror underneath.The text also enumerates 16 kinds of metal that are needed toconstruct the flying vehicle: `Metals suitable, lighare 16 kinds.`But only three of them are known to us today. The rest remainuntranslatable." Another authority who agrees with Dr.Raghavan`s interpretations is Dr. A.V. Krishna Murty, professor of aeronautics at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. "It istrue," Dr. Krishna Murty says, "that the ancient Indian Vedas andother text refer to aeronautics, spaceships, flying machines,ancient astronauts. "A study of the Sanskrit texts has convincedme that ancient India did know the secret of building flyingmachines-and that those machines were patterned afterspaceships coming from other planets."The Vedic traditions of India tell us that we are now in the Fourth Age of mankind.The Vedas call them the "The Golden Age", "The Silver Age", and "The Bronze Age"and we are now, according to their scriptures in the "The Iron Age". As we approachthe end of the 20th century both Native Americans, Mayans, and Incans, propheciesclaim that we are coming to the end of an age. Sanskrit texts are filled withreferences to Gods who fought battles in the sky using Vimanas equipped withweapons as deadly as any we can deploy in these more enlightened times.