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Many researchers into the UFO enigma tend to overlook a very important fact. While it assumed that most flying saucers are of alien, or perhaps Governmental Military origin, another possible origin of UFOs is ancient India and Atlantis. What we know about ancient Indian flying vehicles comes from ancient Indian sources; written texts that have come down to us through the centuries. There is no doubt that most of these texts are authentic; many are the well known ancient Indian Epics themselves, and there are literally hundreds of them. Most of them have not even been translated into English yet from the old sanskrit. The Indian Emperor Ashoka started a "Secret Society of the Nine Unknown Men": great Indian scientists who were supposed to catalogue the many sciences. Ashoka kept their work secret because he was afraid that the advanced science catalogued by these men, culled from ancient Indian sources, would be used for the evil purpose of war, which Ashoka was strongly against, having been converted to Buddhism after defeating a rival army in a bloody battle. The "Nine Unknown Men" wrote a total of nine books, presumably one each. Book number was "The Secrets of Gravitation!" This book, known to historians, but not actually seen by them dealt chiefly with "gravity control." It is presumably still around somewhere, kept in a secret library in India, Tibet or elsewhere (perhaps even in North America somewhere). One can certainly undertand Ashoka's reasoning for wanting to keep such knowledge a secret, assuming it exists, if the Nazis had such weapons at their disposal during World War II. Ashoka was also aware devastating wars using such advanced vehicles and other 'futuristic weapons' that had destroyed the ancient Indian "Rama Empire" several thousand years before. Only a few years ago, the Chinese discovered some sanskrit documents in Lhasa, Tibet and sent them to the University of Chandrigarh to be translated. Dr. Ruth Reyna of the University said recently that the documents contain directions for building interstellar spaceships! Flying Machines Their method of propulsion, she said, was "anti-gravitational" and was based upon a system analogous to that of "laghima," the unknown power of the ego existing in man's physiological makeup, "a centrifugal force strong enough to counteract all gravitational pull." According to Hindu Yogis, it is this "laghima" which enables a person to levitate. Dr. Reyna said that on board these machines, which were called "Astras" by the text, the ancient Indians could have sent a detachment of men onto any planet, according to the document, which is thought to be thousands of years old. The manuscripts were also said to reveal the secret of "antima"; "the cap of invisibility" and "garima"; "how to become as heavy as a mountain of lead." Naturally, Indian scientists did not take the texts very seriously, but then became more positive
about the value of them when the Chinese announced that they were including certain parts of the data for study in their space program! This was one of the first instances of a government admitting to be researching anti-gravity. The manuscripts did not say definitely that interplanetary travel was ever made but did mention, of all things, a planned trip to the Moon, though it is not clear whether this trip was actually carried out. However, one of the great Indian epics, the Ramayana, does have a highly detailed story in it of a trip to the moon in a Vimana (or "Astra"), and in fact details a battle on the moon with an "Asvin" (or Atlantean" airship. This is but a small bit of recent evidence of anti-gravity and aerospace technology used by Indians. To really understand the technology, we must go much further back in time. The so-called "Rama Empire" of Northern India and Pakistan developed at least fifteen thousand years ago on the Indian sub-continent and was a nation of many large, sophisticated cities, many of which are still to be found in the deserts of Pakistan, northern, and western India. Rama existed, apparently, parallel to the Atlantean civilization in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, and was ruled by "enlightened Priest-Kings" who governed the cities, The seven greatest capital cities of Rama were known in classical Hindu texts as "The Seven Rishi Cities." According to ancient Indian texts, the people had flying machines which were called "Vimanas." The ancient Indian epic describes a Vimana as a double-deck, circular aircraft with portholes and a dome, much as we would imagine a flying saucer. It flew with the "speed of the wind" and gave forth a "melodious sound." There were at least four different types of Vimanas; some saucer shaped, others like long cylinders ("cigar shaped airships"). The ancient Indian texts on Vimanas are so numerous, it would take volumes to relate what they had to say. The ancient Indians, who manufactured these ships themselves, wrote entire flight manuals on the control of the various types of Vimanas, many of which are still in existence, and some have even been translated into English. The Samara Sutradhara is a scientific treatise dealing with every possible angle of air travel in a Vimana. There are 230 stanzas dealing with the construction, take-off, cruising for thousand of miles, normal and forced landings, and even possible collisions with birds. In 1875, the Vaimanika Sastra, a fourth century B.C. text written by Bharadvajy the Wise, using even older texts as his source, was rediscovered in a temple in India. It dealt with the operation of Vimanas and included information on the steering, precautions for long flights, protection of the airships from storms and lightening and how to switch the drive to "solar energy" from a free energy source which sounds like "anti-gravity." The Vaimanika Sastra (or Vymaanika-Shaastra) has eight chapters with diagrams, describing three types of aircraft, including apparatuses that could neither catch on fire nor break. It also mentions 31 essential parts of these vehicles and 16 materials from which they are
constructed, which absorb light and heat; for which reason they were considered suitable for the construction of Vimanas. This document has been translated into English and is available by writing the publisher: VYMAANIDASHAASTRA AERONAUTICS by Maharishi Bharadwaaja, translated into English and edited, printed and published by Mr. G. R. Josyer, Mysore, India, 1979 (sorry, no street address). Mr. Josyer is the director of the International Academy of Sanskrit Investigation located in Mysore. There seems to be no doubt that Vimanas were powered by some sort of "anti-gravity." Vimanas took off vertically, and were capable of hovering in the sky, like a modern helicopter or dirigible. Bharadvajy the Wise refers to no less than 70 authorities and 10 experts of air travel in antiquity. These sources are now lost. Vimanas were kept in a Vimana Griha, a kind of hanger, and were sometimes said to be propelled by a yellowish-white liquid, and sometimes by some sort of mercury compound, though writers seem confused in this matter. It is most likely that the later writers on Vimanas, wrote as observers and from earlier texts, and were understandably confused on the princible of their propulsion. The "yellowishwhite liquid" sounds suspiciously like gasoline, and perhaps Vimanas had a number of different propulsion sources, including combustion engines and even "pulse-jet" engines. It is interesting to note, that the Nazis developed the first practical pulse-jet engines for their V8 rocket "buzz bombs." Hitler and the Nazi staff were exceptionally interested in ancient India and Tibet and sent expeditions to both these places yearly, starting in the 30's, in order to gather esoteric evidence that they did so, and perhaps it was from these people that the Nazis gained some of their scientific information! According to the Dronaparva, part of the Mahabarata, and the Ramayana, one Vimana described was shaped like a sphere and born along at great speed on a mighty wind generated by mercury. It moved like a UFO, going up, down, backwards and forewards as the pilot desired. In another Indian source, the Samar, Vimanas were "iron machines, well-knit and smooth, with a charge of mercury that shot out of the back in the form of a roaring flame." Another work called the Samaranganasutradhara describes how the vehicles were constructed. It is possible that mercury did have something to do with the propulsion, or more possibly, with the guidance system. Curiously, Soviet scientists have discovered what they call "age-old instruments used in navigating cosmic vehicles" in caves in Turkestan and the Gobi Desert. The "devices" are hemispherical objects of glass or porcelain, ending in a cone with a drop of mercury inside. It is evident that ancient Indians flew around in these vehicles, all over Asia, to Atlantis presumably; and even, apparently, to South America. Writing found at Mohenjodaro in Pakistan (presumed to be one of the "Seven Rishi Cities of the Rama Empire") and still undeciphered, has also been found in one other place in the
. Other vehicles. Similar.. to literally try and subjugate the world. Passengers please proceed to gate number.. known as "Asvins" in the Indian writings. a similar type of aircraft. called Rongo-Rongo writing. The flying chariot shone like a flame in the night sky of summer .. were saucer shaped. thought to be the oldest of all the Indian texts. no small distance. 'Vailixi'. a Jain text of the eighth century culled from older texts and traditions. Atlanteans used their flying machines.. Vailixi were generally "cigar shaped" and had the capability of manuvering underwater as well as in the atmosphere or even outer space.. and speaks of the "fiery chariot" thusly: "Bhima flew along in his car. author of "The Ultimate Frontier. and is uncannily similar to the Mohenjodaro script. Vimanas." The Ramayana. some information has come down through esoteric. dark as night.world: Easter Island! Writing on Easter Island. Was Easter Island an air base for the Rama Empire's Vimana route? (At the Mohenjo-Daro Vimana-drome. Then the chariot rose up and all the heaven brightened. is also undeciphered. ancient Hindu poems. Vimana Wars Unfortunately. conveys many people to the capital of Ayodhya. The Atlanteans. and certainly of a more war-like temperment. melodic sound of the announcer over the loudspeaker.000 horse power." In the Mahavira of Bhavabhuti. the Pushpaka. Nazca. and the most common ones are "saucershaped of generally trapezoidal cross-section with three hemispherical engine pods on the underside. the "elephantvimana" with more engines. Mahabarata and other texts speak of the hideous war that took place. if Indian texts are to be believed. "Rama Airways flight number seven for Bali. Although no ancient texts on Atlantean Vailixi are known to exist. it would seem. some . and Atlantis is now ready for boarding.. Easter Island. According to Eklal Kueshana. ibis and other animals." in an article he wrote in 1966. but picked out by lights with a yellowish glare-" The Vedas. were apparently even more advanced technologically than the Indians. Vailixi were first developed in Atlantis 20. like Vimanas. were ultimately used for war.000 years ago. and other types named after the kingfisher. "occult" sources which describe their flying machines.") in Tibet. like most scientific discoveries. if not identical to Vimanas. we read: "An aerial chariot. it swept by like a comet. It was as if two suns were shining. resplendent as the sun and loud as thunder. as the passenger walks down the concourse. he hears the sweet. The sky is full of stupendous flying-machines. and could apparently also be submerged. describe Vimanas of various shapes and sizes: the "ahnihotra-vimana" with two engines." "They use a mechanical antigravity device driven by engines developing approximately 80.
The ancient Mahabharata. A gigantic messenger of death.. An iron thunderbolt." It would seem that the Mahabharata is describing an atomic war! References like this one are not isolated... . the corpses were so burned As to be unrecognizable. . . some of them holding hands.. on a par with those found at . . And the birds turned white. Pottery broke without apparent cause. After a few hours All foodstuffs were infected.. One even describes a Vimana-Vailix battle on the Moon! The above section very accurately describes what an atomic explosion would look like and the effects of the radioactivity on the population. Jumping into water is the only respite. The hair and nails fell out. they found skeletons just lying in the streets... to escape from this fire The soldiers threw themselves in streams To wash themselves and their equipment. as if some great doom had suddenly overtaken them.(the weapon was) a single projectile charged with all the power of the Universe. Nuclear Weapons When the Rishi City of Mohenjodaro was excavated by archeologists in the last century.. using a fantastic array of weapons and aerial vehicles are common in all the epic Indian books. . These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found..ten or twelve thousand years ago between Atlantis and Rama using weapons of destruction that could not be imagined by readers until the second half of this century.. An incandescent column of smoke and flame As bright as the thousand suns rose in all its splendor.. Which reduced to ashes The entire race of the Vrishnis And the Andhakas. one of the sources on Vimanas.. goes on to tell the awesome destructiveness of the war: ". but battles.
many UFO sightings are "swamp. Undoubtedly. while there is considerable evidence that many UFO sightings. Perhaps it is here that many of the airships are still kept. Mahavira. were probably members of such a secret organization. Zoroaster. Akhenaton. Quetzalcoatl. it would seem that not all the Vimanas and Vailixi of Rama and Atlantis were gone. especially "kidnappings" and the like. at Mohenjo-Daro.. Krishna." These globs of glass were discovered to be clay pots that had melted under intense heat! With the cataclysmic sinking of Atlantis and the wiping out of Rama with atomic weapons. That secret societies or "Brotherhoods" of exceptional. and more recent inventors and of course many other people who will probably remain anonomous. not all UFO activity can be accounted for by old Vimanas making trips to the Moon for some reason. Ireland. British and Soviets have built around the world in the past few decades. can be found in India. These "flying saucers" did not use any atomic bombs or beam weapons on Alexander's army however. history. Ancient cities whose brick and stone walls have literaly been vitrified. Lao Tzu. Turkey and other places. and hallucinations. his historians chronicled that at one point they were attacked by "flying. and the Lop Nor Desert in western China is known to be the center of a great UFO mystery. Yet. . does not seem surprising. with a plumbing system superior to those used in Pakistan and India today. many of them would still be in use. and modern history picks up a few thousand years later. clouds. the world collapsed into a "stone age" of sorts. and possibly even from other planets. Still. It is interesting to note that when Alexander the Great invaded India more than two thousand years ago. and Alexander went on to conquer India. fiery shields" that dove at his army and frightened the cavalry. gas. Of course. in underground bases much as the Americans. There is no logical explanation for the vitrification of stone forts and cities. Many well known historical personages including Jesus. Futhermore. Confucious.Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Built to last for thousands of years. etc. Scotland. a well planned city laid on a grid. France. "enlightened" human beings would have preserved these inventions and the knowledge of science. the streets were littered with "black lumps of glass. except from an atomic blast. some are from the Military Governments of the world. Moses. hoaxes. perhaps out of benevolence. Buddah. It has been suggested by many writers that these "Brotherhoods" keep some of their Vimanas and Vailixi in secret caverns in Tibet or some other place is Central Asia. as evidenced by Ashoka's "Nine Unknown Men" and the Lhasa manuscript. that is-fused together.
India's Flying Machines . More interesting reading about "Ancient Aircrafts": Ancient Egyptian Flying Vehicles Vimanas ." "sex with aliens. According to many well informed people. this is a sure sign of telepathic hypnosis." One common thread that often runs between "Alien kidnappings." and other "close encounters of a third kind" is a buzzing in the ears just before the encounter.are the result of what is generally called "telepathic hypnosis.
about 300 miles south of Cairo.5 miles from the river...06..html (1 of 8)2006. These Abydos hieroglyphs were found on the walls in the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. because his diagram does really propose an explanation of the presence of this "helicopter-like" craft on http://www.com/aas_abydos. It can be clearly seen while looking at this image analyzed by Lumir G.. lies in the eight nome of Upper Egypt.UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos Home Back to: Ancient Mysteries Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos by Angus Sutherland for UFO Area ".ufoarea..Abydos. Janku. there is much more in Abydos ." Abydos However. Click to enlarge . It spreads over 5 square miles and contains archaeological remains from all periods of ancient Egyptian history. on the western side of the Nile and about 9. Egypt.06 17:23:52 .. or Abjdu.this is a very large image Credits: Photo taken by Sheri Nakken in 2000 and here is her website with photos from tours around the world Many of these hieroglyphs resemble modern day flying machines such as a helicopter. One of them submarine.
from our point of view). on some deeper level. Sumerian and Indian literature is quite stunning with its descriptions of many devices. below that may be a UFO or a disc shaped type of airplane. the apparent linearity of the flow of time is an illusion.html (2 of 8)2006. http://www. According to these sources. with a meaning we are only able to discern in an archetypal or other sense. especially in the Indian epics. Plaster mixed with a pigment to match the stone color was an ideal material for modifications. But is it true in this case? Do we see either evidence of some highly technologically advanced culture (relatively speaking..ufoarea. in the upper right it may be a boat or a submarine. Lumir G. or is some sort of time anomaly grinning at us from the Egyptian glyph? There may be quite a mundane explanation at hand. as in the myths of Australian or New Guinean aborigines. or in much earlier Hittite literature. Maybe the Abydos inscription is. The article written by Mr.06 17:23:52 . continuing further below might be a track of a bigfoot (or even a Roswell type of alien--four fingers!) and at the bottom the whole glyph seems to end with a jet airplane. American Natives. Traces of awareness of similar devices are apparent in Greek mythology. Or.simply wherever you look.. you name it. But I would rather leave the philosophical aspects of the inscription alone for now and try to make sense of it by conventional means. It may as well be.com/aas_abydos. its writing system and the well known tendency to "correct" (alter) previous inscriptions whenever a monarch desired to do so. athough it involves a little bit of knowledge about the Egyptian culture. but also in the modern remnants of ancient mythologies. a type of message hinting at the uncertainity of our perception of time. Janku as follows: The Abydos Mystery Photography © 1992 Bruce Rawles Is this for real? Yes the picture is authentic. It is just a chain of coincidences that the Abydos samples carry an uncanny resemblance to modern transportation devices.06. going sometimes into great detail. No post-production manipulations (with an exception of the line added by the author) or tweaking by graphic manipulation software. in the remote past there have been people flying in all sorts of devices. myths of European nations. as some suggest. going under the water in submersibles. The question is: "What do you see?" Some people have suggested that in the upper left is a shape reminiscent of a helicopter or cessna type of airplane. though Jungian thinkers may claim that there is no such a thing as that much sheer coincidence. It is my personal opinion that the textbook type of history is not exactly in sync with numerous finds and hints in the ancient literature and core of myths. Yakuts -.UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos the ancient wall in the temple.
it is difficult to propose a hypothesis for why the original inscription was changed. apparently twice.. thus the deciphering of the king's name is not guaranteed. The first symbol in the cartouche was in use since IX dynasty by all kings. The picture I was supplied (courtesy Amargi) for use in deciphering the name in the cartouche was a low-resolution image. The seemingly modern pictographs are a coincidental combination of quite common symbols.06 17:23:52 . The temple in Abydos (or Abdjou. What I did was to identify the glyphs. a part of the stone on which the glyph was made developed a crack and a small piece of it fell off.html (3 of 8)2006. The two letters are a part of a standard determinative. but I was unable to find a close match. additional glyphs are discernable—the determinative for Lower and Upper Egypt and another determinative followed by a royal cartouche. Ramses II. Unfortunately. especially as far as the quality of glyphs is concerned. These two letters mean "king". an author of a web introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphs).UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos The first thing which attracts attention of someone who has studied Egyptian literature.06. but it seems to belong to Senworsets. The symbol is vaguely familiar. On a snapshot taken by Sheri Nakken (although it is not a very clear image). as the location was called by Egyptians). There is one aspect of the inscription which is puzzling. is quite a remarkable edifice. They are all very precise and as far as I can judge.The part of the glyph on the right side of the original image is unclear. trying to match the components of the overlayed glyphs with standard hieroglyphs.ufoarea. http://www. at least to a degree which enables one to decipher single hieroglyphs and the meaning of some combinations. possibly I have seen it used on some other inscriptions in the Abydos complex. as seen in the image on the left.com/aas_abydos. there are only a few which are obscured by corrections to such a degree that the identification is not possible without a knowledge of the semantic sense of the inscription. there's no trace of sloppy workmanship anywhere in the temple. are the two leftmost symbols. But without the translation of the inscription. The temple was build by Seti I and finished by his son. the deciphering of the meaning of the glyphs is not possible without help from an egyptologist (see a reply from Serge Rosmorduc. bare the above inscription. and means Ra (the Sun-god). Not being trained in the "Khemt" language. We can conclude that the inscription is not a record of ancient knowledge of machines similar to our modern transportation devices. during an era of classical revival. I tried to compare it with about 4. Most of the characters are decipherable easily. possibly describing the loftiness of the king. From these glyphs it is fairly obvious that the whole series of glyph is one of the standard laudatory epithets.800 hieroglyphs in my library. The obvious corrections on the inscription in question are thus seemingly out of place.
It was decided in antiquity to replace the five-fold royal titulary of Seti I with that of his son and successor.. a special exhibit was set up in the center hall of the Cairo museum. etc.. it was thrown into a box marked "wooden bird model" and then stored in the basement of the Cairo museum. There is no mystery here.06 17:23:52 . As a result of their findings.html (4 of 8)2006. so we're all pretty familiar with it.. This issue comes up from time to time on such academic e-mail lists as the Ancient Near East (ANE) List and so on.ufoarea. and which is defined as ". but it'sjust a coincidence. who studied models made by ancients. What is happening in the photographs is quite clear. just consult Juergen von Beckerath. Ramesses II. pages 235 and 237. with the little model as its centerpiece. Janku Photography courtesy of Bruce Rawles Scientific community has other explanations for hieroglyphs. at least. with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible" AHED). "Museum of Fine Arts".Airplanes" This object (shown in sketch) was found in 1898 in a tomb at Saqquara. that has been written on more than once. we have to look at numerous enigmatic objects and inscriptions. typically of papyrus or parchment.. The "discovery" was considered so important by the Egyptian government that a special committee of leading scientists was established to study the object.. may provide future insight into the past. ufocom. stating that it is either a hoax or just merely a coincidence that these hieroglyphs are resembling a helicopter and other craft.. A manuscript.. Boston and here is another one. and a new outlook. It was even labeled as a model airplane. Text and Illustrations ©1996 Lumir G." a Two-Ladies name of Ramesses II. here.org ":. Egypt and was later dated as having been created near 200 BCE.as mere "religious symbolism. These are usually interpreted by archeologists in the same way they explain away practically anything which does not fit into preconceived notions about the knowledge base of ancient cultures -.. Katherine Griffis-Greenberg" Member. Regards.. http://www.. There is a simple explanation to what you are seeing. we clearly see "Who repulses the Nine Bows. From ufocom. as we see it in Egyptology. certain of the superimposed signs do indeed look like a submarine. As airplanes were unknown in the days when it was found.also from the same website.. With some of the plaster that once covered Seti I's titulary now fallen away. replaced by "Who protects Egypt and overthrows the foreign countries. Janku entitled: "The Modern Past .UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos Are there other artifacts or records that would suggest the opposite? To answer that question." which figures in some of the Two-Ladies names of Seti I.com/aas_abydos. It was rediscovered by Dr.06.org "What you are looking at is nonsense.. Handbuch der aegyptischen Koenigsnamen. Khalil Messiha. I am afraid that you have been subjected to the famous "Abydos helicopter" mania. hieroglyphs that have been digitally altered by someone. Muenchner aegyptologische Studien 20." A new look. American Research Center in Egypt International Association of Egyptologists University of Alabama at Birmingham Special Studies ----And here is another article of Lumir G. In the photos. it's just a _palimpsest_ (though without the use of that term." (Peter Manuelian.
rendered usually with a great accuracy and attention to realistic detail.html (5 of 8)2006. we can safely say that these gold objects are more than 1000 years old. requiring quite extensive knowledge of aerodynamics. let's consider some aspects of the model. a curious facet of the comparison would be obvious: the other objects are recognizable. almost unprecedented in the field of archeology. estimated to belong to a period between 500 and 800 CE. living in the midst of the rather unimaginative and rigid paradigm of contemporary science. As seen from the pictures. but since they are made from gold. However. The tipping of wings downward.000 years ago. http://www. It is also necessary to point out that Egyptians are known to have nearly always made scale-models of projects and objects which they planned to create or build. Gold trinkets were found in an area covering Central America and coastal areas of South America. In that context.UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos To elucidate the reasons for the decision of the committee. a reversedihedral wing as it is called.06. This ability is dependent on the curious shape of wings and their proportions. for any reason. giving the plane a maximum lift without detracting from its speed.com/aas_abydos. The archeologists labeled these objects as zoomorphic. more than 2. Is the concept of an airplane limited to Egypt? That doesn't seem to be the case. meaning. A similar type of curving wings are implemented on the Concorde airplane. the shape of the sample object is rather ambiguous.06 17:23:52 . what animal do they represent? When we compare these with other objects from the same cultures depicting animals.. The model has the exact proportions of a very advanced form of "pusher-glider" that is still having "some bugs ironed out". as low as 45 to 65 mph. But this case seems to be an exception. This type of glider will stay in the air almost by itself—even a very small engine will keep it going at low speeds. accurate dating is impossible and based essentially on stratigraphy which may be deceptive.ufoarea. devised a model of a flying device with such advanced features. we are told by archeologists and historians. animal shaped objects. it seems rather incredible that someone. while it can carry an enormous payload. is the feature behind this capability. There were no such things as airplanes in these times. The question is.
Seen from above. If the zoomorphic explanation is supposed to hold. then why did the artist cut the head off almost three quarters from the body? And why is the nose is practically rectangular and the cut tilted forward. http://www. then what are the two globular objects positioned on the head supposed to represent? To complicate the identification even more. for instance flying squirrels. There are water animals which seem to fly through the water. There are also some markings on the tail which are hard to identify. but it does not seem to be anything related to animals. rather than the wings.UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos There are several types of animals which fly—birds. we have no match.06. and several mammals. But how does the depicted object compare with these choices? All its features taken into a consideration. forward and under the cut? It is a scoop. oppossums. with eyes positioned at either side. Then there is another rectangular feature. with a relief which may be reminiscent of knobs. The elevators. positioned further back at the approximate center of gravity under the fuselage. thus a definite geometric shape. If the two prominent spirals on the wings are supposed to be a stylized version of the eyes of a ray. upright and perpendicular flange. Above them is another rectangular shape. when fish eyes are usually more near the center of bodyline and far forward on the head? What we can make of the semicircular grooves on the inside of the cut? What is it supposed to be— fishwise? And what about the scoop. insects. But this tail fin has an exact shape of fins on modern airplanes. and then there are some lizards. there are also some fish which for brief periods glide through the air. The wings when viewed from the side are perfetly horizontal. not just a ridge for drilling a hole through to place the object on a necklace chain. the didsimilarity to anything from the animal kingdom is even more pronounced.html (6 of 8)2006.ufoarea. they look more like airplane parts than like the claspers of a fish. The structures just in front of the tail are strongly reminiscent of elevons (a combination of ailerons and elevators) with a slight forward curve. The tail is equally intriguing. in the opposite direction. When the object is viewed in profile. skates and some selachians. No fish has only a single. In any case. such as bats and some gliders. such as rays.06 17:23:52 .com/aas_abydos. the object obviously has no fish features. which are right behind the wings. they curve slightly downward. but when seen from the front. either. are positioned on a slightly higher horizontal level and are square-ended. but they are attached to the fuselage. the spirals on the wings have their copies positioned on the nose of the object. but seems to show rather explicitly mechanistic ones.
The photos and enlarged outline of the object has been submitted for an analysis to several people from the field of aerodynamics. The most known of these sources are Indian epics. especially the Mahábhárata and other Védic sources as Bhágavata Purána and Rámáyana. One unsolved item remains—the spirals on the both wings and the nose. there was no other interpretaion. these spirals have discernable meaning—they represent ascending and descending. because in his simple world. Another problem. while the object is suggesting an airplane. the jet flow directed against the path of flight would accomplish just that. turning around the point located where the nose and fuselage meet. then we can envision the nose as something else. It is not necessary to reach for an alien type of scenario to explain the http://www. For him it seemed that he encountered The God.html (7 of 8)2006. As the spirals are not only on wings but also on the nose. respectively. Other source of information about flying machines may be considered. There are other cultures which mention flying vehicles of some sort or another. If the machine needs to slow down. so the angle of the back of the nose when pivoted is more corresponding to aerodynamic principles.UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos When all the features are taken into an account. that would enable the desired effect. One of them was Arthur Young. and the other for descent with the nose facing forward. But that can be attributed to artistic license.com/aas_abydos.ufoarea. it will re-adjust the center of gravity and the wings would be just in the right place for a high powered flight. According to Amerindian iconography. That seems to be the case. But let's entertain several possibilities. with his suite of angels.06 17:23:52 . All things considered. but does look astonishingly like an airplane. If we imagine that the separation after the windshield is not a cockpit and that the pilot and the cargo were located somewhere in the main fuselage body. but there were several ones which would not fit that scenario.06. thus pivoting the nose downward to tuck it under the fuselage. such as the Bible and some apocryphal works. His analysis confirmed that the object contains many features which would fit the airplane hypothesis. We have to put ourselves into his shoes to comprehend his astonishment and the otherworldness of his encounter. the object does not look like a representation of any known animal at all. his primitive environment. depending on whether they are right-oriented or left-oriented. The book of Ezekiel seems to be describing the close encounter of a man from a non-technological culture with a device which to him must have been miraculous. The limited scope of knowledge of the world around him. describing multitude of machines with different purposes and capabilities. The nose is not like anything on airplanes. a designer of Bell helicopters and other aircraft. the object seems to represent a convertible type of craft. though. because several other similar planes feature the back part of the nose tilted more forward. But how to redirect the jet into the opposite direction? If we envision the nose as a movable part of the plane. the meaning is fairly obvious—the wings and the nose (as much) were the features which were directly involved in ascent and descent. Wings do seem to be in the wrong place—they should be further forward so that their 1/4-chord coincides with the center of gravity. The flying devices were called vimánas and were extensively discussed in Vaimánika Shástra. some features would not seem to support this hypothesis. So. with two possible configurations—one for ascent when the nose is facing backwards. dictated the language and conceptual framework with which he tried to capture his encounter for fellow tribesmen. as well. Let's assume that the nose is actually a jet. What's more. will appear and that is the drag which would be created by the back of the nose now positioned in front.
http://www. There was also an opinion that: "the actual "helicopter" seems to be a portion of the psd..t sign and the X3s. we can entertain a possibility that a remnant of an advanced civilization was still present. The book not only describes flying in the air.cited from ufocom. and the "helicopter" as recognized on the wall. My question is: Isn't it possible that also ancient Egyptians witnessed once highly advanced technology for example in form of. which contains some parts which the Greek version is missing. not the exception.? More interesting reading about "Ancient Aircrafts": The Anti-Gravity Handbook Vimanas . the encounter bears uncanny similarity to the modern-day encounters with UFO's.org Well.t sign on top of each other with portions erased.India's Flying Machines Home to UFO Area Site owned by UFO Area Copyright © 2001 . Associate Dean College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. But for some. in a limited scope. There are reports of spotting this kind of vehickes in texts of different cultures around the world.. but also through outer space." (Eugene Cruz-Uribe.06 17:23:52 .UFO Area Ancient Flying Vehicles at Abydos encounter. Janku Photographs courtesy of Government of Colombia... Northern Arizona University). several centuries had passed by.06..that only resemble a helicopter. particularly the Slavic version. flying machines and through their inscriptions wanted to inform us about their presence in the ancient sky. If we try to extract the core of myths of different provenience and remove the embellishments. is a result of two different hieroglyphs . including the relativistic effects mentioned—Enoch spent several days on a spacecraft..html (8 of 8)2006. Text and Illustrations ©1996 Lumir G.ufoarea. There is no shortage of descriptions of flying machines in ancient sources. Another source of similar material is the Book of Enoch. at the time of Ezekiel.2006 UFO Area All rights reserved. we do know that there are many very accurate descriptions of ancient flying machines in old literature of India (Mahabharata) and Sumerian texts as well. but when he returned to Earth.. we discover to our surprise that flying in ancient times seems to be the rule.com/aas_abydos. Roy Pinney and Barney Nashold ----------It was also suggested that the inscription on the wall at Abydos was a composition of two hieroglyphic texts of which one covered another..
The machines in category (l) are described mainly in medieval.India's Tradition of Flying Machines Home Back to: Ancient Mysteries The Story of Vimanas India's Tradition of Flying Machines by Dr. according to a plan. I will survey some of the available literature on vimanas. a wheel that is pulled by oxen around a circular track to crush seeds and extract their oil. a rotating wheel that hurls stones. These fall into two categories: (l) manmade craft that resemble airplanes and fly with the aid of birdlike wings. Other examples are military machines of the kind described in the Arthasastra of Kautilya. there is one book entitled Vaima-nika-sa-stra that was dictated in trance during this century and purports to be a transcription of an ancient work preserved in the akashic record. the sara-yantra. secular Sanskrit works dealing with architecture." There are many varieties of yantras. an arrow-throwing machine. Srikumar V. military siege engines.com/aas_vimanas.html (1 of 16)2006. automata. Those in category (2) are described in ancient works such as the Rg Veda. These include the sarvato-bhadra. This document gives an elaborate description of vimanas of both categories. and many more. a machine that demolishes walls using iron bars.06. Raghavan in an article entitled "Yantras or Mechanical Contrivances in Ancient India. Gopalakrishna 16:18 2002-10-17 In the Vedic literature of India. the Maha-bha-rata. and (2) unstreamlined structures that fly in a mysterious manner and are generally not made by human beings.ufoarea. These machines are all quite understandable and believable. and other mechanical contrivances. a machine is called a yantra. there are many descriptions of flying machines that are generally called vimanas. The latter material is described in some detail by V. A simple example would be the taila-yantra. written in the 3rd century B." I will begin by discussing the Indian lore regarding machines in general and then turn to flying machines. the motions of things that act each according to its own nature. the udghatima. In this chapter. and the Pura-nas.UFO Area Vimanas .C. The word yantra is defined in the Samarangana-sutradhara of King Bhoja to be a device that "controls and directs. beginning with the texts dating from late antiquity and the medieval period. Thus Raghavan mentions a device that could create a tempest to demoralize enemy ranks. Machines in Ancient and Medieval India In Sanskrit. In addition. but there are other machines that seem less plausible from the point of view of modern historical thinking. the Rama-yana.06 17:24:06 . Such a weapon is also mentioned by the third-century Roman writer Flavius http://www.
"even writers who actually dealt with the yantras. hand. Modern scholars tend to regard Philostratus's work as fictitious. but it does demonstrate that some people in Roman times were circulating stories about unusual fire or wind weapons in India.UFO Area Vimanas . for his part. In general. sprinkle water and make obeisance are the acts done by these figures. Thus. Krisna says.ufoarea. there are many descriptions of quite believable automata that were actually constructed and used in the palaces of wealthy kings. elaborate chronometers with moving ivory figures. that can behave just like a human being. and other firearms were known in ancient India and that the knowledge gradually declined and passed away toward the beginning of the Christian era." Raghavan. The designs of these automata are similar to those of the automata that were popular in Europe in the eighteenth century. and is directing the wanderings of all living entities. and thus they had the same status as the robots of modem science fiction. Thus. like Somadeva and Bhoja. playing a lute and stretching out the hand to touch. Some ascribe this to the fantastic imagination of ancient writers or their modern redactors. for they are holy and saintly men. "The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart. found this metaphor regrettable. neck. cannons. in which a painter went to the Yavana country and visited the home of a yantracarya. Here is a description taken from the twelfth-century Samararigana-sutradha-ra: "Male and female figures are designed for various kinds of automatic service.India's Tradition of Flying Machines Philostratus.06. The movements are managed by the system of poles. or teacher of mechanical engineering. and there is an apocryphal letter in which Alexander the Great tells his tutor Aristotle that he also encountered such weapons. However. there are many references to remarkable wind weapons such as the vayavya-astra and fire weapons such as the sataghni. who described sages in India who "do not fight an invader. Looking into a mirror. forearm and fingers can act according to need. It has been argued that guns. O Arjuna. but in India they only reinforced the idea of God and Spirit. Fantastic sounding robots of this sort often appeared in fictional stories intended for entertainment. who are seated as on a machine (yantra) made of the material energy. An example is the story in the Buddhistic Bhaisajya-vastu. until he found that she could not speak. In ancient epics such as the Mahabharata. Each part of these figures is made and fitted separately. a dancing elephant." Philostratus said that this kind of fire or wind weapon was used to repel an invasion of India by the Egyptian Hercules. saw in the machine operated by an agent an appropriate analogy http://www. or machine-man. and an astronomical instrument showing the movements of the planets. give pan. so that thighs. but a leather cover is given to complete the impression of a human being. There are many stories in secular Sanskrit literature involving a yantra-purusa. The material used is mainly wood.html (2 of 16)2006. He lamented that in other countries machines led to a materialistic civilization. Robots and Other Automata Robots form another category of remarkable machines. but repel him with celestial artillery of thunder and lightning." Apart from their practical applications. pins and strings attached to rods controlling each limb. These include: singing and dancing birds.06 17:24:06 . the weapons described in older works tend to be more powerful and remarkable than those described in more recent works. This is discussed extensively in a book by Gustav Opperts. eyes. robots also provided a metaphor for the relationship between the soul and the body. with holes and pins. wrist. But it could also be explained by a progressive loss of knowledge as ancient Indian civilization became weakened by corruption and was repeatedly overrun by foreign invaders. There he met a machine-girl who washed his feet and seemed human.com/aas_vimanas. in the Bhagavad-gita-.
If sophisticated mechanical technology was known in remote times. or laghu-ddru. and they attribute Indian stories of machines to a Greek origin. the vimdna "has two resplendent wings. requiring a divine master to keep it in constant revolution. Were the vimdnas mentioned in Samardriganasutradhdra ever actually built. Penzer thought that the Greek philosopher Archytas may have been the "first scientific inventor" of devices resembling the Indian yantras. I would suggest that the vimanas described by Bhoja are similar to conventional airplanes.UFO Area Vimanas . It is interesting that the Sanskrit astronomical http://www. It was quite common for flying machines and yantras in general to be attributed to the Yavanas in Sanskrit texts. or were they just products of imagination? I don't know.rdnganasutradhdra. In the ninth to tenth centuries. Some scholars take the Yavanas to be the Greeks. For example. Buddhasvamin wrote a version of the Brhat-kathd. however." This suggests that some kind of jet propulsion was used. However. causes the machine to fly through the air. Since the craft was equipped with an engine. we can speculate that the flapping of the wings was intended to control the direction of flight rather than provide the motive power. and is propelled by air. then it is quite possible that airplanes of some kind were also built. a massive collection of popular stories.06. However these vimanas were actually powered. they have wings. a name often used for barbaric foreigners. and he attributed them to the Yavanas. We do know.06 17:24:06 . Dandl's Avanti-sundar tells of an architect named Mandhata who used an aerial car for such casual purposes as traveling from a distance to see if his young son was hungry.D. that fairly detailed ideas concerning airplanelike flying machines were known in medieval India.ufoarea. His son. Thus they are made of ordinary materials like wood. it seems likely that they relied on some conventional mechanical method that extracted energy from burning fuel and used it to produce a flow of air over wings. He supported this by noting that Roger Bacon described a flying machine in which some kind of revolving engine caused wings to flap through a mechanical linkage. and he pointed out that Archytas "constructed a kind of flying machine.India's Tradition of Flying Machines for the mundane body and senses presided over by the Soul. The power generated by the heated mercury.html (3 of 16)2006. Ramachandra Dikshitar. was said to have created mechanical men that fought a mock duel and an artificial cloud that produced heavy showers. and they fly like birds. by the way. or sky-machines. Raghavan suggested that the mercury engine was intended to be a source of mechanical power for flapping the wings as in bird flight. however. Likewise. helped by the flapping of the wings by a rider inside. The motive force is provided by a fire-chamber with mercury placed over a flame. and set in motion by hidden and enclosed air.. and today it is hard to know for sure where a given idea was invented and how highly developed it became. The craft has the shape of a large bird with a wing on each side. Bhoja's Samardngana-sutradhdra states that the main material of a flying machine's body is light wood. consisting of a wooden figure balanced by a weight suspended from a pulley." No doubt there was much exchange of ideas in the ancient world.com/aas_vimanas." Airplanes There are many stories in medieval Indian literature about flying machines. said that according to the Sama. Buddhasvamin spoke of aerial vehicles as dkdsayantras. and for the wonderful mechanism of the universe. with its constituent elements and planetary systems. Both of these works date from about the 7th century A. Thus in Bana's Harsa-carita there is the story of a Yavana who manufactured an aerial machine that was used to kidnap a king. the elaborate descriptions of yantras found in medieval Indian texts suggest that many sophisticated machines were made in India long ago.
siddhdnta mentions a mercury engine used to provide rotary motion for a gola-yantra. This suggests that at least one kind of mercury engine was used to produce rotary power. the Vaimdnika-sdstra is a section of a vast treatise by the sage Maharsi Bharadvaja entitled Yantra-sarvasva or the Encyclopedia of Machines.06.). Josyer's translation of the Vaimdnika-sdstra.9 These are: the Yukti-kalpataru by Bhoja (twelth century A.). during the process of psychical reading and dictation it http://www. In particular.). In 1923. But is the work authentic? Even if it was existing as a vibrational pattern in the ether. I have no reason to suppose that it was not dictated by Subbaraya Sastry in the manner described by Josyer. the Avaddna literature (first-third centuries A. But Josyer went on to say that the lost texts "remain embedded in the ether of the sky.D." It is indeed true that this book contains many interesting ideas about aerial technology. There it is explained that knowledge in India used to be transmitted orally. there are no references to this work in existing literature.).). practically without a trace. writing on palm leaves was used. This is certainly true. a mechanical model of the planetary system. the Indian ufologist Kanishk Nathan wrote that the Vaimdnika-sdstra is an ancient Sanskrit text that "describes a technology that is not only far beyond the science of the times but is even way beyond the possible conceptual and scientific imagination of an ancient Indian. It was standard practice in ancient India for technical knowledge to be passed down only from teacher to trusted disciple.html (4 of 16)2006. Unfortunately.C. The text also says that the design for the mercury engine is to be kept secret.C. R. The Vaimaniko-Sastra The Vaimdnika-sdstra is a highly detailed description of vimanas. and the material in the various works is often taken from older works and traditions.C.). Subbaraya Sastry also had a draftsman prepare some drawings of the vimanas according to his instructions. but it is said to be existing in the akashic record. This is discussed in Kanjilal's book on vimdnas. the Kathdsaritsdgara (tenth century A. to be revealed like television to gifted mediums of occult perception.. Additional Sanskrit works referring to flying machines are listed in a book by Dileep Kanjilal. the Raghuvamsam and Abhijndna-sakuntalam of Kalidasa (first century B." The medium in this case was Pandit Subbaraya Sastry. and it is given great credence in a number of books and articles. As far as I am aware. and the Jdtakas (third century B. a "walking lexicon gifted with occult perception. These include the writings of Kanjilal. But it is important to note that it was written in the early 20th century by a psychic process known today as channeling.UFO Area Vimanas . These dates are often approximate. Venkatachala Sarma on August 1.India's Tradition of Flying Machines text entitled Surya. Although the Vaimdnika-sdstra could be a hoax. An unfortunate consequence of this is that knowledge tended to be lost whenever oral traditions depending on teachers and disciples were broken.D.ufoarea. According to Subbaraya Sastry.1918. palm leaf manuscripts do not last very long in the Indian climate.2' and Childress. but I do not know of any reference indicating that he was concerned with machines. The story behind this is presented in the introduction to G. the Mayamatam attributed to Maya Dfinava but probably dating to the twelth century A.D. Maharsi Bharadvaja is an ancient risi mentioned in the Mahdbhdrata and other Vedic works.06 17:24:06 . The complete work was taken down in exercise books up to August 23.com/aas_vimanas." who began to dictate the Vaimdnika-sdstra to Mr. the Abhimdraka of Bhasa (second century B.2¡ Nathan. including concepts such as solar energy and photography.D. 1923. and large volumes of old written material have been lost due to not being regularly recopied. but as this tradition died out. It is thus quite possible that many arts and sciences known in ancient times have been lost to us. The Yantra-sarvasva is no longer extant in physical form. where it was read and recited by Subbarayat Sastry.
There are large electromagnets. tiger.ering the earth. and use it to hide the Vimaana from the enemy.vimdna These cross sections show the kind of crude mechanical and electrical technology that existed in the period just following World War I.ufoarea. These include cross sections of the rukma-vimdna. mountain.com/aas_vimanas." by projection of the Rohinee beam of light. http://www. producing thereby a white cover. The word "shakti" (sakti) means power or energy. The rukma-vimdna is supposedly lifted into the air by "lifting fans" that are powered by electric motors and that are very small compared with the size of the vimdna as a whole. a very fierce and terrifying shape of the Vimana will emerge.tons. a glow is created.06. Paroksha: According to "Meghotpatthi-prakarana. It definitely does not look as though it could fly. 2. here are ten examples taken from a list in the Vai-mdnika-sdstra of 32 secrets that a vimdna pilot should know. rhinoceros. causing utter fright to onlookers. applying to it the l9th kind of smoke and charging with the kuntinee shakti in the Vimana. attract the force of the ethereal flow in the sky. 6. 3. there are good reasons for thinking this might be the case. by entering the second of the summer cloud layers. and attracting the power therein with the shaktyaakarshana darpana or force-attraction mirror in the Vimana.India's Tradition of Flying Machines might have been distorted or adulterated by material from the unconscious mind of the medium. These mechanical devices may well have been inspired by the technology of the early 20th century. Prayaasaa in the 8'h atmospheric layer cov. and mingle it with the balaahaa-vikarana shakti in the aerial globe. They sound fanciful. Adrishya: According to "Shaktitantra." or the science of the birth of clouds. the tripuravimdna. and opposing Vimanas are paralyzed and put out of action. pis. 4. Drishya: By collision of the electric power and wind power in the atmosphere. Here three methods are described for hiding a vimdna from the enemy. we encounter material of a much different nature." by preparing griddhrajihwaa. 7. But if we turn to the text of the Vaimdnika-sdstra. shafts. which will make the Vimana invisible. to attract the dark content of the solar ray. and kaakajangha oils and anointing the distorting mirror in the Vimana with them.06 17:24:06 . kumbhinee. a paralyzing force is generated. heating coils. and projecting it through the padmaka chakra tube to the bhyravee oil-smeared Vyroopya-darpana at the top of the Vimana. and electric motors turning propellers. 5. To illustrate this. things in front of the Vimana are made visible. Aparoksha: According to "Shakti-tantra. cranks. and the sakuna. river will appear and amaze observers and confuse them." by producing the 32nd kind of smoke through the mechanism." by means of the Vynarathya Vikarana and other powers in the heart centre of the solar mass. Viyaasaa. serpent.UFO Area Vimanas . worm gears.html (5 of 16)2006. Roopaantara: As stated in "Tylaprakarana. Goodha: As explained in "Vaayutatva-Prakarana. and applying it to the parivesha or halo of the Vimana. but it is interesting to note that vimdnas described in the Purdnas and the Mahdbhdrata have the ability to become invisible. The text of the Vaimdnika-sdstra is illustrated by several of the drawings made under Subbaraya Sastry's supervision. and by its manipulation produce a Maaya-Vimaana or camouflaged Vimana. shapes like lion. Yaasaa. Viroopa Karena: As stated in "Dhooma Prakarana. whose reflection is to be caught in the Vishwa-Kriyaa-darapana or mirror at the front of the Vimana. In fact. 1." by harnessing the powers. and whirling with the 32nd type of speed. and charging it with the light of the heat waves in the sky.
and subjecting them to the 7 kinds of solar rays. Repeated confirmations would at least indicate that Subbaraya Sastry was presenting material from a genuine tradition. He felt that they are simply poetry in which "a writer who is not reporting an actual event can let his imagination move in any direction it wishes to take him. this material is of no value because it seems fantastic and mythological. and this is expressed in terms of Vedic words and ideas. we find extensive empirical observations that completely contradict our comfortable mechanistic world view.ufoarea. a writer can. 10. 9.India's Tradition of Flying Machines 8. or it may be a reasonably faithful rendition of an ancient Vedic text preserved as an etheric pattern. and therefore. "Given the cultural. . This viewpoint makes sense as long as all observable data seem to support a mechanistic world model that excludes old religious ideas as exploded fallacies. It seems clear that the illustrations in the Vaimdnika-sdstra are contaminated by twentieth century material from the medium's unconscious mind.UFO Area Vimanas . Roopaakarshana: By means of the photographic yantra in the Vimana to obtain a television view of things inside an enemy plane." He also pointed out that these texts belong to a prescientific age. To some.06 17:24:06 .east part of the Vimana. passing it through the zig-zagging centre of the Vimana. Yet the passages I have just quoted mainly contain non-twentieth-century material. and further investigations would be needed to see whether or not that tradition had a basis in actual fact. a white cloth is made to appear. all activities going on down below on the ground. Thus the Indian ufologist Kanishk Nathan rejected the old Hindu religious texts because they attribute exaggerated feats to gods.nary. and whatever he writes must be imagi. But if we carefully examine the UFO phenomenon. will be projected on the screen.html (6 of 16)2006. with no regard for facts. and passing the resultant force into the tube of the Thrisheersha mirror . They also describe different races of humanlike beings who operate these vehicles. By electrifying the three acids in the north. The word "television" in item was employed in the English translation of Vaimdnikasdstra tha came out in 1973. Kriyaagrahana: By turning the key at the bottom of the Imana. and turning the switch. technological and scientific knowledge of that historical period. The only way to find out about this is to obtain other obscure Sanskrit texts and see whether or not they confirm some of the material in the Vaimdnika-sdstra. It may be largely a product of Subbaraya Sastry's imagination as applied to his extensive Vedic knowledge. ranging from physically impossible flight patterns to beings that float through walls. while enjoying generality and avoiding detail." One can reply that it has not been established that ancient writers were simply indulging in poetic imagination. At the moment. . fits quite naturally into the spiritually oriented http://www. we should remain open to various possible interpretations of the Vaimdnika-sdstra material. Vimanas in Vedic Literature The Bhdgavata Purdna. Saarpa-Gamana: By attracting the dandavaktra and other seven forces of air. and the Rdmdyana are three important works in the Vedic tradition of India and contain a great deal of interesting material involving the aerial vehides called vimdnas. and joining with solar rays.com/aas_vimanas. and they discuss the social and political relationships existing in ancient times between these beings and humans of this earth. The original Sanskrit text was written in 1923 before television was developed. the Mahdbhdrata. the Vimana will have a zig-zagging motion like a serpent. It is noteworthy that this anomalous material.06. There is a modern prejudice to the effect that anyone who has spiritual interests must be unscientific. create inventions and combinations that do not actually exist.
the great Gandharva. his mind stupefied with infatuation. Each example is extracted from the midst of a larger story.UFO Area Vimanas . To do this. These were generally used by Devas and Upadevas but not by human beings. and so Krsna asked him why he had been degraded to the serpent form: The serpent replied: "I am the well-known Vidyadhara named Sudarsana. a http://www.06. General Purpose Vimanas The preceding chapter presented the story of Salva's vimana. When the time came for the king to depart.html (7 of 16)2006. Here the sage Kardama Muni is describing the beauty of his future wife. and it had been acquired by Salva from a nonhuman technological expert named Maya Danava. he manifested an aerial mansion (called. as usual. King Nrga then boarded a wonderful celestial airplane as all the people present looked on. Proud of my beauty. including pleasure craft that seem to be designed for a single passenger. and he banked too steeply while trying to see Devahuti. and I used to wander freely in all directions in my airplane. Krsna killed a pythonlike serpent who was trying to swallow his father." In this passage the Sanskrit word vimanena is translated as "in my airplane. they were as commonplace to people of the old Vedic culture as airplanes are to us today. After Kardama Muni married Devahuti. The next story is similar. the soul of the serpent was transferred to a new body of a type possessed by the celestial beings called Vidyadharas. fell from his airplane after seeing your daughter playing with a ball on the roof of the palace. and because of my sin they made me assume this lowly form. The Purdnas and the Mahdbhdrata also contain many accounts of smaller vimdnas. Svayambhuva Manu: "I have heard that Visvavasu. This was a large military vehicle that could carry troops and weapons. to her father. a vimdna from another world came to get him: Having spoken thus. I was very opulent and beautiful. we see the effect of a beautiful woman on the pilot of a vimdna. Krsna had relieved the soul of one King J Nrga from imprisonment in the body of a lizard and had awarded him a celestial body. Granted permission to depart. In the first account. for she was indeed beautiful with her tinkling ankle bells and her eyes moving to and fro. Devahuti. which is found in the Mahdbhdrata and the Bhdgavata Purdna.com/aas_vimanas. By Krsna's arrangement." It seems to have been a small private vehicle. My purpose in presenting the examples is to show that vimanas are frequently mentioned in the Purdnas and the Mahdbhdrata. and it is not feasible to present these stories fully in this book. Perhaps he didn't have adequate seatbelts.06 17:24:06 . In the next case. showing how vimdnas figure as common elements in many different stories from these texts. Maharaja Nrga circumambulated Lord Krsna and touched his crown to the Lord's feet. It is therefore worth considering that the writers of these texts may have been presenting a sound description of reality as they experienced it. Once I saw some homely sages of the lineage of Angira Muni. he decided at a certain point to take her on a tour of the universe. Apparently. I will give a series of examples. rather than simply indulging in wild imagination.ufoarea.India's Tradition of Flying Machines cosmologies of the old Vedic texts. I ridiculed them. In this section. King Nanda. That soul had possessed such a celestial body before being placed in the body of the serpent." It would seem that Visvavasu's vimana was a small single-seater.
Thus the Aristotelians compared the universe to a living organism. as well as artificial swans and pigeons so lifelike that the real swans rose above them again and again.. It was furnished with wonderful canopies and greatly valuable gates of gold. For example. When a code word is typed. Often this person is responsible for creating the total system by loading various pieces of software into the computer.. such as Kardama Muni. The parallel between the Vedic conception of the universe and a computer can be made more explicit by introducing the concept of a virtual reality system. are simply programs built into the universal system by the superuser. what he did was mentally put in an order for a flying palace. who has full control over all programs on the system." The sage was astonished because he had not actually designed the aerial palace or imagined it in detail.com/aas_vimanas.06 17:24:06 . Different users will have passwords indicating different status levels. which tended to increase in the course of time. many analogies have been used to describe the universe. it is necessary to consider some basic features of the Vedic conception of the universe. and he received it from a kind of universal supply system because he had earned good karmic credit through his austerities and practice of yoga. bedecked with all sorts of jewels. It is possible to create an artificial world by computer calculation and equip human participants with sensory interfaces that give them the impression of entering into that world. the corresponding program will execute if the computer user has a suitable status. According to the Vedic conception. Here the sage Maitreya relates the story of this mansion to his disciple Vidura: Maitreya continued: "O Vidura.India's Tradition of Flying Machines vimana) that was lavishly equipped as a pleasure palace. resting chambers. thinking them live birds like themselves. and the early mechanistic philosophers compared it to a gigantic clock.06. The superuser corresponds to the Supreme Being. Typically. a participant will have small TV screens placed in front of his eyes that enable him to see from the vantage point of the virtual eyes of a virtual body within the artificial world. can manifest even greater powers. With the choicest rubies set in its diamond walls. But all of the powersÑincluding the power to call up flying palaces. who manifests the total universal system. All this caused astonishment to the sage himself. bedrooms and inner and outer yards designed with an eye to comfort. It was equipped with every form of furniture and wealth. Above all other users is a person called (in the Unix operating system) the superuser.html (8 of 16)2006. he may be equipped with touch sensors that enable him to experience the feel of virtual objects held in that body's virtual hands. the universe has a similar organization. A being at the ordinary human level has many remarkable powers. To understand what was happening here. Within that system there is a hierarchy of living beings having different statuses. If he does not. adorned with pillars of precious stones. Likewise. It was a wonderful structure. seeking to please his beloved wife. the modern idea of a computer with a multilevel operating system is useful.. we tend to regard it as impossible or mythological. and when we completely lack access to a power. such as the power of speech. To understand the Vedic conception of the universe. The castle had pleasure grounds. it appeared as though possessed of eyes. and capable of yielding whatever one desired. Over the years.ufoarea. the user's status is indicated by the password he types when he begins to use the computer. Thus the palace vibrated with the sounds of these birds.UFO Area Vimanas . there are programs that can be set into action by typing in appropriate code words. In effect. When we grow up using a certain power. Here and there in that palace were multitudes of live swans and pigeons. the sage Kardama exercised his yogic power and instantly produced an aerial mansion that could travel at his will. Sensors that pick up his muscle contractions or his nerve impulses can be used to direct the motion of the virtual body. On the hard disk of such a computer. then to him the code word is simply a useless name. and a being at a higher level. we tend to take it for granted. http://www.
It was used in a great battle between the Daityas and the Devas: For that battle the most celebrated commander in chief. and it was also built by Maya Danava. O King. and by the Manasa-sarovara lake. the different virtual bodies may have different powers." Thus the verse literally says that Kardama Muni's vimana excelled the vaimanikan. and Caitrarathya. as the air passes uncontrolled in every direction. An example of a vimana used for military purposes comes up in the story of Bali. the Gandharva king. son of Virocana. Bali's vehicle is very similar to the one obtained by Salva. which can refer to other physical globes and to higher-dimensional worlds not accessible to ordinary human senses. was once passing in his airplane over the brahmana's body at the spot where the brahmana had died. Surasana. Struck with wonder. according to the Vedic conception. experienced some strange interference with his vimana when he passed over the remains of Kausika's body: Surrounded by many beautiful women. a king of the Daityas. Of course.India's Tradition of Flying Machines Many people can simultaneously enter into a virtual world in this way. he surpassed even the demigods. he enjoyed in that aerial mansion not only on Mount Meru but in different gardens known as Vaisrambhaka. Returning to the story of Kardama Muni. it was sometimes visible and sometimes not. Seated in this airplane under a beautiful protective umbrella and being fanned by the best of camaras. or mantras. and kavaca means armor. Puspabhadraka.html (9 of 16)2006. which is called up by invoking the names of the Supreme Being. Rather. Coursing through the air in that great and splendid aerial mansion. It seems that there is a kind of mystical armor called Narayana-kavaca. which could fly at his will. (Narayana is a name of the Supreme. An extremely powerful virtual reality system provides a metaphor for the Vedic universe of maya. Nandana.com/aas_vimanas. Depending on their status. It was inconceivable and indescribable.06 17:24:06 . My final example of a vimana is taken from the story of the sacrifice of Daksa. He traveled in that way through the various planets. surrounded by his captains and commanders. has features of intelligent design and organization reminiscent of certain manmade computer systems. which means the "travelers in vima-nas.) At one time. even though their real bodies may be widely separated. illuminating all directions. Maharaja Bali. this beautifully decorated airplane had been manufactured by the demon Maya and was equipped with weapons for all types of combat. the Devas are referred to here as vaima-nikan. in which conscious souls falsely identify themselves with material bodies. it is a system of interacting energies which.06. Maharaja Bali. he was ordered by the great sages named the Valakhilyas to throw the brahmana's bones in the nearby River Sarasvat.ufoarea. and they can interact with one another through their virtual bodies. Citraratha. the King of Gandharvaloka. appeared just like the moon rising in the evening. was seated on a wonderful airplane named Vaihayasa. He had to do this and bathe in the river before returning to his own abode. he proceeded to travel to different planets with his wife: "Satisfied by his wife. this metaphor should not be taken literally. or illusion." In the Sanskrit. as recognized by the computer's superuser. It seems http://www. and some of these powers might be invoked by uttering code words. Still later.UFO Area Vimanas . Suddenly Citraratha was forced to fall from the sky headfirst with his airplane. The Sanskrit word for planets is loka. The idea of calling up universal programs figures in another story that involves a vimana. Citraratha. Indeed. we find that after having acquired his marvelous flying palace. The universe is not actually running on a digital computer. a brahmana named Kausika used this armor and later gave up his physical body.
sky-going city." Here the inhabitants of the city. Matali replied: "There once were a Daitya woman called Puloma and a great Asuri Kalaka. In this section and the next two. the Paulomas and Kalakeyas. and his father was Indra. The first is the flying city of Hiran.html (10 of 16)2006. I stopped them with a mighty volley of arrows. The immortals are the Devas. Brahma arranged for the Paulomas and Kalakeyas to have a flying city that could not be successfully attacked by various powerful groups of beings within the universe.UFO Area Vimanas . Arjuna was half human. The Immortals shun this celestial. half Deva.ing through the celestial regions after defeating the Nivatakavacas in a great battle. This was seen floating in space by Arjuna while he was travel. The "self-existent god" is Brahma. However. with the splendor of good works. he is said to be self-existent. and Snakes.bodied beings in the material universe have a finite life span and must die after some time. wanted to attend a sacrifice arranged by her father Daksa. employing their Danava wizardry. But because of the boon given them. They chose as their boon that their progeny should suffer little. and he asked him about the city. They are referred to as immortal because they live for millions of our years. the bands of Yaksas and Gandharvas. all em. and blocking their road I halted the Daityas in their course. and he has no material parents. Indra had equipped Arjuna with celestial weapons just for the purpose of defeating enemies of the Devas who had obtained protective benedictions from Brahma that didn't apply to humans. and RakSasas. who observed extreme austerities for a millennium of years of the Gods. At the end of their mortifications the self-existent God gave them a boon.yapura. Here we see Satl entreating her husband to let her go to the sacrifice after seeing her relatives traveling there in vimanas: "O never-born. called Nagas. http://www. piled with all precious stones and impregnable even to the Immortals. O hero. The Mahabharata also has this idea of self-sustaining flying cities that travel indefinitely in outer space.06 17:24:06 . and be inviolable by Gods. Raksasas and Snakes. Asuras. Here is Arjuna's account of what happened after his initial attack: "When the Daityas were being slaughtered they again took to their city and. city and all.ufoarea. the king of the Devas. This great city is called Hiranyapura. not only my relatives but also other women. Now it would go underground. he left open a loophole for the Devas by declaring that the flying city could be successfully attacked by a human being. Indra of kings. With his superior powers. Just see how their flocks of white airplanes have made the entire sky very beautiful. However. This lovely airborne city. We can see from this and the other examples that vima-nas were considered to be standard means of travel for beings in these categories. Since Brahma's origin is transcendental. The "snakes" are a race of mystical beings. who is understood to be the original progenitor of all living beings within the material universe. are identified as the descendants of two rebellious relatives of the Devas named Puloma and Kalaka. airborne city. the Daityas easily held their celestial.India's Tradition of Flying Machines that Satl. the City-of-Gold. O blue-throated one. His mother was an earthly woman. was created for the Kalakeyas by Brahma. dressed in nice clothes and decorated with ornaments. are going there with their husbands and friends. O best of the Bharatas. flew up into the sky. Thus Arjuna decided that it was part of his mission to attack Hiranyapura. I will give several examples of this. divinely effulgent. that can assume humanlike or serpentine form. filled with all desires and virtues. free from sorrow and disease. according to the Vedas. including the Devas. Arjuna was accompanied in his celestial journey by a Deva named Matali. which could move about at will.06. the wife of Lord Siva. which is peopled by Pauloma and Kalakeya Asuras.com/aas_vimanas. but Siva did not want her to attend because of Daksa's offensive attitude toward him." All of the beings referred to here are Devas or Upadevas.
.. I know http://www. and so go great spirited Gandharvas and hosts of Apsaras by the hundreds. milled around. who are tranquil. beginning with the assembly hall of Indra. O Partha. the lord of the Gods sits with Saci. Bharata. . I assaulted the mobile city. The assembly hall of Brahma provides another striking example of transformations of space that seem incomprehensible from an ordinary standpoint. and various kinds of ascetics. for from instant to instant it has another indescribable appearance.06. Kaurava. lovely and embellished with celestial trees is that hall where. struck by my lightning-fast iron shafts. or Sakra. grief. and "those familiars of Yama who are charged with the conduction of time." It is standard for descriptions of vimanas to say that they are brilliantly glowing or fiery.com/aas_vimanas. men of evil deeds." Aeial Assembly Houses of the Devos According to the Maha-bharata.. In Yama's hall. which were sped by divine missiles. Apsaras. and five leagues high. was built by himself. all wearing effulgent bodies and spotless robes. which are used as centers for their administrative activities.. Pitas. Yama is the Vedic lord of death. successful. freely moving. is never crowded. and it is luminous as though on fire with its own radiance.. O king. of good vows and truthful words. overlord of men. those who have a yogic body. while retaining its proportions and internal structure. with many kinds of missiles. the Asura city fell broken on the earth. there are Siddhas. To it go ascetics of dread austerities. Dispelling old age. and fatigue. a league is a Sanskrit yoiana. on our divinely effulgent chariot. as in a headlong fall.06 17:24:06 . straight-traveling arrows I shot off. This suggests that within Yama's hall space is transformed in a way that goes beyond our ordinary experience. Matali swiftly descended on earth. or submerge in the ocean. It is not possible to describe it as it really is. renouncing. the Devas have flying assembly houses. just as the Daityas have flying Cities such as Hiranyapura. the great sage Narada Muni visited Brahma's hall and found that he could not adequately describe its architectural layout: "Thereupon the blessed and mighty lord Sun took me and went to the faultless hall of Brahma. We find the same feature in the following description of Yama's hall. Visvakarma built it after accumulating over a long time the power of austerities. A hundred hundred of thousands of law abiding persons of wisdom attend in bodily form on the lord of the creatures.html (11 of 16)2006. benign. the king of the Devas.. aerial. which was built by Visvakarma. It is a hundred leagues wide and a hundred and fifty long. beautiful. There are Vedic siddhis called mahima and anima that allow an object to greatly expand or contract in size. Another curious point about Yama's hall is that it never becomes crowded. no matter how many different beings enter into it. The Asuras. Here are some examples. which knows of no fatigue.." An interesting feature of Yama's hall is that it is populated by beings of many different types. . who supervises the process of transmigration. free from diseases. which can move at will. which he won with his feats. which ranges from 5 to 8 miles: "Sakra's celestial and splendid hall. Wounded by the iron.India's Tradition of Flying Machines then hover high in the sky. king of the people." The latter are functionaries equipped with mystic powers that enable them to regulate the process of transmigration of souls. the architect of the Devas: "This fair hall. purified by their holy acts. which resembled Amaravati.ufoarea. In this case. Then I subdued both city and Daityas with a mass of arrows. go diagonally with speed. O king. with the resplendence of fire. prompted by Time. in addition to Gandharvas. filled with chambers and seats.UFO Area Vimanas . In this passage.
took possession of it.. it could go anywhere at high speed unobstructed by anyone including the wind itself. and thus he was equipped with mystic powers that were useful in this search. all very colorful and luminous.UFO Area Vimanas . the wife of Lord Rama. neither too cold nor too hot. Ravana also possessed an aerial mansion that would fly according to his mental commands and that he used for his military exploits. It was poised in the atmosphere without support. he saw Ravana's aerial mansion. In the course of his search for Slta." The Aerial Mansion of Ravana The epic called the Ra-mayana contains an interesting account of a vimana. the king of the Raksasas. which could go everywhere and which augmented the desire nature of its occupants. It had also for protecting it numerous elementals with round and deep eyes and capable of very speedy movements. Bharata. It was built with the intention that it should be superior to all sirnilar constructions. and which received the homage of the residents of all the three worlds. and having several floors.06. when one enters it. was the residence of the king of the RakSasas. Visvakarma constructed in the heavenly region this Puspakavimana. The main story of the Ramayana is that long ago a country on this earth named Lanka was occupied by a race of malevolent beings called Raksasas (Lanka is thought to be the island now known as Sn Lanka. It was delightful to look at like the spring season and the bunches of flowers then in bloom. decorated with pearls and diamonds. and it was there that he hid Slta..... after kidnaping her with the aid of his powers of illusion. It could fly in any direction that one wanted. O king." Especially interesting is the reference to "elementals with round and deep eyes" whose http://www. half a yojana in width and one yojana in length.html (12 of 16)2006. It had spires and domes like the peaks of mountains. thirsty. Kuvera by the power of his austerities obtained from Brahma that aerial mansion which was decorated entirely with gems. It was occupied by sky-ranging RakSasas of huge proportions with faces brightened by their shining ear-pendants. The hall is very comfortable. the king of the RakSasas. saw in the middle of the aerial edifice a very spacious construction. It was by overcoming Kuvera that Ravana. It is self-luminous beyond the moon and the sun and the flame-crested fire. the son of the Wind-god.. or weary. who belonged to an intelligent monkeylike race. It had towers of high artistic work. Hanuman was also the son of the wind-god Vayu. That building.com/aas_vimanas. It is as though it is made up of many different shapes. constantly creates the worlds with his divine wizardry. and featured with artistic windows made of refined gold. In it sits the blessed lord. No pillars support it.. It is eternal and knows of no decay. reigned in Laiika from a fortified city. Knowing the intentions of the master.) Ravana. Everything about it was symmetrical and unique.06 17:24:06 . Constructed as it was by Visvakarma himself. It had the capacity to go anywhere. It stood in the sky like a milestone in the path of the sun. king. or aerial mansionvehicle of attractive form.India's Tradition of Flying Machines neither its size nor its structure. although some have questioned this.. to find Slta and report back to him. Hanuman. It was immaculate like the autumnal moon. which was hovering over his capital city: "That heroic son of the Wind-god saw in the middle of that residential quarter the great aerial mansion-vehicle called Puspakavimana. It was the final result of the great prowess gained by austerities. Although born on earth in a primitive society. Lord Rama engaged a being named Hanuman.ufoarea. alone. none could gauge its power nor effect its destruction.. the grandfather of the worlds who. one no longer is hungry. and never before have I seen such beauty. on the roof beam of heaven it blazes as though to light up the sun. It had chambers of remarkable beauty.
The answer to this objection is that there are indeed accounts of horse-drawn flying chariots in Vedic literature. Phalguna. then looked upon Amaravatl. The lotuseyed prince passed by the worlds of the kings. Surely these stories are utterly absurd. both the horse-drawn chariots and the self-powered vimanas make sense. Beholding those self-luminous worlds. whom you saw there. and this is clearly a poetic description.way of the Siddhas. The stars themselves are spoken of as aerial chariots in this passage. towering like peaked Kailasa.ing travel through space on some kind of roadway: "And on this sunlike. some claim." One important thing to notice about this passage is that Arjuna entered a region of stars where there was no light from the sun. This description has a number of important features. since it makes no sense to say that an animal could run through air or outer space using its legs. while the RakSasas were mere interlopers who acquired it through the military exploits of Ravana. the residence of Ravana on the vimana would be four miles by eight miles in size. Arjuna saw that the stars were self-luminous worlds. Because of this absurdity. There are the perfected royal seers. he saw wondrous airborne chariots by the thousands. No sun shone there. that most excellent Kuru Pandava shone forth as of old the great king Mandhatar. In the first story. The next point to notice is that Arjuna was "driving on the road. but they are very large. These beings seemed to come with the vimana itself." Then he saw standing at the gateway the victorious white elephant. the heroes cut down in war. Guhyakas. and this also agrees with modern ideas. While becoming invisible to the mortals who walk on earth.ufoarea.com/aas_vimanas. In that region. ablaze on their own hearths. burning on their own hearths with a fire of their own. the city of Indra. and others.06 17:24:06 . or moon. having won heaven with their austerities. and of Guhyakas and seers and the hosts of Apsaras. my lord.India's Tradition of Flying Machines job is to protect the vimana. This is what we would expect to find if we did travel among the stars. Those lights that are seen as the stars look tiny like oil flames because of the distance. looking like stars from earth below. So do thousands of Gandharvas with a glow like the sun's or the fire's. four-tusked Airavata. or fire." and that this roadway went past the worlds of the kings to the city of Indra. Driving on the roadway of the Siddhas.06. Arjuna is traveling through space in a literal chariot drawn by horses. The Pandava saw them bright and beautiful. "Those are men of saintly deeds. What About Flying Horses and Chariots? It is clear that there are extensive Vedic traditions about humanlike races of beings that can fly freely throughout the universe using vehicles called vimanas. To understand them properly. They are also spoken of as persons. questioned Matali in a friendly manner." Thus it seems http://www. Later on. this road is spoken of as the "road of the stars" and the "path of the gods. but they shone with a light of their own acquired by their merits. wonder-working chariot the wise scion of Kuru flew joyously upward. I also note that at eight miles per yojana. but they seem small due to distance when seen from the earth. gather in hundreds of groups. When seen in this way. and the other said to him. divine.html (13 of 16)2006. Arjuna. includ. astonished. it is necessary to fill in various details that will place them in context within the overall Vedic world picture. and that they were hearths of Gandharvas. but these stories are not necessarily absurd. and this refers to the predominating persons living on them. I will try to fill in the needed details by referring to a number of stories from the Maha-bharata about the Pandava hero. But one might object that there are also Vedic stories about horse-drawn chariots that fly through the sky. including "men of saintly deeds" who had been promoted to heaven.UFO Area Vimanas . the moon. or fire. who. It is also stated that the stars are very large. we should not take anything in the Vedic literature very seriously.
UFO Area Vimanas . From this information. and Krttika is the adjacent constellation in Taurus known as the Pleiades. These Gandharva horses change color at will and fly at the speed they desire. the Deva who awards punishments to sinful human beings and whose aerial assembly house was described above. I now wish to offer each of you five brothers a hundred horses of the type bred by the Gandharvas. Now let us consider Arjuna's chariot. Even when their energy is spent. The nak$atras Mula. is said in the Bha-gavata Pura-na to lie on the southern side of the universe. they do not diminish their speed. or Pitrloka. Purvasadha. The roadway on which they travel is presumably of a similar nature. Its beauty captivated the minds of all who beheld it. This region. Bharam. and the fact that they can travel vast distances on this road in a short time is due to the fact that they obey the laws governing subtle energy rather than the laws governing ordinary.. and it is thought that Agastya is the southernhemisphere star called Canopus. here he is concerned with horses: "O best of men. Although Citraratha owned a vimana." It seems that these are mystical horses that function according to laws governing subtle categories of material energy. The seven ris are thestars of the Big Dipper in Ursa Major. The fact that a gross human body can be carried along such a road can be understand in terms of the mystic siddhis called pra-pti and mano java.06 17:24:06 . outside of the Vaisvanara path. Asvim. Indeed. and Krttika). and UttaraSadha correspond to parts of the constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius..able atmosphere. and Krttika belong to a group of 28 constellations called nak$atras in Sanskrit. they will appear before you. It could not be conquered by gods or demons. According to the Vishnu Purana.. had http://www. But the same subtle laws can be applied to cause gross matter to act in a way that violates the ordinary laws of physics. Such celestial roadways involve large distances. and south of Ajavlthl (the three nak$atras Mula. Visvakarma. What sort of horses could follow such roads? We can answer this question by recounting a Maha-bha-rata story in which Arjuna was offered a benediction by the Gandharva named Citraratha. And simply by your desire. north of the ecliptic. is said in Vedic literature to be the headquarters of Yama. and it radiated light and reverberated with a deep rumbling sound. to the south of Bhu-mandala. It states that the Path of the Gods (deva-yana) lies to the north of the orbit of the sun (the ecliptic). the lord of design and construction. and Uttarasadha). Asvim and Bharam are constellations in Aries.ufoarea. Thus from the description in the Visnu Pura-na we can gain an idea of the location of Pitrloka and the road leading to it in terms of familiar celestial landmarks.com/aas_vimanas. and south of the stars of the seven r$is. along with the hellish planets. The basic idea is that the subtle laws include and supersede the gross laws. ready to serve.India's Tradition of Flying Machines that Arjuna's chariot was traveling on some kind of road through outer space. The mounts of the gods and Gandharvas exude a celestial fragrance. this roadway lies to the north of the star Agastya. Purvasadha. and they move at the speed of the mind. the earthly planetary system. gross matter. Gross matter obeying the familiar physical laws is also obeying the subtle laws. and asterisms or lunar mansions in English. Here is a description of one chariot that he used: The chariot had all necessary equipment. north of Nagavlthl (the naksatras Asvinl. The region of the Pitas. these horses will always honor your wishes. Bharanl. The Vishnu Purana sheds some light on the actual route followed by Arjuna.html (14 of 16)2006. we can form a general idea of the Path of the Gods as a roadway extending through the stars in the northern celestial hemisphere.06. Another important celestial roadway is the Path of the Pitas (or pitr-ya-na). then there is the problem of the lack of a breath. and if they go through outer space.
like the brahmastra. that the celestial pathways mentioned in Vedic literature are beams of light of a peculiar nature. to the circle of gisumara.html (15 of 16)2006. the planet of the deity of fire. like that of the sun. when such a mystic passes over the Milky Way by the illuminating Susumna to reach the highest planet. They make use of flying architecture when that suits their purposes.ufoarea. curiously enough. The point where the analogy of celestial road to lightbeam path may break down is that the celestial road is cosmic in scale and seems to be relatively permanent. Hatcher Childress Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India and Atlantis http://www. whereas the light beam is small and is deployed temporarily when needed.by D. and the horses can appear and disappear at will. If this is true. The Gandharva horses operate on the same mystical level. and they can carry human bodies through walls also.06 17:24:06 . its position in space indicates that it is not an ordinary sunbeam. both in three dimensions and in higher dimensions. With Vedic celestial roads a beam seems to define a pathway through space that a person can move along by using his legs. he goes first to Vaisvanara. The general impression is that the Devas and Upadevas emphasize life and personal prowess over machines. It depends upon mystic powers and higher-dimensional aspects of material energy that are unknown to present-day science but are commonplace to the Devas. Likewise. to relate with Lord Hari. the answer is that these beings use horses because they like them. one might ask why the Devas and other related beings would bother with horse-drawn vehicles when vimanas that move by their own power are available.UFO Area Vimanas . by virtue of powers that to us seem mystical. My tentative conclusion from this material is as follows: The technology involved in the vimanas and the flying horse-drawn chariots is essentially the same. and it is referred to here as the illuminating Susumna. could not be precisely discerned. Thus the Susumna must be some kind of light beam. According to the Sanskrit dictionary. and thereafter he still goes higher. however. and the same is true of the chariots they draw. The Vedic celestial road is also a pathway through space that one can walk on. they have powerful weapons. the Personality of Godhead.India's Tradition of Flying Machines created it by the power of his austerities. Clearly. but they also have a fondness for equestrian activities. A human being like Arjuna can also be conveyed along such a road.com/aas_vimanas. The horses and chariots that move on it have mystical properties. based on radiant energy. Judging from the Mahabharata as a whole.06. and its form. More interesting reading about "Ancient Aircrafts": Ancient Egyptian Flying Vehicles The Anti-Gravity Handbook . The beings that use these pathways have powers that enable them to pass through walls. The vimanas are essentially architectural constructions that can fly. Susumna is the name of one of the principal rays of the sun. The path followed by the mystic is the deva-ya-na path. Thus the Bhagavata Pura-na gives the following description of the travels of a mystic along the Path of the Gods: O King. wherein he becomes completely cleansed of all contaminations. Brahmaloka. It turns out. but they also have elaborate rules governing hand-to-hand fighting with maces.
seems to point in the direction. Sanderson: The ancient civilization of India possessed a very advanced technology. Childress and Ivan T.UFO Area Vimanas . http://www.06 17:24:06 .2004 UFO Area All rights reserved.com/aas_vimanas.co.ufoarea.com Amazon.06.html (16 of 16)2006. that the civilization was destroyed due to a nuclear war! Buy it from: Amazon.uk Home to UFO Area Site owned by UFO Area Copyright © 2001 . A translation of ancient texts from India. H.India's Tradition of Flying Machines by D. very likely surperior our own.
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