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Did ancient India have flying machines ?

By T.K. Randall
January 6, 2015 · Comment icon 417 comments

Did India build flying machines thousands of years ago ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Pline
The Indian Science Congress drew criticism this week over a lecture about 7,000-year-old airplanes.
The event, which took place in Mumbai on Sunday, included a controversial lecture by Captain Anand Bodas on the topic of ancient airplane technology.

According to Bodas, Hindu texts dating back thousands of years include references to ancient forms of aviation including an aircraft that could not only travel freely in any direction but could actually leave the planet entirely and fly through space.

"The basic structure was of 60 by 60 feet, and in some cases, over 200 feet, they were jumbo planes," he said during his presentation. "The ancient planes had 40 small engines."
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His conclusions, as well as the fact that his lecture was even permitted at all given the serious nature of the event, have drawn significant criticism from some of the other participants.

NASA scientist Ram Prasad Gandhiraman, who started a petition to demand that Bodas' lecture be canceled, was particularly vocal in his condemnation of it. "If we scientists remain passive, we are betraying not only the science, but also our children," he said.

The event's organizers meanwhile defended their decision to allow the lecture to go forward on the basis that the ancient Hindu texts contained a "vast knowledge of science".

Source: Russia Today | Comments (417)




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Comment icon #408 Posted by Swede 9 years ago
No, not by any means, there are about 250,000 people world wide who know what is being talked about, and there are currently about 30 million who have a rough idea of what it is about. The entire world has access to the information, but can't see what is in front of them. As I have said many times before the ancients had a view of nature which was different than today, but which is rejected today. I could tell everything in detail, but it is impossible to convince anyone who will not allow themselves to think outside the box they're in. And I have tried to introduce the knowledge many times, o... [More]
Comment icon #409 Posted by back to earth 9 years ago
Are you sure of that? Because your statement on the image below is incorrect (and it says so, in hieroglyphs on the wall there with the image.) That is the Nile god, Hapi, uniting the two lands. He's binding together two plants (look at the bottom where the stems and flowers are) -- the lotus of Upper Egypt and the papyrus of Lower Egypt. This is shown in countless other illustrations... and although the one you have is not painted, they were painted so that you could see it's plants and stems being bound. It has nothing to do with the djed or stability. Its the symbol of unification of the la... [More]
Comment icon #410 Posted by Swede 9 years ago
That's a cheap guess. Documentation to support such casual dismissal? .
Comment icon #411 Posted by back to earth 9 years ago
Once upon a time, wasn't this thread about ancient Indian flying machines ? yes ... and they were 'djed powered' ... what's your problem buddy ? ....
Comment icon #412 Posted by back to earth 9 years ago
No, not by any means, there are about 250,000 people world wide who know what is being talked about, and there are currently about 30 million who have a rough idea of what it is about. The entire world has access to the information, but can't see what is in front of them. As I have said many times before the ancients had a view of nature which was different than today, but which is rejected today. I could tell everything in detail, but it is impossible to convince anyone who will not allow themselves to think outside the box they're in. And I have tried to introduce the knowledge many times, o... [More]
Comment icon #413 Posted by Kenemet 9 years ago
You points of view come from a false knowledge of the past. You actually believe what has been put to you in books, media etc. And let's not forget what I can read for myself. Unlike some, I can read the ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Egyptian hieroglyphs.) Now -- I read them rather badly, but I can make out enough to figure out if a translation someone's giving me is reasonable or if they're just making stuff up. (I can read some modern languages equally badly (German, Spanish, French, Arabic)) So this would be a history lesson of the past, about four hours of lectures should give you an ou... [More]
Comment icon #414 Posted by jaylemurph 9 years ago
You points of view come from a false knowledge of the past. You actually believe what has been put to you in books, media etc. So this would be a history lesson of the past, about four hours of lectures should give you an outline, which I know you don't accept, going by your other posts. So I have nothing further to add here. Well at least your're slowly coming to understand your lack of contribution is a lack of contribution. Not being one of UM's resident cryptic lone wolf Messiah geniuses myself, I can't commiserate with you about how no one else truly appreciates your vague but no doubt sw... [More]
Comment icon #415 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 9 years ago
You points of view come from a false knowledge of the past. You actually believe what has been put to you in books, media etc. So this would be a history lesson of the past, about four hours of lectures should give you an outline, which I know you don't accept, going by your other posts. So I have nothing further to add here. i however have more than once said I'm up for some learnifying.Astound me Seymour.
Comment icon #416 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
Which is yet another verbose reaction to your inability to credibly support your various "understandings". As a mathematical aside, and while your figures are likely exaggerated, they would at best likely represent approximately .00357143% of the current global population. Your predicable argument would be that you are a member of an "elite" of profound import. However, your repeated inability to clearly and credibly support your "profound" understandings clearly undermines the status of your "elite" knowledge base. Given your well-displayed inability to present a rational, cohesive, and suppo... [More]
Comment icon #417 Posted by Saru 9 years ago
I think it would be fair to say that this thread has more than run its course and that it's time to put this one to bed. Closed


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