Friday, July 9, 2010

Ancient Hindu Astronomy: The Surya Siddhanta



"... the Surya Siddhanta was revealed more than 2,164,960 years ago, that amount of time having elapsed, according to Hindu reckoning, since the end of the Golden Age ...." -- Ebenezer Burgess, polymath, May 1858

Brahmarishi Mayan, The Surya Siddhanta, ~ 2,166,818 B.C.-490 A.D.

5. I will give thee the science upon which time is founded, the grand system of the planets. ...

8. Listen with concentrated attention to the ancient and exhalted science, which has been spoken, in each successive Age, to the Great Sages (maharishi) .... ...

9. This is that very same original text-book which the Sun of old promulgated: only, by reason of the revolution of the Ages, there is here a difference of times. ...

10. Time is the destroyer of the worlds ....

18. One and seventy Ages are styled here a Patriarchate (manvantara); at it's end is said to be a twilight which has the number of years of a Golden Age, and which is a deluge. ...

24. ... years passed while the All-wise [Brahma/God] was employed in creating the animate and inanimate creation, plants, stars, gods, demons, and the rest. ...

34. Of the asterisms, one billion, five hundred and eighty-two million, two hundred and thirty-seven thousand, eight-hundred and twenty-eight.

1 comment:

Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

The spurious accuracy always bothers me. We hypothesize that the year length has altered and may do so again.

So even if it were correct, it conveys little actual information. A superior civilization would have decided upon a "stardate" system related to a regular and very longlasting universally visible for many millions of LY, instead of a tiny local planet/star combo?