‘Restore India’s ancient knowledge with research’
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 06 Mar 2017 10:39:33|
Many civilisations in the world did not stand the test of time. Indian civilisation has proved its strength since ancient times because it has been standing on strong foundation of Hindu Dharma. It is therefore needed to conduct research for the revival of time-tested principles of Hindu Dharma, said Assam and Meghalaya Governor, Banwarilal Purohit on Sunday.
Purohit was addressing the gathering at the inauguration of a day-long conference on ‘Chronology of Ancient Indian History - A Scientific Approach’ organised by Astro-Quest Foundation at Vazalwar Lawns.
Businessman Bipin Kamdar; founder President of SARATHI Amar Vazalwar; President of Astro-Quest Foundation Dr Aniruddha Vazalwar; Chairman of Deccan University Pune, Dr Arvind Jamkhedkar; and National Secretary of ‘Itihas Sankalan Samiti’, Dr Sharad Hebalkar also shared the dais.
Sharing Swami Vivekananda’s quote — “If you want to do anything in India, do it with the re-establishment of Dharma or its re-awakening. In India the soil and the Dharma (the upward aspiration) are one and the same, are
body and soul,” Purohit appealed the delegates attending the conference to establish the time-tested principles of Dharma through scientific research.
Purohit stated, Ramayana and Mahabharata are not just epics but are historical documents glorifying Indian culture. There are mentions about ‘Agni-Baan,’ ‘Pushpak Viman,’ ‘Ram- Setu,’ ‘Test Tube Babies’, surgical procedures in these scriptures. Even in ‘Aranya Kaand’ duties and responsibilities of King towards the people have been mentioned by Sage Valmiki. These are not mere imaginations, but descriptions of the scientific advancement of great Indian culture, he added.
Sharing another quote of Swami Vivekanand — “Hindu Dharma is the quintessence of our national life, hold fast to it if you want your country to survive, or else you would be wiped out in three generations,” he said, the survival of India, therefore, depends on re-establishing the scientific principles of Hindu Dharma and organisations like Astro-Quest could undertake the task to rejuvenate the Indian culture.
In his keynote address, Dr Aniruddha Vazalwar said, many historians and archeologists across the world have confined the existence of Indian civilisation to just 4,000 to 4,500 BC. The vedic scriptures have mentioned the concept of ‘Pralaya’ or Deluge and how life has been started on earth by Manu, the first king. History and archeology have their limitations to describe the correct time of deluge. The historians and archeologists are lacking in creativity or imagination. The scientists at NASA are constantly working on exploring genesis of the universe and they have gone way back to 17,000 years. The astronomical research has confirmed beginning of ice age about 12,000 years ago. Similarly, Plato in 3000 BC has written about lost city Atlantis as a consequence of an extraordinary earthquake and inundation. Astro-Quest Foundation has decided to peep into ancient history of India through scientific studies and organised the conference which is first of its kind in city, he added.
Amar Vazalwar delivered a welcome address. Noted announcer of All India Radio, Prabha Deoskar conducted the proceedings while Amit Heda proposed a vote of thanks.
The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions in which Dr Surekha Bapat spoke on last Ice Age, Dr Aniruddha Vazalwar delivered a lecture on deluge, Dr Yogesh A Murkute presented a paper on Saraswati river, Dr Madhukar Apte spoke on Ram Setu, Dr Sudhakar Kunte spoke on Dwarka. Dr Sharad Hebalkar and Dr Arvind Jamkhedkar respectively chaired the sessions.