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The wealth of information, knowledge and wisdom concealed in aphoristic ways in our ancient Sanskrit classics is to be read, analyzed, understood and elaborated to be believed. Among many instances, I had produced a research on Saturn in Rohini as early in 1984 which Sri M.S.Mehta elaborated some years later into a full fledged research on mundane astrology. In 2001/2002 when this phenomenon was occurring, two writers in Delhi and one in the west stole this, without acknowledging it, padded it with other �facts� and �quotations� to show it as their research. 

From 2001

It is from 2001 that the world got disturbed after 11 September 2001, invasion of Afghanistan and Iran. There was a terrible earthquake in Gujarat and of course the drought of 2002 in India. To say that is a prediction arising out a research based on the reading of the Mahabharata and the Padma Purana is superior to the analysis of political scientists and the intelligence agencies of the world, will be unacceptable to politicians, will shock the physical scientists, particularly Indian scientists who borrow all their wisdom from the west only without looking into the rich Indian resources. I have talked about, taught and have produced researches on interlinked destinies and have given the planetary combinations for modern technical, semi-technical and non technical education whole of which have been plagiarized and produced and shown in some websites, as a student of mine pointed to me! All these are written, published and yet plagiarized !

Plagiarism is always done unabashedly and fearlessly. In middle ages, many of the Sanskrit texts, manuscripts reached West Asia and Rome etc. That the Arabian sciences which inspired renaissance in Europe were actually Hindu sciences is established by many.The famous Omar Khayyam acknowledges it openly and remember him as an astronomer, astrologer and then as a poet of world famous Rubaiyat.

Albert Schweitzer called India mother of civilizations and Albert Einstein thanked India for inventing zero and decimal system to make the progress of mathematics and science possible. How and what Copernicus stole from Aryabhatt is for someone to establish. But it is what was said in a conference of Indian astronomers that Copernicus was given credit for what was an original research of Arya Bhatt and it amounted to plagiarism.

Greek dasha systems !!

Let me give another instance .When Robert Schimdt of Project Hindsight presented his ancient dasha systems from Greece in 1995 in an astrology seminar in USA, I, an invitee, pointed out that it was Dwisaptati Sama Dasha of Parashara on which I had done some research and even had written about in 1984 in a published paper in the Astrological Magazine (now defunct). Manoj Pathak has written an excellent book on it. The Greek plagiarism was caught by me because of the eight dasha periods of nine years each used by Robert who was getting a total of only 64 years and not 72 which is the total period of this dasha !!. The ninth, missing one, I pointed out was that of Rahu which was not used in western astrology! Was that really a Greek dasha system? A dasha system of 72 years with eight nine year periods could not be complete with bringing in Rahu along with the seven planets, I explained.

With no centralized religious institution like the church in the west suppressing scientific discoveries, in the land of Hindus it has always been possible to produce such researches without any opposition. Read the Mahabharata carefully and see how many of the modern researches in sociology, psychology

and even sexology have been anticipated and hinted at here. Villainous state craft of Kautilya or Machiavelli are also present in the Mahabharata. Who knows how much of it is known to how many? Lesbianism is referred to here and it is not for the first time time that we have heard about it from the west !

I read the western books first, Marx, Freud, Adler, Max Weber etc. during my student days because I had to prepare for all India competitive examinations after succeeding in which I devoted my time to reading the great Indian classics. I then discovered these plagiarisms.

Apparently conflicting ideas have existed side by side in India without arousing any puritanical reaction or suppression as has happened in the church dominated west. There is the praise of Brahmacharya and also Kama Sutras, austere penances and Khajuraho.

Different types of marriages, eight, and different types of children, twelve, mentioned shows a high level of tolerance and acceptance of the reality of human society with its frailties and different brands of immorality. Read the Mahabharata and the puranas carefully and see how many of the heroes and villains were not legitimate children of their parents! Yet, it is also emphasized that practicing Brahmacharya and avoiding non-vegetarian food is good for spiritual life. Accepting contradictions, conflicts and enigmas is a way of life , the path to tolerance which Hindus alone have known , practiced and survived till the invaders came with their barbarian ideas and narrow religions, conversions and proselytization to ensure the stability of their empires. They thought that monotheism, as they understood, alone was true religion without appreciating that what is polytheistic in practice outwardly can be monotheistic in essence. Read the Rig Veda and Narayana Kavacham etc to appreciate it.

Acceptance of variety is the foundation of the great religious tolerance of Hindus which should teach the fundamentlistic religions great spiritual lesson and dissuade their religious leaders from their anxious mission to convert the whole world to their religion.

In the middle ages when during invasions Hindus fell into a self protective shell, they seemed to have devised many dogmatic and ritualistic rules to save themselves. It seems to have increased with caste system becoming rigid and not allowing a Vishwamitra, born as a Khastriya, become a Brahmin through his tapasya. A Valmiki, criminal, becomes a seer, writing his magnum opus, the Ramayana for posterity which the Hindu Brahmin quotes without shedding his caste rigidity! Janmana Jayate Shudra (one is born a shudra at birth) is unacceptable to the caste ridden society now.

No society in the history of the world had so many varieties of tolerance because all the religious refugees of the world could think of taking refugee only in India in the middle age of religious intolerance--a lesson which the west is learning now because it has grown irreligious ! In its religious days, the west was as fundamentalist and rigid as it accuses west Asian Muslim countries of being now. As early as 1950, Arnold Toynbee described as ex-Christian Europe. If now the west talks of religious tolerance or multi-culturalism it is more out of necessity because it cannot survive without immigrant population.

India has eternal message because it changes with changing times without shedding its eternal ideas and ways. It is why in the uneasy turmoil visible now in the fast changing urban India, there is unease, protest and amazement. But change is inevitable without the core values of Sanatana civilization ever vanishing. That is and has been the eternal India we know of.

(16 February 2008)

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