||[Dec. 28th, 2010|07:07 pm]
According to Vedic astronomy the present age of kaliyuga started on Feb. 18th 3102 BCE. Richard Thompson in his book Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy points out that indeed on this date there occurred a very rare planetary alignment.|
It dawned on me to punch in this date using astronomy software and sure enough the simulated sky shows a planetary alignment. The point of viewing in the simulation is at Varanasi. See the cut below for an image.
Wow, this looks curious! But I do not know much about astronomy or astronomy software, so can't comment further :P
Thanks for this picture!
Wow, that's intriguing about the planet alignment, and how it coincided with the date! Any ideas on what it means?
You should ask a Vedic scholar or a Swami about that. :)
I'm just a Buddhist scholar. ;)
I'm frankly amazed that they had an accurate record for this rare astronomical event.
I imagine one could calculate when this event is to occur and backtrack it. Most modern historians would say India did not have advanced enough civilization in 3102 BCE to make a record of this event. One scholar suggests this was originally a calculation done by Greeks that somehow made its way to India. However, that strikes me as awfully euro-centric.
The truth is our knowledge of ancient civilizations (even Rome and Greece) are really fragmentary. India is even less understood because we don't have many written accounts of what was going on until really the Muslim invasion. Two travel journals by Chinese monks Faxian and Xuanzang are prized because they give firsthand accounts of what was going on in a period we'd otherwise know very very little about.
From a strictly scholarly point of view, this date corresponding to a rare astronomical event means that Vedic astronomers had advanced and accurate knowledge of astronomy.
From a more spiritual angle I think it signifies the start of kaliyuga.
No wonder everything sucks.
it was my understanding that we are actually in dwarapayuga...
interesting astronomy, though, if nothing else...
This is very fascinating.
I put that date into my astrology program, and this is what the chart looks like: