Truth About What The Ancient Indians Knew

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India has profoundly shaped our contemporary world by fueling the universal high tech revolution through remarkable contributions in the fields of science and technology. Although this often goes unnoticed, it was these inventions that paved the way for the future and the world we see today.

Despite poverty and being a country of overwhelming diversities, Indians have one foot in ancient practices and the other invested in the future, making India one of the fastest growing economies. Here’s proof that the intelligence and innovation stems from the ancestry.

Brahmagupta mathematician

Mathematics and decimal system

Brahma Gupta wrote the rules for reaching zero through addition and subtraction and the result of using zero in equations. Brahma said “Nothing is everything”, so without zero there would be no binary system and no computer. Numbers are so part of our daily routine that we often forget their origin. People assume that the Arabs introduced the digit system, it is true that the Arabs introduced it to the west around 900 AD, but the decimal system which was antecedent of the Arabic numeric system, was developed in India.

Astronomy and sidereal year

India was among the first cluster of countries that simultaneously assembled astronomical observations which is now spread around the world. The Jantar Mantar built by Maharaja Jaysigh in the 18th century is a UNESCO world heritage site and an astronomical marvel. The clock in Jantar records the moving positions of the sun, equinoxes and solstices which can be calculated down to the second. This ancient innovation has shocked the world and was used around the world for hundreds of years. Till today these instruments work with accuracy clearly indicating intelligence far ahead of its time.

A sidereal year is the period of time earth takes to orbit the sun, but in this method constellations are taking into account for precision. It was Aryabhata who came up with an accurate number for a sidereal year. Prior to this people observed seasons to tell time, it worked, but the system was not accurate. The sidereal year is longer than tropical by 20 minutes because of its accuracy.

Ancient India Surgery

Rhinoplasty and plastic surgery

Plastic surgeries are very popular and are highly sought in countries like Korea and America, but the practice to increase one’s appeal or fix certain aspects of a face first took place in India in the 6th century BC. One of the earliest instances of reconstructive surgery and rhinoplasty can be found in an important medical text from India called the Sushruta Samhita.

Alternative medicine

The Sushruta Samhita served as a reference to India’s herbal healing method, Ayurveda. Ancient Ayurveda techniques are based on the use of herbal compounds. This branch of traditional Indian medicine has become world famous as a popular form of alternative healing. Deepak Chopra was one of the earliest promoters to successfully make Ayurveda so popular in America.

Indian woman cotton

Cotton and Cashmere

India bloomed because of its cotton trade. The cotton industry during the Indus Valley Civilisation was so strong that the procedure used in cotton spinning continued to be used until the industrialisation of India. Traders from China and Arab who frequented Indian markets then spread this into different countries around the world.

Fabrics made of cashmere wool are a thing of privilege in the West, but real cashmere originally came from the Kashmir goat found in Kashmir, a region in northern India.

Responsible for electronic messaging

Shiva Ayyadurai, an Indian-American was the first person to write the code that produced the first 'bcc,' 'cc,' 'to' and 'from' fields responsible for the emails we use regularly.

Khajurao temple India

Philosophy and spirituality of love making

We taught the world the spiritual side of lovemaking ‘tantric sex’. The tantric approach is more about mental approach than technique. It’s about our combined energy, how two bodies respect and worship each other and grow through the experience.

Even though Kamasutra is brushed off as a pornographic book, the ancient Hindu text originally written by philosopher Vatsyayana, had no graphic illustrations. This book is a strong reflection on the art of living. Real Kamasutra only has a small portion talking about various sex positions, it majorly comprises of the philosophy of love, what triggers desire, how to sustain it, how to attract meaningful relationships.  It talks about sex being sacred and spiritual, how the mind and body connects and how attracting the wrong partner can be damaging.

Birthplace of Buddhism

Today Buddhism is considered a world religion. Even though the ‘awakened one’, Siddharta Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal, his teachings and practice developed in India which later moved through other parts of Asia. The concept of peace and mindfulness spread throughout the world through Asian immigrants and Western scholars and influencers.

Damascus Blade

Pioneering metallurgists

Indians were way ahead of their time in producing state of the art metals. The Damascus sword is a perfect example. Although it was made in Syria, the technology and steel came from India, for the famous wootz steel. Across Europe, researchers tried to find the secret ingredient which eventually led to ‘mettalurgical microscopy’, a study to understand the properties in metals. Michael Faraday added chromium to discover the secret to wootz, this failed, but what the world got instead was a popular steel alloy which makes India the inspiration for creation of the popular stainless steel. We were also the first inventors of the celestial metal globe which was previously considered impossible.

Plants are sentient

Dr. Jagadishchandra Bose, an Indian scientist, invented a crescograph which was used to conduct experiments on plants. His experiments gave the world the knowledge that plants have a nervous mechanism which responds when plucked. His experiments showed that their growth reduces or that a part of the plant could die if being plucked repeatedly. This proved that plants feel and react just like any other living being. Even though Gustav Fechner, a German psychologist suggested plants have emotions, it was Bose who proved it.

The opulent history of India is testimony to their contribution to today’s world. 

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