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VIMANA

Flying Machines�
oi the Ancients

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Yuga, which is a bad era, but the Krita Yuga that w ill follow it soon in cyclic

succession will be a golden age. A ccording to the Vym anika Shastra there

were no v im anas in the first yuga, the Krita Yuga, because in that golden age

men could fly on their own:

Therefore in Krita Yuga, or first epoch, the ancients say, there were none

o f the three classes o f vim aanas.

Krita Yuga passed, and Tretaa Yuga com m enced. D harm a then became

lim p o f one foot. It served with three feet only, and grew gradually less

efficient. So m en's m in d s becam e dense, and the conception o f Vedic

truths, and anim a and other super-sensory powers, becam e scarcer.

Therefore, by the corrosion o f D harm a or righteousness, men lost the

power o f flying in the sky with the speed o f the wind.

Perceiving this, G od M ahadeva, d esiring to confer the power o f under­

standing the Vedas properly on the D w ijas, or brahm ins, kshatriyas, and

vysyas, graciously descended on earth in the form o f Dakshinaam urthy,

and through the instrum entality o f Sanaka and other anointed sages, c la s­

sified the M un is or ascetics, he blessed them with the gift o f Vedic per­

ception. And then to ensure that they were properly receptive, he em ­

braced them and entered their hearts and illum inated their m em ories. The

m unis, overwhelmed by the D ivine grace, aglow with horripulation [sic],

with voice choked with em otion, praised the Suprem e with shata-rudreeya

and other hym ns, and m anifested profound devotion.

Pleased with their receptiveness, d ivine Dakshinaam urthy, favoring

them with a benign glance, and with sm ile on h is face, said to them , “Till

now you have been known as ‘M un is' or ascetics. Henceforth, having by

m y grace attained insigh t into the Vedas, you shall be known as ‘R ish is’ or

seers. You will cultivate the vedic m antras, and practice celibacy, you will

adore the divine G o d d ess o f the Vedas, and w inning her favour, and

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H a n u m a n , w ith R a m a b e h in d h im , in s p e c ts the b u ild in g o f R a m a 's B rid g e .

R a m a a n d S ita are re u n ite d a t th e e n d o f th e R a m a y a n a .

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An Ind ian pa inting o f K rishna at h is palace in Dwaraka, a city now

underwater.

A scene from an ancient m ura l at the Desan i M onastery in Serb ia. Does it

dep ict a m an fly ing in a v im ana ?

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