Ancient Indian Geo-Centric Astronomy – Connections to Scriptures, Astrology and History
A few of my readers have requested that I put all my posts in “order” or in a sequence to help first time visitors to Old Thoughts. This major project has been underway all week and needs even more time to finish up. But please do find my work so far and let me know if it is useful…
To understand the astronomical significance of the Puranas, it is necessary to have some idea of the geo-centric (earth-centred) astronomical model used by Ancient Indian Astronomers (Rishis and others). So what we will be doing is trying to place ourselves in the minds of our forefathers and see the world as they saw it. It was as difficult to afford advanced education for all then as it is now. So puranas with their high appeal were overlaid with astronomical significance, such that the ‘facts’ were retained even if the ‘derivations’ and ‘logic’ was available only to those who dedicated their life to study. It is possible that the most knowledgeable phycists today know more about astronomy and physics than the rishis of the ancient times. It is certain that the rishis of the ancient times knew more than the ‘average’ or ‘lay person’ of today, and definitely knew more than they are given credit for, by the general populace.
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