Indians consider Hinduism not as a religion, but a culture, a way of life. The western media generally associates Hinduism with superstitions, magic and occult practices, mystic customs etc. But in many cases hidden behind this ‘impossible’ portrayal of facts lies facts of science.

 

The Vedas, Puranas & epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are packed with useful information which if interpreted correctly could be a treasure of scientific facts.

 

Thus religion was used as a carrier of scientific information, as a transmitter of knowledge. Extensive symbology may have been used for this purpose:

Evolution mentioned in the Bhaagavta

Evolution is suggested in the Hindu text of Bhagavata. The text speaks of the Dashavatar – the 10 incarnations of Vishnu across four eons of time.

 

They are:

 

1 Matsya Fish
2 Kurma Tortoise
3 Varaha Boar
4 Narasimha Half Man-Half Lion (transition from theriomorphic (animal form) to partially anthropomorphic (man-like form)
5 Vamana Dwarf Man
6 Parashurama Rama with Axe
7 Rama Shri Rama
8 Balarama Balarama
9 Krishna Shri Krishna
10 Kalki The Destroyer

 

 

 

This order suggests the development of animal life on earth to its most evolved form. The science of Evolution suggests animal life first appeared in the ocean, then turned amphibious at some point in time, and from these developed terrestrial life of lesser orders to more advanced forms of carnivores to mammals, to human.

 

Parashurama mythology suggests the ancient history of man. For example, Parashurama is pictured as holding an axe– it may have been a symbology for less developed forms of tools that prehistoric man used. Also, Parashurama is famous for his temper – which may imply primitive man.

 

Rama is said to have been exiled to the forest for a large part of his life (in the famous epic the ‘Ramayana’), and he is often pictured with the bow and arrow. This may have been symbolic of hunting – ie, as man the Hunter.

 

Balarama is pictured as holding the plough (which his supposed to be his Ayudha- ie. Weapon or tool). This is clearly symbolic of agriculture– which started later on in human history after hunting and after more sophisticated tools were made.

 

Krishna may have depicted Man the Philosopher, or Man the Scientist (advanced Science developed later on in human history).

 

The next-Kalki (the destroyer)– is depicted as holding the sword, a symbol of killing- and the Kalki form is then perhaps a symbol of the destructive nature of man.

 

Thus, the Dashavatar can be interpreted as a symbolic representation of development of life on earth and man’s progress throughout history.

 

 

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