Ancient Cosmology – Part I

The Hindu scriptures claim that there are countless universes in the endless creation and the universe we live is just a tiny part in the endless vastness. This view is closer to the modern cosmological – multi-verse concept. According to the modern cosmology there are innumerable universes around. The modern cosmological view is that - like air bubbles [with different sizes] in the soap waters – universes are present in some infinite continuum [God – in religion] and the universe [all the stars and galaxies put together] we live in is just a small bubble - just a minuscule part of that infinite whole and this concept is in agreement with the Hindu cosmological concepts.

The Hindu scriptures also claim that – these different universes are with different properties and each one is different but, of course it is probable that some of them might have some resemblances. This is in accordance with the modern cosmological view that – different universes in the multiple universes could have different dimensions and etc., as predicted by Albert Einstein through his general theory of relativity. In fact, the general relativity predicts the possibility of around 14 universes. The Hindu scriptures also make a reference to these different dimensions of the other universes apart from saying that our universe has 4-dimensions; in ‘general theory of relativity’ Albert Einstein has propagated the same concept, 3-spatial dimensions and one time dimension.

There are references to the existence of the multiple universes in the ancient Hindu scriptures like the ‘Bramhanda Purana’ and many other works. The hymn - akilaanda koti bramhanda  naayaki – dedicated to the goddess Durga – claims that the ‘goddess’ is the owner of the billions and billions of universes and this has resemblance to the multi-verse concept in the modern cosmology.

The Hindu scriptures say – there are intelligent beings in some of these universes and some of them are far more advanced than we are – and more matured and intelligible than the people of the Earth.

The Hindu scriptures claim that some of the Universes indeed form a cluster [cluster of universes] just like the galactic clusters. ‘Our cluster of universes’ – comprises of 14 universes that has harbored life apart from the other universes not having life. The name of our universe according to the ancient Hindu scriptures is Bhooloka - it means the – ‘Universe of the Earth’ or the “universe harboring the planet Earth”. The Hindu scriptures mention the names of these 14 universes that are a part of our cluster of universes. According to the Hindu scriptures, the names of the 14-universes in our cluster of universes are:  atala, vitala, sutala, talaatala, rasaatala, mahaatala, paatala, -- bhuloka -- bhuverloka, suverloka, maholoka, tapoloka, janarloka, stayaloka.

Amongst the above 14 universes, the first seven [7] universes are below our universe [bhuloka] and these harbor inferior forms of life than the beings on the Earth. They do dirty and devilish things than the earthly beings.

The other sex universes following the -- bhuloka – constitute the upper universes that are above our universe. The being in the upper sex [6] universes are more advanced and matured than what we are, they do divine things.

In the Hindu scriptures it has been mentioned that – some of these beings from different universes indeed visit the other universes too and there are many citations on this type of travels. In this lineage, the Hindu sages too were visiting the other universes, befriending those alien beings and even marriages with those alien beings is also mentioned in the Hindu scriptures.

The ancient Hindus were so advanced that they were capable of traveling to other universes too but, we are unable to reach the nearby by star but, we boast of our technologies ..!

Some more cosmological details from the Hindu scriptures will be presented in the next article to come !

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