Puranic Astronomy and Cosmology
My second case for why Puranic Hinduism is truly the most stupidest religion in the world and Puranic Hindu the stupidest among people. If showing the rat worship and eating the left over of rats thinking of it as blessed food, and bathing in toxic water thinking it to be sacred was not enough to conclude it is the stupidest religion, then after seeing the following, no doubt will remain on the matter.
We will look at parts of a documentary authored by the Hare Krishna group, which is a branch of Puranic Hinduism known as Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Vaishnavism is the biggest sect of Puranic Hinduism and 80% of Hindus are Vaishnavas. The documentary attempts to prove the Puranic model of astronomy and cosmology:
Warning: Watching the following documentary may lead to severe loss of brain cells!
Overview of the documentary:
0-5 min: Setting up the presentation for how the Puranic model of astronomy and cosmology is going to to revolutionize our understanding and challenge the current scientific model(Just wait to see what that amazing advanced knowledge is!)
5-10 min: Citing various eminent Western scientists like Carl Sagan etc to show how they much they were impressed with Hindu astronomy. (Actually, they are misquoted, because they never in a lifetime of Brahma support what this documentary is about to present)
11 min: Presenting the advanced Puranic model:
[I]The universe is a sphere encased by successive coverings of the elements earth, air, fire, water earth, ether, intelligence and ego. As a coconut has its hard outer shell, and inner liquid, so the universe has its outer coverings and an inner space half-filled with ocean water(!) In that expanse of ocean Lord Vishnu lies reclined on his serpent bed, while being massaged by his consort Lakshmi[/I]
Then an account of creation is given:
[I]From his navel arose a lotus from which Brahma is born. Initially the universe was pitch black and Brahma engaged in meditation. Then he was empowered to create the universe[/I]
The commentator adds
[I]This account of creation may seem fantastic to some, but then modern scientific explanations also require fantastic leaps of faith to explain the origin of the universe" Then a quote by Stephen Hawking is given to justify believing in this fantastic Puranic account[/I]
12:25: Now the Puranic astronomical model is explained:
[I]Vedic(actually Puranic) cosmology explains that the universe is made up of 14 vertically arranged planetary systems or lokas, each system resembles a galaxy and comprises stars, planets and other celestial bodies. The top most planetary system is Satya loka, the abode of Brahma, situated at 1.87 billion miles above Earth. Below this is the Tapoloka planetary system, which is at a height of nearly 1 billion miles above the Earth. Here the ascetics live in a solitary serene environment conducive for Yoga and meditation on transcendence. Their disciplines life of joyous austerity prepares them for returning to the non-material world[/I]
13:40: Now the Puranic explanation is given for motion of planets!
The explanation of the founder of the Hare Krishna group Prabhupada is cited(as given in the Puranas)
[I]We can see that at night how the whole planetary system is revolving around, the pole star being the pivot. Each planet has its orbit fixed, but the sun is moving up and down, north and south, it is not that we shall expect the theory that the sun is fixed and other are all going around the sun. That is not correct(!)[/I]
So what is correct?
The entire planetary system is hanging from the pole star like a chandelier according to the Puranas!
[I]The Matsya Purana explains: The planets and the stars are all attached to the pole star by invisible astral cords. The revolution of the pole star causes the orbital motion of other planets and stars. Though meditation the Yogic astronomers visualize the planets and stars as different parts of Shishuma, the transcendental dolphin(!)[/I]
16:00: More about the pole star
[I]The pole star, the top most of the heavenly planets is like the capital of the middle universe. Here the third form of Vishnu(lying on his serpent bed and massaged by his consort Lakshmi) resides on an ocean of milk(!) In times of universal disturbances, the demigods headed by Brahma come here to ask for help(!) The pole star is also the abode of Dhruva, a pure and exalted devotee of the lord[/I]
16:30: Now the scientific model of the heliocentric solar system is examined and again various eminent scientists are cited(including Einstein) to support their conclusion it is unproven(so their model is good as any!)
[I]Although the heliocentric model has been widely propagated, it has never been proven[/I]
If you have not been baffled by the sheer stupidity of the Puranic model, it is about to get even more stupid:
18:40: Now information about the sun is given and how it works and it is powered. Did you think nuclear fusion powered the sun?
[I]Do you know what energy runs the sun? Is it nuclear fusion? Volcanic energy? No. No it is water, yes water. The sun evaporates water from all over creation and uses it as fuel, just as lightening uses moisture.[/I]
21:00: Now the sun’s actual nature is described. Brace yourself!
[I]Ordinary vision sees the sun as a global of fire. However, celestial vision reveals a a personality presiding over the sun. His name is Vivisan, and he rides a golden chariot pulled by seven divine horses(!!!) travelling at 16,000 miles per second[/I]
24:10: Now the distances of the planets and star are given from Earth according to the central Purana of Vaishnavism Srimad Bhagvatam in terms of vertical distance.
The sun is 0.8 million miles from the Earth
The moon is 1.6 million miles
The stars are twice the distance(3.2 million miles) of the moon
Then Ursa Major
Then the pole star at 30 million miles
These are of course all wrong distances and its obvious the moon is closer to the Earth than the sun!(The sun is 91 million miles) The stars are further than the sun and the planets.
It will not get even more ridiculous!
25:05: Now a Puranic explanation is given for solar and lunar eclipses. It happens because of an invisible dark planet called Rahu(a demon) 80,000 miles below the sun which comes in between the sun, moon and earth!
26:00 Now loads of propoganda is presented by Hindu swamis, pandits on how the scientific model is a myth(notice another Hindu fanatic described science as a myth earlier) and how it keeps changing its conclusions(a common fallacy used by religionists to undermine all discoveries of science and stick to the accounts in their religion)
[I]Modern science is only a few centuries old, where our Vedic cosmology is many thousands of years old, so the modern science cannot suddenly be a base for our Vedic cosmology[/I]
Now let us look at geography presented in the Puranas, which is equally staggeringly stupid:
In the centre of Jamvudvipa(India) stands the most extraordinary divine golden mountain called Meru. Meru is shaped like an inverted cone and is the supporting place for the demigods. Jamvudvipa is 0.8 million miles in diameter and is surrounded by a saltwater ocean of the same width. On top of Meru is a resort of Brahma. The famous celestial river of Ganga descends to the centre and then flows it in all four directions(to the earth) Surrounding this resort are the cities of the demi gods, one of these cities is the city of king Indra, the king of heavens. King Indra lives here in majestic opulence attended to by musicians, artists, dancers and reciters.
39:40: Now the great earthly plantary system(bhumandala) is described(brace yourself again!)
[I]The earthly planetary system extends out to the edges of the universe and has a diameter of 4 billion miles. Known as bhumandala and shaped like a lotus flower, it has seven concentric islands and oceans, with mouth Meru at its centre. The seven oceans respectively contain: salt water, juice, liquor, clarified butter, milk, yoghurt and sweet water… 4 elephants of inestimable size are placed at the corner of each direction to balance the greater earth![/I]
41:20: Now the hells below the earth are described!
[I]Below the earthly planetary system are 7 subterranean realms which do not receive sun light and are inhabited primarily by demonic living entities. To reach the first one, one must go 80,000 miles downwards through underground tunnels. At success depths of 80,000 miles are the remaining 6 netherworlds all of which are highly developed underground civilizations. At the fourth level exists the magical architect Maya Dananva, who has designed many well developed cities where proud materialists reside… Below the nether words are the 28 hellish planetary systems. The demigod of justice Yama raj jugdges unrighteous souls after their death, and sends their souls to one of these places to receive punitive action according to their deeds.[/I]
42:40: If it was not ridiculous enough already, it is described how the entire earthly planetary system is resting on the top of the hood of a giant divine serpent being called Shesha, who in turn is resting on a colossal tortoise Kuma floating in the ocean!
The remaining few minutes of the documentary is more propoganda on how revolutionary this science is and how we must build a Vedic planetarioum to rival the one of modern science.
Einstein said “Human stupidity is infinite” and we have seen the infinite stupidity of Puranic Hinduism in this documentary. In this documentary we have Hindus living in a modern age actually trying to prove that this Puranic model of astronomy and cosmology is correct and should be preserved and propogated. Telling us with a straight face and with a spirit of defiance against modern science the following(summarizing the inanities we just witnessed)
The Earth is a flat-disk like shape extending 4 billion miles, pinned down by four elephants gigantic size at each corner, resting on the head of a divine snake, who in turn is testing on a giant tortoise!
The universe is vertically arranged. The Subterranean worlds where demons live, followed by the sun, then the moon, then the stars, then the planets and finally the pole star. Then the heavens begin!
The earth is fixed and the sun, planets, stars all go around the Earth attached by invisible strings to a rotating pole star.
The sun is actually powered by water!!(I was told this by a Hindu scholar in India, that if it we did not perform the rite of giving water to the sun, the sun will stop burning) that evaporates from the Earth.
The sun is actually really a divine person who rides a divine chariot driven by 7 divine horses!
I think enough has been demonstrated here to show how unbelievable stupid the Puranas and Puranic Hindus are. It is understandable why pre-modern Indian people followed them, but why would somebody in a 21st century modern world follow such unadulterated garbage, if they were not an idiot themselves?