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Astronomical Models of Lunar Position

Where you say, “Such a model cannot be based only on sastra. To be scientific and convincing it must have explanatory and predictive power in the physical world. It should be based upon Vedic literatures, logical hypothesis, empirical observation, and established historical precedents.”

I must admit I was taken aback by part of this statement, and cannot agree with “logical hypothesis, empirical observation, and established historical precedents.”

However the part where you say, “To be scientific and convincing it must have explanatory and predictive power in the physical world.”
I can see that viewpoint as valid in the sense that if the knowledge revealed in the sastras are indeed science than they should be able to have an explanatory model.

As to much of the rest of the article it seems you argue more from the point that modern mainstream science has more answers than the sastras. That might be the view of many. But it is not the view of all the scientists nor all learned people.Nor is it the view expressed in Srila Prabhupada’s books.
Amazing things things are not easily accepted by the masses.Cutting edge breakthroughs are often rejected.
The sastras describe things like the same concept as special relativity, atomic particles, string theory, the fact that space and time are curved, matter outside the universe, anti-matter and so many things.Prior to this century most of these would have been scoffed at by many.But now they don’t seem so far fetched do they? A nice example in one of the purports Prabhupada says, “The atom is the minute subtle form of eternal time.” (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.11.1).Science has not yet caught up to that single statement.Except maybe Dr. Albert Einstein.
It is no wonder why learned men such as Dr. Einstein studied the Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita.He was one of the top scientists, so what need would he have of sastra?Well maybe you have heard, “the more one knows, the more questions are revealed.”
Dr. Einstein’s formulas may imply that space-time is so curved that the current models of the earth and solar system need to be revised.

I think all can respect your article and opinions expressed as at least wondering how things like the Vedic planetary models can be done practically.

But cutting-edge models may appear impractical.For they are not just for men of today but the future.In 1,000 years who knows, maybe science will have caught up?

Comment Posted By BhaktaRoyBaba On 05.11.2010 @ 23:16

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