[dropcap]”In[/dropcap] various kinds of Asian and South Asian texts, we find references to flying machines and aerial vehicles. Chinese and Indian stories tell of peoples or individual artisans who constructed devices for travelling through the air. The stories take many different forms, including quite fanciful romances. Others present a picture of inventors taking pains to understand the basic principles of flight, and crafting machines of wood to achieve this goal.”
The word vimana is purportedly derived from vamana: “he who is able at three strides to take measure of the entire earth and heavens.”
“In the Vedic literature of India, there are many descriptions of flying machines that are generally called vimanas.
This fall into two categories: (1) manmade craft that resemble airplanes and fly with the aid of birdlike wings, and (2) unstreamlined structures that fly in a mysterious manner and are generally not made by human beings. The machines in category (1) are described mainly in medieval, secular Sanskrit works dealing with architecture, automata, military siege engines, and other mechanical contrivances. Those in category (2) are described in ancient works such as the Rg Veda, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas, and they have many features reminiscent of UFOs.”
– Richard L. Thompson, Alien Identities – Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena
“One time while King Citaketu was traveling in outer space on a brilliantly effulgent airplane given to him by Lord Vishnu, he saw Lord Siva…” “The arrows released by Lord Siva appeared like fiery beams emanating from the sun globe and covered the three residential airplanes, which could then no longer be seen.”
– Srimad Bhagasvatam, Sixth Canto, Part 3
“The so-called ‘Rama Empire’ of Northern India and Pakistan developed at least fifteen thousand years ago on the Indian sub-continent and was a nation of many large, sophisticated cities, many of which are still to be found in the deserts of Pakistan, northern, and western India. Rama…was ruled by ‘enlightened Priest-Kings’ who governed the cities.
“The seven greatest capital cities of Rama were known in classical Hindu texts as ‘The Seven Rishi Cities‘. According to ancient Indian texts, the people had flying machines which were called ‘vimanas’. The ancient Indian epic describes a vimana as a double- deck, circular aircraft with portholes and a dome, much as we would imagine a flying saucer. It flew with the “speed of the wind” and gave forth a ‘melodious sound’. There were at least four different types of vimanas; some saucer shaped others like long cylinders (‘cigar shaped airships’).”
– D. Hatcher Childress, “Ancient Indian Aircraft Technology”
In The Anti-Gravity Handbook
“An aerial chariot, the Pushpaka, conveys many people to the capital of Ayodhya. The sky is full of stupendous flying-machines, dark as night, but picked out by lights with a yellowish glare.”
– Mahavira of Bhavabhuti
(A Jain text of the eighth century culled from older texts and traditions)
“The Vedas, ancient Hindu poems, thought to be the oldest of all the Indian texts, describe vimanas of various shapes and sizes: the ‘ahnihotra-vimana’ with two engines, the ‘elephant-vimana’ with more engines, and other types named after the kingfisher, ibis and other animals.”
– D. Hatcher Childress, “Ancient Indian Aircraft Technology”
In the Anti-Gravity Handbook
“The more typical vimanas had flight characteristics resembling those reported for UFOs, and the being associated with them were said to possess powers similar to those presently ascribed to UFO entities. An interesting example of a vimana is the flying machine which Salva, an ancient Indian king, acquired from Maya Danava, an inhabitant of a planetary system called Taltala.”
– Richard L. Thompson, Alien Identities – Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena.
Many of properties of the vimanas bring to mind the ephemeral nature of UFO‘s and their seeming ability to defy the conventional laws of physics. Carl Jung has remarked on the dreamlike quality of UFO‘s, and somewhere, amidst the observation of bright lights and lost time, the delineation between objective and subjective consciousness appears to break down.
“Our research has found extensive similarities between UFO encounters and religious and metaphysical mysticism, folklore, shamans’ trances, migraine attacks, and even the operations of the creative imagination. Among the similarities are recurrent image-constants, a basically consistent sequence of events, and the unusual “peak experience” quality common to all. Also, very bizarre incidents in abduction reports have parallels in these phenomena. For example, the embarrassingly incredible “bodily dismemberment” sometimes reported by abductees is a regular feature of shaman’s “death-rebirth” trances.”
– Alvin H. Lawson
“There exists a natural phenomenon whose manifestations border on both the physical and the mental. There is a medium in which human dreams can be implemented, and this is the mechanism by which UFO events are generated, needing no superior intelligence to trigger them This would explain the fugitively of UFO manifestations, the alleged contact with friendly occupants, and the fact that the objects appear to keep pace with human technology and to use current symbols.”
– Jacques ValleÃ
“What caused the creation of this separate category of ‘technical myths’ is not entirely clear. One what might well ask why the some of the stories ever entered into discussions of machines at all. Why didn’t stories of winged beings and levitating immortals simply continue? Why did this separate category of humans in flying machines arise? Perhaps there is a connection to the development of kites, which occurred at a period in China preceding many of these tales of ‘aerial carriages’. Kites gave people a view of flight made practical: structures made of bamboo, wood, cloth, and paper, man-made devices actually airborne. There are even stories of kites large enough to hold individuals, a not implausible scenario.”
– Dr. Benjamin B. Olshin, “Mechanical Mythology: Private Descriptions of Flying Machines as Found in Early Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Other Texts”