[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)
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