Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Astronomical Siddhantas
The Solar System According to the Surya-siddhanta
The Opinion of Western Scholars
The Vedic Calendar and Astrology
The Starting Date of Kali-yuga
The Distances and Sizes of the Planets
The Size of the Universe

Chapter 2: Vedic Physics the Nature of Space, Time, and Matter
Extending Our Physical World View
The Position of Krishna
Mystic Siddhis
The Activities of Demigods, Yogis, and Rishis
Regions of this Earth Not Perceivable by Our senses

Chapter 3: Vedic Cosmography
Bhu-mandala, or Middle Earth
The Earth of Our Experience
Planets as Globes in Space
The Orbit of the Sun

Chapter 4: The Vertical Dimension
The Terminology of Three and Fourteen Worlds
The Seven Planets
Higher-dimensional Travel in the Vertical Direction
The Environs of the Earth
Eclipses
The Precession of the Equinoxes

Chapter 5: The Empirical Case for the Vedic World System
Unidentified Flying Objects
The Link with Traditional Lore
The Events at Fatima

Chapter 6: Modern Astrophysics and the Vedic Perspective
The Principle of Relativity and Planetary Motion
Gravitation
Space Travel
The Universal Globe and Beyond
The Nature of Stars

Chapter 7: Red Shifts and the Expanding Universe
Hubble’s Expanding Universe Model
Anomalous Red Shifts: The Observations of Halton Arp
Hubble’s Constant and Tired Light
Quasars
Quantized Red Shifts

Chapter 8: Questions and Answers

Appendix 1: Vamshidhara on Bhu-mandala and the Earth Globe
Appendix 2: The Role of Greek Influence in Indian Astronomy
Pingree’s Theory Regarding Aryabhata
The Main Argument for Pingree’s Theory
A Preliminary Critique of Pingree’s Argument
The Theory of Observation
Indian Trigonometry: A Speculative Reconstruction
Another Speculative Reconstruction
Bibliography
List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Index