wisdoms in vedic hinduism-17 - Meru
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    sastras are all nonsensical, " exclaim critics of our
    religion. "They say that north of the earth is the Meru
    mountain, that our one year is one day for the celestials
    residing there, and that the sun revolves round it. They believe
    that, besides the ocean of salt, there are oceans of sugarcane
    juice and milk, in fact several kinds of oceans. They describe
    the earth with its five continents as consisting of seven
    islands. It is all prattle. "

    should the ocean be salty? Who put the salt in it? Why should not
    there have been an ocean tasting sweet or of milk? Is the talk
    about the seven islands and the seven oceans absurd? What to the
    sastras say about the position of the earth, the same sastras
    that speak about the seven ocean, and so on? "Meru is
    situated on the northern tip of the earth, " they state.
    "Directly opposite to it is the Pole star(Dhruva). "

    northern tip of the earth is the North pole. Is the Pole star
    directly opposite to it? No. "Eons ago, " scientists
    explain, "it was so. But later big changes took place and
    the earth tilted a bit. " The sastras refer to a time when
    the Pole star was directly opposite the North Pole and at that
    time the seven islands and the seven oceans must have existed.
    When the rotating earth tilted a bit the oceans must have got
    mixed and become salty and in the process the seven islands must
    have become the five continents.

    there is a place above the North Pole it must be Meru where we
    have our svarga or paradise. Let us imagine that this earth is a
    lemon. A spot on its top is the Meru peak. In relation to that
    spot any other part of the fruit is south. Where can you go from
    there, east or west? You can go only south. You will learn this
    if you mark a point on the top of the lemon. For all countries of
    the earth, for all "varsas", north is Meru.
    "Sarvesamapi varsanam Meruruttaratahsthitah. "

    the North pole it is six months day and six months night. We must
    have been taught this in our primary classes. It means our one
    year is one day on the North pole. This is what is meant by
    saying that our one year is one day for the celestials.

    the earth rotates, the northernmost and southernmost points are
    not affected. In some places there will be sun for 18 hours and
    in other places only for six hours. There are many differences in
    the durations of day and night with regard to different places on
    earth. Only on some days does the sun rise directly in the east
    and is overhead without departing even by one degree. On other
    days it rises from other angles(from north-east to south-east).
    Such is not the case on the North pole. There the sun shines six
    months and the other six months it is darkness. And, again,
    during the sunny months it would seem as if the sun were
    revolving round this place(the North pole).

    six-month period when there is sun in the North Pole is called
    uttarayana and the similar sunny period on the South Pole is

    North Pole is called " Sumeru" and the South Pole
    "Kumeru". ("Sumeria" is from Sumeru. In that
    land, it is said, the Vedic gods were worshipped. ) Just as the
    North pole is the abode of the gods, the South pole is the abode
    of the fathers (pitrs) and hell. To see the gods and the pitrs
    who are in the form of spirits and the denizens of hell one must
    obtain divine sight through yoga. Merely because we do not
    possess such sight we cannot deny their existence. There was Blavatsky who was born in Russia, lived in America and later
    came to India. She speaks about the worlds of the gods and of the
    spirits. A great scientist of our times, Sir Oliver Lodge,
    affirmed the existence of spirits and deities and stated that
    mankind could benefit from them. If you ask why Jyotisa, after
    dealing with the science of astronomy, should turn to
    spiritualism, the answer is that there is no contradiction
    between the two as supported by the example of a scientist like
    Sir Oliver who too turned to spiritualism.

    sastras came into existence at a time when mortals mixed with the
    gods. We would be able to appreciate this fact if we tried to
    understand the samkalpa we make at the time of performing any
    religious function. The samkalpa traces the present from the time
    grahas at the commencement of the yuga: then they were all in a

    calculations with regard to heavenly bodies today are different
    from those of the past. And, if the findings at present are not
    the same as seen in the sastras, it does not mean that the latter
    are all false. The sastras have existed from the time the grahas
    were in a line and the North pole was directly opposite the Pole
    star. Since then vast changes have taken place in nature. Valleys
    have become mountains, mountains have become oceans, oceans have
    become deserts and so on. Geologists speak about such cataclysmic
    changes, and astronomers tell us about the change in the courses
    of the heavenly bodies. So what we see today of the earth and the
    heavenly bodies is different from what is mentioned in the

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  • I agree, it would be good to see the links.

    There are many Meru theories, the diameters dont make much sense however if these Su - Ku Meru's were true.
    However, I remember one ancient map (marked in the BC's) showing the Istanbul from a top view (that assuming it to be the north pole), which does make a difference to many assumptions we do.

    - R
  • Links as i assured, will post , this week end while writing the thevaram article.

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