It is merely quintessential quaintness in a vertical, upright rectitude
towards a grammatical virtue that  leads into free-spirited expression.
Aliens from another world?  Were the first earthmen astronauts?
In 1952, the father of the atomic bomb, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, was at Rochester University to
attend a conference of the world's top nuclear scientists.  It was just seven years after the first
A-bombs had mushroomed over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

During a question & answer session for the young college students, Oppenheimer gave a
bombshell answer that was largely overlooked, or ignored, by the media.  
A student asked:  "Was the bomb exploded at Alamogordo, New Mexico, during the Trinity Project,
the first one to be detonated?"
Oppenheimer's reply:  "Yes, it was the first one -- in modern times, of course."

Later, chemist Robert Warth, who attended the conference said that Oppenheimer seemed
"startled" by the question -- and that the students looked at each other in bewilderment.

Did Oppenheimer believe that atom bombs had been exploded in an earlier time?
We know that Oppenheimer was a complex man with many interests; he was deeply interested in
the religions along with beliefs in ancient India, and had read the great sagas like the
Vadas, the
Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

These ancient records contain startling and vivid references to tactical nuclear warfare,
mentioning weapons all too familiar to us, most recently from Desert Storm in the Gulf War, like
explosives, artillery and rocketry.  [Hence the title, "Ancient Star Wars"]

An amazing section of the
Mahabharata, called the Drona Parva, describes warfare between ancient
armies on what is now the plains of northern India.  The blasts of "final" -- today we call them
"ultimate" -- weapons destroy entire armies.  In part, the
Drona Parva reads:

"The steeds and elephants and weapons were carried away as if these were the dry leaves of
trees -- borne away by a great wind.  They looked highly beautiful, like flying birds, flying away from
the trees..."  The saga describes the mushroom clouds of tactical nuclear warheads:  They [the
clouds] looked like the openings of giant, spreading parasols."

This is the nuclear battlefield described in all its horror -- from records written 8000 years ago!  The
Drona Parva also tells of the suffering that followed the bombs, when "the people's hair fell out and
their food was spoiled."  The survivors also washed their bodies often -- a necessary survival
precaution for people exposed to radioactive fallout.

Similar catastrophes have been reported in the records of other ancient civilizations -- like the
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is also detailed in this book.  But, it is only in India that
ancient records, copied and recopied from the originals, describe in detail the great explosions
and the terrible ensuing slaughter.

The use and effect of tactical super-weapons like low-yield atomic warheads, strike aircraft,
SCUD-type missiles and armored vehicles are also revealed in remarkable detail.
References to what we think of as purely modern weapon systems like these, are scattered
throughout the Indian texts - which mostly concern the adventures of gods and heroes.

Mahabharata saga runs to 200,000 verses, making it seven times longer than Homer's ILLIAD
ODYSSEY put together.  
It was written in 1500 B.C., but describes events of a much earlier time, just as Homer wrote of the
Trojan war, a conflict that ended more than 500 years before he was born.  The
Mahabharata was
first translated into Sanskrit in 1834, and then appeared in English in 1884.

Mahabharata is the story of gods, demigods and men.  Again, many experts believe these gods
and demigods referred to in the ancient manuscripts were ancient astronauts who battled among
themselves for possession of this planet, and that man was almost destroyed in the process.

Many historians say the
Mahabharata describes the Aryan invasion of India which forced the
original Dravidian inhabitants to the southernmost sections of the subcontinent, or to life as
members of lower castes serving the Aryan masters.

...But time and time again, they are puzzled by references to weapons only easily identified as
modern day radar, fighter aircraft, smoke barrages, poison gas shells, armored divisions and
nuclear missiles.

In Victorian times, British historians got around the puzzle by declaring that the super-weapons
were "agneyastras" - great siege cannons used in antiquity to blast through the gates of castles
and cities.  They said that these references had been slipped into the
Mahabharata in modern
times in a prideful Indian attempt to say:  "See, we invented cannon before you did."

But this notion was completely disproved by the great Indian historian V. R. Ramchandra Dikshitar
in his book
War in Ancient India.  Writing at the height of World War 2, Dikshitar said:  

"Aircraft and other weaponry is now just catching up on what the
Mahabharata meant when it spoke
vimanas, fighting sky chariots; the mohanastra, which caused armies to fall unconscious without
a wound; the
tashtra, which killed large numbers of the enemy in one blast and the fog dart, which
covered the battlefield in thick smoke and hid the movements of armored formations.
To glibly characterize everything found in this ancient literature as imaginary, and summarily
dismiss it as unreal...has been the practice of many scholars till quite recently."

Today, scientists and military men recognize the super-weapons described in the
Mahabharata; but
this wasn't the case 100 years ago.  One brilliant translator of the saga, P. Chandra Roy, said in the
1850s:  "To the English reader, there is much in this book that will strike him as ridiculous."

...And in 1884, the translator Kisari Mohan Ganguli added:  "There are verses in the
which are exceedingly difficult to construe."
But what was mysterious or ridiculous in the 1800s seems perfectly understandable to us in today's
world of high-tech weaponry.
The following excerpt from the
Mahabharata is chillingly familiar to all of us, even though it is
separated from our own atomic age by 8000 years:

"A single projectile charged with all the power of the Universe.  An incandescent column of smoke
and flame, as bright as 10,000 suns, rose in all its splendor.  It was an unknown weapon, an iron
thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes...the entire race of the
Vrishnis and the Andhakas."

---Editor's Interjection:  Please note, the last quote seemed to be an extravagant exaggeration to
denote the extreme force behind this particular weapon used during the times of ancient star
wars.  It didn't literally nor could it possibly be charged with all the power of the Universe......

Then, in a horror that invokes the memories of Hiroshima, the saga goes on:  
"The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable.  Their hair and nails fell out, pottery broke
without any apparent cause, and the birds turned white.  After a few hours the foodstuffs were all
infected, and to escape the fire...the soldiers threw themselves into the river..."

Do the
Mahabharata, the Ramayana, the Mahavira Charita and other Indian classics, describe a war
fought between armies of ancient astronauts for possession of this planet?  Or does it describe an
experiment that went terribly wrong?  Did the extraterrestrials seek to advance mankind's
knowledge by giving him the secrets of atomic energy for peaceful purposes?  And did man
misuse that knowledge, building not
power plants, but weapons?

The ancient astronauts' bold experiment may have been destroyed on the plains of northern India
in 6000 B.C., plunging man into a dark age that was to last almost 8000 years.
Could it be that we are now, if we are not careful, on the brink of repeating that horror?

Editor's Comment:
This chapter provided relatively simple concepts that ultimately leads to the possibility of us
repeating our past mistakes - which is very possible.  What will throw many narrow minded folks for
a loop, is the concept that suggests that the human race was assisted with the help of
aliens from
another planet.  Most people stuck within the limits of mundane thoughts, will always be limited to
a degree.  Either way, we've been visited many times before.  Life is all throughout the cosmos, not
just stuck here - on this lovely planet of ours.

Look below, for the complete list of chapters on this topic. Cheers!
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