Brahmastra – Nuclear Weapon of Ancient India
Space and time are an abstraction. Time flies. Life moves from the past to the future. What happens now and what will happen in the future is always a result of what happened in the past. In our world, constantly things are being born, things die, and a few things don’t change. Everything in the universe is created, maintained for a certain amount of time and then destroyed in order to be renewed in an ideal form again.
What is the Brahmastra? And what power does it hold? It is a reality or just another legend? This weapon is created by Brahma himself. The term ‘astra’ means arrow or missile. It was charged with all the power of the universe. There was neither a counter attack nor a defense that would stop it.
Ancient scripts have influenced great scientists all over the world. And it’s imperative to go through these ancient texts in order to understand the history behind this iconic weapon.
In Hindu mythology, Lord Rama is by far the most revered God of all. But who is Lord Rama and why do people worship him in this age as well.
Hindu’s believe that Lord Rama ruled India approximately 7000 years ago. It is said that Lord Rama laid the very foundations of happiness, brotherhood and all positive philosophies about life. He also familiarized the humans with engineering skills so advanced they would put today’s engineers to shame. He is looked upon as the epitome of truth and modesty in Hindu culture. As per the Holy books, he is considered to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu on mother Earth. The old saga Ramayana tells us how he rose to prominence by defeating and killing the ten-headed king Ravana.
Ravana abducted Rama’s wife Sita and when he went in search of her, an epic battle ensued between them. Both the sides had heavy armed forces. And in this battle lies the mention of a highly advanced weapon. The Brahmastra.
According to the Puranas, the user when bestowed with the Brahmastra is given a key phrase to invoke the said weapon. Which means there was some type of keycode to activate the Brahmastra. In today’s technology also we use some keywords to open or close programs. Severe environmental damage was just one of the hazards of this kind of weapon. All life in and around the area where this weapon of mass destruction was used ceased to exist. It also left the land drought-ridden, without any hint of rainfall for a long time to come.
To be honest, we don’t know what this Brahmastra actually is, but we have such descriptions of the Brahmastra that makes us believe that it was the nuclear weapon of that time. It is stated that if used at its potential power, it could destroy the whole planet. A rain of arrows that emit shock waves similar to that of a nuclear explosion. A great soaring sound in smoke and flames on which sits death.
Written By: Devashish
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