Are eclipses caused by Rahu?

by Chaitanya Charan dasOctober 13, 2011

Question: The Vedas say that eclipse is caused by a person named Rahu, but modern science says that  it is due to one celestial object covering another. How do we understand this?

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  1. What we can see depends on our qualification (eg. Computer with limited user access) and our scale of observation (eg. Grey powder seen as under a microscope to comprise white and black particles).
  2. Just as science asks for the faith that 95% of the cosmos comprises of dark matter and dark energy that is intrinsically unobservable, the Vedic wisdom asks for the faith that the universe comprises not just matter and its interaction, but conscious beings overseeing those interactions.
  3. Just as modern cosmology works in terms of predicting eclipses, so does Vedic cosmology based on the orbit of Rahu which is a planet that is invisible due to being light non-reflecting as given in the Jyotisha Shastras.
  4. The Vedic explanation doesn’t contradict, but parallels the scientific explanation.

 

For further understanding, please read:

http://www.bhaktivedantacollege.org/bvc_site/resources_services/articles/pdfs/jyotish/formal/english/vedic_cosmography_astronomy.pdf

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3 Comments
  • Rahul
    January 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hare Krishna Prabhu Ji, This website is really very wonderful. The idea of QA Audio is really remarkable. One of my colleague had doubts regarding vedic version of eclipse. I made him hear the audio of your answer. He was speechless and so appreciative. He just said,” Fundoo! This answer was so clear and the pronunciation also was so clear.” He was thanking me so much. Another colleague, I made him hear the answer to the question why Krishna enjoys. These are really tough topics to convince someone in favorable way. He too was moved and impressed. Both these colleagues are highly educated and teach Physics for IIT JEE at Fiitjee Patna Centre. This site is really going to make an impact to the mindset of educated Indian class. your happy servant Rahul

    • Dhananjay
      April 15, 2012 at 12:27 am

      This is really a very wonderful site ,clearing every doubt. But try to give answers to every questions asked. I have sent 4 questions to the prabhu ji around 20 days back, but still I am waiting to get the answer for those question.
      -Dhananjay
      BITS-Pilani

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