Bhishma-Yudhishthir Samvad

“I do not instruct you regarding duty from what I have learned from the Vedas alone; What I have told you is the result of wisdom and experience, it is the honey that the learned have gleaned. Kings should collect wisdom from various sources, One cannot go successfully in the world with the help of…

चातुर्मास & 5561 BCE: Exciting evidence from धर्मशास्त्र for the year of Mahabharata War

I was aware of this evidence for some time. I am/was looking for the original धर्मशास्त्र text in question, before writing about it. I will continue to search for this धर्मशास्त्र text, however, I plan to write about the details of this evidence in the near future, that also corroborates 5561 BCE as the year…

Genetics & Out of India (OIT) Migrations

“It is ironic that science took 200 years to catch up with the imprecise conjecture based on linguistic assumptions and constructs which have themselves been passed off as science.”                                       – Dr. Shiv Sastry — (following is an excerpt from upcoming book of Dr. Shiv Sastry.  All copyrights belong to Dr. Shiv Sastry) One of…

How to detect a plausible interpolation? Part – 3 of 5

I began writing this series a while ago and never found time to complete it. Previous two parts of this series can be read here… https://nileshoak.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/how-to-detect-a-plausible-interpolation-part-1-of-5/ and https://nileshoak.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/how-to-detect-a-plausible-interpolation-part-2-of-5/ — In this part, I want to address interpolations of two specific kinds. Interpolation: Type -1 Few illustrations may make this intuitive. (1) If someone asks me,…

Origins of MahaShivaRatra

Magha Vadya (Krishna) 13 is celebrated as Maha-Shiva-Ratra (Longest auspicious night of the year). — While in antiquity this day of Magha Vadya (Krishna) 13 fell on the day of Winter solstice (and thus longest night), in our times the day falls sometime in January-February-March timeframe and thus no longer aligns with the longest night…

How to compare two ‘Truth’ claims

Sir Karl Popper presents us with a somewhat unsystematic list of six types of cases in which we should be inclined to say of a THEORY 1 (T1),that it is superseded by THEORY 2 (T2) ,i.e. as far as we know, T2 corresponds better to the facts than T1, in some sense or the other.…