Why only Hinduism mentions the universe but no other religion?

Did we ever notice that only Hinduism mentions the universe? The reason is that only Hinduism knows about the vast dimensions and the huge timeframes of the universe of which our earth is just a speck. Ancient cultures like Maya, Inka, Sumeria, and others may also have reached out to the stars, but they were all destroyed either by Christianity or by Islam, and Bible or Quran were enforced as “the truth”.

Only Hindus have still preserved this knowledge which in all likelihood originated in India itself. There are still millions of valuable ancient texts in India, even though millions of others were burnt by invaders on the premise that only one book is needed. In Greece in contrast, there are estimated to be only some 20,000 texts.

Surya Sidhanta is a major text with incredible knowledge about the universe dated – hold your breath – at least 10,000 years ago. The ancient Indians knew that the earth is round or rather elliptical, that it goes around the sun, they knew the distance to the sun and moon; they knew that the distance is 108 times the respective diameter – the reason why sun and moon appear of the same size from the earth. Their knowledge was truly inspired or ‘God-given’.

The Puranas (purana means old and according to tradition were composed by Veda Vyasa around 5000 years ago), which are often dismissed as mere myths, are also a treasure trove of knowledge. They talk among other things about the creation of the universe (the ‘Big Bang’ and ‘expanding universe’ theory were in all likelihood inspired by them) and about the periodic withdrawal after billions of years, about the original, unmanifested One Source and the gods in charge of creation, sustenance and dissolution, who evolved from the One Source. Clearly, the ancient Indians were at home in the universe.

The Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana even claims that there are ‘myriads of universes’, a view which may now be taken more seriously by science after certain experiments in Antarctica had strange results. The timescales which the ancient Indians proposed are incredibly huge.

Now compare this with the Abrahamic religions. Judaism, the parent religion, as it were, of Christianity and Islam claims that the earth is some 6000 years old. Christianity and Islam didn’t challenge this view. Both did not look beyond this earth and actually hold very primitive ideas about it. Christianity taught that the earth is flat and static and that the sun moves over it until 400 years ago. Giordano Bruno, an Italian philosopher, was burnt to death in 1600 CE because he refused to disown the theory that the earth goes around the sun. Imagine – he was brutally killed for stating the truth and only 400 years ago…

Islam too considers the earth as flat and mountains were placed to stabilize it (Q15.19). Like Christianity, Islam also says that not the earth, but the sun moves, and runs to its resting place at night. There was clearly no idea about the vastness of the universe, as Q 67.5. says “We have decorated the heaven of this world with lamps and we made them as missiles for pelting the shaitans and thus prepared for them the scourge of flames.”

So naturally, these religions don’t mention the universe, because they had no clue about it. It is truly unfortunate that they dumbed down the intelligence of the human race. They destroyed the natural urge to discover the truth about us and the universe. Only since Christianity lost its power to punish views which are not in tune with the teaching of the Church, science took off in the West.

There is no doubt that the sudden tremendous progress of science in the recent few centuries was greatly inspired by Indian knowledge. Some western scientists themselves acknowledged this. Einstein said “We owe a lot to the Indians.” Famous scientists like Heisenberg, Schroedinger, Oppenheimer or Tesla studied India’s ancient wisdom. And Mark Twain opined: “Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”

Even in the 1970s and 80s, India’s wisdom had a rather good image, after the Beatles were inspired by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation. The contribution of India for example to Transpersonal Psychology was also acknowledged at that time, yet was meanwhile erased at least from Wikipedia.

However, in our modern times, this has changed. Hindu Dharma and Hindus, especially Brahmins, who preserved the knowledge system over many millennia, are unfairly vilified and ridiculed by the mainstream religions. They are accused of ‘oppressing minorities’, of ‘rape culture’ and even of terrorism. It happens rarely that anything positive is said about the Hindu tradition, when it actually produces the most humane mind-set, as it is based on Dharma, which means to do what is right under the given circumstances.

Are the institutionalized religions afraid that they lose their followers, if they come to know about the knowledge still stored up in India?

By Maria Wirth

18 comments

  1. Narendra Kaul · · Reply

    Always an inspiration to read articles by Maria. Truly Hinduism is special. Even to date despite perpetual atrocities,annihilations,forced conversions we rcontinue to forgive the tormentors and their ilk and recite sarve bhavantu sukhina…and scores of such invocations.

  2. Dispal · · Reply

    I appreciate and acknowledge the vast scientific knowledge the Hindu scriptures contain. But, at the same time it is untrue that the Bible says that the earth is flat. Nowhere in the Old Testament or in the New Testament it is explicitely said that the earth is flat. It is mentioned at many places ‘the ends of the earth’. But, this is a common phrase even used today. This does not explicitely says that the earth is flat.

    It is unfortunate that the Catholic Church leaders at that time unjustly accused and killed Bruno and accused Galileo. It is really a shameful act which even the Catholic Church has acknowledged it.

    But, the Catholic Church is evolving. For the past few decades the thinking has changed a lot. Church does not think that the earth is 5000 years old and it is not mentioned in the Old Testament also. ‘In the beginning’ does not mean 5000 years ago. In the Catholic Chruch we have ‘The Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ which was established in 1934. This assocition has many modern scientists as members. Even the great astrophysicist Late Stephen Hawking was member of this academy in spite of being an atheist.

    Yes, Catholic Church made mistakes.. But, we are changing.

    I am not talking about other Christian denominations or evangelical groups.

    1. Will the Church also change the most crucial dogma which has done so much harm? The dogma that only the Church has the full truth and those who don’t accept Christ as their saviour are dammed for ever…

      1. Respected Madam,

        Catholic Church does not teach that those who do not accept Christ as their saviour are damned forever.

        Please refer this :

        We cannot be united with God unless we freely choose to love him. But we cannot love God if we sin gravely against him, against our neighbor or against ourselves: “He who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”Our Lord warns us that we shall be separated from him if we fail to meet the serious needs of the poor and the little ones who are his brethren.To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called “hell.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church on Hell).

    2. But why one has to keep suffering until so called Church changes its understanding and evolves? Why can’t truth be respected and idea that something true exists beyond a book which is created as a collection of work of humans, limiting the content to the knowledge possessed by those humans? People who are non believers are many times deprived of existence and how long one has to wait till Church has learnt basic truth about the world?

      1. I don’t think Church will learn. It needs to be called out bluntly

  3. Sikhism also talks about the universe and mankind as a whole. Off course, Sikhism and Hinduism are part of the same family of Indic religions.

  4. Another excellent article by Mariaji. However, we should not ignore the fact that the modern scientific approach was developed in Europe and the US despite the Christian religious dogmas. The second fact which we should acknowledge is the lack of pride in the Indians themselves about their great heritage. Of course there are many exceptions but by and large there is an apathy towards the good things in the past. Also, there is a lack of understanding about the so called bad things like untouchability, Sati, caste system etc. in the history written by the British rulers.

    1. You are right that Indians lack pride and even doubt the greatness of their tradition. Reason is the agenda driven education by the British which has hardly changed after 1947…
      Hope it changes

      1. Actually it’s modesty not propaganda! 😊

  5. Amit Navalpure · · Reply

    Ms, Maria,

    Thank you for your brilliant post through this email, much appreciated you writing about Bharat, its thousands of years old history, culture and how its helping, assisting mankind and science explore new horizons.

    Keep writing and enlightening the world, we all are with you.

    Thanks Amit R. Navalpure A proud Hindu!

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  7. […] article was first published on the author’s blog on June 20, 2020 and is being reproduced with permission, after minor edits to conform to HinduPost […]

  8. The information you have shared about the Surya Sidhanta is indeed very interesting.

    Our civilisational culture placed spiritual awakening at its centre, as the primary purpose of human existence. It is the practice of this understanding that made it privy to an expansion in perspective that enabled insights that were unique and far ahead of their time.

    It is this sacredness of life that lies at the heart of what is considered Indian. The beauty of which is that it is most clearly recognised when we learn to look deeply within.

    It is God’s grace that you have both understood it so well and are able to share it so wisely.

  9. Christians have to stop lying! Here it says the earth doesn’t move and the earth is flat.

    Joshua 10:12: Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:
    “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
    Joshua 13: So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies.
    “The Earth is permanently established. It will not move” [PSLAMS-93/1,96/10 and 104/5]

    “Again, the devil taketh him up unto an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;” Matt 4:8.

    How is possible to see “all the kingdoms of the world” if the earth is spherical?

    They don’t talk of the universe because they don’t know how, when and why it all started and worst they don’t know what their God was doing before this creation.
    Namaste

  10. The Wild Pomegranate · · Reply

    Jewish Mysticism talks quite extensively about about the universe, astrology and the Divine Feminine. The Zohar (preeminent book of Kabbalah/Jewish mysticism) describes the earth as a “globe” and the concept of the earth spinning on its axis so that “it is day on one side of the world and night on the other.” I love interfaith study and exploration. I do quite a bit of it and especially love seeing where religions and spiritual traditions interconnect.

  11. alsalisali · · Reply

    This was very eye-opening. Thanks

  12. Being an Indian myself I got very inspired to make the name of my beloved motherland.
    And on a hilarious tone, Flat Earthers wanna say something?
    Followed your highly informative blog

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