Scientific Analysis of Indian Historyby Potluri Rao In Seattle
These open lectures are designed to encourage critical thinking skills. They use the Strict Scientific Method of Logic of Scientific Discovery. Truth emerges only when hypotheses are rejected with verifiable facts. Indian history is used to demonstrate the scientific tools. Science can separate history from myth.
Reading material for each lecture is provided as a free downloadable digital library. Only the material that meets standards of the Strict Scientific Method is included. Science has no place for prejudices.
Current Era (CE) is used instead of AD (After Christ). Similarly, Before Current Era (BCE) is used instead of BC (Before Christ). BCE and CE are in common usage.
01 The Rig Veda Reading material
Slokas from the Rig Veda are presented, as is, to understand social climate of 2000 BCE. It seems life has not changed much in 4000 years.
The Rig Veda is Objective Knowledge (Science). It is time invariant. It was true then and it is true now.
Commentaries on the Rig Veda are Subjective Knowledge (neScience). They reflect prejudices of the interpreter.
Critical thinking skills help us separate Science from neScience.
Searchable version of the Rig Veda, both in English and Sanskrit, is supplied in the reading material link.
02 The Bhagavad Gita Reading material
Both the Rig Veda and the Bhagavad Gita are Objective Knowledge.
The Gita presented a logic of Scientific Discovery. Here we trace evolutionary history of the Gita.
The logic of the Gita is presented in a lecture on the Science God.
03 Hinduism Reading material
Hinduism is a Scientific Method. It is pure logic. It is mininterpreted by people who are ignorant of logic.
Hinduism is presented in a logical format.
04 Knowledge Reading material
The Brahma Sutra is a logic of scientific reasoning. It is the foundation of all science.
It is presented in a simple form to make it understandable to students of science.
05 The Science God Reading material
The logic of the Gita was called the Science God. It is a continuation of the Brahma Sutra. Science is the god.
The Gita logic is presented in a scientific format.
06 Ganesha Reading material
Ganesha, the elephant head God, was the brainchild of Adi Shankara. Ganesha liberated Hindus from the tyranny of Brahmin. Gandhi used the same formula against the British.
07 Hanuman Reading material
Why did a fictional character, monkey, of the Valmiki Ramayana become a God?
There is a logical explanation.
08 Buddhism Reading material
Buddhism originated in Persia, not India. Siddhartha had nothing to do with Buddhism.
Biography of Siddhartha in Brahmin Puranas was pure fiction.
09 The Agni Cult Reading material
The Agni Cult originated in Syria. Agni people migrated to Kalinga (South India) around 3000 BCE. They composed the Rig Veda.
Agni people had nothing to do with Brahmin.
10 The Ramayana Reading material
There are as many different Ramayanas as there are different cultures. Why did Ramayana survive for thousands of years, in hundreds of different cultures, all over the world?
11 Where is Lanka? Reading material
Lanka in the Valmiki Ramayana had nothing to do with Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Ravana's Lanka, Hanuman's Rsyamuka hill, and Jatayu's Mahendra dvar were real. They exist even today near Jabalpur city in Madhya Pradesh.
12 The Mahabharata Reading material
The Mahabharata War changed the course of Hindu civilization. It created a climate that destroyed Hindu civilization.
13 Ancient History Reading material
Ancient history is scarce. The only source is Puranas. Puranas are fiction composed by Brahmin who are ignorant of logic.
14 Indian History Reading material
Science does not agree with the Brahmin (British) version of Indian history. Recent advances in DNA research tell us an entirely different story.
15 The Hindu Law Reading material
Hindu Law is based on equal rights to all generations Past, Present, and Future. It is misinterpreted by people brought up under Western Law based only on Present.
16 Manu Reading material
Brahmin were migrants from Persia. Manu Smriti was the Brahmin law dictated by a holy man in Persia. It was never the law in India. Indian law evolved naturally.
17 The Indian Law Reading material
Evolutionary history of the Indian Law from Aurangzeb to the present is analyzed.
18 The Arthashastra Reading material
The golden age of Maurya (Gupta) Empire was generated by the realization that only trade between Indian nations could generate wealth. Logic of trade was articulated as Danda Niti in the Arthashastra.
19 The Telugu language Reading material
All spoken dialects of South India and many of North India trace their origin to a language of hill people called Kui. Linguistic analysis of South Indian dialects suggests that the Agni people reached Kalinga around 2000 BCE.
20 The Koya language Reading material
This is a continuation of the lecture on Telugu for readers who are familiar with the Telugu script. Several spoken dialects of the Virgin Telugu are presented in the reading material link. They do not contain any Sanskrit words. They are a rich source material for linguistic research.
21 Ravana Reading material
In Indian folklore Ravana is synonymous with ten heads. In the Original Valmiki Ramayana, both Rama and Ravana were human with only one head and two hands.
Who gave Ravana ten heads and why?
Potluri Rao is a graduate of University of Chicago and Delhi School of Economics.
Click here for a list of some of his technical scholarly publications.