A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com - An unknown, terrible and powerful ancient weapon could have contributed to the collapse of one or several advanced technologically civilizations that existed in the distant past.
Could it be that the mysterious and terrible vajra - a powerful thunderbolt throwing light - was one of such unbelievable weapons?
When in the early twentieth century, people began to understand the unbelievable potential of radioactive decay; they also began to understand that it was not the first time the existence of a radioactive isotope appeared in the history of humankind.
This concept was proposed by Frederick Soddy (2 September 1877 – 22 September 1956), an English scientist who in fact, predicted the existence of a radioactive isotope but Soddy also suggested that there was once an ancient but extremely advanced civilization capable of harnessing of the energy of nuclear reactions.
However, due to the misuse of this source of energy, this ancient civilization was almost completely destroyed.
Many of us believe that Mahabharata and the Ramayana are not science fiction works, but the reality. The texts describe sophisticated aircraft such as Vimanas and Vailixi, and tell about using of terrible nuclear weapons.
Did anything of this highly sophisticated ancient heritage survive until today?
Vajra is a Sanskrit word that defies translation because of its numerous meanings, but essentially vajra is an indestructible substance, usually represented by diamond.
In Tibet it is called Dorje, in Japan – kongose, in China – dzingansi and Mongolia – Ochir. This is an important ritual object in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. We often see the vajra in the Buddha’s hand. Vajra represents a religious symbol like the cross for Christians and the crescent for Muslims.
In yoga, there is a posture called vajrasana – its meaning is to make the body strong as a diamond.
One kind of ritual object is the Kongo vajra (meaning ‘thunderbolt’), which often has sharp, dagger-like prongs. Kongo vajra can have one, three, five, or more prongs on each end. Some have Buddhist jewel designs.
Indra – most important god in Vedic religion – is frequently portrayed wielding a powerful thunderbolt – vajra, which in later Buddhism becomes a diamond scepter, the Vajrayan.
Vajra in Buddha’s hand.
Was Indra’s vajra one of his weapons used against enemies like the demon Vritra described as both snake and dragon?
According to early Vedic texts, this demon, also known as the Enemy, had transformed himself into a fearsome “snake” with no less than 99 coils.
Unfortunately for local farmers these tremendous coils were blocking up the rivers and streams and causing a great drought.
Zeus, the bearer of the thunderbolt, wielding his weapon against the powers of darkness
So horrifying was Vritra that none of the gods dared intervene and it was only Indra who found the courage, to fight the beast with one of his thunderbolts. As we know also Zeus was the bearer of the thunderbolt, wielding his weapon against the powers of darkness.
The substance of vajra fully controls devious influences, including heavenly demons and outside ways. The light, which is the characteristic mark of the vajra, has the power to break up all darkness, yet protects itself from all destruction. Further, it is said that Vajra is durable, luminous, and able to cut. The substance of vajra is durable, able to destroy what nothing else can, and yet itself indestructible.
According to ancient traditions, Vajra itself is a thunder of a thousand blades forged from iron, or gold mixed with bronze or stone.
This powerful device could not only destroy the enemy in attacking flying machines, but it also had the ability to cause rain and thus, it was a symbol of fertility.
Written by A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com Staff Writer