Sunday, August 23, 2015

Is It Really A Myth Or Was There Really A River Called Sarasvati?

22 August, 2015 

'There is a river, spoken of repeatedly in the Rig Veda, that vanished into the earth - though not from human memory - thousands of years ago and that was only revealed again by satellite imaging and remote-sensing technology in the latter half of the twentieth century...'

Graham Hancock wrote in his fascinating book

Where is the famous Saraswati river?

The Saraswati, a river mentioned in several ancient Indian texts and believed to have disappeared some 4,000 years ago, is now intensively searched for.

Researchers from Haryana and Rajasthan are separately working on finding and establishing the existence of the Saraswati river.

In July 2015, Rajasthan sought Rs70 crore from the central government to conduct studies and trace the route of the Saraswati river. The state has set up the Rajasthan River Basin and Water Resources Planning Authority (RRBWRPA) to study the paleo-channels—remnants of an inactive river—and help revive the Saraswati river.

“The data of the Central Ground Water Board and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) satellite maps indicate that there are paleo-channels flowing under the ground,' according to source.

However, it has to be further analysed and studied whether these channels are Saraswati river,” Sriram Vedire, chairman of RRBWRPA, told reporters on Aug. 12.

Last week, the Rajasthan government asked the RRBWRPA to submit a report on its findings in the next six months. Meanwhile, the Haryana government allotted Rs10 crore for establishing a Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board and committed Rs50 crore for reviving the river in April this year. The board will work alongside the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for the project.

In August 2014, union water resources and river development minister Uma Bharti said, “There are enough scientific evidences on the presence of the river Saraswati in some parts of the country through which it flowed about five to six thousand years ago…Saraswati is not a myth.”

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Since 2003, the ASI has conducted excavations under the Saraswati Project at 10 locations spread across Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Saraswati river mentioned in the Vedas.

So far, most explorations have indicated that what is now called Ghaggar river—a seasonal river that flows between India and Pakistan during the monsoon months—may be what was referred to as Saraswati in ancient Indian literature.

This, however, isn’t the first time that such a theory has been floated.

In 1880s, archaeologist Marc Aurel Stein recorded that the eastern-most tributary of the Ghaggar river was still known as “Sarsuti” at that time, which he argued was a corruption of the name “Saraswati.”

Another believer of this idea is French scholar Michel Danino. In his 2010 book The Lost River: On the Trail of Sarasvati, Danino suggested that Saraswati was not a mythological river, instead claiming that there is strong evidence linking the Ghaggar and the fabled river of India’s ancient texts.

Meanwhile, in May this year, the Haryana government—immediately after it started excavation work to find the river—found water pools on a dry river bed, further strengthening its claim about the presence of the river. But since then, not much has been discovered.

The Saraswati river has been mentioned in several Hindu manuscripts, where rivers are described as sacred, and often personified as deities. The Mahabharata glorifies the Saraswati as the river that covers the universe, while the Rig Veda describes Saraswati as one of the seven major rivers of the Vedic times.

Reviving the river may not be easy and is likely to take a long time. But perhaps, the Modi government can take a cue from all the efforts to revive a dead river, to ensure that many of its existing rivers—which are at the verge of dying—don’t end up becoming another Saraswati.


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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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