An Introduction: -
Albert Einstein The great physicist said, "Time is the fourth
Dimension". Vedas say that "Time is the first dimension". They
say "in the beginning there was nothing". This concept of
"nothing" is beyond the comprehension of ordinary human mind!
It is so because before the concept of time there was
absolutely nothing which is known as the "Shoonya" or 'Zero'
or complete silence. Only the yogi's who have attained" Nir
Vikalpa Samadhi" state can experience this "nothing"and none
else can. It is a state beyond time or "timeless state".
Vedas say that from this nothing came a vibration known as the
"Pranava" or the sound 'AUM'. From this sound there emerged
five symbolic instruments of creation of universes. These were
known as the Five "Tan matras". From the Tanmatras came five
Primordial forces called Space and Time, Atmosphere, Light,
Fire, Liquids, and finally the solidification of all. The
mixing of these forces resulted in creation of the universes,
as we know it now.
It is an accepted scientific fact that even the universes are
time bound. The theory of relativity (so called because all
facts are related to time) speaks of speed in relation to
time. Vedas speak time as the limiting Factor for all
creation. Every thing is time bound.
So the question came as to what is
the scale of time?
The Vedic seers who are known as the Rishi's, Maha Rishi's,
Brahma Rishi's and Deva Rishi's according to their knowledge
of time and creation, have equated "Time " in relation to the
age of Brahma the agent of creation. His age is 100 years in a
special time scale.
The Rishi's found that as far as the earth and the life in it
are concerned the motion around the Sun is enough as a time
scale for knowing the changes which would occur with the
movement of the earth in relation to the Sun. They also found
the "Grahas" (some other celestial bodies) Viz. the MOON,
MARS, MERCURY, JUPITER, VENUS AND SATURN cast their influence
on the earth. The seers also advised that every action must
produce a reaction which comes back to the source of its
origin in due cycle of time. (The word "Karma" means action).
Newton's third law of motion is based on this concept.
The Grahas (Planets) were found to be the best guides as to
the type of forth-coming reaction good or bad in the moving
time scale. Thus was born the science of Vedic astrology,
which is known as "JYOTISHA" or 'illuminator' in Sanskrit.
Vedas are knowledge taught by teacher to disciple through the
medium of sound. They cannot be learnt by reading or
memorizing. An ordinary example can be cited to illustrate the
point. Ordinary "YES" means I accept. "Yes? means what do you
want? 'Yyeess' means I have my doubts, 'Yus' mean's reluctant
acceptance, Yes sir means please tell me and so on.