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Biotechnology Foot Prints With Indian EpicsBY: Narmadha D | Category: Applications | Submitted: 2012-02-15 11:19:43
Article Summary: "Mahabharata is true story but we so believe it took place and was poetically exaggerated. There are evidences and merit a separate discussion. It is necessary to discuss these aspects because it is intresting to know we have the new technologies in the past..."
To make interest of these great epics in the minds of the younger generation which lacks these incidents to know or hear in schools/homes to revive all of them and certain scientific aspects from epic which is already written is now we known in the form of new RESEARCH (searching the past).
This article may help to review the past scientific aspects.
In Mahabharatha, Gandhari was married to Dhritrashtra, a king. Once Rishi Vyas came to visit Gandhari in Hastinapur ; She took great care of the comforts of the saint and had a pleasant stay hence saint was pleased with Gandhari and granted her a boon. Gandhari wished for one hundred sons who would be as powerful as her husband. Vyas granted her the boon and in due course of time Gandhari found herself to be pregnant. But two years passed she gave birth to a hard piece of lifeless flesh that was not a baby at all. She was devastated as she had expected hundred sons according to the blessing of Rishi Vyas. She was about to throw away the piece of flesh when Rishi Vyas appeared and told her that his blessings could not have been in vain. He asked Gandhari to arrange for one hundred jars full of Ghee (oil). He told Gandhari that he would cut the piece of flesh into hundred pieces and place them in the jar, which would then develop into the one hundred sons that she so desired. Gandhari told Vyas then that she wanted a daughter. Vyas agreed and cut the piece of flesh into one hundred and one pieces and placed them each in the jar. After two more years of patient waiting the jars were ready to be opened. When the first jar was opened Gandhari took the baby out and named him Duryodhana. The other children of Gandhari were taken out of the jars and now Gandhari had one hundred sons and a daughter called Duhshala. All the children grew up to be strong and powerful.
The birth of 100 sons and 1 Daughter is infact 'stem cell technology' as the single Foetus was broken into many pieces by Gandhari. There is description of how the wise man Vyasa carefully 'loaded ' them into small pots (modern day test tubes), preserved/safely held in place by closing them with a piece of cloth and they were carefully attended to by some trained parichaarakas symbolic of 'incubating' these test tubes under supervision.The cells from broken pieces of foetus because of totipotential(self independent) nature of embryonic cells could be 'cultured ' into compete human forms.The chronological description of this events stunningly correlate with sequence of evolution of present day technology such as Test tube baby, IVF, Stem cell technology etc..
In Newspaper-Times of India dated May 4, 2002- that "Kauravas were cloned, says scientist HYDERABAD: The science of cloning and test-tube baby was known to the Indians of Mahabharata age (3000 BC), according to a scientist who told a conference on stem cell research here on Saturday that the Kauravas were products of a technology that modern science has not even developed yet".
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