I have collected the time lines of some of our neighbouring countries here. These are largely “western” time lines.
- The African Time Line starts in 2000000 BC in Ethiopia
- The Chinese TimeLine starts with 1600000 BC
- The Greek timeline starts in 8000 BC, in the Mesolithic Period.
- The Persian - Iranian timeline starts in 8000 BC.
- The Eqyptian Time Line starts in 3100 BC (the beginning of our Kaliyuga)
- The Roman TimeLine starts about 2000 BC
By western accounts, the South Asian time line starts relatively late either with Alexander or at most with Buddha. This does not mean that the sub-continent was empty or was tribal as some people seem to think. It just means, that that is the only point from which “They” recorded our history. And “they” did not know the right way of reading our Itihasas, understanding how to seperate the layers of science, technology, astronomy, cosmology, from the ethics, politics, sociology to the Itivritti (historical facts). They went directly for the “king lists”. Not realising that in Ancient India the kings were the second varna and that they had to focus on the brahmin lineages (the first varna).
We appreciate their effort, resent their negativity and feel frustrated with their conclusions. More so because their erroneous conclusions have permeated our “textbooks”. And we, as a nation (sub-continent?) attempt to find out the truth for ourselves.
Ancient Indians used Yugas and other Astronomical Events to date our history. So to draw our timeline, it is necessary to understand our ancient calendar. As there is more than one Ancient Indian Calendar, based on geography, based on kingly dynasties, it becomes necessary not only to understand our calendars but to reconcile them. To do this We search for statements in books and on inscriptions that tie any two calendar systems together.This is being done by individuals as well as by the Indian National Science Academy.
Much of the information has been preserved in incorruptible and unforgettable oral Vedic chandas and much again has been lost. Some have been written down as manuscripts in various scripts and some of these scripts (like Brahmi) have been forgotten and are being relearnt. There is also information preserved in other Ancient Indian languages and Scripts for example Tamil, Acca Telugu- Hale Kannada and other languages.
There are some people who work at the archaeology end, some who work on the manuscripts and some who work on theories that fit all the data. There are some people who work to spread the new knowledge.
So who are we? We are the learners. We actively seek all the new data found and all the new theories put forward and we share it with each other, so that we fill the large gaps that were left in our education about the history of our own people.
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