In every Hindu relic or Vedas or Upanishads, symbolism has a great role to play. There are deeper meanings behind the representation of concepts that even delve deeper into metaphysical theories.
With that notion, there is a unique symbolic representation of every deity. For instance, Vishnu in Mahabharata is in the avatar of Krishna and is portrayed as a sleeping god on the snake in the milky ocean. There are thousands of head of the snake, all looking inward towards Vishnu.
This represents a tranquil mind and looking toward the Absolute Truth of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu is sleeping in this representation, meaning that he is in his cosmic sleep that focuses on the Infinite reality of his own identity; the snake shows cosmic energy and the ocean of milk shows eternal bliss.
Brahma, the creator of the universe, comes from the navel with a chakra on his upper hands, which symbolizes the Kala-chakra, the cycle of time. This chakra is supposed to maintain the orderliness and functioning of the Universe, according to the Dharmachakra. The conch shows five universal elements, and when blown can produce a sound that vibrates to the frequency of universal creation.
Many Sanskrit grammarians and scholars claim that the Vedas and Upanishads are written in such a way that it can give multiple meanings and anyone who attempts at reading can have their own interpretation to it. It is said that the language of Sanskrit itself is the language of higher beings who have achieved the heights of science and philosophy.
The language is very advanced in itself, and at the moment, it seems like it is complex for our understanding. As it seems, when Vyasa compiled the Mahabharata, he only presented a short, limited version of it to the humans, while presenting the entire thing to the higher beings.
There is a compilation consisting of 600,000 verses, among which 300,000 verses are known to Devas, 150,000 verses are known to the world of Pitris, 140,000 verses are known to the world of Gandharvas, and 100,000 verses are known to the mankind.
Maharishi Vyasa is considered to be an advanced “alien” or a higher being who might have had the capacity of futuristic humans. He could have encoded the scientific discoveries and inventions in the verses, such that the poems of the Mahabharata are passed down generation after generation and one day someone can finally be able to decode it.
The people during the age of Rishis did not experiment in the ways the current scientists are doing. They were more like the theoretical physicists who worked just on the terms of mind. Let’s take Albert Einstein, for instance, he worked on his theories completely on his mind and was able to come up with a thought experiment that finally led to equations that modeled his ideas. Same is the case with Stephen William Hawking, who once said, “It would be difficult for someone that is disabled to be an observational astronomer. But it would be easy for them to be an astrophysicist because that is all in the mind. No physical ability is required.”
The capacity of advanced science and greater metaphysical theories is beyond current human understanding. Imagine yourself teaching a tribal group in the most rural of places in Africa who have not ever been in contact with the outside world about television. It would be difficult for them to comprehend and grasp the knowledge. You cannot go in depth about teaching them, just it’s basic functions. That’s the same with the deeper meanings inside Mahabharata. After the Mahabharata war, the destruction was massive and very few people with vast knowledge disappeared. Perhaps that is how Vyasa used ordinary things to conceptualize the terms such as “chariots”, “dhanus”, “vimanas”.
So, one cannot simply dismiss the advanced technologies mentioned in Mahabharata as mere science fiction. They are just at massive heights that are currently incomprehensible to the human mind. The in-depth description presented in Mahabharata is more of a history than a myth.
For instance, how Bhishma Parva VI describes rivers, mountains, plains, people and others. The ancient Hindu civilization consists of aliens, who might have been super-humans or devas or gods. They were all powerful, and it is the time that we stop thinking of Mahabharata as just fiction. There could be hidden secrets that unlock the advanced technological world written among the verses. All it calls for is someone to experiment with them.