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VIMANAS is India’s ancient relationship with UFOs & ETs. The Sanskrit word VIMANA is defined as 'measuring out, traversing; a car or chariot of the gods, any mythical self-moving aerial car.' The ancient Sanskrit texts are full of references to these flying VIMANAS. The famous book VAIMANIKA SHASTRA, which was sold as a Sanskrit text on spaceship aeronautics, was channeled in 1918-23.
However, there are numerous examples of aerial ships in the great Sanskrit epic, The MAHABHARATA:
… they again took to their city and employing their…wizardry flew up to the sky, city and all…their celestial, divinely effulgent, airborne city, which could move about at will. Now it would go underground, then hover high in the sky, go diagonally with speed, or submerge in the ocean. [3(35)170.20-25]
On this sun-like, divine, wonder-working chariot [Arjuna] flew joyously upward, while becoming invisible to the mortals who walked on earth, he saw wondrous airborne chariots by the thousands.[3(32)43]
Evidence of nuclear bombs is found in a passage from The Mahabharata: At the Time of the Great Dissolution of the Universe - Excerpts from the Mahabharata 3186.55-75, SECTION CLXXXVII:
… seven blazing Suns, appearing in the firmament, drink up all the waters of the Earth that are in rivers or seas. ... And that fire called Samvartaka aided by that inauspicious wind, consumeth this world extending for hundreds and thousands of yojanas.
...And there rise in the sky deep masses of clouds, looking like herds of elephants and decked with wreaths of lightning that are wonderful to behold.
And some of those clouds are of the hue of the blue lotus; and some are of the hue of the water-lily; and some resemble in tint the filaments of the lotus and some are purple and some are yellow as turmeric and some of the hue of the crows' egg. And some are bright as the petals of the lotus and some red as vermillion. And some resemble palatial cities in shape and some herds of elephants. And some are of the form of lizards and some of crocodiles and sharks.
...the clouds that gather in the sky on the occasion are terrible to behold and wreathed with lightnings, roar frightfully. ...And then, O ruler of men, the Self-create Lord--the first Cause of everything---having his abode in the lotus, drinketh those terrible winds and goeth to sleep!
* From Internet Sacred text Archive : The Mahabharata of Krishna-Swaipayana Vyasa , translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli [published between 1883 and 1896] . The Ganguli English translation of the Mahabharata is the only complete one in the public domain.
My considered view is that there are many beings of varying states of consciousness that for literally millions of years have interacted with our planet Earth. Some might call them gods, while others may know them as etheric beings or perhaps extraterrestrials - a word that only means not of this earth, extra-terra. Examples of other worlds are found in many of the Sanskrit Puranas.
“The stars in the form of constellations are mentioned along with the planets wherein are situated the residences of the gods who have performed meritorious acts.” [VAYU PURANA 1.93]
There are seven higher worlds and seven lower worlds in Hindu metaphysics. These LOKA worlds reflect a wide spectrum of consciousness, as they are made up of specific frequencies of
waveforms. Perhaps the demon worlds of the Sanskrit Puranic texts, the anti-gods, the Asuras and Raksasas, are the Reptoid or Borg-like extraterrestrials.
The VAYU Purana also contains amazingly detailed descriptions of an eighth world, dazzling and bejeweled, inhabited by hybrid beings, meaning for example half-lion and half-human similar to images in the cuneiform tablets.
VAYA PURANA, Chapter 39
 Beyond Brahma Loka and beneath the upper crust of the Cosmic Egg – in between these two is the PURA (Shiva’s city), his divine abode MANOMAYA (consisting of the mind).
 The city shines much with scattered diamond dust.
These worlds are light from within, meaning their reality does not consist of reflected light, as does our solid five-sense material world.
[239-42] … there are divine lotuses… made of gold… their inner surfaces are very tender. The lotuses covering up the whole place seem to be so many umbrellas.
Are these gold umbrellas some sort of protective technology? Are these beings vulnerable to Cosmic Rays, Gamma and X-Rays as we are?
[260-263] Some [of the inhabitants] are… horse-faced… a few have the faces of the lord of the beasts; other have faces and bellies like those of elephants, others are elephant-faced; a few are lion-faced and tiger-faced… others can assume any form they wish.
If this had been translated before today’s science began to fool around with genetic manipulation, naturally these creatures would have been seen as ‘mythology’. The same images of human bodies with animal heads are sprinkled on the ancient Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform tablets.
[264-266] Lord Mahesvara [the transcendent Lord Shiva] of ten arms sports therein… He is being respected and diligently worshipped by those people moving about in aerial chariots.
Evidently these 'gods' have their own space ships!
VAYU Purana, Part I, Chapter 53 – Arrangement of Luminaries
73. There are crores (1000s) of constellations and as many stars too.
75. The stars occupy their own abodes. These luminaries are the abodes of pious persons.
76. The abodes are created by the Self-born Deity at the beginning of the Kalpa. They stay up to the dissolution of all living beings.
77. These are the abodes of the deities in all Manvantaras. These deities identify themselves with these abodes and stay till the final dissolution.
78. The abodes of those who have gone have vanished.
79. In this Manvantara, the planets reside in aerial cars.
(This is a particularly intriguing verse because it suggests the idea of planets as space ships or a giant space station-mother ship that might not require an orbit.)
83. Svarbhanu…being a demon, harasses all living creatures.
[There are myriad demon worlds as well, perhaps Reptilian or Borg-like.]
VAYU Purana, Part I, Ch. 1, Verse 93.
The stars in the form of constellations are mentioned along with the planets wherein are situated the residences of the gods who have performed meritorious acts.
These LOKA worlds are all contained within this universe – the Cosmic Golden Egg known as Hiranya-Garbha. The Puranas say that there are seven higher worlds and seven lower, but within these divisions are contained thousands of cities of the Nagas (serpents), Danavas (giants), Pisacas (eaters of raw flesh), and Raksasas (demons), and a multitude of other beings in a variety of possible existences.
All of these temporal illusory realities would correlate to a specific frequency of consciousness. These worlds all seem to have their own code of life that they adhere to, their own dharma, and the gods are often fond of the demons and have respect for them – when they are not at war with them, which happens repeatedly. Thus the primordial idea of 'The War in the Heavens' is a frequent subject in the Sanskrit texts. These wars are often reflected here on planet Earth.
The Puranas also say that there are thousands of crores (millions) of these Cosmic Eggs!
VAYU Purana Chapter 49
Verse 150-151. ...There are thousands of crores of Cosmic Eggs.
[I assume this refers to the fact that there are multiple universes.]
Abhinavagupta, the Kashmir sage & saint / 950-1020 AD:
"Universes Float Like Bubbles in an Ocean… Maya, the divine power of the Lord, reflected by him externally appears … The Lord, covering Himself with it, conceals his nature of absolute purity and divinity. … He sees everything through of viewpoint of diversity and forgets the divinity of His I-consciousness. Besides, Maya-tattva serves as the inanimate objective substance out of which all other insentient elements evolve. It is thus the substantive cause of numerous universes floating in it like bubbles in an ocean."
Excerpt from: Essence of the Exact Reality or PARAMARTHASARA of Abhinavagupta, with English translation & notes by Dr. B.N. Pandit; Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1991, New Delhi
None of these worlds are any more or less real than ours. The heavenly spheres are a part of the temporal illusory hologram. The entire universe is a hologram of divine pulsating energy. It is only our current confinement to the five-senses that creates the delusory perception of apparent solidity - so that we may enjoy the adventures of this cycle of time, the Kali Yuga or Age of Conflict & Confusion.
All things that appear as multiplicity,
Not simply on this earth,
But even those that seem to belong
To the heavenly spheres –
All are as unreal
As the objects seen by the dreamer
In a dream.
Uddhava Gita, Dialogue 8, Verse 31
In the Twilight of the Kali Yuga, the Veils begin to come down and what has been hidden is revealed.
- Metaphysical Musing
- The VAYU PURANA, Part I
- Translated & Annotated by Dr. G.V. Tagare
- Motilal Banarsidass Publishers; Delhi, 1987
- The MAHABHARATA, Translated & edited by J.A.B van Buitenen, 1973, University of Chicago, 1980
- The BHAGAVATA PURANA, translated and Annotated by Ganesh Vasudeo Tagare, M.A., PhD, Part 5; Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 1976/1992, Delhi, India
- The UDDHAVA GITA: The Final Teaching of Krishna, translated by Swami Ambikananda Saraswati, Ulysses Press 2002