India of Science – A Verdant Verdict

Independent studies have revealed certain hidden historical truth about ancient India that is known as Bharat. The ancient India was the epicenter of a philosophy which was based on materialism. The people of the era discussed the materialist philosophy and practiced materialism in their day to day life. It was a scientific way of life that prevailed in those days of the past.

Historians have picked up threads of those thoughts and practices and they codified them under the title, “Charvaka Samhita” which gives a clear picture of the ancient materialistic philosophy that was the order of thoughts and actions of the people. The settlement of those people was centered on Sindhu and Gangetic river belts which formed part of ancient Bharat.

The materialist philosophy of Charvaka is reported to have developed during 7th Century BCE: That was the period when the saga of world renunciation started spreading among developing communities in different parts of the world.

Charvaka philosophy upheld strict materialistic perceptions: According to the perceptions, those matters which have no objective reality, does not exist in the universe. The Charvaka School of materialism was popular and was practiced by people of the clan for a very long time. The Philosophy rejected everything unless that could be proved as true through and by sensory experiences.

Charvaka philosophy stood as the most irreligious and skeptical ideology ever devised and practiced anywhere across the Globe, in the past. It was a highly developed civilization of ancient India and that civilized, materialistic society of scientific ideologies and pursuits is also known as Indus Valley Civilization. The valley covered areas including Indus river belt in the present day Pakistan and northwest India.

Things did not go smooth for the atheistic society of Charvaka thoughts: The scientific way of life that prevailed in the Indus Valley had to face the biggest body blow by BCE 15th century. That was the time of Aryan migration into the Indian sub-continent particularly the area covering the Indus Valley Civilization of the Materialist-Charvaka Society. The body blow was the biggest tragedy that wiped out science and scientific pursuits of ancient India. Many historians call Aryan migration as Aryan invasion, may be, because their arrival was not in search of livelihood but to capture power and to establish their supremacy.

Aryans belonged to ancient central Asia and Europe including areas covering Hindu Kush Mountains. Their belief system was called Zoroastrianism; Zoroastrianism was the belief system of Persia, the present day Iran. Zoroastrianism is believed to have been introduced by one mythological figure named Zoroaster in the 6th century BCE. He perceived the ideas of God, Heaven, Hell, Evil spirits et al which form part and parcel of every present-day Religion in the world.

By nature Aryans were a set of aggressive nomadic tribesmen and they were cattle herders by profession. They migrated to Indus Valley plains in large numbers. They vehemently let loose and forcibly spread their traditional beliefs and rituals in the Sindhu and Gangetic river belts eroding steadily the prevailing Indus Valley Civilization; alongside they thrust their rituals and ritualistic practices upon the local Charvaka community.

The culture and life style the invaders brought with them were entirely different from that of the original inhabitants. They converted the fertile land they occupied into prosperity with agriculture and trade. As years passed by, they the migrant Aryan-invaders began to call themselves as Hindus because of their proximity with the Sindhu River. The contextual reason for such a change is explained on the basis of a purported fact that there was no letter ‘S’ in Persian linguafranca  and hence the visitors replaced the letter “S” in the word ‘Sindhu’ with ’H’ and thus they became “Hindus”.

The Aryans codified their ritualistic practices under a caste system called “Chaturvarna Vyavastha”. The Varna Vyavastha, the system, was built on the criteria of skin color and supposed spiritual-knowledge-pool of the clan: They, then, thrust the Varna Vyavastha upon the local populace by force.

Under the Chaturvarna Vyavastha, Brahmins, the topmost layer in the system, were the custodians of a perverted intellectualism. Their intellectualism transgressed into total subjectivism replacing all materialistic thoughts at every level. Science and its application in social and cultural spheres of human pursuits were replaced by Brahminical spirituality pushing black-brown-skinned original inhabitants into the lower strata. The lower strata, accordingly, got de-classified, one after the other, as Kshatriyas, Vaisyas and Shudras keeping Brahmins at the top of all.

Brahmins established ultimate supremacy in every operational area for amassment of wealth, prosperity and authority. The process continued till the total annihilation of materialistic thoughts of Charvaka philosophy from the face of India almost altogether. Whatever vestiges of the materialistic philosophy remained, they are now scattered here and there under different names such as Humanists, Skeptics, Atheists and Rationalists.

Dangerously aggressive affiliates of Hinduism, today, have taken over the task of spreading all that is against science and scientific temper of the society. Except for a few intellectuals, almost all Indians today are under the cloud of this peculiar trend of the cloudy darkness which is totally opposite to the shiny light of scientific temper and scientific attitude of the ancient culture. Also, in the current scenario, under the guise of democracy, the aggressive affiliates of the post Aryan invader-clan broke into Political arena, as well: They are playing the fiddle of religious rhythms to attract the people towards subjective ideologies. Thus the ancient India of materialist philosophy is now tracking the path of the spiritualistic philosophy. The divide between the philosophical thoughts of materialism and the philosophical thoughts of spiritualism is widening steadily across Indian subcontinent as years pass by.