Friday, April 18, 2014

Forgotten India: Ancient Power Source Resembling Modern Day Batteries

There's a lot of talk in the scientific community about alternative sources of energy. There's even been many conversations about free energy that I've ran across lately. (Yes, I get bored in my car and watch documentaries and conferences on subjects like energy. Some good must come from this right?)

I was listening to a podcast recently in which Chris Lesley was a keynote speaker. You may not recognize that name but that's okay, neither did I and the name isn't what's critical. He spoke about many things but the one thing that stuck out in my mind was his "Ancient India Batteries." That got my attention! I had to do more research.

His research led him to a passage in the Agastya Samhita (click the link and download it free - it's in Bengali). Agastya in essence means mountain thrower. This is the name  given to the Siddhar (or sage) who wrote the book. In it is recorded what is the earliest known recorded description of a battery-like power source. The book was written in approximately 4000 BC. The technology for modern day batteries wasn't discovered until 1791. (There was talk of a 2000 year old power source discovered in Baghdad but it has not been deemed as a type of battery.)

Though on a grander scale, this excerpt from the Agastya Samhita describes how to create a source of energy that resembles how batteries are made today.


"Place a well-cleaned copper plate in an earthenware vessel. Cover it first by copper sulfate and then moist sawdust. After that put a mercury-amalgamated-zinc sheet on top of an energy known by the twin name of Mitra-Varuna(cathode-anode). Water will be split by this current into Pranavayu (oxygen) and Udanavayu (hydrogen). A chain of one hundred jars is said to give a very active and effective force."

Find a visual tutorial, for those of you who are visual learners, at The Infinity Foundation.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you believe Ancient India had knowledge we've not yet caught up with in today's society? Are there other discoveries like this you've heard of?

35 comments:

  1. Terry My Journey With CandidaApril 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I keep telling my Hubs that we need to build a windmill but he acts like I am crazy. I think the energy source described is a great idea, but I wonder how or if they can be recharged and how long the charge lasts.

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  2. I think it is important to remember these old ways of doing things because technology is great until it doesn't work properly.

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  3. That's amazing that the first battery like power source was recorded as far back as 4,000 BC. Yes, I absolutely believe they had this knowledge. Interesting post.

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  4. I think they are on to something and if they can maybe perfect it a little more, they might really have a great idea.

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  5. JadeLouise DesignsApril 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    This is the first I've heard of Ancient batteries like that. i do think ancient times had many secrets we can't explain now. I mean just look at the pyramids. But at the same time; I think our technology is so advanced now that I don't think the ancients were ahead of us. But just very unique and probably ahead of their time.

    What I wonder is where we could be now a days had the technology they had anciently wasn't lost to them. And if we had simply kept progressing. Amber E>

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  6. I think the day we uncover all of the knowledge that we haven't uncovered yet will be amazing. I don't really believe it's possible for any one person to be the only person that's thought of something.

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  7. How interesting! I love hearing about things like this from ancient times and wondering about them.

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  8. Interesting I do enjoy learning new things. thank you for this.

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  9. I've heard about this before - I thin it was while I was randomly using stumbleupon amazing the history that has been forgotten. x

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  10. I am definitely a visual learner, so I will have to check out the tutorial online. This is very interesting and intriguing.

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  11. It would not surprise me to find out that they are way ahead of us. I have to go see more on this one.

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  12. That is quite possible. It's very intriguing and I will certainly look into thus further

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  13. I am an India, so I believe in ancient knowledge of everything..like vastu shastra ..

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing this. This is a very interesting post. Sharing this with the hubster.

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  15. That is a good question. I would think you could recharge them as needed since the materials used weren't likely cheap then.

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  16. Thank you. It is fascinating the things we've yet to realize about our ancient history.

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  17. That's a good question. Had we not lost all this knowledge we could be potentially far more advanced!

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  18. I agree and I feel the same way. No one person is the only one to ever think of something.

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  19. It is fascinating all the history we have lost. I love finding out about things like this too.

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  20. I think there's a lot left to uncover. I've been following a lot of the discoveries in that area including the Harrapan society. I'm quite fascinated by all things ancient.

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  21. Thanks for sharing! it's a fascinating subject.

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  22. I think it's interesting in any case. I have one child who is very much a visual learner, and it is very different for him to learn that it is his siblings.

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  23. It is said that the
    world's first recorded plastic surgery was done in India. It was done on
    a severed nose by an Indian surgeon Sushurata (600 B.C.). He conducted plastic surgeries on severed
    nose, ear lobes etc. He wrote a book
    called Sushrut Samitha which described surgical implements which are used even
    today by modern surgeons. Interestingly, the nose reconstruction procedure is
    exactly the same which is used by surgeons even today. The procedure has not
    changed even after thousands of years.

    http://ispub.com/IJPS/4/2/8232

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kg0G_wtzrk

    There is also
    something else. Ancient Indian had the technology to build air crafts. There is a reference to Pushpak Viman in
    Ramayana which Ravan used to abduct Sita.
    Eight years before the Wright brothers, in 1895, an Indian Shivaji
    Bapuji Talpade build an aircraft and test flew it. There is a book called Vimanika Shastra (the
    science of building aeroplanes) in Sanskrit which describes in great details
    the engine, fuel and material necessary to build air crafts.

    http://www.thelivingmoon.com/47brotherthebig/03files/Vimanas_Mercury_Vortex_Technology.html

    I thought it was all
    mumbo jumbo but I realized that knowledge was always present. Knowledge has been described as always present
    in the universe by the Vedas but covered by ignorance waiting to be
    discovered. Much of the present day scientific
    knowledge from Roman Numerals, to medicine and gun powder originated in India
    and China and then taken to Europe by Arab traders, Greek philosophers,
    merchants etc. We could not make use of
    this knowledge because it remained with a particular class who could read the Sanskrit
    texts and gradually lost it. Some say
    that after the devasting Mahabharata war in which nuclear weapons were used,
    humanity went back to stone ages and the knowledge was lost. In the west, ofcourse, merchants, scientists
    etc., backed by capitalists encouraged
    new inventions and their mass production.

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  24. It is said that the
    world's first recorded plastic surgery was done in India. It was done on
    a severed nose by an Indian surgeon Sushurata (600 B.C.). He conducted plastic surgeries on severed
    nose, ear lobes etc. He wrote a book
    called Sushrut Samitha which described surgical implements which are used even
    today by modern surgeons. Interestingly, the nose reconstruction procedure is
    exactly the same which is used by surgeons even today. The procedure has not
    changed even after thousands of years.

    http://ispub.com/IJPS/4/2/8232

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kg0G_wtzrk

    There is also
    something else. Ancient Indian had the technology to build air crafts. There is a reference to Pushpak Viman in
    Ramayana which Ravan used to abduct Sita.
    Eight years before the Wright brothers, in 1895, an Indian Shivaji
    Bapuji Talpade build an aircraft and test flew it. There is a book called Vimanika Shastra (the
    science of building aeroplanes) in Sanskrit which describes in great details
    the engine, fuel and material necessary to build air crafts.

    http://www.thelivingmoon.com/47brotherthebig/03files/Vimanas_Mercury_Vortex_Technology.html

    I thought it was all
    mumbo jumbo but I realized that knowledge was always present. Knowledge has been described as always present
    in the universe by the Vedas but covered by ignorance waiting to be
    discovered. Much of the present day scientific
    knowledge from Roman Numerals, to medicine and gun powder originated in India
    and China and then taken to Europe by Arab traders, Greek philosophers,
    merchants etc. We could not make use of
    this knowledge because it remained with a particular class who could read the Sanskrit
    texts and gradually lost it. Some say
    that after the devasting Mahabharata war in which nuclear weapons were used,
    humanity went back to stone ages and the knowledge was lost. In the west, ofcourse, merchants, scientists
    etc., backed by capitalists encouraged
    new inventions and their mass production.

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  25. Mandy Young CarterApril 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    I definitely believe in ancient knowledge. Lots left for us to find and uncover

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  26. Love to read interesting things like this. Im sharing it with my son who likes to read interesting stuff.

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  27. Interesting discovery! I have never heard of this before and it seems intriguing.

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  28. How interesting! I could see this being made into a movie...ancient discoveries are always fascinating.

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  29. Liz @ A Nut in a NutshellApril 19, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Even if it wasn't exactly the same, it sure sounds like it was on the right path. Interesting!

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  30. This is very interesting - I'd definitely would love to see this one!

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  31. Interesting! I'll look into these things as I'm quite fascinated by ancient texts and old documents. There's quite an empowering feeling that comes from reading books that are 200+ years old and handling documents from centuries past.

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  32. Now that is interesting! I don't know, ancient civilizations sure did accomplish some amazing things without the technology we have now…anything is possible!

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  33. I've learned something new here! I think each country has their own way in progress I guess.

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  34. Each ancient civilizations have their own Scientific discoveries and techniques.We should explore and try to include in our modern culture.

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