Medical Science in Mahabharata

Ancient Medical Science

In the days of Mahabharata and later, Medical science had been very well practiced as a profession. An analysis of the materials in the Vedas reveals that, all the four Vedas provides the references regarding various aspects of medicine. The Atharva Veda is deemed to be an encyclopaedia for medicine. The present day Archaeological evidences of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa imparts the high civilization in matters of sanitation and hygiene. Archeological evidences have proved that there were well planned settlements of Harappa itself and special areas deduced to be hospital or treatment buildings. These make us think that there was an organized system of medical practice carried on from the earliest times. The "caraka samhita" is an early Ayurvedic text on internal medicine provides volumes of information on herbs and nursing. The "
Sushrutha Samhitha"  (after Mahbharata 1000 BC to 600 BC) shows the greatness of "Sushruta" known by the title "Father of Surgery." describes 300 surgical procedures, 120 surgical instruments and classifies human surgery in eight categories.  

In the Mahabharata there were various events describing the role of surgeons and physicians. Unlike the modern medical system based on empirical (experimental) system, ancient medical science was sourced through the exploration of the pure consciousness. This was scientifically proven by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who had taught his "Transcendental meditation" to almost 5 million people during the past 50 years especially in US and Canada.  He advocates that “Through Transcendental Meditation, the human brain can experience that level of intelligence which is an ocean of all knowledge, energy, intelligence, and bliss.”  

Apart from indigenous medical science, the involvement of Aliens with very advanced medical science is evident in Mahabharata. Rishis like Vyasa, Bharadhwaja are all advanced Aliens ahead of us in scientific knowledge in terms light years. The descriptions of very advanced cloning, artificial fertilization etc are all clear footprints of the Aliens. Let's go through the application of Medical science in Mahabharata.


Tools used by Sushruta

Ancient India had great physicians and surgeons whom are far more advanced in their profession.  For instance how many will believe the fact that Sushruta who was known as "father of surgery" did Cataract surgery ? He used a special tool called the "jabamukhi salaka", a curved needle, which was used to loosen the obstructing phlegm and push it out of the field of vision. In the Mahabharata, surgeons and surgery played a very important role in war and life. There are various instances in which the role of surgeons were mentioned.

Sanjaya continued,--"Then there came unto him some surgeons well trained (in their science) and skilled in plucking out arrows, with all becoming appliances (of their profession). Beholding them, the son of Ganga said unto thy son,--'Let these physicians, after proper respect being paid to them, be dismissed with presents of wealth. Brought to such a plight, what need have I now of physicians? I have won the most laudable and  the highest state ordained in Kshatriya observances! Ye kings, lying as do on a bed of arrows, it is not proper for me to submit now to the treatment of physicians.


And Kunti's son, king Yudhishthira, amongst them marched, taking with him the cars and other vehicles for transport, the food-stores and fodder, the tents, carriages, and draught-cattle, the cash-chests, the machines and weapons, the surgeons and physicians, the invalids, and all the emaciated and weak soldiers, and all the attendants and camp-followers.


And there were assembled hundreds upon hundreds of skilled mechanics, in receipt of regular wages and surgeons and physicians, well-versed in their own science, and furnished with every ingredient they might need.


A wounded opponent should either be sent to his own home, or, if brought to the victor's quarters, should have his wounds attended to by skilful surgeons. When in consequence of a quarrel between righteous kings, a righteous warrior falls into distress, (his wounds should be attended to and) when cured he should be set at liberty.

Abhimanyu, A warrior in the womb

In Mahabharatha, when Subhadra was pregnant, Arjun told her the secret of entering the chakravyuh. When he was explaining the exit procedure, Subhadra fell asleep. Hence Abhimanyu learned the entrance procedure while he was in Subhadra's womb and he never had the chance to learn the exit strategy.

There was a time when people criticized this concept of a child learning from the womb of a mother. But further scientific developments have made things very clear and modern science says that it is very much possible.

In his book "Right Brain Education in Infancy" by Dr. Makoto Shichida, world-renowned founder of over 350 Child Academies in Japan says, the right brain is active during gestation. Furthermore, the imaging right brain is the center for extra sensory perception, or ESP.

He further adds cells are sensitive and can transmit subtle energy patterns to the brain, a child has extra sensory perception in the womb. The unborn baby uses the cells of his developing body to gain information from the world around him, which is transmitted to his right brain hemisphere.

Unless there is interference, the right brain hemisphere is capable of putting extra sensory impressions on the screen of the mind, which is how it got the name image brain. Young children are highly receptive when it comes to extra sensory impressions because the left brain is not dominant in children up until the age of six or seven.

Dr. Shichida found that young children can be easily trained in ESP and that babies in the womb have ESP. He believes this is because the fetal right brain hemisphere is active while the left brain hemisphere is dormant. Source [ Right brain Education ]

The existence of Bacteria and Viruses

The existence of bacteria and viruses are explained in the following text from the Mahabharata Santi Parva Section XV

I also feel it advocates the Darvin's theory "Survival of the fittest"
Arjun said: "I do not behold the creature in this world that supports life without doing any act of injury to others. Animals live upon animals, the stronger upon the weaker. The mongooose devours mice; the cat devours the mongoose; the dog devours the cat; the dog is again devoured by the spotted leopard. Behold all things again are devoured by the Destroyer when he comes.This mobile and immobile universe is food for living creatures. This has been ordained by the gods. The very ascetics cannot support their lives without killing creatures. In water, on earth, and fruits, there are innumerable creatures. It is not true that one does not slaughter them. What higher duty is there than supporting one's life? There are many creatures that are so minute that their existence can only be inferred. With the falling of the the eyelids alone, they are destroyed"

Cloning, Embryo development and Artificial Fertilization

If you had read the Mahabharata a hundred years back, you would have thought all those advanced medical descriptions should be "divine" nor "crap". Now in this 21st century, we can perceive them to some extent with skepticism due to the development in science. Therefore more and more we advance in science we could perceive the advanced scientific concepts of Mahabharata better. 

The science of cloning  was well known and practised during the Mahabharatha times. Mr. B.G. Matapurkar a surgeon with the Maulana Azad Medical college in New Delhi told a conference on stem cell research that the Kauravas "were products of technology that modern science has not even developed yet".  The conference was organised by the southern chapter of the All India Biotech Association.  Mr Matapurkar, who holds a US patent on organ regeneration technique that he developed 10 years ago, said that he was thrilled when he stumbled on a verse in Mahabharatha under the chapter Adiparva that actually describes how the Kauravas were created from a single embryo from Gandhari. He said that according to the description in Mahabharatha, the Kauravas were created by splitting the single embryo into 100 parts and growing each part in a separate container. In other words, Matapurkar said, "they not only knew about test-tube babies and embryo splitting but also had the technology to grow human foetuses outside the body of woman, something that is not known to modern science"

Apart from the above there is also mention of an embryo, conceived in one womb, being transferred to the womb of another woman from where it is born. The transferred embryo is Balarama and this is how he is a brother to Krishna although he was born to Rohini and not to Devaki.

In the case of Kunti conceiving by chanting manthras through yogic trans, there is fertilization (the process involving a sperm fusing with an ovum) but without physical Intercourse. May be the manthra acting like a password invokes the object of Meditation (Indra, Vayu Etc) to transmit its chromosomes to the meditator (using her biological address). A very advanced form of Artificial Fertilization.

Advanced Plastic Surgery or an Alien Bio shield

Karna the son of Surya (sun god) is born with a shield that protects him from weapons. This may be an Avatar by that particular Alien by modifying his own DNA bio-technically to win his foe. It may be a biological shield similar to Exoskeleton found in tortoise but incredibly strong. Unlike artificial Exoskeleton used by humans, Karna's Kavach was blended with his body.

Sexual orgasm

In a conversation between Yudhishtra and Bhisma, Yudhishtra asks the following question in [ANUSASANA PARVA PART I section XII]
"Yudhishthira said, 'It behoveth, O king to tell me truly which of the two viz., man or woman derives the greater pleasure from an act of union with each other. Kindly resolve my doubt in this respect." Bhishma while replying his questions explains a story where a king transformed into a women later given an option to again opt for whichever sex he/she likes opts to remain as women with the following explanation for it. "The lady said, 'I desire to remain a woman, O Sakra. In fact,--do not wish to be restored to the status of manhood, O Vasava.--Hearing this answer, Indra once more asked her, saying,--Why is it, O puissant one, that abandoning the status of manhood thou wishest that of womanhood? Questioned thus, that foremost of monarchs transformed into a woman answered, 'In acts of congress, the pleasure that women enjoy is always much greater than what is enjoyed by men. It is for this reason, O Sakra,that I desire to continue a woman; O foremost of the deities, truly do I say unto thee that I derive greater pleasure in my present status of womanhood. I am quite content with this status of womanhood that I now have. Do thou leave me now, O lord of heaven.--Hearing these words of hers, the lord of the celestials answered,--So be it,--and bidding her farewell, proceeded to heaven. Thus, O monarch, it is known that woman derives much greater pleasure than man under the circumstances thou hast asked." This is very much acknowledged by modern sexologists.

Advanced Vision

Modern science clearly states the limitation of our human eye. The eye has limited size and therefore limited light-gathering power. Opthamologist say that the human eye has limited frequency response and it can only see electromagnetic radiation in the visible wavelengths. So what we see is not what exists but what we will be capable to see. That's why lord Krishna gave special visionary powers (divine eyes) to Arjuna to have a glimpse of his "Vishwaroopa" (exposing his cosmic body).

Modern science enables refractive laser eye surgery, performed by ophthalmologists for correcting myopia, hyperopia etc. Laser energy was introduced in refractive surgeries discovered by Rangaswamy Srinivasan. Srinivasan working at IBM Research Lab discovered that an ultraviolet Excimer laser could etch living tissue in a precise manner with no thermal damage to the surrounding area. Here Laser energy is applied to the eye for reshaping, and the flap is replaced to serve as a type of natural bandage for quicker healing. In Arjun's case too lord Krishna might have used an advanced mode of laser like energy to enable Arjun's eye to visualize extreme frequencies.

Continuous change of particles in the body.

Please Note, the continuous change of particles in the body was well known to the sages long before. In the modern world it was shown that William Harvey (1578 - 1657) discovered the circulation of the blood.

Mahabharatha provides clear thought about the above.
"The constituent elements of the body, which serve diverse functions in the general economy, undergo change every moment in every creature. Those changes, however, are so minute that they cannot be noticed. The birth of particles, and their death, in each successive condition, cannot be marked, O king, even as one cannot mark the changes in the flame of a burning lamp. When such is the state of the bodies of all creatures, - that is when that which is called the body is changing incessantly even like the rapid locomotion of a steed of good mettle- who then has come whence or not whence, or whose is it or whose is it not or whence does it not arise? What connection does there exist between creatures and their own bodies?"