Lesson 5 - Ancient Origins of Vastu Science
I thought that the reference to Kumari continent might have raised a few eyebrows so I searched Sthapati's library for something that would help me elaborate the point. I found a publication of a paper presented at the Second International Seminar on Mayonic Science and Technology. DR. S. Padmanabhan presented the paper and the title is: Mayan in the Kumari Continent. This lesson will be composed of material taken directly from that publication.
By the way: If you ever go to Los Angeles, there is a very amazing computer simulation of the history of continental drift over the last 6 billion years. (I think it was "billion", maybe it was "million") It goes through the dance of continents in three minutes.
The one central theme around which the history of the Tamils evolved is the concept of Sanghams, where poetical compositions, literary and grammatical works and treatises on art and architecture, were presented for assessment of their merit by the eminent scholars in the respective fields. Thus the Tamil language and literature and art and architecture had the unique advantage of a systematic growth for many centuries through Sanghams under the patronage of Pandya kings. There is enough literary evidence to show that the first and second great Tamil Sanghams were held at South Madurai and Kapadapuram respectively in the lost continent of Kumari and the third great Sangham was held at the present Madurai. According to tradition, the scholars selected the top of the hills for the venue of the Sangham to save themselves from the frequent sea erosions.
...beneath the Indian Ocean there lie the remnants of a vibrant and hoary civilization of the Tamils going back 25,000 years, which were submerged by periodic cataclysmic landslips during the remote past. Peninsular India extended beyond Kanyakumari ( the southern tip of present day India) forming a sprawling continent touching Africa in the West, Australia in the East, Antarctica in the South and occupying a large portion of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. From Cilappatikaaram, one of the twin epics in Tamil literature, we learn that the river Pahruli and city Kumarikoda along with a huge range of mountains disappeared in a great deluge. The land south of Sri Lanka according to Mahavamsa covered a distance of 4900 miles southwards.
The forefathers of the Tamils lived and thrived on the vast land south of Kanyakumari swallowed by the sea. Their two Sanghams were held there. In the first Sangham, Agathiyam written by Agathiyan was the authoritative grammar of language and literature while Aindiram, written by Mayan, was considered as an authoritative grammar on art and architecture. Though Agathiyam was famous during the first Sangham period, it is regrettable to note that only a few fragments are available now. But it is a matter of pleasure and pride to know that Aindiram is available now. The text of Aindiram was found in the Saraswathi Mahal Library, Thanjavar and also from the oral renderings of one scholar, Veerabadran . (Note from Michael: Sthapati told me the story of how this old pundit just showed up at his office one day and told him he had the whole Aindiram memorized!)
Aindiram is a multidimensional treatise on Energy and Matter, Space and Time Order and Beauty. Absolute time creates life said Mayan in his Aintiram. He added that "Mathematics has its roots in the Time unit and Architecture is the zenithal achievement of mathematics." Aindiram is an embodiment of the subtle and penetrating theories of five aspects (Ain-Tiram) namely, Moolam (prime existence), Kaalam (Time), Seelam (Rhythm), Kolan (Form) and Gnalam (Earth). Mayan views the entire cosmic phenomenon in terms of these five aspects. We find that the number "5" is closely associated with the ancient Tamils in the continent of Kumari. They divided the land into five, namely Mullai(pastoral), Kurinji (mountainous), Marutham (agricultural), Neithal (maritime) and Paalai (desert).
In Aindiram of Mayan we see his interpretations and enunciation of the truth related to sound energy and light energy in multifarious ways and his lineaments to the art of poetry, music, painting, drawing, sculpture and architecture. He provides grammar for all these arts. The text speaks of the traditional cosmology particularly the system of creation with a deep insight into the behavior of individual self and universal self: the inner space and outer space.Lesson 6