Can you believe that surrogacy and cloning were present at the time of Mahabharata?

Time and again, the grand Hindu foundation has been acclaimed to be of greater intensity than we realize today. Excerpts from Vedic legends to Ramayana and Mahabharata, and the entire foundation of infinite Gods have all had struck a chord with modern day beliefs and even scientific findings. However, lack of physical evidence to validate these facts has turned out to be a major disadvantage on the part of Hindu traditions, owing to which many of the validations go dismissed. Regardless of that, here is a compiled list of what can be safely termed as ‘co-incidences’ from Hindu traditions, that strike a perfect chord with modern day scientific innovations. For believers, these are evidences enough to realise the essence of Hindutva and its origins.

1. A perfect anecdote of surrogacy, which was a science conceptualised in the 1903s, can be seen from Mahabharata. When it was prophesized that Kamsa will see his end through the hands of Devaki and Vasudev’s eighth child, efforts were made by the couple to save their children. Six of them died, however, the seventh and eighth survived. The seventh one, Balarama, was the son of Devaki and Vasudev, born through the womb of Rohini, transferred by Goddess Yogamaya. Any other terms for that except surrogacy?

2. We all know it is impossible for one woman to give birth to hundred children. Gandhari, however, did – but through a highly complex and monitored technique checked by sage Vyasa. All that Gandhari gave birth during Mahabharata was a lump of flesh after carrying it in her womb for two years. However, sage Vyasa cut the flesh into 100 pieces, treated it with herbs, and there emerged 100 children from the single lump.

Today, we call the very process cloning.

An instance of cloning can also be observed in the legend of Durga, where she had to embrace the form of Raktheshwari in order to slay a demon named Raktha-Beejasura. This demon cloned himself from every drop of his blood that fell on the ground, which was then controlled by Durga in order to slay him. The similarities are a little too intense to be coincidental indeed.

3. An Italian Neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero announced in 2015 that he shall conduct an experiment of xeno-transplant in 2017. No success has been seen so far in the field of major organ transplantation in humans so far. However, has it ever struck us if the head transplantation story of Lord Ganesha could actually have been a scientific process? Also, any body part that was chopped off a God or a demon would grow back in Hindu legends. Doesn’t that clearly define what we term ‘cell regeneration’?

4. Bizarre demonic creatures and seemingly abnormal living species are common throughout all Hindu legacies. What we term as miracle owing to our lack of understanding could actually be the genetic mutation or genetic engineering that the world of science is frantically exploring today. Mutation could refer to self born semi-human creatures such as Vishnu’s Narasimha avatar, Hanuman, etc. Whereas similarities to genetic engineering are seen in legends such as creation of Veerabhadra and Bhasmasura by Lord Shiva, Ganesha by Parvati, and hundreds more.

Well, co-incidental or perfectly scientific, the sad truth is that we do not have enough material evidences that can validate our beliefs. Yet, comprehending the fact that beliefs need no validation, we take the liberty to claim that Hindutva was truly a highly advanced way of life even since its inception. Proofs are also left behind by Shushrutha, Vyasa, and others who performed complex scientific operations even back then, and traditions such as Yoga and Dhyana that the world seeks even today. What we term as miracles could actually have been science, whose evidences were washed out as times changed to Kali Yuga. We like to term them beliefs and not myths; for creation is infinite, and it all exists.

Ashwini Jain**