Category: Vedic sciences

The reality of Shadow Planets

The Sanskrit word Graha is very unique. Its English equivalent, namely planet, is however inadequate. The word planet does not convey the idea that it is a holder of an energy of some sort. European translators, two centuries ago, made the hurried assumption that the word Graha means Planet. The widespread use of the word planet to refer to Graha in the context of astronomy creates confusion. A good example of this confusion is the literal translation of the phrase Chaya Graha to a shadow planet. How can a shadow be a planet? Can shadow qualify to be an object? An overview of the related Sanskrit words gives us a better idea about the phrase Chaya Graha. Something that grasps, holds or seizes is Graha. According to Sri Sri Ravishankar, an expert on the terminology in Vedic texts, the whole universe is moving fast and whatever is holding this universe is called Graha (QNA Nov 2015). According to this, a

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