A State-Of-The-Art Vedic Lab and Library To Be Set Up In Bengaluru Soon

Swarajya Staff

Aug 03, 2017, 01:06 PM | Updated 01:06 PM IST

Manuscript (Wiki Commons)
Manuscript (Wiki Commons)

All ancient Indian wisdom will soon be one touch away thanks to an upcoming state-of-the-art preservation laboratory which will bring the Vedas and other Indian scriptures onto your smartphones.

As reported by The Times of India, the initiative will be set up in Bangalore and is being spearheaded by Bengalurean P R Mukund, who is an engineering professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. It was his desire to preserve Vedic manuscripts and the wisdom they hold that got him to develop a technology called Waferfiche which is being used to preserve the manuscripts available on ancient palm leaves.

With the help of this technology, images of manuscripts will be copied through multi-spectral imaging process on a Waferfiche, which is a water and fire proof silicon wafer. This wafer can then be read using as simple magnifying glass. The palm leaves are first softened by rubbing them with the juice of Tulsi, following which a micro-image of the leaves are digitised using the multi-spectral image technology.

Three thousand old manuscripts have already been converted into digital form and are now being turned into e-books.

Mukund, who is also the founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of Knowledge in New York, said, "The upcoming India Centre, which will house the manuscripts, will have a library of digital books of these granthas and a laboratory where I can make more of these Waferfiche discs. I'm confident of getting talent in India. A lot of Indian students connect with me online to hear my talks on Vedic science and are very energized about it".

A ‘fortunate’ encounter with vedic scholar Bannanje Govindacharya few years ago led Mukund to delve into the Vedas and other Hindu scriptures. "I was amazed at the research done in this country while scripting the Vedas, which say the universe is made of matter and energy. If science and its by-products explain matter, spirituality is all about energy. All our scriptures provide knowledge about energy," he says.

And if you too possess any of the old manuscripts that you inherited, you can share it with the foundation and have them digitised too.

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