Monday, February 12, 2007

Vedic power generation

In my blog titled ‘Am I proud to be an Indian?’ I briefly touched upon Indian’s glorious past and the abundant knowledge in Vedas and Upanishads. Having said that it is very difficult to interpret Vedas and understand the real meaning. This is mainly because the language of Sanskrit is much more complex than any other languages and each word conveys many meanings. But my simple question was ‘If we have so much of knowledge and intellectual wealth, why can’t we use them for welfare of human beings?’. To my surprise, recently I found one classic example for this. Before getting into the details let me give some background information.

One of my very close friends is working for an IT company in Bangalore and couple of months back they celebrated ‘technology day’ in their organization. They invited Mr. Satish Chandra (who has supposedly demonstrated power generation using Vedic methods) for a guest lecture. I also got to know from my friend that he has proved that the output energy generated is more than input energy. How come it is possible? All I know is output energy can be less than or equal to input energy and the efficiency of any system cannot be more than 100%. It was surprised and got curious to know more about that. Couple of weeks back we visited Mr. Sathish Chandra’s institute and got a chance to interact with him for four hours. He explained his work in detail and gave a demo of his power generation prototype. Boy! It was really awesome.

Basically the Vedas (which are written in Sanskrit) can be deciphered in three ways. They are Adhyatmika (for general public), Adidaivika (rahasya or secret) and Adibhouthika. The first two methods are already interpreted by many Sanskrit scholars but nobody has attempted the third method. Mr. Sathish Chandra has successfully interpreted them using the third method and using one of his interpretations he has come up with a prototype for electricity generation.

Now let us quickly revise the fundamentals of electricity generation. The fundamental law says, when a magnetic flux is cut by mechanical motion, electricity gets generated. If you take the example of simple dynamo, it will have two magnets (North and South) where the magnetic field is created. When a mechanical rotor is rotated in between the magnets the electricity gets generated. Since there would be some energy losses the efficiently is less than 100%.

Mr. Sathish Chandra has deciphered the ‘purusha-sooktha’ (which are part of Vedas) using the Adibhouthika method. It is very difficult to interpret in that method and he has done it by doing very deep meditation. Let me take an example and explain how it works. (Please not that I am not getting into word by word interpretation).

The first shlokha of purusha-sooktha reads as follows:

Sahasra sirsha purusha: | sahasraksha: sahasrapaa |
Sa bhUmim vishvato vRtvA | atyatishTad daSAngulam ||

If it is deciphered normally, we get the following meaning:

With Thousands of heads, Thousands of eyes, and Thousands of feet, he (the supreme god) moves, as all of creation verily is he uncountable. He is beyond the grasp of the hands of men.

Now let us see how Mr. Satish Chandra has deciphered:

Out of the ten directions, in 8 directions excluding earth and sky and by firmly installing 8 gadgets (alternators) on the circumference of a circle, which contains numerous positive and negative charges, such that each one will face their own charges i.e. positive to positive and negative to negative and by rotating a runner like earth in a cylindrical way (in the centre) in between them will generate energy.

Based on his interpretation, he has come up with a prototype (see the first picture below) where he has used four magnets (static alternators) and one motor (runner) in the centre. The common runner and the static alternators are mechanically isolated from each other and are magnetically coupled. Just by rotating the common runner all the static alternators generate power independently. The common runner may be rotated by means of a diesel engine or water turbine or steam turbine or an electrical motor. For the prototype model he has used a 126 Watts of motor. Using this he is able to drive power of 303 Watts power for 12 chimney bulbs and 8 tube-lights (See the second picture below).

I was really excited to see the bulbs glowing in the prototype model. Mr.Satish Chandra claims that using his model electricity can be generated at 50 paise per unit. He is been struggling to justify his idea to the scientist community of India. After struggling for more than twenty years in committed reading, deep meditation he was able to decipher the sukthas. Recently he got about 10 million dollar funding from Tesla University and he is planning to file a joint patent for his innovation and take it forward.

At the personal end Mr. Sathish Chandra holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Malnad engineering college and post graduation degree from IISc Bangalore. In the year 1981 he was posted in Orissa state electricity board, where he understood the need for generating low cost electricity for India. This passion drove him to read all ancient texts co-relate it with modern science and innovated this new method. He was also able to explain the ‘deepamalika raga’ using which tansen was able to lit lamps in during Akbar’s period. I was not able to understand much because he was using too many terminologies. He claims ‘On implementing this research work will not only sound an everlasting answer to the power crisis of the world but also spread the pride of Mother India to its Zenith’.

In the end my mind started asking more questions. How this prototype can be productized? Is it a scalable solution? What are the intricacies of using this in homes and rural areas? If the output is greater then input, whatever I studied in Science is wrong? If our Vedas are so superior in knowledge why no-one has ever made an attempt to interpret them in the past thousand years? I am sure that I will not get an answer in the near future but I would any day appreciate the passion of Mr.Satish Chandra and his persistent effort to do something for the country. Whatever may be the outcome, his in-depth knowledge, passion for India, humbleness and philanthropic thinking is really amazing!

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