Old Records and Texts that Detail Encounters with Advanced Technology
The modern phenomenon of UFO sightings was initially sparked in 1947 when a businessman from Boise, Idaho, reported witnessing bizarre objects flying over the Cascade Mountains in Idaho.
Such reports have oftentimes, since then, been discredited by skeptics; but the testimony of people working in occupations where integrity and honesty are crucial – the police, the clergy, astronomers, and pilots – has been difficult to dismiss out of hand.
The issue becomes further tangled when one considers the evidence of ancient texts that describe modes of transport and other kinds of technology that could not have even been dreamed up by the peoples of those times.
Many of these old records bear an uncanny resemblance to descriptions offered up by modern day UFO witnesses. Consider this passage, written in hieroglyphics, from a document that dates back to 1500 B.C. in Egypt: “A circle of fire coming in the sky, noiseless, one rod long with its body and one rod wide. After some days these things become more numerous, shining more than the brightness of the sun.
” Several centuries later, Alexander the Great and his soldiers witnessed “flying shields” circling a city that they were laying siege to. These strange objects apparently helped Alexander’s army to victory, as the “large shield” shone a beam of light on the city that caused its walls to crumble.
Granted, stories such as these come down to us from ages that also spawned mythology and other fanciful creations. What is striking, though, is the peculiar way that the strange objects are described, as if there was nothing in the vocabulary of the times to do them justice.
An archbishop of France recorded, in the ninth century, an account of three men and a woman who were witnessed being deposited down on Earth by an “aerial ship”. These people claimed to have been abducted by “miraculous men” who showed them “unheard of marvels”.
Indian Sanskrit texts abound with descriptions of Vimanas, cars that “resemble bright clouds in the sky” and “go everywhere at will”. The title of one of these ancient texts translates simply as Aeronautics.
Within it, and within others of its kind, we can find detailed descriptions of craft and also the devastating weapons they possess. There are accounts of shafts of light that consumed targets with their power.
In one episode, Krishna is pursuing a Vimana that made itself invisible. Undeterred, he fired “an arrow, which killed by seeking out sound”. Elsewhere, a powerful weapon named the Iron Thunderbolt is reputed to have reduced three cities to ashes.
The Samarangana Suttradhara is perhaps the most technically precise; it described how the body of a Vimana must be made (“like a great flying bird of light material”) with a mercury engine and heating element.
“A man sitting inside”, the text claims” may travel a great distance in the sky.” The Vimana is also described as being able to vertically ascend and descend, and move slanting forwards and backwards.
The Bible, in both its Old and New testaments, abounds with accounts of strange flying craft. Ezekiel’s “Wheel” is perhaps the most renowned. Genesis and Exodus have various tales of “men of renown” coming down from heaven, and great lights reducing cities to pillars of salt.
Again, these accounts are difficult to interpret metaphorically, or in terms of religious experience, when the technical details offered are so precise – and also, in many instances, resemble technology that we have but recently acquired in this modern day.