Sir Issac Newton was the one who formulated the laws of gravitation and motion. The story goes that he came up with the concept of gravity under an apple tree in Cambridge University. This apple tree is preserved and safeguarded in Cambridge University.
Sir Issac Newton under an apple tree
Gurutava and Gurutvaakarshana
The word gravity has an agnate word in the Samskrt, where it is referred to as Gurutva. In India, the word and concept of gravity has existed as Gurutva and Gurutvaakarshana respectively.
The root word Guru denotes ‘heavy, big and influencing’ and Akarshana means, ‘the power of attraction’. The word Guru and Gurutava means to attract. It is the root word for the English word gravity.
What our sages and scriptures Say?
This concept of gravity has been discussed in many ancient texts of India including the Veda.
The power to attract, Gurutva, is there in all natural bodies of this universe.
Rishi Pipalada in Prasnaupanishad writes that, “Divinity in earth helps the apana by supporting it.” This apana is present in our body which aids in the function of digestion and throwing our urine and foetus from our body which requires gravitation.
Adi Shankar who lived around 500 BCE writes, “If the Divinity would not have pulled down this body, this body would have floated anywhere in the universe.”
A crowning statement can be seen in a passage in Guru Gita, which consists of a dialogue between Shiva and Parvati on various subjects, including the Universal laws of Nature.
Here Parvati asks Shiva,
“You are the Supreme. Who is it that you bow to?”
To which, Shiva replies,
“ Parvati for the benefit of all humanity I shall answer your question.
It is to the all pervading Guru Tattva that I bow down to”.
Thus Shiva Tattva is also bound to acknowledge the force of gravity, Guru Tattva as the Omnipresent force of the Universe, Prapancha.
The Shiva Parvati Dialogue
More on this in our book “2012-The Real Story”.
Dr. Halley and Sir Issac Newton
On one occasion, Dr Halley, the astronomer after whom the Halley’s Comet is named, came to discuss with Sir Issac Newton on what he thought of the orbital curve of planets.
Sir Issac Newton responded, “It would be an ellipse.”
Dr. Halley was amazed by the instant response and asked, “How did you know it?”
Sir Issac Newton looked for the papers but could not find them.
An astounding response in today’s words is, “Somebody has found a cure for cancer but does not remember where he kept the formula.”
The indefectible Halley pressed on Sir Issac Newton to redo the calculation. This made Sir Issac Newton carry out two years intensive research on his scribblings, and which led the creation of his master work, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
In simple English terms, this book contains mathematical principles of natural philosophy. We see in this book that the terms philosophy and mathematics are intertwined. They are not 2 distinct parallel subjects as we perceive them in the 21st century. This work of Sir Issac Newton is one of the most inaccessible books.
The response of Sir Issac Newton was that, “He did not want to be pestered by Mathematical smatters.”
When somebody has reached such high levels in science, they prefer to be left alone in their research than being pestered by the half educated.
We see a similar vein, not just among modern scientists, but also among our seer scientists, the Vedic Rishi who did their research and presented their findings. It is for others to take the effort to understand them. The same thought is expressed by Einstein too. This is the innate nature of scientists. It is for us to recognize what true scientists are saying before being critical of them.