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IGNCA is organizing an interactive lecture by Dr. Willard Van De Bogart, Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand. He will speak on "Return of Vishnu: Astronomy applied to Indian Mythology" under the  chairperson Prof. Lokesh Chandra on Monday, 13th July, 2009 at 4:30pm at IGNCA's lecture hall, (Ground Floor), 11, Man Singh Road, New Delhi 110 001

Mythology has a direct relationship to the stars for the meanings embedded within the cosmologies of all cultures around the world concerned with creation. This quest for understanding of our place in the universe has not changed over the millennia

Indian Culture is no exception to this rich heritage of wisdom and is in fact considered the culture from which originated the myths about the movement of the stars in the heavens.

Today, modern instrumentation and contemporary understanding on how our ancestors determined their place in the heavens is the basis for this presentation. the coming to an end of Great Year, a cycle lasting 26,000 years, again brings to our attention the time in which myths were made about the movement of the heavens. If we are to gain from the wisdom from our ancestors, rather than considering their wisdom irrelevant or primitive, it is we today who have to once again prepare ourselves to churn the Milky Ocean.

Before the solstice marker of December 21, 2012 arrives announcing the end of the age there is another marker acting as the harbinger for things to come which is the full solar eclipse of July 22, 2009.

This eclipse, the longest in this century that will pass over India beginning at Somnath and then to Varanasi, symbol of the Lord of the Moon and the Lord of the Sun, heralding the arrival of Vishnu to return the Vedas to Brahma so the Universe may continue its course.


Dr. Willard Van e Bogart, born in New York City in 1939, completed his bachelors from Ohio University and Masters from the california Institute of the Arts and the University of Pittsburgh. His specialty is knowledge acquisition and on-line learning.

Dr. Bogart has taught and lectured in universities in the United States and France, and his work is published in many journals including "Leonardo" from the MIT Press. He was a consultant to NASA's Technology application Division prior to the first launch of the Space Shuttle in 1981.

Ancient civilizations and astronomy became a serious study after the discovery of the Cydonia region of Mars by the Viking-I spacecraft in 1976 eventually leading to his research on Mayan and Khmer temple construction in Laos and Cambodia and their relationship to astronomy.

Dr. Bogart's latest work concerns the origin of civilization in the Indus Valley and how start fields formed early cosmologies for cultures world wide.

The full solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 over Varanasi is his current focus with the application of astronomical cycles for spiritual development incorporating Hindu myths.

Dr. Bogart is active in the shared cultures between India and South East Asia and has been teaching English at Rajabhat University in Thailand for the last 6 years. his American home is in Santa Rosa, California. His web site is http://www.earthportals.com 


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