Thunderbolts and catastrophe

Flying Aircraft & Nuclear War and Other Strange Occurrences of The Past
Edited By James Hartman

The Indian Epics, especially the MAHABHARATA, pick up the thread of the tale of devastation and destruction. Atlantis, rather displeased at its humiliating defeat, deceived that they were no longer interested in subjugating the Rama Empire (An Indian Empire), and decided instead to annihilate the major cities using weapons of mass destruction. Sanskrit scholars could not comprehend what was being described in the Epics until the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Japan. There are AUTHENTIC VERSES from the Indian Epics:

…“Gurkha, flying a swift and powerful vimana (vehicle)
hurled out a single projectile
Charged with all the power of the Universe.
An incandescent column of smoke and flame
As bright as the thousand suns
Rose in all its splendour…

…it was an unknown weapon,
An iron thunderbolt,
A gigantic messenger of death,
Which reduced to ashes
The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.

…The corpses were so burned
As to be unrecognisable.
The hair and nails fell out;
Pottery broke without apparent cause,
And the birds turned white.

After a few hours
All foodstuffs were infected…
….to escape from this fire
The soldiers threw themselves in streams
To wash themselves and their equipment.

 ”Dense arrows of flame, like a great shower, issued
           forth upon creation, encompassing the enemy…
           A thick gloom swiftly settled upon the Pandava hosts.
           All points of the compass were lost in darkness.
           Fierce wind began to blow upward, showering dust and gravel.          Birds croaked madly… the very elements seemed disturbed.
          The earth  shook,  scorched  by the terrible violent heat of this
          Elephants burst into flame and ran to and fro in a frenzy…
          over a vast area, other animals crumpled to the ground and died.
          From all  points  of  the compass  the  arrows  of  flame  rained
          continuously and fiercely.The Mahabharata

And there are several sites which have a word for word reproduction of the same material.


Since this is often reproduced together with notices of the downfall of the Indus civilization and subsequent warfare dated to 2500-3500 years ago, This vastly destructive War Of The Gods could be related to the timescale of Velikovsky’s cosmic catastrophes and their chronology, and indeed Velikovsky has done exactly that.

When the  City of Mohenjodaro was excavated by archeologists in the last century, they found skeletons just lying in the streets, some of them holding hands, as if some great doom had suddenly overtaken them. These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on a par with those found at Hiroshima and Nagasaki…. Futhermore, at Mohenjo-Daro, a well planned city laid on a grid, with a plumbing system superior to those used in Pakistan and India today, the streets were littered with “black lumps of glass.” These globs of glass were discovered to be clay pots that had melted under intense heat!

There was some sort of an event which overthrew the Indus civilisations and left highly radioactive
dead bodies lying in heaps. Some sort of a deadly meteorite shower could do that and about in the time zone projected for Velikovsky’s events exactly. And the cause is said to be a war in which the gods themselves took part. This is probably a good place to bookmark that idea and come back to it later because this sounds like we are onto something natural and catastrophic, not technological. So what of the supposed Atlantis war, said by its supporters to have been an earlier war recalled and superimposed on the local Indian war in the retelling? Was it in fact a nuclear and technological war?

Actually the earlier period was also a cosmic catastrophe with a large number of myths commemorating the facts (and not only Flood Myths but genuine Cosmic catastrophe stories, some of which were included in Donnelly’s RAGNAROK, which also told of great fires upon the earth and rocks falling from heaven. In this case also, some people think a nuclear war was going on

What about physical evidence? In the ancient Euphrates Valley, archaeologists in 1947 on a site were digging in layers dating prior to 8,000 B.C. Below an even older layer dating to the caveman culture times was a layer of fused green glass. An atomic detonation above desert sand will fuse the sand & turn it into a beautiful sheet of green glass. Lightening strikes may sometimes fuse sand to glass but always in a distinctive jagged pattern. Comets or meteors can also fuse sand to glass, but there are to many such occurrences without any other signs, namely impacts for it to be contributed to space. This ‘atomic’ fused green glass occurs in many different locations of the African continent and in the North American continent. There are also unexplained Vitrified ruins around the world. Stone buildings with the blocks literally melted together by immense heat. At least 60 such ruins are found in Scotland. These are not simple, small one-room buildings. These are entire forts & communities, stone after stone, all liquefied then hardened again, fused together. More such sites are found in France, Turkey, the Middle East and the United States. The only thing we have that resembles these structures in modern times is the building in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. We created similar effects with the detonation of a nuclear warhead.

……The Libyan Desert Glass is clear to light green, smooth gem quality and 98% pure silica with traces of water and melted quartz. Pieces of it weigh up to 16 pounds. It’s beauty and quality are so lovely pieces of it were recovered in King Tut’s tomb, where they had been used in jewelry. For sand to be melted into such a pure glass, temperatures must reach over 1700C, then it must cool rapidly to prevent contaminants from entering or the formation of inclusions. Is this proof positive of ancient atomic war? No, but at this time, that is the only thing we have seen that would provide us with that type of glass formation 


World Tektite Fields. Libyan Glass (and Mesopotamian glass) not shown but presumed to be same age as US Gulf Coast Tektites. Tektite fields are sometimes known to contain two or more layers of very different dates.

Types of Green Glass Tektites associated with Gulf Coast Tektite field.

OK, I will grant you that there is a possible connection of the Final Pleistocene catastrophe and Tektite fields thought to be the result of meteorite bombardment (Which is what the Libyan glass fields are: furthermore the tektites possibly associated with the Carolina bays are also most often green glass). What of the supposed Atlantean Nuclear war?



Well it seems to me that the Vimanas in this case are moving mountains, “Homes of the gods” from which they are thought to control human affairs. You can have an illusion where the clouds cut off and obscure the lower parts of the mountains and the tops are floating in air. Furthermore these mountains are volcanic cones from the looks of things. And they fire stony missiles, thunderbolts, that do just so happen to have a high iron content. These are the volcanic bombs.

Furthermore, the eruption results in a big mushroom cloud out of the volcano at times, as the sacred tree, and the ash from the volcano can be the “Fallout” which pollutes all the food and causes soldiers to need to wash their clothing, arms and armour. And the fire from the magma can indeed burn elephants and trees, and anything else into blackened stumps. We are talking Mythologically, but from the framework of Atlantean belief and Mushroom symbolism we have been talking about it all hangs together.

And there could very well be a sort of reminiscence and recollection of the Atlantean catastrophe in the Mahabhrata war, but it need be nothing more than literary allusion and falling back on the old way of explaining things to make an idea plainer to the listeners.

Volcanic Ash, the other kind of deadly fallout

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