January 2020 \ Arts & Entertainment \ COLUMN: YOGI ASHWINI MIND AND BODY
Astras and Shastras

Well, yes, in modern times!”said Robert ...

By Yogi Ashwini Ji
  • Yogi Ashwini

Well, yes, in modern times!”said Robert Oppenheimer, considered as the father of atomic bomb by scientists world over when asked if the Trinity Nuclear Test in 1945 was the first ever detonation of a nuclear bomb. In his words the blast brought to his mind a quote from Bhagvat Gita, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Ancient vedic warfare is unmatched till date in the advancement of technology, description of weapons and strategies deployed, as described in various scriptures. The details of the aftermath caused by the usage of these celestial weapons called Astra and Shastra leave one amazed! While Astras are those that are thrown to attack (clubs, arrows, missiles, etc.), Shastras are the ones that are adorned and fought with (sword, mace, etc.)