The ancient Indian epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana describe of a prehistoric age which was far more advanced from technological, sociological and spiritual perspectives when compared to many millennia that followed - till the advent of 20th century. We are often fascinated and surprised by the level of sophistication of these mythological records in terms of their complexity and philosophical insights. Some parts of these epics seem almost like science fiction, even by contemporary standards.
Is it possible that many of the ancient myths within these epics do have some elements of truth behind them? Maybe an advanced civilisation with ethnic groups like Devas, Daityas, Rakshas, Manavs etc did exist during our distant past? May be the Lokas, Talas and other exotic places where they lived were actually the geographical land masses that used to exist during the ice age? Perhaps some of the legendary events described in our scriptures were interpretations of real incidents, gleaned from fragmentary cultural memories of a prehistoric era? Maybe there is a common lineage to the ancient legends of many cultures across the world? For example, is the Indian legend about the free-floating triple cities of Tripura and Greek one about Atlantis, both reconstructions of the same event?
Earth had been within the grip of ice-age for a major part of human existence on the planet. During the prehistoric times, with the sea levels much lower than today, there were numerous large islands all across the tropics. The average global temperature being much lesser than today, these large archipelagos had salubrious weather and fertile terrain conditions ideal for sustaining abundant life. Ice covered substantial portions of the mainland continents, but the lush green tropical islands might have served as the cradle for early human settlements to develop and prosper into advanced civilizations.
The fact that very little is known about human history before 5000 BCE needn’t preclude anything. Perhaps all the major archaeological evidence of this era was lost during a cataclysmic worldwide deluge or pralay that the scriptures describe of? Even going by the scientific analysis, it is safe to infer that towards the end of ice age, the rising sea water levels triggered by melting icecaps had inundated and eventually submerged many of the tropical islands below the ocean surface as we see it today.
From the fictional context of this book, the period towards the end of ice age marked the decline of the ‘first wave’ of advanced human civilizations on earth - which might have even rivalled the ‘second wave’ that we’re experiencing now, in terms of sociological, spiritual and technological sophistication. If it could have happened within the realm of possibility, then shouldn’t it also warn us about the fragility of our current civilisation? After all the human intellect and body form was no different then, when compared to now so many millennia later.
The book The Guardians of Karma is themed during prehistoric times beyond the mists of vedic India - the forgotten era of the ‘first wave’ civilisations. It is presented as an action packed mythological fantasy cum science fiction and takes the readers through the fabulous cities of Amaravati, Atalantpuri, and other exotic places like the underground caverns inhabited by elusive Nagas near Mount Kailash. The story also unfolds the philosophy of Karma within the backdrop of love, passion, greed, war, tragedy and spirituality that characterised these ancient times.
Dev Lok and Daityan Empire are the two advanced nations based out of large tropical archipelagos. For a long time the steadily rising of sea water levels had been brewing a crisis – particularly for the Daityas. A war for the control of remaining arable land seems imminent but Dev Lok and their allies like Bharat, Gandharv and Yaksha kingdoms stand little chance against the Empire’s military might.
The warrior monk Hara becomes the sole hope of Dev Lok to prevent defeat and abject subjugation. However before he can help them, Hara must undertake the ultimate journey of spirituality to pass beyond the barrier of death itself and engage with the astral personae of Lord Rudra - one of three extra-terrestrial progenitors of humanity.
Would Hara be able to check the Daityan aggression in time to correct the course of Krama? Would he be able to wield the viman ‘Pinaka’ against the central seat of Daityan power – the indestructible citadels of Tripura? Is he the one who would glorify the name of Lord Shiva as Tripurantaka – the mighty destroyer of Tripura?