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25. EVIDENCE OF THE VEDAS
Heretofore scholars have hardly questioned the assumption that the 360 day year is a crude approximation to the tropical year. However, we have shown that the 360 day year is an integral part of Hindu cosmological time cycles--the most profound analysis of the mean solar motion ever undertaken, a conceptual structure based upon three mean motions for the Sun and two seven-fold subcycles of the precession.

The Rg Veda, one of the formative documents of Hindu civilization, is acknowledged by even the most pessimistic scholars to have been composed no later than 1000 B.C. Herein we find

A more direct or succinct utterance of the substance of the cycles could scarcely be conceived. Our analysis has shown that "navels three" must stand for the three mean motions of the Sun and "seven-wheeled chariot" for the precession of the equinoxes. Thus, there can be no doubt that in Dirghatama's time Hindu cosmological time cycles were already an established conclusion and not in the formative stages.
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