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 seven-named horse does draw
this three-naved wheel...
Seven steeds draw the seven-wheeled chariot...
Wise poets have spun a seven-strand tale
around this heavenly calf, the Sun.
(Dirghatama, Rg Veda 1.164.1-5)