The World’s first Tape Recorder

When Maha Periyavaar explained this all were stunned... From the Spatika recording, the grantha came to us through Vyasa.

The World's first Tape Recorder
The World's first Tape Recorder

The world’s earliest tape recorder is this SPATIKA which gave us the wonderful Vishnu Sahasranamam.

Did you know this!!!!

Vishnu Sahasranamam:
Once way back in the 1940s or 50s, someone was interviewing Maha Periyavaa Kanchi Paramacharya Sri Chandrashekara Saraswathi Swamiji

That man recorded the interview using a tape recorder.

Periyavaa then posed a question.

“Does anyone know which is the oldest known tape recorder?” Nobody was able to answer. Then Maha Periyavaa asked another question.

How did Vishnu Sahasranamam come to us?

Someone said Bheeshma gave it to us. All agreed.

Krishna said, ‘It can only be done by Sahadeva and Vyasa will write it down.’

Then Maha Periyavaa posed another query.

“When all were listening to Bheeshma on the battlefield, who took notes at Kurukshetra?

Again silence.

Maha Periyavaa explained.

When Bheeshma was glorifying Krishna with Sahasranamam everyone was looking at him including Krishna and Vyasa. After he finished the 1000 Namas all opened their eyes.

The first to react was Yudhishthira. He said, ‘Pithamaha has chanted 1000 glorious names of Vasudeva.

All of us listened but none of us have noted it down. The sequence is lost’.

Then all turned to Krishna and asked for His help.

As usual, He said, ‘I also was listening like the rest of you. What can we do?’

Then all beseeched Krishna to help them recover the precious rendition.

Then Krishna said, ‘It can only be done by Sahadeva and Vyasa will write it down.’

Everyone wanted to know how Sahadeva could do it. Krishna replied,

‘Sahadeva is the only one amongst us wearing SHUDHHA SPATIKAM. If he prays to Shiva and does dhyanam he can convert the SPATIKA into waves of sound and Vyasa can write it down. Then, both Sahadeva and Vyasa, sat in the same place, under Bheeshma, where he had recited ‘Sahasranamam’.

Sahadeva started the dhyanam to recover the sound waves from the Spatika.

The nature of Spatika is that it will capture sounds in a calm environment which can be got back with proper dhyanam of Maheswara who is Swethambara and SPATIKA.

So, the world’s earliest tape recorder is this SPATIKA which gave us the wonderful Vishnu Sahasranamam. When Maha Periyavaar explained this all were stunned… From the Spatika recording, the grantha came to us through Vyasa.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. If Sanjaya who had been granted divine vision by Veda Vyasa was able to recollect the events, why Ved Vyasa was unable to remember this himself? Wouldn’t Sahadeva been at the Mahabharata war when this narration would have happened?

  2. Yesterday I read an article on blood groups. Individuals with different blood groups have different characters. Eg B+ have a character, A neg have one, O+ a different. Does our ancient script define about blood groups. If so it will be mind blowing science.

    • Bhartiya (Indian) system has ‘Gunas’ as the basis for ones character/nature. Different permutations and combinations of three Gunas decide what is the nature of a person. Three Gunas being:
      Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic. These three Gunas are all present in all beings. The percentage of three Gunas will decide nature of a person. Just like different proportions of three colors will give rise to different final result.
      One can think of this as three variables with different weightages. More stronger/dominant one Guna is the result will vary.
      Three vectors with three different magnitudes. The resultant vector is the summation of all three, and the direction is result of relative strength of each of these three vectors.

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