தொல்தமிழர் அறிவியல் –157 : 50. உலகத் தோற்றம் - ஒடுக்கம்
Birth and Death of the world
“ The quotation from Paripadal, a literary work of the Sangam age refers to about five eons that occur in the universe in a succession. Such drastic and devastating occurrences happen when the sun, moon and the sky get collapsed due to geophysical reasons. Then after a very long gap of time in the post-aeon period appears the vast expanse of sky in the first eon a mass of whiff in the second, fire in the third, snow and rain in the fourth and at length appears the mass of temporal earth. This is how the universe with its earth and sky arises, says the Tamil poet.
When excessive rain and snow submerge the earth, at one stage, the submerged earth itself emerges to enable all types of beings to grow on the earth. In the absence of any technical reasons for all these massive changes and biological growth, the Poet attributes it to the activities of God Thirumal alias Vishnu who is the sustainer of the world according to Hindu mythology.
Barring this reference to mythology, what all the Tamil Poet says such as eon, deluge and global devastation are all true. The Pyramids in Japan, Dwaraka city in India, Lion city of Quiandao Lake in China, Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria were once glorious historical places but now they are all submerged.
In a recent under-water survey a small city in an area of about 50 acres is discovered in the sea-bed of Mediterranean sea near Tunisia. Researchers assumes that this sub-merged place must have been an extinct Neopolis city of the 4th century A.D. It may be recalled that in a tsunami that raged in July 365 A.D., the whole of Alexandria in Egypt submerged. Poompukar in Tamil Nadu may also added into this list.
As on date, because or global warming the huge mass of ice in polar regions is getting melted and hence large number of coastal cities such as Madras, Bombay, small south Pacific islands and Male are likely to be submerged by sea, it is said.
These facts justify what the Sangam poet said once about the life and death of the geologically vulnerable parts of the world at large.
Viduthalai,dt. 05-09-2017.--- –Editor.