In the Mahajanaka Jatak, there is a dialogue between a person swimming in the ocean and Who is this person, who in an ocean which knows no bound is trying to swim with his hands? O Goddess, I believe that one should do the exercise as long as it is possible.
So I am doing this exercise though I do not see the shore.
India, situated at the central point of the ocean that washes on its coast on three sides, seemed destined very early for a maritime future. 25.7) represents Varuna having a full knowledge of the sea routes, and another (L.
56.2) speaks of merchants going everywhere and frequenting every part of the sea for gain.
India also came in close contact with the Hellenic world.
We learn from ancient authority that in the processions of Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-246 B.
Local chiefs and petty chieftains were admitted into the caste structure as Ksatriyas through a ritual known as vratyastoma, performed by an Indian Brahmin.
Passenger ships plied regularly between the Ganges, Ceylon and Malaya in the middle of the first millennium A. Indian settlers from Gujarat and Kalinga colonized Java, for instance, while others set out for Burma or Cambodia.Indian cultural contact with Southeast Asia covers a period of Goddess Tara: Rescued sailors who were at risk of Shipwreck. When she was calm, she was green or white in color, when angry, she could be blue, red or yellow."The vast extent of Indian cultural influences, from Central Asia in the North to tropical Indonesia in the South, and from the Borderlands of Persia to China and Japan, has shown that ancient India was a radiating center of a civilization, which by its religious thought, its art and literature, was destined to leave its deep mark on the races wholly diverse and scattered over the greater part of Asia." Some find allusion in the Old Testament to Indian trade with Syrian coast as far back as 1400 B. Archaeological evidence shows that as early as the eighth century B.C.) were to be found Indian women, Indian hunting dogs, Indian cows, also Indian spices carried on camels, and that the yachts of the ruler of Egypt had a saloon lined with Indian stones.Everything indicates that there was a large volume of sea-trade between India and the western countries as far as African coast.From the coast the goods were carried by land to the Nile, and then down the river to Alexandria which was a great emporium in those days.