What is the source of this sloka which mentions gravity?

aakrishta-shaktishcha mahi tvayaa yat
kha-stham guru svaabhimukam svashaktyaa/

aakrishyate tat patatiti khe
same samantat kva patatviyam khe//

(Reference : Jnani-Guru, Paramahansa Nigamannanda Sarasvati, Sarasvata Math, page 7).

meaning: The earth has attraction-power and therefore it attracts heavy things from up above. So the things fall on the earth. Otherwise what falls what on void?

  • Ok so it is not Janani (mother) right? also can you add the translation too so that others will know that it is related to gravity?
    – Rickross
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 16:20
  • This is only a partial and maybe incorrect translation. For example, the first line says: 'Mahi (Earth) obtained the attraction power from you'. Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 18:35
  • @user1952500 no. mahi is in samvodhana
    – user17294
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 18:37
  • I was referring to tvaya yat which means from you. Do you have a prose order for this? Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 18:54
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    @user1952500 'tvaya yat' can never mean 'from you'. Do u know sanskrit at all :)
    – user17294
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 18:56

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It's from Goladhyaya of Siddhanta Shiromani, a work of Bhaskaracharya (a great mathematician and astronomer lived in 12th century) on astronomy.

Siddhanta Shiromani has four parts on particular subject/area:

  1. Leelavati - Arithmetic
  2. Bijaganita - Algebra
  3. GrahaganitAdhayaya - Astronomy
  4. Goladhyaya - Astronomy

The verse quoted in question is from Goladhyaya.

You can read Goladhyaya in Sanskrit at Internet Archive. Quoting page-30 from book for reference (Indicated the verse with box):

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Quoting the text from Sanskrit Wikisource:

यथोष्णताफनलयोश्च शीतता विधौ ङतिः के कठिनवमश्मनि ।
मरुच्चलो भूरचला स्वभावतो यतो विचित्रा बत वस्तुशक्तयः। ५॥

आकृष्टिशक्तिश्च मही तया यरखस्थं गुरु स्वाभिमुखं स्वशक्या ।
आकृष्यते तपततीव भाति समे समन्तात् पतत्वियं खे ॥ ६ ॥

IAST of the emphasized verse is:

ākṛṣṭiśaktiśca mahī tayā yarakhasthaṃ guru svābhimukhaṃ svaśakyā ।
ākṛṣyate tapatatīva bhāti same samantāt patatviyaṃ khe ॥ 6 ॥

  • Excellent work.
    – user13262
    Commented May 25, 2019 at 9:27

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