After writing the three previous post about spiral dynamics and rotational movement [see links below], I became curious about how the Vedic civilization conceptualized 'clockwise' and 'counterclockwise'. I imagined that the ancient Sanskrit words for these movements would cast some light on the subject. I found that dakshinavarta means turning from the left to the right; i.e. what our civilization calls clockwise. Dakshina means 'south' or 'southern' but it also describes 'right' as in the right hand or right side of something. Avarta as an adjective means 'turning, winding, turning round, revolving'; as a noun it means whirl or whirlpool. The opposite of dakshinavarta is vamavarta -- turning to the left. A Dakshinavarti Shankha is a conch shell (shankha) that turns from left to right (spirals clockwise) as does the conch seen above to the left. On the right, the shell's spiral is vamavarta -- from right to left (counterclockwise).
Readers having trouble seeing the direction of the conch's spire or spiral should imagine that they are looking down on a swirling hurricane or galaxy.
Considering that the Earth rotates left to right or clockwise when viewed from the Southern 'heavens', and that dakshinavarta indicates both clockwise movement and a southern path or southern rotation it seems likely that the architects of the Sanskrit language were well aware of the spiral dynamics of the Earth and had knowledge of what was UP and what was DOWN when it came to the Earth's axis. Considering that the Hindu god Vishnu -- the Lord of the Cosmos -- is commonly depicted with a spiraling conch in one of his hands, it is not too much of a leap to say that the ancient Vedic sages were well aware of the spiral dynamics of the entire Cosmos.
In Sanskrit a principle word for north or upwards is uttara. Uttaravithi describes 'the northern orbit'. Dakshina-uttara is a word that means 'right and left, southern and northern.' . The connection seen here between 'right' and 'southern', and 'left' and 'northern' again seems to indicate that the Vedic civilization was well aware of the counterclockwise (leftward) rotation of the Earth from the view of the northern 'heavens' and the clockwise (rightward) rotation of the Earth from the view of the southern 'heavens'.
In my research into these matters I found much information on how important the conch shell was in India as a sacred object used in rituals and celebrations and war. When blown, the air spirals, vibrates within the shell and sounds OM. The sound of the conch represents 'the truth behind illusion'.  I came across a few observations that the shape of India, at least its central body, actually looks like a conch shell. I photoshopped an image [on the left] that shows the similarity. This similarity in its own right is interesting considering the importance of the conch in India. It is extra-interesting that the body of the conch -- the symbol of Vishnu-the Preserver (Sattva in terms of the three gunas) -- is visually equivalent to the portion of India that is considered to embody the sattvic or 'preservation' guna. 
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