originally posted December 5, 2009
Figure this scenario. Moses busy picking ticks and fleas from his favorite lamb one lazy afternoon by the green meadows near the river Jordan and a weird voice from the wilderness reverberates from nowhere revealing to him the origins of the universe “… you see, helium and hydrogen are the building blocks of the universe… nitrogen and oxygen are the building blocks of life ” Huh ? For someone who didn’t take up Chemistry 101 the language was a bit too complex and cryptic for the itinerant herdsman to comprehend so a much simpler version was put forth to make it more intelligible, one that collapses some 13.7 billion years spanning the creation and evolution of the universe into mere 7 earthly days. Yet despite the collosal abridgement, Moses’ Genesis 1 and the Big Bang Theory have startling similarities, at least in the chronology of events. The appearance of light, the formation of the firmament, land and water and eventually life forms on earth occur in the same order. The notion of man being created from dust and eventually returning to dust jibes with the scientific theory that we all came from the stars, from the combination and permutation of dust, or chemical elements, the building block of matter and life, particles and gas which were strewn into the cosmos, from the fallout from exploding stars that found their way into our earth’s atmosphere.
What is even more astounding is 2,000 years later, Moses’ descendants have the audacity to perform a reverse-engineering of creation of the universe and postulate a theory of its origin. To some people it is pure heresy to even doubt or second guess Moses’ pronouncements. Proving him wrong whether accidentally or on purpose would be tantamount a condemnation to eternal damnation. It could also be heretical to question the origins of other matter, like postulating origin of water , to say that water likewise came from the celestial bodies – comets and asteroids that constantly bombarded and collided with our earth in the formative stages of our solar system. If science and religion must not mix, those fearful of retribution from their earthly peers would be appeased to know that the Big Bang Theory was actually proposed by a shepherd of the flock, a Belgian priest and scientist by the name of Georges Lemaitre.
The Unfathomable Universe
It is said that a manned space mission from our Earth to planet Mars will take close to 2 years to complete. A one way trip will take 6 months. If you drove by car to Mars 100 km/hr non stop on a straight line, it will take you 431 years to arrive. Okay, take a jet travelling non-stop at 800 km/hr it will still take you some 50 years to arrive in Mars. Now that’s almost a trip of an entire lifetime for an earthling. Funny how petty, minuscule our concept of time and space once we exit the earth, with respect to the totality of the breadth of space and time of our entire universe.
Viewing the video gives us that sense of awe and admiration of a majestic creation yet at the same time such magnificence and infiniteness gives an underlying sense of apprehension of our inability to comprehend the reason of our being here. But that should not make us hopeless in seeking the truth or at least live a life of caring and sharing and enjoying the experience of our journey. Eckhart Tolle in his book “A New Earth” says and I quote :
“… churches are actually correct when they identify moral relativism, the belief that there is no absolute truth to guide human behavior, as one of the evils of our times; but you won’t find absolute truth if you look for it where it cannot be found: in doctrines, ideologies, sets of rules, stories. What do all of these have in common? They are made up of thought. Thought can best point to the truth but it never is the truth. “
“All religions are equally false and equally true, depending on how you use them. You can use them in the service of the ego, or you can use them in the service of the Truth. If you believe only your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes an ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well as division and conflict between people. In service of the Truth, religious teachings represent signposts or maps left behind by awakened humans to assist you in spiritual awakening, that is to say, free of identification with form. ”
“there is only one absolute Truth, and all other truths emanate from it. When you find that Truth, your actions will be in alignment with it. Human actions can reflect the Truth or it can reflect illusion. Can the Truth be put into words? Yes, but the words are, of course, NOT IT. They only point to it “
THEME FROM 2001 SPACE ODDYSEY
2001 Space Oddysey was filmed in 1968 looking 33 years ahead. I couldn’t care less about the movie but I dig Brazilian jazz artist’s Eumir Deodato’s jazzy version of the movie’s musical theme. Enjoy the music with a spectacular view of the universe. Thumbs up 😉
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