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  1. Yup, I've just read that post. Very nice post!
  2. Do events similar to Ramayan & Mahabharat occur elsewhere in this universe?
  3. In Prabhupada's purport to Text 6 from Canto 4, Chapter 20, of the Bhagavat Purana, Prabhupada mentions: “In modern scientific society, the idea is very prevalent that there is no life on other planets but that only on this Earth do living entities with intelligence and scientific knowledge exist. The Vedic literatures, however, do not accept this foolish theory... The Vedas give information that in all planets... there are varieties of living entities... We have information from the Vedic literature that in each and every planet, both material and spiritual, there are living entities of varied intelligence.” Notice how Prabhupada mentions 'in all planets' and 'in each and every planet'. Most people would probably be inclined to say something like 'on each planet', NOT 'in each planet'. But perhaps every planet, moon and star in this material world is hollow and contains life which naturally exists INSIDE it. Perhaps it's rare for planets, moons and stars to have life on both their inner AND outer surfaces and Earth might be a very rare exception in this regard! But then again, the Vedic literature informs us that this universe is multi-dimensional... Also, Book 3, Chapter 7 of Vishnu Purana confirms the omnipresence of Life with this AWESOME verse: "This universe, composed of seven zones, with its seven subterrestrial regions, and seven spheres -this whole egg of Brahma- is everywhere swarming with living creatures, large or small, with smaller and smallest, and larger and largest; so that there is not the eighth part of an inch in which they do not abound." ALL MATERIAL AND VAIKUNTHA WORLDS ARE HOLLOW!!! [url=" "]
  4. I remember once reading somewhere that even all of the atoms in Vaikuntha are alive, personal and rendering loving devotional service to Krsna. I thought that was very beautiful.
  5. All things are indeed possible. Therefore, hollow Vaikuntha planets are also possible. A hollow planet has two surfaces to live on as opposed to just one, thus living space is maximised. Now that's what I call 'intelligent design'!
  6. That's one of the meanings of the word 'rhetorical'. Anyway, why couldn't Vaikuntha planets be hollow? Isn't the material world said to be a REFLECTION (albeit perverted) of the spiritual world? So if planets are hollow in the material world, don't you think that planets in the spiritual world would likewise be hollow? Remember the Hermetic law: 'As is above, so is below; as is below, so is above'. If Vaikuntha planets are hollow, I think this would be an EXCELLENT display of the supremely intelligent design of Krsna, because there could be jivas living on BOTH the inner AND outer surfaces of a Vaikuntha planet.
  7. I just thought of something - I should check out the dates on that line graph where there are troughs. Wherever there are troughs in the number of sunspots, there should probably be corresponding periods of greater collective peace. I'm gonna look into this more extensively. That said, every time there is a peak in that line graph, there is also some kind of war going on!
  8. I wonder how we affect other planets and moons in our solar system. Our noble deeds and thoughts might contribute to a vibrant ecosystem on a planet/moon, whilst perhaps our malicious deeds and thoughts might contribute to the sterilisation of an ecosystem on a planet or moon. These contributions might seem miniscule if they were tangible to us, but it's still a contribution nonetheless and it would show that EVERYTHING is linked together in one way or another.
  9. A sunspot is scientifically defined as an area on the photosphere (surface) of our Sun that is marked by a lower temperature than its surroundings and has intense magnetic activity, which inhibits convection and hence forms areas of low surface temperature. Sunspots are relatively cool in temperature and dark in colour. They come in various shapes and sizes and often appear in groups. Each sunspot is much larger than Earth; some sunspots can be over 10 times Earth's diameter. According to modern astronomy, sunspots are caused when our Sun's magnetic field loops up out of the photosphere and cools it slightly, making that section less bright. These disturbances in our Sun's magnetic field make the sunspot about 1500°C cooler than the surrounding area. However... what if there is something else, something far subtler, which causes sunspots? I think that each of us affects the entire universe around us just as much as the entire universe around us affects each of us. If what I think is an accurate representation of Reality itself, then it would not be very difficult to suppose that our negative thoughts and negative actions, as a collective whole, are what ULTIMATELY cause sunspots. Our Sun is a living being, like every other star, moon and planet in this entire universe. I don't doubt that claim even for a second. There is a correlation between events involving intense human turmoil here on Earth (and perhaps on other planets in our solar system too) and cycles of sunspot formation on our Sun. Extreme collective jealousy, anger, hate, animosity and inhumanity on our planet is reflected on our Sun's surface as a sunspot. Intriguingly, dozens of sunspots have been observed on our Sun in 1945. As I'm sure most of us already know, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and another one on Nagasaki (August 9, 1945). On August 9, 1945, approximately 30 sunspots were observed on our Sun. It would appear that the worldwide turmoil associated with the two fearsome atomic explosions were reflected rather quickly upon the surface of our Sun in the few days that followed the Hiroshima atomic explosion. Interestingly enough, the number of sunspot sightings decreased dramatically shortly after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. This is almost definitely due to people realising that World War II was inevitably coming to an end very soon. And it did come to an end very soon (on that same year). Check out this line graph: Notice that the estimated number of sunspots toward the end of the 18th century (the 1780s, to be precise) is relatively high. The Russo-Turkish War occurred during 1787 to 1792 whilst the French Revolution took place during 1789 to 1799. There was estimated to be over 100 sunspots during the 1610s. What events of great historical significance occurred during the 1610s? Well, for a start, there was the Time Of Troubles (a period of immense political and social upheavel in Russia) which lasted from 1598 to 1613. There was also the Thirty Years' War, fought primarily on the borders of today's Germany between 1618 and 1648, which devasted most of Europe. If you look carefully at that line graph, you'll notice that sunspot numbers reach their peak during the early 1960s. Why? On October 15, 1962, the Cold War reached a climactic period known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis is widely regarded as the period of time during the Cold War when the prospect of a full-scale nuclear war seemed most likely to occur. Almost the entire human population was extremely tense at the prospect of an impending nuclear war. Though my mother was but a toddler when the Cuban Missile Crisis took place, she still remembers how her parents prayed that no nuclear missiles would be launched. They feared that human civilisation as a whole could have been extinguished during that turbulent period of time, yet obviously (and not to mention fortunately), it didn't. However, there were almost 200 sunspots during that period of time! Is this not a poignant example of the interconnectedness of everything? Perhaps our thoughts and our emotions affect our universe more intimately than we currently realise.
  10. You have made extremely salient points, Suchandra. I mostly agree with you. Perhaps the most controversial fossil discovery in recent years was the one discovered by a geologist from the University of Jadaypur in Calcutta, India. A 1.1 billion year old, reddish colored rock found in Madhya Pradesh, Chorhat, astonished scientists. It presents zigzag marks similar to those made by a worm. The oldest known fossils of this kind are from Namibia and China and the marks are understood to be from multicellular organisms, which made their appearance in the course of evolution approximately 600 million years ago. If the finding in India is properly interpreted, it would call for a serious reconsideration of the basis of evolution, giving a giant jump (400 or 500 million years) between this fossil and those found in Namibia and China. "If you see centimeter-scale organisms and then don't see them for 400 million years, you have a lot to explain", remarks Harvard University paleontologist Andrew Knoll. After new marks were found in similar rocks, many incredulous scientists were forced to analyse the age of the rocks again. But these specimens (zirconium crystals) continued to point to the impossible, making the issue "even more exciting and more improbable", according to paleontologist Adolph Seilacher from Yale University. Seilacher believes that, according to what is commonly accepted, it is impossible for these fossilised traces to be from animals. However, he adds: "At the same time, I must accept the evidence. I have not found, nor heard from another person, another explanation. Is there any non-biological explanation for these marks?" This study appears in the October 2, 1998 issue of Science magazine.
  11. As I'm sure many of us already know, the Vedic literature informs us that humanity has a far longer provenance on our planet than modern Western science allows. The Vedic literature, as far as I know, also seems to suggest that animals in general (as we know them today in their present forms) have dwelt on this planet for vast periods of cyclical time. For example, the celebrated Gajendra moksha leela occurred during the 4th manvantar. Taamas held the title of Manu during this time. Didn't the 4th manvantar of this current kalpa take place at least some 600 million years ago? But according to modern biologists, only very primitive lifeforms existed on Earth during those extremely ancient times... certainly no creature as relatively complex as an elephant! Also, what the fossil record indicates to us is quite creepy. Plants first appear in the fossil record about 450 million years ago. There is no indication of them having developed out of any earlier form. They simply appear. What's more, every major form of plant arrives together. This can only be explained in orthodox evolutionary terms if none of the millions of intermediate stages which led to this dramatic development ever fossilised. The chances against this are ASTRONOMICAL. The first flowering plants also appear in the fossil record fully formed. Although we have an abundance of fossils of the earlier, non-flowering species, not a single one of these can be described as an intermediate form on the evolutionary path to flowers. At one point, there were no flowering plants. At another, flowering plants were all over the place. You find exactly the same bizarre pattern in the animal kingdom. The earliest fish with spines and brains appeared some 450 million years ago. In all the many curious lifeforms discovered in the sea, they had no apparent evolutionary ancestors. According to orthodox doctrine, the cartilaginous skeleton found in the certain fish - like the ray - gradually evolved into a bony skeleton. The fossil record shows cartilaginous fish appeared (without apparent ancestors) 75 million years after bony fish. Orthodox doctrine also insists fish with jaws gradually evolved from jawless varieties. The fossil record shows nothing of that sort. Fish with jaws suddenly appeared, with no discernible ancestry. Furthermore, these jawed fish somehow evolved into one jawless species - the lamprey - despite the fact that jawlessness is supposed to be a characteristic destined to be selected out of the life stream. Darwinian theory suggests that lung-fish, capable of breathing both on land and underwater, eventually evolved primitive legs out of their gills and crawled onto a beach to become the first amphibians. Amphibians certainly exist. What isn't known to currently exist is a single intermediate fossil tracing the famous lung-fish gills-to-legs evolutionary sequence. Some 320 million years ago, fossils of fully a dozen orders of amphibians began to be laid down. All had well-developed limbs, shoulders and pelvic girdles. None showed the slightest sign of having evolved from fish or even from anything else that evolved from fish. Fish species themselves show no signs of evolution. The shark who terrifies swimmers today is the same beast he was 150 million years ago. Oysters and mussels have been around unchanged for even longer - they appeared in their present form and were arguably just as delicious 400 million years ago. Mammals appeared suddenly as well. The orthodox theory suggests that they evolved from a single, tree-dwelling, shrew-like creature that expanded into the niche left when the dinosaurs perished. There was indeed such a creature, but the fossil record gives no indication whatsoever that it evolved into anything. Instead, 10 million years after the dinosaurs disappeared, a dozen or so separate and distinct mammalian species turn up without warning in the fossil record... in areas as distinct as South America, Africa and Asia. There are no intermediate fossils showing a connection between these mammals and the earlier shrew. There are no fossils showing any inter-species evolution either. Among the fossil mammals that appeared so abruptly at that time are lions, bats and bears that you would recognise immediately if you were chased by them today. What's going on here?
  12. I've never heard about "Whipping Star" before. Could you please elaborate more about it?
  13. YES! That's it! That's the one I was referring to!
  14. I wholeheartedly agree with you! My late grandma used to say a special Sanskrit prayer every morning when she awoke that was addressed to Mother Earth. It was simply asking Mother Earth to forgive us for walking all over Her body. Very beautiful stuff.
  15. The Vedic literature appears to personify the heavenly bodies of our universe as living entities, such as rishis and devas. From what little I know, Surya and Chandra, the Sun and the Moon respectively, are devas. Mother Earth is Bhudevi, a beautiful devi/goddess and one of Sri Vishnu's consorts (the other consort is Sridevi/Lakshmi). I have also read numerous legends in which Bhudevi, when overcome by impurity and evil, requests Vishnu to descend to Earth and cleanse Her. I am completely CONVINCED that Earth is a living, breathing, conscious entity just like us. I'm also aware that a scientist called James Lovelock proposed basically the same thing with a theory of his known as 'Gaia Theory'. Mother Earth is alive! The oceans are Her blood, the rivers are Her veins, all the landmasses are Her skin, the wind is Her breath and the Sun and the Moon are Her eyes. But this is purely from a physical viewpoint. According to the Vedic literature, Earth is also a devi. Yet from NASA photographs, Earth appears to be a blue ball. Could it be that Earth as a devi is actually referring to the subtle astral form of our planet? Astral forms, according to my understanding, are composed of varying combinations of the elements of mind, intelligence and false ego. So perhaps the people of ancient times weren't merely being poetic or symbolic when they thought of heavenly bodies as gods, goddesses, sages etc. They might have had higher psychic faculties in previous, more enlightened epochs (such as Satya Yuga and Treta Yuga, for example) and hence, they were able to perceive of heavenly bodies as living entities... sometimes even with subtle forms that differ from their gross physical forms! What do you think? Am I on the right track here with this line of thinking?
  16. No, none at all. That was an honest question asked very sincerely.
  17. How old do you think our history is?
  18. I'm not offended at all, Yogesh Prabhu. I have a bad habit of often forgetting to break my posts into paragraphs, but I will try not to forget so often anymore. Oh, and thanks for your kind words.
  19. I believe that our five fingers on both of our hands correspond to the pancha-bhuta (ie. five material elements). I am not certain of the exact order of which finger corresponds to which particular element, but I think that the order may be something like this: One's thumb represents akash, the subtlest of all the five material elements. Each of the remaining four materially grosser elements emerge from akash, just as one's remaining four fingers, in a sense, spring outward from one's thumb. The thumb holds objects, just as akash holds all of the other four materially grosser elements in their proper places. The next element in descending order of subtlety is vayu, which corresponds to the index finger. It is the finger most commonly used to point to different directions, which also reflects the often highly mobile nature of vayu. One's thoughts also move in many different directions, which corresponds to what is universally considered to be the predominantly mental/intellectual nature of air (vayu). The next element which is less subtle (and hence more gross) is agni, which corresponds to the middle finger. Fire is universally recognised as being symbolic of passion, lust and anger. So it is no surprise to me that in most modern Western cultures, the middle finger, when pointed upwards and at someone, is considered to be vulgar and an expression of one's anger or frustration. The next progressively grosser element is ap, which corresponds to the ring finger. The ring finger, as its name implies, is the finger on which wedding rings are traditionally worn. So it corresponds to the nature of ap (water), which is universally considered to be a predominantly emotional nature. The final material element (which is the grossest of the material elements) is prithvi, which corresponds to the little finger. I have not yet noticed any hints which would indicate to me how prithvi corresponds to the little finger. In any case, I definitely believe that the Lord has designed this and countless other universes in a SUPREMELY intelligent manner. He has manifested this universe is such a way that everything very nicely corresponds to everything else in an infinite web of interconnectedness. I also know a little bit about mudras, but not much. I am certain that each of our five fingers correspond to the five material elements of this universe. However, I'm not sure if I've matched the five material elements to their appropriate fingers. What do you think, have I made an error somewhere with this theory of mine?
  20. A person 12 feet tall or higher would surely be considered a monstrosity by most people today, so I can easily understand why Aswatthama would wish to remain unseen by our usually judgemental eyes. He is a chiranjeev and also a siddha, according to my grandfather. He can render his body invisible to our eyesight.
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