Re: [Advaita-l] « big bang » and « big crunch »
elisabeth-sylvain at sympatico.ca
Mon May 22 18:09:11 CDT 2006
I wrote ... pralaya (big crunch). Instead, it could be saMhAra (big
Anyway, Is this cosmology treated in advaita vedAnta ?
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Subject: [Advaita-l] « big bang » and « big crunch »
> According to my the very limited intellectual spiritual information, the
> cosmologic theory of « big bang / big crunch » representing an eternal
> prAna of material existence is very similar with pralaya (big crunch),
> kalpa, yuga, manvantara, etc.
> Is this cosmology treated in advaita vedanta ?
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> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Re: Brahman, Isvara, and VishishthAdvaita
>> Annapureddy Siddhartha Reddy <annapureddy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> -- Here is one problem I see with this explanation. Why introduce any
>> to explain this world? Maybe the combination of big-bang (or string
>> theory) + evolution + some other theories is good-enough to explain why
>> the world is the way it is.
>> Here, I speak on my own, without referring to traditional views: Who was
>> the agent of the big bang? Let's say, some entity - to me that entity is
>> God or god. If the big bang was a purely random event, even then, that
>> out of the probable infinite possibilities (a small wimper, a super
>> globule forever contracting into a black hole, or most probably nothing),
>> that big bang actually happened is, to me, perfectly tenable as the
>> realisation of god's will. (Qualifier: All this strictly from the
>> relative view-point, as opposed to the Absolute view-point).
>> None of this answers 'why introduce Isvara' - many would be happy with
>> the big bang being a random event, and not bothering about somebody's
>> will being realised and all that. Sruti is the pramANa for Isvara's
>> -- Another problem is this assumption that Isvara has some special role
>> humans in this world. For example, all the creation theories which say
>> that men descended from Manu, when all evidence seems to point to the
>> evolution of men from apes.
>> - I believe our tradition does not differentiate between humans and
>> non-humans. The PaSupati is the Lord of all world. This is not to say
>> that our ancestors somehow anticipated Darwin and his ilk and all that -
>> just that Isvara is the master of all.
>> There are other arguments as well 'disproving the vedic religion'. For
>> instance, performance of putrakaameshTi does not always result in birth
>> of sons; the sacred peeThams and temples cannot escape destruction at the
>> hands of the impure (mlechchas); in short, as is said in Telugu -
>> mantraalaki chintakaayalu raalavu - (reciting mantras does not give the
>> tamarind fruit: some action is required). The answer is usually not the
>> direct experiment, the gold standard of modern science. It, rather, is an
>> involved explanation of how the old was gold, how things were perfect in
>> the kritayuga, and how decline from there was inevitable - kaaladharmam -
>> how great people gradually lost the power to curse (the favourite
>> shop-talk of many brahmins - and not how the power to realise Brahman was
>> lost) - and how we will degenerate into total annihilation and how there
>> would be a new creation.
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