Tuesday, December 8, 2015

You are the Truth?

Does our ability to identify the falsehood more than understanding the truth tell us that we are the truth we are seeking? I have observed carefully and it is always very difficult to identify the truth rather than falsehood. Of course they are mutually exclusive and anything is one or the other. But when you define truth to be something that is eternally unchanging, then many things we perceive can be crossed off the list. Most things we observe seem to be falsehood because they are changing in one way or the other. But what gives us the platform to perceive this change. If you are yourself false, can you see perceive other things to be false? 

Another related question arises. What makes us see the truth in a few things for some time before we classify them as falsehood. Why do we see this world as real? Is it because we haven't fully understood what "truth" really means? Or is it due to the fact that we haven't understood that we are the "truth" that we speak of?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The cosmic dance of Shiva!

Why is creation depicted as a dance? Why not an art/painting? If you think about it both forms: dance and art are creative. I think it is because of the fact that in a dance, the dancer and dance merge. You cannot see the dance without the dancer and vice versa. The cosmic dance not just signifies the creation of the world but also that the phenomenonal world that we perceive and the noumenon (Brahm, some call it) that creates it are the same. The same way other traditions in Hinduism perceive all This as 'lila'.. a play or a drama.. signifying that the actors and the act are inseparable! How insightful!

Science and Hindu Dharma - FB page

"In his manifestation as Lord of the Dance, the Hindu god Shiva dances the dance of creation. In this tenth-century Chola bronze Shiva's aureole of fire (the prabhamandala) represents the rhythm of the universe and emanates from a lotus pedestal, the Hindu symbol of enlightenment. Shiva dances on the prostrate form of the Apasmarapurusha, a symbol of human ignorance. The back right hand carries the damaru, a small drum symbolizing creation. The back left hand holds Agni, the fire of destruction. The front left hand is in the gajahasta ("elephant truck") position. The front right hand is held in the abhaya-mudra pose (literally, "do not be afraid")."

- Carl Sagan (1934-1996), astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist

Sagan was the 20th century's most prominent science popularizer. His work was pivotal in creating NASA's SETI programme. He received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (1977) and the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (1978).

Each year, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) presents the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science. The award was first presented in 1993 to Carl Sagan himself.