The science of Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrophysics have revealed to us the relationship between matter, energy, space and time and the existence of billions of galaxies in our Universe far beyond the observable limit of instruments and tools devised by us. The ages of the Milky Way, our solar System, the planet on which we live have been fairly accurately determined by ingenious and inovative methods, as several billions of years. Not thousands.
The birth, growth and death of stars have been well chronicled through the tireless study of star clusters in a large number of galaxies, of supernove, of star closer to us like our sun, its source of energy, its age, its near and far future etc. It is astounding how much more we have to know about our Universe and wonder about the amazing amount of knowledge we have already gathered by our own effort about these celestial bodies than to be complacent and satisfied with the simplistic idea that God created all the heavenly bodies and hung them in space and placed the earth at the right distance from the Sun for us to live in comfort.
But we do not know everything about the Universe yet, its vast complexity of motion through space(astrophysicists believe space is being created as galaxies keep moving away from one another), the weather system of our planet or of Jupiter or Mars, the movement of the tectonic plates beneath our feet, birth of new strains of deadly viruses and bacteria. We cling on to the fringe of knowledge revealed to us through our own untiring effort and ingenuity as if we know everything. . We have lots more to learn.
So where do we stand? Will we come one day to see God through our knowledge of the Universe and solve the creation or evolution controversy of living things that we see around us including ourselves? And hence solve the riddle of creation? But it appears we may have to wait long, very long, for science to reveal God or God to reveal Himself through science unless one accepts God today without questioning and leave science to evolve slowly at its own pace.
92) A Glance at Death
Different people look at death differently. Some are scared of it, some who are terminally ill demand their right to die by themselves, some are mentally prepared for it and some believe death is the gateway to heaven, where they will spend their eternal life in the presence of God. Many poets have described death in their own imaginative and philosophic angle. I have here a few examples which are quite interesting.
Lindley William Hubble thinks that death doesn’t spare any one. The strong and the weak, the willing and the unwilling, all die . He puts his idea beautifully in the two verses below:-
They are gone and not one of them went willingly ;
But the strongest will, no less than the weak, was broken
The hand that clutched at the ledge was stricken loose,
And the last word hushed while it was being spoken.
Not one of them went willingly, never a one
But clutched at familiar objects to the last
The reluctant, desperate figures were slow to loosen,
But not one held tightly enough, not one held fast.
Eunice de Souza is witnessing her grandfather’s funeral. They had brought the coffin to the cemetery and left it open a little while for people to have the last glimpse of the grand old man in the coffin before the lid would be nailed on. A mild February Sun (in Goa) warms the immobile body. Her