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Date: Fri Oct 13 1995 - 15:01:36 PDT
I guess we all go through the wondering process. The questions evolve over time and change but the wondering process probably never ceases. Religion and science by themselves are not incompatible. Hindu Dharma and the concept of Moksha take over where science leaves off. Science has yet to find a microscope that can show us what a soul looks like. If we carefully examine the evidence presented by modern science it will be obvious that nothing is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. All of modern acceoted theories center around accepting evidence that support the evidence and ignoring evidence that contradict those theories. Example The sphinx of Egypt is believed to have been built around 4,500 years ago by a pharaoh of Egypt, Howver Geologists have found that the sphinx has been eroded by water. The last time there was sufficient rainfall to have caused that much of erosion was 9,000 years ago. By this estimate the Sphinx should be about 9,500 years old, older than the present ancient Egyptians. Not much is known about any civilization that existed then and how they built such a monument or moved it to where it is now. But is this evidence accepted by scientists? No, because it raises more questions than they have answers to. Similarly man, by today's reckoning, has existed for about seven thousand years or so. But there is an entire book called Forbidden Archeology that shows evidence of man and use of weapons between seven and 55 million years ago. Accepting this as evidence would mean blowing Darwin's theory to smithereens. On the otherhand the little research that has been done based on religious texts has borne evidence. Excavations in ancient Greece has verified a lot of the details given in the Iliad. More than one incident in the bible has been confirmed by archeologists. Recently they discovered the body of Caiaphus (I am not sure of the spelling) the man that convicted Jesus. Most of the research done in India by foreigners centered around trying to disprove our scriptures. However in the last decade the ancient city of Dwaraka was discovered under the sea. Not only was the city discovered but also Mudras that bear the exact description given in the Mahabharata. Given the resources a lot more can be excavated based on our epics. Not only do Eastern religions believe in reincarnation, but Christianity also did till the time of Pope Justinian in the middle ages. The bible itself mentions that an ancient saint named Elijah was reborn during the time of Jesus as St. John Baptist. There is an element of commonality in the concept of salvation among all the world's major religions. If we read the Geeta we find answers to all questions that science is not able to answer. We also find that Shri Krishna is God Almighty that owns and controls everything including us. By praying to Him we will find the Acharya(s) through whom all our questions will eventually get answered. We will understand that our purpose is to serve Shri Krishna by serving His devotees. This includes our immediate family and all people that we have an opportunity to serve. Even the Guru serves His disciples by teaching them. Service has nothing to do with whether one is in a superior position or inferior position to us. Service can also mean taking a tough disciplinary stand (e.g with children). When this service attitude becomes all encompassing and is not interrupted by time, place or circumstances one is said to have attained Moksha. Jaganath.