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In this issue is an article about the movie Mystic India.
Also a cartoon from the very bright Bob Seal. Next is a news
article on the latest atronomical discovery of the
event "less than a trillionth of a second after time began."
Following that is an article about cosmologist John
Barrow, who won the Templeton Prize. Burrows, in his book on
nothingness, said "understanding these concepts [of nothingness] is
critical in the history of mathematics, physics, philosophy, literature and
theology." This issue is concluded by a statement by Wei Wu
Wei on form and void.
Mystic movie takes audiences backhttp://tonight.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=360&fArticleId=316051
By Kim Clayton-Millar
A truly beautiful and special international
cultural film contribution is coming our way.
The Swaminarayan Hindu
Mission of South Africa (Baps Care International) - a worldwide non-profit
organisation, currently actively engaged in educational, cultural and
humanitarian services - is bringing Mystic India
, a unique film
insight to the mysticism and beauty of India to those who enjoy cultural
The film - which is the world's first large-format epic on India
- explores the history and culture of that land by following the true story of
Neelkanth, a young yogi who lived there 200 years ago.
Between 1792 and
1799, he undertook a spiritual journey, alone and barefooted, over 12 872kms
At his journey's end, Neelkanth met a great saint and
teacher called Ramanand Swami who persuaded the child to become his successor.
From there on, he was known as Bhagwan Swaminarayan and was eventually
considered one of the greatest spiritual leaders and social reformers in Indian
Narrated by the simply beautiful and commanding voice of screen
legend Peter O' Toole, this literally breath-taking period piece takes viewers
back to the 18th century, along a journey which covered more than 100 locations
Audiences are introduced to the people of that land
through marvelous cultural landmarks and events such as the many grand
monuments, shrines, temples palaces and famous festivals.
reveals much insight to India, a country in which 18 different languages - with
more than 1600 dialects - are spoken and is home to a billion people of
different religions, traditions and backgrounds.
The central theme of
unity in diversity is portrayed in Mystic India through these words, "We share
the same sky, walk the same earth, breathe the same air, which we are a single
human family, capable of living together, loving one another."
ancient Sanskrit saying "Vasudhaiv Kutumbhakam" - "The whole world is one
family" - exemplifies this heritage.
As a bonus, Mystic India is an Imax
giant screen production being screened at the Imax Theatre in the Menlyn Park
Shopping Centre in Pretoria.
Anyone who has never seen a film on an Imax
screen should really try it as it is a totally different and believe me, larger
-than-life film-viewing experience, which makes one feel as if they are
literally "in" the film, enjoying the surrounds, storyline and events
To celebrate the opening of a six-month season of Mystic India at
the Imax Theatre in the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria from Saturday,
the Swaminarayan Hindu Mission of South Africa is hosting a gala premiere event
on that day at that venue.
This will include a full, pre-screening lineup
of entertainment including a range of traditional Indian events enacted in full
costume, with folk-dance, music and so on, from 12 noon.
There will be a
public screening of the 45-minute long film at 11am, 1pm and 5pm on Saturday.
The live events will be from noon and then there will be a special
screening for invited guests and the media at 7pm. Call the Imax theatre at
Cartoon by Bob Seal:
By DENNIS OVERBYE
Using data from a new map of the baby universe, astronomers said
yesterday that they had seen deep into the Big Bang, and had gotten their first
detailed hint of what was going on less than a trillionth of a second after time
The results, they said, validated a key prediction of the speculative
but popular cosmic theory known as inflation about the distribution of matter
and energy in the Big Bang. The theory holds that during its first moments, the
universe, fueled by an antigravitational field, underwent a violent growth
spurt, ballooning from submicroscopic to astronomical size in the blink of an
"It amazes me that we can say anything about the universe in the first
trillionth of a second," said Charles L. Bennett, a professor at the Johns
Hopkins University and the leader of the group that reported the results
yesterday. "It appears that the infant universe had the kind of growth spurt
that would alarm any mom or dad." The map was produced by a NASA satellite known
as the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe that has been circling the Earth at
a point on the other side of the Moon since 2001, recording faint emanations of
microwaves thought to be the remnants of the Big Bang.
The microwaves paint a portrait of the 13.7-billion-year-old universe
when it was only 380,000 years old, astronomers say. But in the details of that
portrait are clues to processes that occurred when it was much younger.
the map, the Wilkinson team has been able to revise an earlier estimate of the
time at which the first stars began to form and shine through the primordial
murk that followed the cooling of the Big Bang. Those stars appeared when the
universe was about 400 million years old, they said yesterday.
The previous estimate of 200 million years, based on earlier Wilkinson
data, had been seen as surprisingly early by many cosmologists, and the new date
is comfortably in line with mainstream theories.
Inflation theory, which was invented by Alan H. Guth of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been the workhorse of Big Bang
cosmology for the last 25 years. But astronomers and physicists admit that they
still have no idea what caused inflation. As a result, there are a welter of
models describing how it might have worked.
Although inflation is not yet
conclusively confirmed, it is now in better shape than ever, many astronomers
said, and many models can be eliminated.
"We've crossed a threshold," said David N. Spergel of Princeton
University, a member of the research team. "We can now start to say something
interesting about the physics of inflation."
Others not involved in the
project tended to agree.
"If this holds up to the test of time, it's a real landmark," said Max
Tegmark, a cosmologist at M.I.T.
~ ~ ~
Great void yields up 1.4M honor
Cosmologist John Barrow received $1.4 million Templeton Prize
Two of the 17 books written by cosmologist John Barrow
are studies of nothingness and infinity, which has inspired a little joke among
his British colleagues.
"John can say nothing," the joke goes, "and can talk about it
Barrow, 53, a professor of mathematical sciences at the University of
Cambridge in England, traveled to Manhattan this week for a kind of last laugh -
he was named the winner of the 2006 Templeton Prize, valued this year at 795,000
pounds sterling, or about $1.4 million.
The prize, given by a foundation created in 1972 by global investor and
philanthropist John Templeton, goes every year to the person chosen by judges
for outstanding work in bridging the differences between science and religion.
It is the richest award given to any individual anywhere - as stipulated by
Templeton, a Presbyterian who believes that religion is more important than any
of the Nobel Prize categories.
Past winners of the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or
Discoveries about Spiritual Realities, as it is now called, include Mother
Teresa and Billy Graham, but recent winners have been scientists who are
religiously active and, in some cases, have been ordained as ministers.
At a press conference where he was introduced Wednesday, somebody asked
Barrow why most of the recent recipients were scientists and he said, "Maybe
they ask the more interesting questions."
Barrow is a member of the United Reform Church, a mainline Protestant
body created in England in the early 1970s by a merger of three other churches -
Congregational, Presbyterian and Reformed Church.
He was honored for his use of mathematics, physics and astronomy to
challenge scientists and theologians to think in new ways about time, space,
matter, the origins of the universe ("or universes") and where it all
"Many of the deepest and most engaging questions that we grapple with
about the nature of the universe have their origins in our purely religious
quest for meaning," Barrow said at Wednesday's ceremony, held at the Church
Center of the United Nations.
Speaking of recent discoveries about the size, age and movement of the
universe, he said:
"We are made of complicated atoms of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. The
nuclei of all these atoms do not come ready-made with the universe but are put
together by a slow burning sequence of nuclear reactions in the stars.... The
nucleus of every carbon atom in our bodies has been through a star. We are
closer to the stars than we could ever have imagined."
Barrow's work explores the relationship between life and the laws of
physics, something he sometimes talks about in whimsical terms. Speaking
recently at the Royal Society in London, he talked about detecting art fraud,
why science can send a rocket to the moon but cannot accurately predict the
weather, and how to win at dice every time.
"That's mathematically speaking, and over the long run," he explained
Wednesday. "It's not something I would count on at the casino."
Among the books written by Barrow, a onetime lecturer on physics and
astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley, is "PI in the Sky,"
"Theories of Everything" and "The Left Hand of Creation." Another work,
"Infinities," was an award-winning play in Italy.
Two other books have become international science best sellers.
'The Book of Nothing," a study of all aspects of vacuums, voids, zeroes
and nothingness, argues that understanding these concepts is critical in the
history of mathematics, physics, philosophy, literature and theology. "The
Infinite Book" is about infinity - in theology, mathematics, philosophy, fantasy
and even science fiction.
Barrow's wife, Elizabeth, making only her second visit to New York, was
asked about their conversation at the dinner table. "When they were younger, our
three children sometimes asked David a homework question," she said. "He
answered the question and often added a lecture. After a few minutes, they
usually found an excuse to leave the table."
John Barrow, who will receive his award May 3 at Buckingham Palace,
said he wasn't sure what he would do with the money. In fact, he was not sure
what the prize was worth in dollars.
John Templeton Jr., who now heads the foundation, wasn't sure
"At the close of the market yesterday," he said, "it was about $1.4
Actually, it was $1,375,747.50 - or $432,747.50 more than this year's
Wei Wu Wei
from "Ask the Awakened"
Things have no self-nature: their self-nature is void.
Void is the self-nature of things, that which they are when "they" are
That is why form (things) is void and void is form, and why there is no
form without void, and no void without form.
Another Way of Doing It:
Unreality is the seriality created by the time-concept, and which I have
called "horizontal" seeing, i.e. one-damn-thing-after-another.
Freed from the time-concept -- seriality reintegrated, the succession of
objects (objects apparently developing, cause and effect) reunified,
Freed also from the space-concept -- for Time and Space are inseparable --
the seen object becomes "real" -- for it is seen in the manner I have called
Intemporal and in-formal, the supposed object has re-become subjectivity
and re-found its only reality as pure see-ing.
Note: Liberation from the Space-time concepts is transference from
objectivising into "subjectivising" -- or the famous "leap."
Here "objectivising" means seeing everything as an object, or objectively,
and "subjectising" means seeing everything as from subject or
It can also be called seeing noumenally.
The former was called the "Guest" position in China, as opposed to the
"Host" position, or that of the "Minister" as opposed to that of the "Prince,"
or, by other Masters, the "functional" position in contrast to that of
"Prinicipal" or "Potentiality."
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