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"...now I am become Death [Shiva], the destroyer of worlds..." .Robert Oppenheimer. Your Comments Please .

"...now I am become Death [Shiva], the destroyer of worlds..."

Physicist Robert Oppenheimer, Supervising Scientist of the Manhattan Project on 16 July 1945 at 0529 HRS,in the Jornada del Muerto desert nearthe Trinity site in the White Sands Missile Range.... quoting from the Bhagavad-Gita upon witnessing the first atomic detonation by mankind.

The joint work of the scientists at Los Alamos resulted in the first nuclear explosion near Alamogordo on July 16, 1945, the site of which Oppenheimer named "Trinity".

Oppenheimer later recalled that while witnessing the explosion he thought of a verse from the Hindu holy book, the Bhagavad Gita:

“ If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one "

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Oppenheimer later would be persuaded to quote again in 1965 for a television broadcast:

“ We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

Website :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Oppenheimer

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Reminds me of G.K. Chesterton, when responding to the question "What's wrong with the world today?" He wrote in the following.

    Dear Sirs,

    I am.

    Sincerely yours,

    G. K. Chesterton

    Man will eventually destroy man. Charles Darwin said one thing that bothered him most about his theory is that, if nature was read in tooth and claw as he had seen it to be. Then the very ascendancy of the evolutionary product that we now had, had survived by way of violence and by way of aggression and didn't know what was going to stop us from continuing it.

    Something to think about...

    Just My Thoughts!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I used that exact same quote earlier in the week when I said that any presidential candidate that was adamantly opposed to abortion on moral grounds should immediately disqualify themselves from looking for a job that gives them access to the type of power that Oppenheimer was alluding to

    From a strictly moral standpoint no true Christian should ever run for president

  • 1 decade ago

    The world is what it is. It is best that men of reason arm themselves so well as to remain free.

  • Ptah
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Yes, pancakes are better with syrup.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    is there a question in there somewhere?

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