Karma of the Nation

STEPHEN KNAPP – In studying the science of karma, we must remember that it is actually a basic law of physics, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. On the universal scale it is also a natural law, only it is called the law of karma. Individuals acquire karma as a result of their good or bad activities. Pious actions will result in positive or uplifting reactions in the future. Impious or nefarious actions will bring about negative, unwanted or troublesome reactions to endure in the future. This is to provide the necessary lessons to learn what we should or should not do, which can then balance our karma and our consciousness. However, not only do individuals have or acquire specific karma, but also a collective karma can be acquired by whole societies, or nations, depending on the overall activities of the citizens.

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More Beautiful Paintings

We added some more paintings like this on the Art page, go take a look! There will be even more paintings coming tomorrow. Our most humble thank you to all the artists.

What Are the Vedas?

Prahlada Nrsimha das – Veda literally translates to wisdom. The Vedas are a written form of universal truths or laws, that can not be changed. Gravity, for example, is a law of nature. When you know how it works, you can use it for your benefit, but when you go against it, you may just end up with a bloody nose. In the same way as gravity is a gross material law, there are many subtle laws such as karma, reincarnation, and other subtle influences that affect our mind and overall consciousness. The Vedas are similar to a user’s manual for the human body, mind and universe. It is a great science that has been passed down since time immemorial.

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Computerized Gods – The Age of Information

One of the most distinguished computer scientists in the world today, Prof. J. Weizenbaum is known for his major contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence. He authored the famous ELIZA program (fore-runner of DOCTOR and other similar programs) which startlingly demonstrated the possibilities for building ‘intelligent effects’ into a computer through programming. Weizenbaum is also the author of Computer Power and Human Reasoning from Calculation to Judgement in which he critically examines the far-reaching social implications of research and philosophical assumptions regarding artificial intelligence.

Prof. Weizenbaum obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Wayne State University in Detroit. After a few years in the industry, he entered the Massachussets Institute of Technology where he has held faculty positions since 1955. He is currently a professor in the department of Computer Sciences at MIT. His current research includes Artificial Intelligence and social implications of computing and cybernetics.

J. WEIZENBAUM, Ph.D. – As many have observed, modern science has become a religion, at least for Western man. Like other religions, it has a priesthood, roughly organized on hierarchical lines. It has temples, shrines, and rituals and it has a body of canons. And, like other religions, it has its own mythology. One myth in particular states that if, say, by experiment a scientific theory is confronted in reality with a single contradiction, one piece of discontinuing evidence, then that theory is automatically set aside and a new theory that takes the contradiction into account is adopted. This is not the way science actually works.

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Liquid Beauty

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami narrates a story called “Liquid Beauty” about the temporary nature of our material bodies.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare  ॐ हरे कृष्णा हरे कृष्णा कृष्णा कृष्णा हरे हरे। हरे रामा हरे रामा रामा रामा हरे हरे॥ ॐ