Published on February 8th, 2023 | by Gadadhara das | Full size image7
The Intelligent Designer
Recently there has been a debate over whether God is the creator of the universe or that the creation is formed by combination of chemicals, a chance occurrence if you will.
The scientific group who supports a “theory” called Intelligent Design says that there is an intelligence behind the creation. There must be intelligence behind something so complex and intricate which works so perfectly.
The anti-Intelligent Design scientific group argues that the Intelligent Design group is pushing the old Creationist theology and that there is no science in something that requires faith.
They say there is no place in science for religion. “Creationism, intelligent design and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science,” The National Academy of Sciences said in an assessment in 1999.
At a news conference, president Bush commented on whether or not Intelligent Design should be taught in schools, “I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,” Bush said. “You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas. The answer is yes.”
The origin of a thought?
Back in the 1920s Einstein came up with this theory called “The Theory of Relativity” and it started out like any scientific theory does. It was an idea, a thought. Then he did the research and then he did experiments and math equations and came to a conclusion. “The Theory of Relativity” would not have been a theory at all if it wasn’t for Einstein. The idea, the thought, originated from him. We won’t look at the details of the theory, just that this theory has an origin and that origin is Einstein.
This can be said of anything. Everything has an origin. Just like a automobile, someone wanted to create a certain type of automobile, so he thought about it, and then began to get people together to design it and after a while it was manufactured.
The origin of anything and everything is always traced to “someone.” But who is that “Someone.”?
It is stated in the Bhagavad-gita
aham sarvasya prabhavo
mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam
I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who know this perfectly engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.
What Einstein used for his “Theory of Relativity” is generally called “modern science”. There are many different kinds of sciences: the science of cooking, the science of painting, the science of astrology, the science of music. The purpose of these sciences is to know the subject better, to master the subject matter. The purpose of modern science, in this case, is to understand the universe and its workings.
The problem with “modern” science today is that the scientist has imperfect senses. How can they really prove anything? In the day time you can not see the stars in the sky, but at night you can see them. A small child who has never seen stars in the sky may argue in the day time, “there are no stars in the sky”, but an older person with experience and knowledge will tell the child that you can only see them at night. Human eyes have imperfect vision.
In a room conversation with Srila Prabhupada in New Delhi, 12-11-71, he explains this nicely.
samyak pranihite ’male
apasyat purusam purnam
mayam ca tad-apasrayam
The materialistic person, they have only one experience: this cosmic manifestation. Beyond this they have no other vision. Their senses are imperfect. Just like the astronomers, they have got big, big telescope, many other instruments. They want to see through the eyes how many stars are there, how the planets are moving, and whatever imperfect knowledge they receive, by that little knowledge they advertise themselves as great scientists. But they do not calculate that “We are trying to see the stars and planets with powerful binoculars. That means our eyes are imperfect.’’
And what is the guarantee that the instruments which they’re using, they are also perfect? Because that machine, that binocular, is also made by a person who is imperfect. So what is the guarantee that by seeing through binocular or microscope, the conclusion arrived, it is perfect? What is your answer? Your eyes are imperfect, that’s a fact. Otherwise, why you are using binocular, microscope? Eyes are imperfect. Originally your eyes are imperfect. Now, eyes or other senses, it does not matter. Sense is sense. So you are manufacturing a machine, some instrument, by the same imperfect senses, then what is the guarantee that this machine, this binocular, if you see through the binocular, the knowledge is perfect? What is your answer?
Devotee: Can’t be perfect.
Prabhupada: Answer? Any one other?
Devotee (2): Perfect knowledge cannot be received with imperfect senses. Only through perfect senses can perfect knowledge be received.
Prabhupada: Therefore it should be concluded that the so-called scientists, astronomers, they are all imperfect, and they are passing off the scientists as learned. So you can challenge them, “What is the guarantee that your knowledge is perfect?’’
Actually it is not. They do not know how the stars are moving. They are always imperfect. Simply putting some theories. They say all this, Darwin’s theory and this theory, that theory. They are simply speculating on imperfect senses, and therefore they’re cheating, because the conditioned soul has got a tendency to cheat others. If one can cheat others, he thinks himself as very intelligent.
The conditioned souls, they commit mistake, they are illusioned, they cheat, and their senses are imperfect. This is the, the four condition. Therefore, if we receive knowledge from the conditioned soul, there is no possibility of getting perfect knowledge. If by nature you are cheater, then how I can expect fair dealings? It is to be understood that we cannot have any fair dealings with this conditioned soul. And he’ll protest.
The whole world is full of conditioned living entities. They’re conditioned. Conditioned means under the control of the material nature. Gunaih karmani. There are different types of conditioned souls. Some of them are good conditioned soul, some of them are passionate conditioned soul, some of them are rascal conditioned soul. So good conditioned soul means that, er, “(indistinct) that I have become very much learned, I have studied so many books, so now I am perfect.’’ There is little goodness, because he has studied, he, he has labored, but still he’s conditioned soul, because he has no perfect vision. Vimukta-maninah.
A Morning Walk With Srila Prabhupada on 12-03-73
Dr. Singh: The scientists argue that before Darwin’s biophysical type of evolution could take place, there had to be what they call prebiotic chemistry, or chemical evolution.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. And the term “chemical evolution” means that chemicals have an origin, and that origin is spirit, or life. A lemon produces citric acid, and our bodies produce many chemicals in urine, blood, and bodily secretions. This is proof that life produces chemicals, not that chemicals produce life.
Dr. Singh: Scientists say that once the seed of life is present in the cells, then the living entity automatically develops and functions.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, but who gives the seed? In the Bhagavad-gita (7.10) Krsna answers this question. Bijam mam sarva-bhutanam viddhi partha sanatanam: “O son of Prtha, know that I am the original seed of all existences.” And later (14.4):
murtayah sambhavanti yah
tasam brahma mahad yonir
aham bija-pradah pita
“It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.”
‘science’ explains the processes and events that happened in our existing system. That is as if that explains the recent models of computers / refrigerators. Explains how the systems run , just like physiology and anatomy of human body which explains as to because of which the parts works, like, for example heart pumps blood and brain gives instructions to body organs etc. In physics, it explains that gravity is responsible for fall of apple, air is responsible for movement, they explain magnetic force, they explain that water naturally flows towards slope, they explain oxygen responsible for working of organs etc.. Now, they found out that the universe is expanding and incidentally found out ‘dark energy’ like gravity, air etc.. But the fact is that they are unable to explain the primary origins of such forces like heat , air, gravity , which cannot be visualized by eye. Heat can only be felt but cannot be seen, air can only be felt, gravity can only be felt but cannot be seen, and by extending the same logic pain also can only be felt not to be seen. Hence, those who experience can only believe it. Now, because of the present work of expanding universe, the concept of ‘dark energy’ came out. This ‘dark energy’ also one cannot see by eyes but only can be felt or deducted from other secondary events.. The inadequacies and limitations of our sense organs i.e, design of our physical body is responsible for not seeing it. The existence of the above things is not in dispute but it cannot be seen because of our limitations. The radio waves and other waves because of which the wireless apparatus, mobile, radars etc. do function but the radio waves are not visible to human eye and a common man is not able to hear the radio waves because of the fact that the physical absence of apparatus in his body, because of which he is unable to hear them with his normal ears. Special apparatus such as radio receivers are require for that. Because, the normal human hear do not hear radio waves , it doesn’t mean that they do not exist. On the same logic it is perfectly reasonable and logical to expect that some energy , which is beyond the comprehension of sensory deficiencies of human body, may be there. As the human designed transistor first and then the CPU or microprocessor for computers and electricity for their functioning , the same way there may be some mysterious energy which might have been created by intelligent designer who may beyond our comprehension because of our deficiencies. It doesn’t mean that possibility of such existence who is continuously upgrading the models though at slower pace cannot be ruled out. Ethnocentrism in the form of ‘science ego’ cannot be encouraged and it is also like religious intolerance of other religions as that of terrorism. when alternate views are possible, we need not ridicule the other view. Just like religious secularism the secularism of thought shall also be encouraged.
Was Shree Krishna born on earth?
Krishna is unborn.
He is eternal.
He has no beginning and no end.
Krishna appeared before His mother and father in His original four-armed Visnu form and His mother Devaki asked Him to take the form of an ordinary child. So Krishna appeared in this world in His original eternal transcendental form. He was not born,
i want to remove homosexuality from india
Sorry, but that is not possible. Homosexuality exists in all countries and in all societies of the world and it has for a very long time. But why hate homosexuals? Better to understand it in the light of knowledge and see how we are all afflicted with the disease of lust. In homosexuality this lust is only more enflamed. It is a perverse manifestation of the lust to enjoy dead matter, the body. The lust a man experiences to enjoy a woman is also a perverse manifestation to enjoy dead matter, but the difference is there is sanction to do so within the bond of marriage. Marriage is not meant to increase a persons carnal desire, rather it is meant to reduce it and make progress towards the ultimate goal of life. We should understand this. Many ignorant people, while pointing their macho finger at the, “queers” and the, “faggots” forget that while they are still attached to sex with a woman they are also afflicted with the disease of lust thinking that, “my happiness lies in matter, in the connection of body parts and skin” This is illusion both for the homosexual and for the heterosexual. Both need to awaken to the light of the soul, the happiness of the soul, and the satisfaction that comes from realizing our identity as free form the bonds of matter.
it is said that the soul reaches spiritual world almost instantly.
It is difficult to imagine how that is possible.
Yes I COULD IMAGINE in BrahmaLoka the apparent time of one year in Earth planet is equivalent to 1/100,000th of a second and also the fact the soul travels faster than the fastest false ego.
Is that instantly mentioned is equal to Brahmaloka instant?
Just out of curiosity I am asking.
Hare Krishna Gadadhar das ji,
I have read your article and for me it make sense as I do know what you have penned down…..I would suggest one thing to you and that is why i AM WRITING THIS TO U….My suggestion to you is that why dont u send these articles to your temple branches in India and get these articles printed in Indian Newspapers so that the people in India can get over there ignorance by going through this???? Dont u think this would be a GREAT LEAP for ISKCON to prove the presence of BHAGWAN KRISHNA to the IGNORANT WORLD also which no other spiritual organizations till date have not been able to do?
I am writing this to ISKCON because I am also LORD KRISHNA DEVOTEE , living in INDIA and would seriously want this article…not only this article but the rest of the articles too..to be published in INDIAN NEWSPAPERS …
so that these scientific research and talks could reach the Indian readers…..
So kindly think on this issue and do act if possible…..also let me know ur reply…..