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|[Posted March 29, 2006]
Scientists Don't Know About Eclipses
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
When solar fears eclipse reason
feared, eclipses are now often eagerly anticipated
Solar eclipses are nowadays major tourist attractions, but in ancient
times, they were events of ill omen, to be dreaded and feared.
While scientific knowledge has explained the phenomenon, some
superstitions continue to hold sway.
An eclipse in Nigeria in 2001 was seen by Muslim youths as anger from
god for sinful activities.
And the ancient belief that an eclipse presaged war and devastation is
still preached by some mystics in India.
A belief persists in India that all cooked food left uneaten during an
eclipse should be given away, as it will have become impure.
There are many invisible planets and stars. For example, when the Rahu
planet passes before the sun and moon, there is an eclipse. But the
scientists describe an eclipse differently. Actually, the Rahu planet
causes an eclipse. There are many questionable points regarding the
modern scientists' theory of the eclipse. Their explanation is
incorrect according to Vedic information.
Dr. Singh: But the
scientists say that they can prove their theories.
Srila Prabhupada: They say that science proves everything. But that is
nonsense. The scientist has proved everything except what he is. That
he does not know. And why does he die? That also he does not know. That
is the extent of his knowledge.
Dr. Singh: They can make a
model of the universe. They can make a model
of the planets and the moon.
Srila Prabhupada: If they can
make things, why don't they make an
imitation sun to save electricity? These rascals say everything, but
they cannot do anything. That is their position. If they can make a
model of the universe, let them make a big model of the sun. Then in
the dark night we will not have to spend so much money on electricity.
But they cannot do it. Yet they speak big, big words, simply to take
money from the taxpayers. They say they know the composition of the
moon and the composition of the sun, so why can't they make them? Why
can't they create an artificial sun so that the people of Iceland and
Greenland can be saved from so much cold?
excerpt from Morning Walk Conversation with disciples, May
11, 1975, Perth
Amogha: Is that Rahu planet closer than the
moon to the earth?
Prabhupada: Rahu planet orbit
is in between moon and sun. So when it comes in between moon and sun
there is eclipse. At night it is eclipse in the moon, and daytime it is
eclipse in the sun.
excerpt from Morning Walk Conversation, October 25, 1975,
Indian man: ... How would you explain
about eclipse which we get?
Prabhupada: That you ask some
astronomer. I am not astronomer. But I understand from Vedic scripture
that moon is beyond the sun.
Indian man: 'Cause we have
seen that the moon comes between...
Prabhupada: Yes, eclipse, it
is Rahu. It is Rahu between the sun and, sun and moon. Yes.
Indian man: Between the earth
and the sun.
Prabhupada: No earth. No,
Rahu. Earth is...
Cyavana: What they see is
Rahu, not moon. No.
Indian man: At night the
planets which give light to this universe...
Prabhupada: That is moon.
Indian man: Moon.
Prabhupada: Yes. They say
that every planet gives light. That is not fact.
Indian man: The reflection I
think, of the sun...
Prabhupada: No, there is fire.
Indian man: In the moon too
there is fire? But it is cold, as the, our sages say.
Prabhupada: It is surrounded
by cooling atmosphere.
Indian man: It rotates?
Prabhupada: In a different
way, not as they explain.
Indian man: They rotate.
Prabhupada: Just like my
hands is moving... [makes gestures to demonstrate] ... like that.
Indian man: And it does not
go all around other planets?
Cyavana: They all move
Cyavana: They move together?
Prabhupada: Yes. The pivot is
the polestar. Fixing, the polestar, they are moving like this. And
there is sun's movement. ...
Indian man: [break]...friend,
and I told him that you said these things. So he asked me the question
about the eclipse. So I would like to know to explain to him about it.
Prabhupada: The eclipse is...
When the Rahu comes between sun and moon, there is eclipse.
Indian man: It does not
eclipse the moon. But why people say that it's the moon that covers the
sun? Because they don't know it's...
Prabhupada: They are
Indian man: They suppose?
Prabhupada: It is not the
Indian man: Astronomers too
Prabhupada: It is up to the
man to believe or not believe, but we have got authorities, different;
they have got authorities, different. So if we follow our authorities,
then we have to accept according to that.
Indian man: We get in a
dilemma, we people who do not know more than they explain about.
Prabhupada: There is no
dilemma, because our literature is there from millions and millions of
years, and they have their knowledge within two, three hundred years.
Now it is up to us whom to believe.
Indian man: You want to say
that the astronomers are the mistaken. The astronomers have been
mistaken to say all these things?
Prabhupada: Yes. Everyone
commits mistake. Anyone who is conditioned, he must commit mistake.
This is our position, that anyone who is not liberated, he must commit
mistake. We take knowledge from liberated soul, not from the
speculators. That is the difference.
Cyavana: They prove their
inadequacy by changing their theories every twenty years.
Sri Guru and Gauranga
Predicted in Advance by Vedic Astrolger
Sword from the Sky
News Alert - March
Two Eclipses this March
Vedas - Vedic Authority
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