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Hindu Concept of the Beginning and End of Universe

The video below compares the concept of beginning and end of universe in Hinduism with that of modern cosmology. The video is presented by Carl Edward Sagan - an American astronomer and astrobiologist and a highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics, and other natural sciences.

Below is the transcript of the video. This is because the subject matter is very complex and you might need repeated listening.
Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite number of deaths and rebirths.
It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond, no doubt, by accident, to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma 8.64 billion years long. Longer than the age of the earth or the sun and about half of the time since the big bang. And there are much longer time scales still.
There is the deep and the appealing …

No more VIP treatment in Tirupati Temple

Next time when you are in the long queue for the ‘darshan’ of Tirupati Balaji, don’t be surprised if you find your favorite film star standing behind you. The controversy created by Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan visit to Tirupati has forced Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams to ask non-protocol VIPs to stand in queue.So, who are the non-protocol VIPs? Actors, industrialists, sports persons and all celebrities. The political class is excluded so they will continue to have the VIP status.But who will protect the likes of Aishwarya and Abhishek when they are standing in the long queue? It seems the temple authorities will provide special protection when they are in the queue. Now, how they will provide the security needs to be seen.In another development from May 1 onwards there will be no ‘VIP break darshan’ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the price of ‘VIP break darshan’ ticket has been hiked from Rs 200 to 500. In ‘VIP break darshan’ devotees are allowed to enter the temple on priori…