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Nuclear Weapons and Bhagavad Gita - Robert Oppenheimer’s Quote Still Lingers in US Discussions but This Time It Is for Peace.

Upon witnessing the first atomic bomb explosion, Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the team of scientists who built that first nuclear bomb, recalled a verse from the tenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." Robert Oppenheimer limited his comment to the first part of the first verse of thirty fourth stanza in the Chapter 10 of Bhagavad Gita. Robert Oppenheimer never mentioned the next words in the same line – I am the Source of things to be. Perhaps he thought human beings only knew how to destroy or did not then realize the peaceful use of nuclear energy.The original Quote from Chapter Xम्र्त्युह सर्वह्रास्चाहमुद्भावास्चा भाविश्यतम
किर्तिही श्रीवाकिचा नारीणँ स्मृतिँमृधाMrtyuh sarvahras-ca-ham-udbhavas-ca bhavishyatam
Kirtih sririvakca narinam smrtir-medhaI am the all-embracing Death, and the Source of things to be, and of Women, the Fame, Fortune, Speech, Memory, Intelligence.Now in 2007, Dr. Christopher A. Ford, United States Specia…

Why Women Are Not Allowed In Sabarimala?

There is an ongoing debate in Hindu society on whether to allow or not to allow women in the age group of 10 to 50 to the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Shrine in Kerala. The matter is presently under the consideration of the Supreme Court of India. Indian Young Lawyers Association and some women advocates had filed a petition challenging the ban on the entry to women in Sabarimala.Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the shrine, has informed the Supreme Court that it is against allowing entry to women.The main reason pointed out was that “worshippers visit the temple only after observing penance for 41 days. Usually women between the age of 10 and 50 will not be physically capable of observing `vratham' for 41 days on physiological grounds (menstruation cycle).” (link)