What Dies, Doesn’t Go To Heaven

It should be obvious to all of us that “eternal life” is
imaginary. Simply by understanding the chemistry of life
you can see why life after death is impossible.
To understand how death works, we can start with a
bacterium cell. A bacterium is a tiny bag (a cell membrane)
filled with a variety of molecules. These molecules react
together in different ways to create what we call life. Some
of the molecules react to build and repair the cell wall.
Some of the molecules react in ways that allow the cell to
move. Some of the molecules react to provide energy to the
cell. And so on. A bacterium cell is a little chemical
machine.
One of the molecules inside a bacterium cell is a long DNA
strand. There are molecules floating around the DNA strand
that are able to copy parts of the DNA to manufacture new
molecules that the cell needs.
Although all of these molecules are reacting in fascinating,
interlocking ways, they are still nothing more than
chemicals reacting. The “miracle of life” is no miracle — it
is a big chemical reaction.
Let’s say that a foreign molecule gets into the bacterium
cell and it gums up a part of the DNA chemistry. Or let’s say
that something damages the DNA strand in the bacterium so
the cell can no longer manufacture an important molecule
that it needs. Eventually the chemical reactions inside the
bacterium will stop. The cell “dies.” Its cell wall breaks
down and bursts. All of the chemicals inside the cell float
away and the bacterium ceases to exist.
A bacterium is nothing but a set of chemical reactions.
When those reactions stop, the cell is dead.
Now here is the question: When the bacterium dies, does it
go to heaven?
I know what you are thinking: “Does it go to heaven??? Of
course not!!!” It does not matter who you are — religious or
not. There are not many people in India who believe that bacteria go to heaven. The Gita does not talk
about heaven being filled with all the disease, putrefaction
and pestilence that bacteria cause. And what, exactly,
would go to heaven? Do all of the bacterium’s molecules get
transported to heaven so that they can keep reacting? If that
were happening, there would be thousands of tons of
chemicals leaving earth every day. Obviously bacteria do
not go to heaven.
Next let’s look at a mosquito. A mosquito is much more
complex than a bacterium cell. For one thing, a mosquito is
a multi-cellular insect with some amazing (though
annoying) capabilities. But if you look at each cell in a
mosquito, it is very much like a bacterium in its basic
functioning. A cell in a mosquito is a fascinating series of
DNA-based chemical reactions — nothing more. When
those chemical reactions cease, the mosquito dies.
Mosquitoes obviously do not go to heaven. Think of how
many mosquitoes have lived and died over the course of
millions of years. No one imagines heaven being full of
septillions of everlasting mosquitoes.
What about a mouse? Ditto. Mouse cells are little chemical
factories churning away. They are fascinating, but they are
soulless and inert. Mice do not go to heaven — if they did,
then heaven would be overrun with quadrillions of mice.
What about dogs? Lots of vets and pet owners would argue
with you here, but dogs do not go to heaven either. When
they die, they die.
What about chimps — the closest living relatives to
humans? Ditto.
So what about humans?
The human body is nothing but a set of chemical reactions.
The chemical reactions powering a human life are no
different from the reactions powering the life of a bacterium,
a mosquito, a mouse, a dog or a chimp. When a human
being dies, the chemical reactions stop. There is no “soul”
mixed in with the chemicals, just like there is no soul in a
bacterium, a mosquito, a mouse, a dog or a chimp. There is
no afterlife, no heaven or hell, for the chemicals that make
up a human body.
This concept — this idea that a human being simply ceases
to exist upon death — drives many people absolutely nuts.
They cannot imagine it. “Me? Die? I am going to totally
cease to exist? All my thoughts, all my experiences, all my
relationships, all of my ideas and memories… It all simply
vanishes and I am gone? Impossible!!!”
Nonetheless, that is the reality of the situation.
You are a collection of chemical reactions. When these
chemical reactions cease, you die. When you die, “you”
cease to exist. Imagining eternal life and creating a fantasy
called “heaven” does not change anything. When you die,
you are dead.

What Happens Inside A Black Hole?

No one has ever seen what the center of a black
hole looks like. This is because black holes are
nothing more than extremely small and incredibly
dense points of matter. Because so much matter
has been packed into such a small space, the
gravity inside a black hole is tremendous. So
tremendous, in fact, that not even light can
escape.
Since light cannot escape from the gravity of a
black hole, no light comes from them to human
eyes. This means they cannot be seen. A Black
Hole can only be observed when something
nearby is effected by its gravity. They can also be
detected because of other forms of energy they
radiate, such as X-radiation.
Physicists have theorized what might take place
inside a black hole. It is known what occurs to
matter as it approaches the black hole, because
until it reaches a certain point light is still able to
escape and the objects can still be viewed. Once
they reach what is known as the Event Horizon,
they cease to be visible and ‘disappear’ into the
black hole.
Relativity theory states that at the center of the
black hole, density becomes infinite, and because
of that all things travel towards the center. This
means that anything with mass will fall towards
the center at the fastest speed possible; the
speed of light. Because speed and time are
relative to the observer, from our point of view
here on Earth things simply disappear into the
hole. However, if a person were to pass the Event
Horizon, time would stop for that person. As the
person fell toward the center of the black hole at
the speed of light, his or her perception of the
passage of time would stop, because everything
would be moving at the speed of light in the
same direction. We only notice the passage of
time because of the way things move in space; if
everything were moving in the same direction at
the speed of light, we could not see anything
move and hence, we would not perceive the
passage of time. Everything would seem to stand
still.
Physicists believe that anything which falls into a
black hole is simply compressed to a tiny,
invisible point with infinite density, which is
referred to as a ‘singularity’.
Whether or not a person would survive falling into
a black hole is a matter of some contention.
Some would argue that being compressed into a
singularity would undoubtedly result in death;
others say that since time stops when you pass
the Event Horizon, that person would live forever.
Some astrophysicists even believe that the matter
which falls into a black hole is discharged in
another location; another galaxy, or even a
parallel universe. However, though these theories
make for interesting movies and science fiction
novels, they are not widely believed by scientists.

© manab

who is the I ?

“The past is imagined – but somewhat real –
yes ? It happened – but ofcourse now exists in
thought only – although physical ramifications of
past actions are real – yes ? therefore from that
point of view there is a reality ?”
But let us go slowly. It happened — so it seems.
It surely makes our life simpler to think so and
not to doubt that. But how do we know it really
happened? All the evidence is only PRESENT
evidence, PRESENT memories of past events. Let
us go one step further. What difference would it
make if the past was not real? Could we ever test
that hypothesis scientifically or otherwise; in what
way could we go about that?
And yes, we do normally live in the unquestioned
belief in linear time and its inescapable rule of
past events with its consequences governing
present happenings.
Continue reading “who is the I ?”

the concept of ‘me’

I agree that all sages have said that we have to
know who we are – and unless we break free
form the concept of the self and Maya – we are
never going to understand the unverse and our
relationship to it. And again the word ‘our’ comes
into it – what does that mean ? But how do I get
out of that gradually. Do I HAVE to come to that
knowledge first – or can I go the other way
Can I try and distance event from time – or can
my mind do that – without first answering the
question ‘My’ ? Can I try and distance space from
time ? –
Perhaps that is the way for me. Because I find it
really difficult to go the other way – except
theoretically – do I believe it ? Yes I do – that
there is another reality outside the concept of
‘me’ – but there again it is a thought that
emmates from my mind – the same vehicle from
which the other thoughts about cause and event
emmate from.

is Space God..? .

I am getting
tired of the world trying to understand the
universe and the Big Bang without trying to
comprehend SPACE first. Because everything will
come and go : there is one constant – SPACE –
in which the universe is born – it dies – but
Space is constant, immortal, infinite – Is Space
God ?
so why must we look at the big bang to explain
the universe – and call it the known universe.
surely it is the unknown universe that will define
the known.
It’s what was there BEFORE the big bang that
will tell us what the big bang is.
I will write more about my confusion on this

but could the formation of the universe be
instantaneous ? rather than formed in in a
millionth of a second
could it be the contraction of Space rather than
expansion of universe ?
help !!