Ancient Scripture the Bhagavad-Gita Describes Nuclear Holocaust

Oppenheimer and the Bhagavad-Gita

J. Robert Oppenheimer was born in New York City on April 22, 1904. After graduating from Harvard and studying under Ernest Rutherford at Cambridge University, Oppenheimer received his Ph.D. in Germany in 1925. In 1929, he returned to the United States to teach at the University of California Berkeley and at Cal Tech. Oppenheimer had learned Sanskrit at Berkeley so as to read the Gita in the original; he always kept a worn pink copy of the bookshelf closest to his desk.

Upon hearing of discovery of fission in 1939, Oppenheimer immediately grasped the possibility of atomic bombs. In 1941, he was brought into the atomic bomb project and was asked to calculate the critical mass of uranium-235, the amount needed to sustain a chain reaction. The next year he assembled a group of some of the best theoretical physicists in the country to discuss the design of the actual bomb.

On the day of the first atomic test, Oppenheimer fully realized the enormity of what he had just accomplished. As he stood watching the mushroom cloud, a passage from the Bhagavad Gita flashed into his mind : If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst into the sky, that would be like the splendour of the Mighty One —

Yet, when the sinister and gigantic cloud rose up in the far distance over Point Zero, he was reminded of another line from the same source : I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds.

A Quicktime movie of Oppenheimer recalling the moment on the first atomic explosion

We waited until the blast had passed, walked out of the shelter and then it was extremely solemn. We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita: Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince [Arjuna] that he should do his duty and to impress him he takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.


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4 Responses to Ancient Scripture the Bhagavad-Gita Describes Nuclear Holocaust

  1. Lorraine Davis says:

    What if he had used his genius in the creation of Free Energy? Of cource he did what he was paid, told to do. Wonder what his family life was like?

    • Hi Lorraine!
      I (a Jew) know, as Oppenheimer (a Jew) knew, how different things would have been had the Nazis or the imperial Japanese fascists gotten this awful weapon first. So Oppenheimer did what he had to do. However, he was extremely sensitive to the plight in which the creation of such a weapon placed our species . . . unlike President Truman who seems not to have had the vision or imagination to have understood this.

      Something else to consider is this: nuclear weapons are not the origin of the homo sapiens problem. The origin of the problem is the malfunctioning homo sapiens brain now and throughout history, and the level of existence which this malfunction creates and reflects. See how easily the brain of an individual of our species can go awry . . . how easily it can become suicidal.

      • VisionVine says:

        We will never know how history would have transpired if the Nazis or Japanese would have gotten this awful weapon. Its easy to condemn them as fascist. Germany had many chances to defeat the enemy, and provided many opportunities for a peaceful mediation process. What we know now is that the UK killed over 9 million germans, and the US killed another million in concentration camps by letting them starve. We have seen that the US, since WWII, has conducted close to 200 military campaign in the name of freedom, in defense of democracy and to deter the spread of communism. These were all false claims, and the deception continues to today. There have been real holocaust in Africa, Iraq, the Philipines, casualties in excess of the alleged 6 million jews, and never any mention of them.

  2. visionvine says:

    I share your sentiments, but I also understand that Robert Oppenhiemer was of service in our current Age, the Newtonian paradigm. A paradigm that explains our existence by defining its individual parts, and its workings in a vacuum. Newtonian physics has been the impetus for our current perspecticve. It defines our paradigm. We’ve gone a course to fragment what was once whole. Consider the implications if the atom was studied from a paradigm of wholeness, rather than individual parts. Energy with indefinite potential that would create and unify, rather than cause fragmentation. I believe that our ability to harness the immense power of the atom could have gone one of 2 ways: the 1st, to nurtured the human potential for creation, 2nd to separate, fragment and destroy. Unfortunately, under the current paradigm we went in the latter direction. But the good fortune is that we’re headed to a new paradigm of Oneness.

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