Monthly Archives: January 2011

Purpose of Life and the Universe

Someone asked me whether I thought there was any purpose to life and to the universe. I think it is important here to distinguish between short range and long-range purpose. Short range purpose relates to matters of temporal significance: My … Continue reading

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Betelgeuse to become a Supernova

Astronomers and astrophysicists observe and analyze the fates and fortunes of stars up there, leaving lesser mortals to worry about oil depletion, global warming, threats of terrorism, and the like. They entertain themselves in conferences and with technical papers dealing … Continue reading

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On a Governor’s Statement

The new governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, is reported to have said that we are all brothers and sisters, and added (according to the Birmingham News): “Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, … Continue reading

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RTL: Joan of Arc of Robert Southey

After reading Southey’s  The Inchcape Rock, I  was drawn to his epic poem Joan of Arc, written in the last decade of the eighteenth century. I  was struck by the fact that this English poet was writing so beautifully about … Continue reading

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RTL: The Inchcape Rock of Robert Southey

Lorelei reminded me of Robert Southey’s Inchcape Rock I had read decades ago. That’s the poem in which The Abbot of Aberbrothok Had placed that bell on the Inchcape Rock; On a buoy in the storm it floated and swung, … Continue reading

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Pongal: The Tamil Festival on January 14

[Warning: This is a longer-than-usual piece!] Many colorful festivals are marked in the Hindu calendar. Each has its own particular  mode of celebration. But there are also local variations. This should not be surprising in a vast country like India … Continue reading

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RTL: Baudháyana’s Dharmashástra

In the ancient Hindu framework life was to be governed by codes that included canonically prescribed thoughts, words, and deeds. The goal was to guide people to lead righteous lives with the ultimate goal of inner peace, societal harmony and … Continue reading

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