RICHLAND -- There are numerous reports circulating throughout the world regarding the demise of the solar system or universe in 2012.
From the common man to esteemed astrologers, predictions are being made on how the planets or other celestial bodies will align for the catastrophic event to occur.
Personally, I believe these predictions should be ignored because they are baseless according to many religious scriptures.
The Sikh religion's holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) states that, "There are countless celestial objects in the universe and people through eons of ages after tirelessly searching for the answer, came to one conclusion that there is only one super power God who knows the secret of universe" (SGGS: 5). It further explains that, "Only God who created the universe knows when, why, and how the universe was created by Him" (SGGS: 4).
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Therefore, my understanding of these words is that it is futile for anyone to claim or make predictions as to what is going to happen to our universe in the future. The best thing for us to do is to accept God's will and obey his commands. A person should first know the purpose of his life here on Earth and concentrate on working to fulfill that purpose. This purpose, according to the SGGS, is to obtain liberation from the re-incarnation process.
The laws of nature are fixed and exist around us. Scientists strive to find these laws for convergence with theology's expressions via God's commandments. God's commandments are appropriately described in numerous scriptures of the world and one has to study them thoroughly and understand their applications. God's commandments are naturally based on the truth and to find the truth is the key for a meaningful conclusion.
Coming back to predictions about natural phenomenon of any sort is a pure baseless expression by anyone. However, using wisdom to explore the working of God is called the "Science of God" as explained by Gerald Schroeder in his book appropriately titled Science of God. It suggests that wisdom and knowledge might soon prove to be the basis of, and can actually create energy, which in turn creates matter. Matter cannot be destroyed.
Scientists of the world are trying to find the matter particle believed to be the source of the universe's creation. It is popularly called the "God Particle." For instance, the multibillion-dollar supercollider built under the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is the world's largest physics laboratory that is being used to find the amazing "God Particle," so far without any success.
The quest to find out and confirm the creation of the universe is of no avail to date. This is an indication that knowing its collapse is a far-out cry and beyond human intelligence.
Therefore, any predictions of solar system or universe collapse are without any basis; and as said earlier, should be completely ignored. Always maintain a firm belief that the creator God creates and destroys everything according to his will, of which no one can have any clue.
* Tarlok Singh Hundal of Richland is a Sewadar of the Sikh Gurdwara of Tri-Cities. Questions and comments should be directed to editor Lucy Luginbill in care of the Tri-City Herald newsroom, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336.
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