Vedic Perspective Editorial Commentary 9-17-87 Some people view the modern technological a

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Vedic Perspective Editorial Commentary 9-17-87 Some people view the modern technological age as the best time to be living in the history of man while according to the Vedic perspective, man has created a new artificial religion where scientists are the holy priests and the scientific laboratories are the new temples and churches. This new high tech religion began with the theology that life came out of a "big bang" and that man had evolved from chemicals. But scientists were not expert at only manufacturing some far out theories, they were practical men also. The scientists of this new age religion blessed the world with electricity and motors, drugs and a promise that tomorrow will be a better day through faith in scientific research. Science continued to establish their new theology and make converts all over the world. People were abandoning their religious traditions and becoming disciples of technology. Churchs were being closed and renovated into condominiums and factories. Today, those remaining old-fashioned believers in God are feeling the pressure of the new athiestic religion called technology. Technology wants to convert everyone into a believer of science. Forget about the old-fashioned God mentioned in old scriptures made famous by saints in bygone days. We're living in a new age, a technological age where science has the answer to all the sufferings of mankind. Yes, it is a fact that science has given modern man some wonderful facilities of life but along with the facilities, man had decided that between God and technology, technology was more kind and forgiving. Technology could be purchased, God couldn't; technology is immediately available, God isn't; technology is under my control, God isn't. So right now man is living in the golden age of technology and for those faithful disciples of science, life couldn't be much better. Man has so much control over nature and soon man will conquer of its greatest enemy through science: death. But this is the grand illusion of those devotees of science. They'll never be able to conquer over the inevitable force of death no matter how many promises science may make. As for the meantime, they are completely unaware that death is moving closer at every moment while they bask in the sunlight of their modern technological living. The religion of technology has come far. They have almost eliminated all resistance in their fight to liberate sexuality which is their most pleasurable ritual. In the sixties, during the sexual revolution, they declared that women should have independence and thus the powerful voice of scientific technology gave women the blessing of reproductive freedom, declaring that a baby in the womb isn't anything more than tissue that can be easily removed. In the seventies, sexuality was liberated even more with the help of highly qualified doctors and therapists who declared that sex dysfunction was the cause of mental disorders. Now to make everything complete, the god of technology has converted many religious men who spread the gospel of the joys of sex. They are working as double agents in the ranks of the old-fashioned theists and trying to make converts of the Pope and the Catholic Church even. So even though it may be seen that life couldn't be better for those who choose science over religion, the euphoria created by such technological philosophy will not be able to do one thing: It cannot give anyone lasting happiness. Technology is based on one fundamental principle: There is no such thing as the eternal soul and there is no such thing as God. But according to the Vedic perspective if one neglects to nourish the soul by chanting the holy names of God like Krishna and Rama then such a person is doomed to a high tech hellish condition of life which he falsely mistakes as happiness. --Vaishnava Dasa

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