Science and Mythology

“Mom, I am a genetic scientist. I am working on the evolution of man. Theory of Evolution, Charles Darwin, have you heard of him? “the son bragged. 

The mother sat down next to him and smiled, “I know about Darwin. But have you heard of Dasavatara? The ten incarnations of Vishnu?” 

The son said no. 

“Then let me tell you what you and Darwin don’t know. 

The first avatar was the Matsya, fish. That is because life began in water. Isn’t it so? Then came the Kurma, tortoise, because life moved from water to land. The amphibian. So tortoise denoted the evolution from sea to shore. 

The third was Varaha, boar, which meant wild animals with not much of a mind; you call them dinosaurs, correct?” 

The son nodded, wide eyed.

The fourth was Narasimha, half man, half lion, evolution from wild animals to thinking beings. The fifth is Vamana, the little one who grew large. Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens. The sixth, Parasuram, the man with an axe, short tempered and impulsive for instant justice. The seventh was Rama, the king, calm, collected and what you call cool. 

The eighth avatar was Krishna, the complete man, who taught how to live and thrive in a world, which won’t change. The ninth, Buddha, the teacher of reason, rectitude and renunciation. And finally, my son, will come Kalki, the man you are working on. The man who, hopefully, will be genetically better than his makers.”

The son looked at his Mother in wonder: “This is amazing, Mom. This makes sense!”

“Yes it does, doesn’t it?  We Indians knew things. What we lost, you are restoring, in a different language, calling it science, attracting questioning of a different kind, back to belief and fantasy, I guess you call it scientology. We keep re-inventing the wheel, again and again, in different colors and cultures, as if we were doing it for the first time.”

1 Response

  1. RandyW says:

    Wow! That makes sense! That is, as long as there are no insects, arachnids, whales, dolphins, manatees, or birds. But, if you think “I have an ancient magical story” is a good way to learn about reality, and if this view was pervasive in India, I would be even more afraid for the future of India.

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