Om Chawla

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Kalpa, Mass Extinction And Resurrection - Poem by Om Chawla

{In this poem I have tried to synthesize the modern day scientific findings with the narrative of a scripture.}

Hark the footsteps of impending destruction
By natural calamities or affliction
Or man made tools of annihilation
Headed are we to mass extinction.
-Five times we perished and resurrected
-In this interminable cycle
-Of creation, doom and resurrection
-Asserts the scientist, making prediction
-It would be sixth mass extinction.

Amazing are scripture's revelations
Measuring the immeasurable cosmic age
Each resurrected origin to doomed extinction
A cosmic day on Kalpa's time scale
Each extinction culminating a cosmic day
Whence all life ceases to be or vanishes
Resting in subsumed silent stillness
In a state of barren nothingness
Life writhes out of dormant non existence
Resurrecting itself and heralding
Dawn of a new cosmic day
A new sequence of fourteen manvantaras
A new Kalpa to lead unto next extinction.
-Creation to doom to resurrection
-An interminable cosmic days succession
-Defining the indefinable
-Infinity of cosmic age.

Topic(s) of this poem: science fiction

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Recently I chanced to read a short report entitled 'Earth heading towards sixth Mass Extinction' attributed to the findings of a study by some professors at Stanford University [Times of India dated 26.7.2014].
How it was concluded that it would be sixth extinction is a matter for experts in the relevant field, to contest.
A Hindu scripture, while mentioning the age of Universe refers to Pralaya [Doom] at the end of each Kalpa or Aeon, assumed to be A Cosmic Day made up of fourteen Manvantaras where each Manvantata lasts 71 chaturyugas and so on, detailing a complex calculation of time period. The age of universe is immeasurable and infinite and after every extinction or doom or pralya, life re-emerges after a pause, when a new Kalpa begins. Since the scripture was written thousands of years ago, question arises as to the basis of such knowledge possessed by the authors of the scripture.
The striking similarity in the premise that life reemerges or resurrects after each extinction is noteworthy.

Comments about Kalpa, Mass Extinction And Resurrection by Om Chawla

  • Valsa George (8/22/2014 12:10:00 AM)

    An interesting poem arousing curiosity and wonder! So, are we heading for a mass extinction? Many occurrences around can be seen as a premonition to that! Can human brain stretch back to aeons or stretch forward to cosmic ages! Reading this, I feel like a puzzled child at the incomprehensible mysteries of the universe! Anyway the striking parallel about mass extinction between what the Hindu scriptures say and what the scientists predict is amazing! A mind boggling write, Sir! (Report) Reply

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  • Dinesh Nair (8/21/2014 10:47:00 AM)

    The theme of the poem is unique and has much within itself to communicate to us about.
    The comparison of the Kalpa concept and that of the scientific revelations on the the origin of the universe and its expansion has, however a distinct disparity. The Kalpa is a divine design perceived whereas what the Big Bang speaks of has no divine intervention. Thank you sir for this sharing.
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  • John Mccullagh (8/15/2014 10:43:00 PM)

    An interesting interpetation of the threatened sixth mass extinction. Well done. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 15, 2014

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