Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.

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This quote by Robert Oppenheimer after he witnessed the first atomic bomb's explosion... I am curious, I'm reading through the Bhagavad Gita, and I've found no specific sentence such as that - is this due to a misquotation on Oppenheimer's part, a different translation of the Bhagavad Gita than the one I am using, or simply me missing a sentence?
 

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Dang, dude, how did you find that? I did a google search, but didn't find anything that clear. Thanks!

I am time grown old,
creating world destruction,
set in motion
to annihilate the worlds;
even without you,
all these warriors
arrayed in hostile ranks
will cease to exist.

If the light of a thousand suns
were to rise in the sky at once,
it would be like the light
of that great spirit.
 

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Originally posted by: Zakath15
Dang, dude, how did you find that? I did a google search, but didn't find anything that clear. Thanks!

I am the God of all things Google! ;)


Oppenheimer+Bhagavad Gita and got REALLY lucky! :)

I'm glad I was of help.
 

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Originally posted by: Jimbo
Originally posted by: Zakath15
Dang, dude, how did you find that? I did a google search, but didn't find anything that clear. Thanks!

I am the God of all things Google! ;)


Oppenheimer+Bhagavad Gita and got REALLY lucky! :)

I'm glad I was of help.

dang, i ought to figure out how the google operators work :p
 

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Actually, I thank you for posting the question Zakath! :)

I learned something new today.
 

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Oppenheiner's quote was inspired by a verse in the Gita (see my sig ). It was a major case of being careful of what you wish for because you might get it.
 

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Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Oppenheiner's quote was inspired by a verse in the Gita (see my sig ). It was a major case of being careful of what you wish for because you might get it.

the weapon to end all wars? he sorta got that. no wars between major powers in 60 years.
 

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Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Oppenheiner's quote was inspired by a verse in the Gita (see my sig ). It was a major case of being careful of what you wish for because you might get it.

The irony of the situation is immense. It frightens me now to see such power taken so lightly by our populace.
 

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Originally posted by: ElFenix
Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Oppenheiner's quote was inspired by a verse in the Gita (see my sig ). It was a major case of being careful of what you wish for because you might get it.

the weapon to end all wars? he sorta got that. no wars between major powers in 60 years.

The third world will be the first to use nukes. India, Pakistan etc.
 

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Originally posted by: ElFenix
Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Oppenheiner's quote was inspired by a verse in the Gita (see my sig ). It was a major case of being careful of what you wish for because you might get it.

the weapon to end all wars? he sorta got that. no wars between major powers in 60 years.

Do you understand why we were that lucky?
 

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Originally posted by: yellowfiero

The third world will be the first to use nukes. India, Pakistan etc.

"... I see my kinsmen
gathered here, wanting war.

My limbs sink,
my mouth is parched,
my body trembles,
the hair bristles on my flesh.

The magic bow slips
from my hand, my skin burns,
I cannot stand still,
my mind reels.

I see omens of chaos,
... I see no good
in killing my kinsmen
in battle."
 

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Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Originally posted by: ElFenix
Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Oppenheiner's quote was inspired by a verse in the Gita (see my sig ). It was a major case of being careful of what you wish for because you might get it.

the weapon to end all wars? he sorta got that. no wars between major powers in 60 years.

Do you understand why we were that lucky?

the balance of terror?
 

Hayabusa Rider

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Originally posted by: ElFenix
Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Originally posted by: ElFenix
Originally posted by: Hayabusarider
Oppenheiner's quote was inspired by a verse in the Gita (see my sig ). It was a major case of being careful of what you wish for because you might get it.

the weapon to end all wars? he sorta got that. no wars between major powers in 60 years.

Do you understand why we were that lucky?

the balance of terror?

Precisely. The USSR and the US formed a balance that kept the other from becoming too aggressive and dominating. They also kept those aligned with them in check to a degree. Result- a relatively stable world. Now there is no such balance, and the US government has started to be aware of it's influence and power. It is now starting to eliminate governments that it feels are not in it's best interest. Those countries have access to technology though and many will seek nuclear weapons and other nasty things since they have no protector. Result- more widespread weapons in a more unstable world. The US IMO is embarking on a course that will speed that process. I had suggested a little while ago that a balance will reestablish itself. with the EU and Russia realizing there is no way to oppose the US unless they align. I see the beginnings of it now. In 10 years there could be a common EU/Russian army, and if China becomes a democratic nation, close ties with them. Ought to be an interesting century. Hopefully, there will be someone left who can look back at it after this one is over.