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Re: Re: A "mini" COSMOS(2)

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Posted by Glenn on November 18, 2000 02:32:07 UTC

Before i will answer, Let me continue my previous post about the cosmos on the human body itself.

In the parallel for the four seasons, the warmth of our stomachs represents spring and summer, while cool hardness of our backs represents autumn and winter. Our blood vessels, meanwhile varying in size so that we have both
large and small, correspond to rivers. A fissure in an embarkment that leads to flooding might be likened to the Malady of burst blood vessel or a stroke. Our bones corresponds to rocks and minerals. Our skin snd flesh are likened to the land. The hair covering our body are like the woods and forest. The list goes on and on to include our inetrnal organs and such.Buddhist writings set forth in great detail that our body is itself a small cosmos. Hence the Buddhist pharase " The cosmos is the self "
The human brain is also often reffered to as a miniature universe of its own because of its infinite potential. When we look at the way our body functions we could say it resembles a giant pharmaceutical factory. Our body produces its own drugs and medicines and has the ability to protect its own health and well-being. It is truly a woundrous micrcosm.
The universe is composed of incalculable numbers of essential particles: protons, electrons neutrons, photons, as well as atoms comprising the chemeical elements, such as hydrogen, oxygen, and calcium. These same particles and elements comprise our bodies. One scholar was prompted to make the observation that " the human body is made of the same material as the stars," and called human beings "children of stars". Our bodies are not only made of the same matter as the universe, but are governed by the same basic principles of generation and disintegration and the rhythm of life and death as pervade the cosmos.
All physical laws, such as those of gravity and the conservation of energy, also affect and operate in the microcosm of each individual living entity.
It takes the earth 365 days, five hours and forty-eight minutes to complete one revolution around the sun. There is rigorous order to evrything.
Our body is said to comprise over sixty trillion individual cells. When they functions each day in a well ordered, syetematic fashion, correctly carrying out their respective jobs, we are in a state of good health. The complexity and precision of the workings of the human body are mind-boggling.
If great trouble would arise to our planet veered even slightly from its present orbit around the sun. And nothing short of catastrophic would result if the Earth's axis were to shift even minutely. All life this planet could be threatened with extinction. Everything hangs in such delicate balance, governed by the strict principle that life and the vast universe are one. The same priciple applies to ech individual life- to each microcosm.
Science, for it's part, is devoted to the investigation of real, yet invisible, natural laws. Such investigation has lead to the invention of many machines and devices that apply those laws. An understanding of the principles of water bouyancy, for instance, led to the discovery of the laws of aerodynamics led to the invention of aircraft, and an insight into the workings of radio waves paved the way for the development of radio and television.
These natural laws just mentioned, however, are but partial Laws. In contrast to science, Buddhism is devoted to the investigation and exploration of the MYSTIC LAW- the great "Law of Life" itself that is the essence and source of all other laws and principles in the material and spiritual realm.

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