Teeksa Photography

Photography of
Skip Schiel


March 9, 2007  

by Skip Schiel

© All text copyright Skip Schiel, 2007

Light physical,

light metaphysical,

light internal,

light of Christ, Buddha, Mohamad,

light of wisdom,

the light of a thousands suns, bursting at once into the sky,

that is something, something like the splendor of the Mighty One, the shatterer of worlds, the coming of death,

said J Robert Oppenheimer, witnessing the world's first atomic explosion.

And now, today, this moment,

a light and voice within, saying,

Be smart, stop foolishness, let your little light shine.

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu (or Shiva?) is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

--Robert Oppenheimer - interviewed by NBC in 1965

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Trinity atomic explosion, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_site

If the radiance of a thousand suns

Were to burst at once into the sky

That would be like the splendor of the Mighty one...

I am become Death,

The shatterer of Worlds.