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Life by Chemical Combination
=== By His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada ===

Based on a vast amount of laboratory data, the currently popular scientific theory holds that life is a coordinated chemical reaction. This theory involves the basic assumption that the various life forms we see today originated by chance in a primitive and complex chemical environment, the "primordial soup," and that they have developed by the influence of "chance" (a term basically demonstrating the gross ignorance of the scientists) and blind mechanical laws acting over a long time period.

Unfortunately, this theory, however attractive it may be, will remain only a theoretical model until the propounders and speculators can actually produce some form of life in the laboratory by chemical reactions. It just remains a specific case of mass-scale cheating and brain washing until it cannot be proved in a laboratory.

Practically speaking, then, at this stage of scientific knowledge most of the important chemicals found in the living cell (including the gene, DNA etc.) can be synthesized in the chemical laboratory. And those in the forefront of microbiology and biochemistry have made a intense and ceaseless effort to put all the necessary chemicals together and prepare the first synthetic life in the test tube. Unfortunately, there are no life symptoms visible when all these chemicals are combined. Even without taking so much trouble to synthesize all these chemicals, scientists can actually isolate the necessary chemicals from an already living body and then recombine them.

If life were a chemical combination, scientists could actually make life in the test tube by assembling all these important chemicals. What to speak of life, they are not even able to create water (H2-O) in the laboratory by combining two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen. Thus there are abundant reasons for rejecting this "chance" and "primordial soup" fiction theories that life is a chemical process and it is simply a fake post-dated check which can and will never be honoured.

In spite of this, the project to defraud and mislead the common people by speculating on the origin of life and attempts for manipulation of nature continues en-mass. Rather than researching to find out about the Supreme Being Who is the origin of all life and rather than accepting that life is not a combination of chemicals but a symptom, evidence and indication of the presence of the spirit (soul) in the material dead chemical body, the so-called scientific mentality seeks to put the scientists and their speculations in the place of God.

But when we inspect these activities closely, we can see that the no real knowledge about the origin of life has been achieved or verified after so many hundreds of centuries of hard endeavour. The materialists and scientists enjoin us to be patient, saying that very shortly the answer about the origin of life will be known to one and all. If it happens that we die waiting for the answer like it has happened to zillions of people in the past, still the scientist does not and will not admit the tragedy of his gross ignorance about the origin of life, since for him life is only a unexplainable molecular peculiarity anyway.

Thus majority of the foolish people of this world fritter away the valuable and rare time of the human form of life by putting their fully blind faith in the imperfect scientists and their imperfect speculations and instruments and hopelessly waiting for some response from them about the mysteries about the origin of life and life itself. Life thus wasted becomes a painful paradox, in which each minute that passes increases our misery and ignorance about our own origin and our destination after death, until finally our body collapses in agonized bewilderment without achieving any worthwhile answers or spiritual goals is this rare human form of life. What a sheer and total waste of the human life and energy?

On the other hand, it is so simple and effortless to solve this great mystery of life if one simply accepts the perfect spiritual knowledge from the perfect spiritual sound vibration of the Vedic scriptures originating directly from the ultimate origin of all life Lord Gauranga-Krishna.

Lord Krishna states in Bhagavad Gita 2.17:

avinashi tu tad viddhi, yena sarvam idam tatam;
vinasham avyayasyasya, na kascit kartum arhati.

"That which pervades and permeates the entire chemical material body with consciousness is the indestructible, eternal and imperishable spiritual spark known as the soul, which is My infinitesimal spiritual spark and part."

The Supreme Absolute Truth and the Cause of all Causes Lord Krishna again confirms this fact in 2.20:

na jayate mriyate va kadacin
nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityah sasvato 'yam purano
na hanyate hanyamane sarire

"For the eternal spiritual soul (which is us) there is no birth and thus no death at any point of time even when the material body is destroyed. The soul has never come into being, does not come into being, and will never come into being. The soul exists eternally as a minute part and parcel of God. Thus the soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. The spirit soul is not slain when the body is slain but simply accepts another gross material body with a different chemical combination."

References: The Origin Magazine.