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Today: The Heavens:The Work of His Fingers
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Star Trek television series
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   On today's site:
  • When I behold the heavens (Psalm 8)
  • Place me in a rocket ship (Shulman)
  • Astronomy compels the soul (Plato)
  • Universe of magical things (Philpotts)
  • Conceptual space (Lubavitcher Rebbe)
  • O Holy night (Reich-Gray)
  • The sensation of the mystical (Einstein)
    NOW IN "REVIEWS": THE GETTY'S ICONS FROM SINAI
And The Last Word: Thomas Traherne
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And now, the Last Word:
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When I behold your heavens, the work of
Your fingers, the moon and the stars that
You have set in place, (I think,) "What is
frail man that You should remember him,
and the son of mortal man that You should
be mindful of him?" Yet You have made
him but slightly less than the angels, and
crowned him with soul and splendor.

Psalm 8: 4-6
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
Light echoes from Red Supergiant Star V 838
Whirlpool Galaxy M51 and companion galaxy
Place me in a rocketship
Streaking in a silent sweep
Across the swirl of star-filled sky,
And I will seed the night with prayer.

Yaacor David Shulman
From "Bedside Prayers"
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997
It is clear to all that astronomy compels the soul to look
upward, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.

Plato (427-347 BC)
Greek philosopher, mathematician,
founder of the Academy in Athens,
the first institution of higher learning in the western world
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Dust Storm on Mars
The universe is full of magical things patiently
waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960)
English novelist, poet, dramatist
Shock wave from stellar explosion
Spiral Galaxy M100
We know space as the three dimensions in whose context physical
objects are positioned in spatial relation to each other (above, beside,
behind, etc.). But there is also a conceptual space: we speak of
"higher" and "lower" planes of reality; we describe ideas as "deep"
or "shallow." So spiritual entities also occupy a "space" which defines
their position in relation to each other and to world they occupy.
Common thinking is that these "conceptual space" characterizations
are merely mental projections of physical phenomena in an attempt
by our physical minds to contemplate and discuss metaphysical
abstractions. The truth, say the Kabbalists, is the very opposite: space
originates as a wholly spiritual phenomenon, and then "descends"
through the Seder Hishtalshelut to evolve into increasingly more
concrete forms. Thus physical space derives from "conceptual space,"
which in turn evolved from an even more abstract form of space, and
so on. The higher we ascend the chain of Hishtalshelut, the more
abstract and ethereal is the space of that particular "world."

"The Speed of Light"
Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Courtesy of
MeaningfulLife.com and Chabad.org
Oh, holy night
fill with silence
that I might hear
that which is not spo-
ken
by human voices.

Sharon Ann Reich-Gray
From "Bedside Prayers"
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997
Hodge 301 Cluster in Tarantula Nebula
You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself
floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the
heavens, and crowned with the stars; and perceive
yourself to be the sole heir of all the world...Till you can
sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold,
and Kings in sceptres, you never enjoy the world.

Thomas Traherne (c. 1636-1674)
English poet and religion writer
The most beautiful and most profound experience is
the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all
true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is
as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable
to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest
wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull
faculties can comprehend only in their primitive
forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center
of true religiousness.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Nobel Peace Prize winner
One of the greatest physicists of all time
"The Merging of Spirit and Science"
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Center of Galaxy NGV 3370
All photos from Hubble telescope.
www.Hubble.org