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What is meditation?

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Question found in Religion & Spirituality In General
Meditation is deep reflection or thought on one topic. In the practice of religion it is deep prayer, usually trying to shut out the external, material world and focus on the spiritual existence, trying for a union with the Almighty.

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How many dimensions are in string theory?

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12

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Which is stronger, an irresistible force or an immovable object?

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There are no irresistible forces or immovable objects. Even if there were we cannot 'compare' a force to an 'object'.

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Can you explain the theory of general relativity in relation to eyesight and the distances you perceive?

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Eye sight and the extent of the field of vision are not related to the theory of relativity. The extent of sight is purely of physiological nature and has no connection to relativity, gravity or quantum mechanics.

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How cold is space?

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I agree with the previous answer that space has no temperature and that it is a property of mater. At the same time we could say that a part of space is 'hot' or 'cold' as what you would feel if you were there.
In outer space the radiations falling on you could make you feel hot or cold. Obviously, the space would be very hot close to the stars and would get colder as you move away from stars. In what we call empty space, far from any stars the coldest regions - that is, most of space - are at 2.75K or close to absolute zero which is 273 degrees below zero degree Celsius.

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We need a picture of God almighty, or what he was thought to have looked like?

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Picture an ocean of infinite dimension - no surface, no bottom, looking in any direction there is no end - that existed before this universe came to being, that exists now, pervading and surpassing the universe, a vacuum state devoid of matter - not nothingness but the fullness of being - that ocean in which this universe was conceived as a tiny bubble, that nurtured and guided every step of the evolution of this universe and the living beings in it, that infinite ocean, that is my picture of God almighty

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Why do asteroids have chaotic orbits?

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Chaos is a factor to be taken into account at least to a small extent on the movements of even larger bodies such as the moon. This is so because moon is under the action of gravity of not only the earth and the sun but even of the other planets. And the position of the planets changes with respect to those of earth and moon there is slight variation in the orbit of the moon.

As for asteroids, as they are moving the pull of gravity from the sun and from various planets especially those nearest to the asteroid at a time varies very much, hence the chaos factor is more obvious in the case of asteroids.

In the new branch of Mathematics called chaos the effect of the gravitational pull of various bodies in the solar system is an interesting topic.

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What elements reacts with sulphur and produces a water insoluble substance?

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Sulphur combines with carbon to produce carbon disulphide that is insoluble in water.

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I believe that I know the answer to the question that I am about to ask, but I would like to hear the answers that I get, here goes: Where does the soul and spirit go at death?

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Let me attach a few reflections that I wrote the last two weeks in answer to your question.
1. Hell
It seems that talk of hell is out of fashion these days.
We rarely hear of it from the pulpits or even at retreats.
Fear of hell used to work where love of God fails.
So, what has happened to hell and the devil? Is it because the idea of hell is against the concept of a merciful God? Then what about justice? Does this mean that one can get away with murder? I am not ashamed to talk of eternal damnation. Not as a place of fire but as a state of loss: the awareness that perpetual bliss – being with God Almighty - is beyond one’s reach is a real hell.
The knowledge that wealth and pleasures for which one had spent all one’s life are no more available makes it worse.
Such hell does exist.
2. Heaven
Brows may go up if I say that the quality of life in the next world – wherever it may be – depends very much on the way we live here. What quality? Is it not either heaven or hell? One might ask. I am afraid it is not that simple. Most of us won’t be perfect enough for immediate union with God – heaven - nor evil enough to go straight to hell. As is the case in this life, it is not all black and white over there even, at least not for quite some time. Time? Aren’t we free of the limitations of time once the soul is liberated from the body at death? Not quite. That liberation comes only when we are finally united with God and that is heaven – absolute bliss.

Catholics call this state of affairs purgatory. The Hindu or Buddhist view of rebirth or their concept of the souls of the deceased wandering because they have not got salvation (mukthi), also point to this condition. Whichever way you look at it, this calls for intense prayers or offerings from those living, for the redemption of the souls of the deceased.

Let us come back to the question of the quality of life there. A sentence in the ‘memorial card’ for the fortieth day of my late wife was something like this: “This sorrow, this pain, will never be forgotten till we become one in the fullness of time.” Reading this, a divorcee observed, “This is alright for you. You have something to look forward to. What about me? What about this Catholic priest?”

One could answer this saying, “We all look forward to union with God.” But is this as simple as that? The question posed by my friend should make us pause to think. If we cannot be comfortable with our fellow beings, can we possibly be comfortable with God? I must ask if there is anyone whom I wouldn’t want to meet in the next life. I must remember that what I can hide from others in this life, like being unfaithful to my spouse for example, all will be open in the next.

So, to improve the quality of life after death, to be able to approach next life with confidence, one must see God in others. Our relationship with every one here must be such that we should feel that we shall be happy and comfortable to meet them ‘there’ without masks. Loving everyone, forgiving any offenders and praying for them, living at peace and harmony with others, we can approach next life confidently. Then we will be comfortable to face the ‘judge’ and the quality of life in the next life would be improved.

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How is a constellation created?

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Groups of stars have two names - constellation and galaxy.
Constellation is a group of stars as we see them in the night sky.
Galaxy is a real group of billions of stars.
We live in a galaxy called milky way.
In a constellation what we see may be stars in our own galaxy and some other bright, distant galaxies.

Galaxies were formed near to the origin of the universe. As the infant cosmos in the form of a 'porridge' was expanding, gravity made the 'lumps' in that porridge to create into star clusters which slowly became galaxies.

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