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Teacher: Radha Mohan das
Hare Krishna student: Navadvip Candra das
Christian student: Gaura Hari das

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released May 14, 2015

Script based on a script by an unknown author

Recorded by Dharma Deva Stuckey

Produced and directed by Parividha das

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Parividha das was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1973.

He performed with
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and worked with the Bhaktivedanta Players in England from 1978 to 1985.

He has appeared as John the Baptist & Judas in the musical "Godspell", Mr. Lyons in "Blood Brothers" and Pharaoh & Jacob in "Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".
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Track Name: The Science Teacher
Teacher:
Welcome to the fourth in the series of lectures on logic and rational thought. Now last time I just stood here and talked for an hour,
but this morning, I will require a little...audience participation.
All right: Rationalism. What would be a rational argument?
Are there any members of any particular religion here?
(A show of hands.) What are you?
Student:
I'm a Christian.
Teacher:
A Christian?
Student:
Yes, sir.
Teacher:
Ah. Stand up young man. So you believe in God?
Student:
Absolutely.
Teacher:
Is God good?
Student:
Yeah. God's good.
Teacher:
Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?
Student:
Yes.
Teacher:
Hmmm...Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him.
You can do it. Would you help them? Would you try?
Student:
Yes sir, I would.
Teacher:
MOST of us would if we could...God doesn't. [No answer]
He doesn't, does He? My brother was a religious man who died of cancer even though he prayed to God night and day to heal him. How is this God good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one? You can't, can you? Let's start again, young fellow. Is God good?
Student:
Er... Yes.
Teacher:
Is Satan good?
Student:
No.
Teacher:
Where does Satan come from?
Teacher:
From... God...
Teacher:
That's right. God made Satan, didn't He?
I think we're going to have a lot of fun this morning, ladies
Teacher:
Yes, sir.
Teacher:
Evil's everywhere, isn't it? Did God make everything?
Student:
Yes, sir.
Teacher:
Who created evil? [No answer] Is there sickness in this world? Immorality? Hatred?
Ugliness? All these terrible things - do they exist in this world?
Student:
Yes.
Teacher:
Who created them? [No answer] Tell me, How is it that this God is good? All the hatred, the brutality, all the pain, all the torture, all the death and ugliness created by this 'good' God is all over the world, isn't it, young man? [No answer]
Now tell me: Have you seen God?
Student:
No sir, I’ve never seen Him.
Teacher:
Then tell us if you've ever heard God?
Student:
No sir, I have not.
Teacher:
Do you have any sensory perception of Him at all? [No answer] Answer me, please!
Student:
No sir I’m afraid I haven’t..
Teacher:
You haven't?
Student:
No sir.
Teacher:
Yet you still believe in Him?
Student:
Yes …
Teacher:
That takes faith! One faith among many! According to the rules of rational, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son? Where is your God?
[The student doesn't answer] Sit down, please.
Devotee:
Professor, may I say something? (The professor turns and smiles.)
Professor:
Ah, another Christian in the vanguard!
Devotee:
I'm a Hare Krishna actually.
Professor
A...Hare Krishna. (Chuckles) Really?
All right. Speak some 'wisdom' to the gathering.
(To himself): This should be fun.
Devotee:
Some interesting points you are making sir.
Now I've got a question for you.
Is there such thing as heat?
Teacher:
Yes, there's heat.
Teacher:
Is there such a thing as cold?
Teacher:
Yes, son, there's cold too.
Devotee:
No, sir, there isn't. You can have lots of heat, mega-heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can go 458 degrees below zero, which is zero temperature, but we can't go any further after that. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it. (Silence till someone drops something) Is there such a thing as darkness, professor?
Teacher:
What are you insinuating?
Devotee:
So you say there is such a thing as darkness?
Teacher:
Errr...Yes...
Devotee:
You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something. It is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light but if you have no light constantly you have nothing, and it's called darkness. In reality, darkness isn't. Can you...give me a jar of darker darkness, professor?
Teacher:
Would you mind telling us what your point is, young man?
Devotee:
Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must be in error....
Teacher:
Explain yourself.
Devotee:
You are working on the premise of duality; that for example a God who creates good things or a God who creates bad things.
You are viewing the concept of God as something we have the right to judge from our limited world of duality. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, merely the absence of the conscious being from our perception.
Teacher:
Mmmmm. Go on.
Devotee:
The true nature of God, who is beyond our senses, must be the opposite to this world.
The suffering of this world only CONFIRMS God's existence and His abode a place of enjoyment.
Teacher:
So why does this 'loving God' let us suffer?
Devotee:
The Vedas tell us that we have independence and that through the law of karma we reap the results of our actions. Once we become free from perceptions based upon our limited senses, we can realise the existence of higher, spiritual realms and ultimately become free from suffering. Now that's rational thinking.
Teacher: (Pausing for thought)
As a realist, I absolutely do not recognise the concept of God or any other theological factor as being part of the world equation, because God is not observable.
Devotee:
Tell me, professor.
Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Teacher:
If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.
Devotee:
Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
Professor. Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even proven that this process is factual, are you not merely preaching a faith?
Teacher:
I'll overlook your impudence in the light of our philosophical discussion. Now, have you quite finished?
Devotee:
Sir, you rightly state that science is the study of observed phenomena. Science too is a premise which is flawed...
Teacher:
Flawed?
Devotee:
To continue the point you were making earlier to my Christian friend, may I give you an example?
Teacher:
Please do.
Devotee:
Is there anyone in this lecture room who has ever seen the professor's brain? (The class breaks out in laughter)
Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain?
Felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain?
No? It appears no-one here has had any sensory perception of your brain whatsoever.
Well, according to the rules of empirical, demonstrable protocol, science, I conclude that the professor has no brain.