Actually Superstar Rajnikant was only retelling a story first told by another Tamil superstar of rhetoric, New Age Guru TT Rangarajan.
I heard Rajnikant’s rendition on YouTube proudly uploaded by a devout Christian who calls him/herself “Our Daddy Jesus” possibly in the hope that all doubts and reservations about the Bible and its version of the creator would finally be put to rest by this one parable.
The gist of the story goes like this:
A young scientist, travelling in a train, noticed that a person sitting across him was reading a book. Curious about the fellow passenger, he asked:
“What do you do?”
“I’m a scientist,” said the other man
“What is this you are reading?”
The first scientist guffawed:
“Ennada, (what, man,) in this age of science you read Bible? Being a scientist, if you start believing in God, Bible and all such nonsense, what about the common man?”
He gave the latter a card and said, “Come and see me when you are free.”
The Bible-reader agreed.
When the station came, they both got down
“I have read about your achievements,” said the Bible-reader . Why don’t you read about my achievements?”
He handed the other man his card which read,
“Thomas Alva Edison”.
(Rajnikant pauses. Applause)
The shocked and embarrassed scientist apologized. “I’m sorry. Now you give me an appointment. I will come and see you.”
Next morning, he went to see Edison in his laboratory.
First thing he noticed in the lab was a huge replica of the Solar system in its full magnificence.
“My goodness,” said the atheist-scientist to Edison, “How did you manage to collect things to make such a big model of the universe? How long it took you to create it?”
“I did nothing,” answered Edison. “It happened by itself. In no time.”
“Come on, how can such a thing happen by itself? Please tell me.”
“Why can’t it happen by itself? You believe that this huge (real) universe happened by itself. If such a huge universe can happen by itself why can’t this model happen by itself?”
“If there is a creation, there is a creator. Without a creator there cannot be a creation. So God exists. And that truth is in the Bible.” Concluded Edison.
Rajnikant, too, concluded the story quoting Rangarajan that the huge model of the Solar System still stands in Edison’s laboratory in proof of the existence of the God of the Bible.
This is an abiding story, and preachers – Catholic, Reformist, Anglican, Pentecost, Latter Day Saints – went to town with it. As I understand, neither Rangarajan nor Rajnikant are Christians. That gave the story additional credibility.
There is a trifle problem with this exciting story. It is a crude lie. An unpardonable fiction and an affront to Edison’s logical, scientific mind.
Edison believed, and often said, that Bible was nonsense. His famous quotation that I love to quote (with ephasis on ALL) is:
ALL BIBLES ARE MANMADE.
By ALL, I am sure, he included Quran, Vedas, Gita and all such venerated fiction that inhibited man’s progress, destroyed peace among humans and justified slavery, apartheid, war, genocide and rape.
“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake…Religion is all bunk.”
On the other hand, he also wrote: “I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us – everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.”
That infinite intelligence, to him, was admittedly beyond him and nowhere within ALL BIBLES.
In essence, Thomas Alva Edison, the creator of light bulb, Phonograph (audio recorder), movie camera and the propounder of Edison Effect that gave birth to Electronics, was positive that the Creator described in the Bible was utter nonsense. He would scarcely persuade anyone to read the book.
‘Edison universe’, which perhaps inspired the story, is not a model, but an organization focused on nourishing the possibilities, opportunities and foundations of success to empower the imaginations and vision of tomorrow’s inventors and innovators”. It gives away awards aimed at inculcating scientific temperament and business acumen in youth.
The story proves a point. High tech new-age gurus are no different from old-age Babas who quote Sanskrit verses and expound lies.
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