Since there is no God in Buddhism, we cannot be said to be all God’s children. Instead, we are all children of the stars, of the universe. Our lives are one with the great life of the universe – what we see and what we don’t see. Much like people, stars also go through the cycle of birth and death. As they age and begin to die, stars like our sun cast off a shell of glowing gas forming intricate patterns in the night sky. These stellar fireworks form shapes similar to pinwheels, butterflies, spheres, balloons, lawn sprinklers, goblets and even rocket engine exhaust! NASA states in a 1997 press release that “…these outbursts provide a way for heavier elements – predominantly carbon – cooked in the star’s core, to be ejected into interstellar space as raw material for successive generations of stars, planets, and potentially, life.”
SGI President Ikeda states, “…matter that is scattered throughout the universe as a result of the death of a star will be used in the birth of new stars and in the bodies of biological organisms. The atoms making up our bodies, too, were once shining as part of a star somewhere.”
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion Vol V p 17 2003 Soka Gakkai World Tribune Press
I read a New York Times article last week titled “Stalking the Shadow Universe” by Dennis Overbye. The accompanying video fascinated me because the video depiction of the universe closely resembled a computer generated image of a human brain I had seen in the February 2014 issue of National Geographic. In Overbye’s video, the image of the universe at :35 and also toward the end of the video, around minute 2:05, are similar to the brain images in the article “Secrets of the Brain,” on page 28 of the February 2014 issue of National Geographic.
What’s even more interesting is David Constantine’s brief article in the New York Times from August 15, 2006. The article “Science Illustrated,” compares two pictures, one of a mouse brain, and one a simulated image of the universe. They bear a striking resemblance.
Scientists are looking for patterns and order in the approximately 100,000 miles of nerve fibers that make up the human brain, and they are also attempting to understand the structure of the energy that makes up the universe. We truly are children of the stars.