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TED talk - Shekhar Kapur: 04 Transcript extract



Type of spiritual experience


Just like William Blake - universes in grains of sand

A description of the experience

At that time, at the tender age of seven, I created a story. What was my story? And I don't know why, but I remember the story.

There was a woodcutter who's about to take his ax and chop a piece of wood, and the whole galaxy is one atom of that ax.

And when that ax hits that piece of wood, that's when everything will destroy and the Big Bang will happen again.

But all before that there was a woodcutter. And then when I would run out of that story, I would imagine that woodcutter's universe is one atom in the ax of another woodcutter.

The source of the experience

Kapur, Shekhar

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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble