"The Radiance" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
We knew the world would not be the same.
A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.
I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty
And to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says,
Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.


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"The Radiance" as written by Chester Charles Bennington Brad Delson

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    General CommentFor anybody who wants a bit more background into the meaning of this quote, and why it's on the album,
    it is because as you said, it was from Robert Oppenheimer, and he quoted this after witnessing the first atomic bomb detonation test in desert New Mexico:

    "We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form, and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."

    Another line, (not mentioned in the track) from this was:

    "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one."

    Which gives both the song and album name.
    pastachickennugget42on September 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer regarding the first testing of the atomic bomb in New Mexico.
    JCushon October 16, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationthis is Very interesting and intriguing for a song.

    Robert Oppenheimer quotes Lord Vishnu saying to the prince "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds" and now We humans, practically and logically incomparable to the Gods create a weapon which can destroy the entire world(s).
    There is a direct comparison between God and his apprentice Man. According to Robert Oppenheimer, they both are now the same, Destroyer of Worlds (try to look at the bigger picture here)....that's what the feeling the song is trying to capture here; the very greatest and hardest Pursuit of Man, which is to become the almighty, the all powerful form in the Universe, which is to become God himself. The word "Apotheosis" describes the song quite well.

    I may be wrong, but this is what i think of it.
    RamdasDevadigaon January 30, 2011   Link

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