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 12, 2010   Link

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