We have been bombarded by the precepts of science that the universe is nothing but physical particles in motion. But in our intuition we know differently, namely that the universe is sacred.india Updated: Nov 15, 2010 00:45 IST
We have been bombarded by the precepts of science that the universe is nothing but physical particles in motion. But in our intuition we know differently, namely that the universe is sacred.
Many have succumbed to the pressure of science and its simplistic view. Some have not. I belong to the latter category. I have always felt and known that the universe is beautiful and mysterious.
I don't have any quarrel with the view that there are physical entities and phenomena. So what? They are mute and dumb, while I'm trying to understand deeper things, such as : Who am I? Who are you? What is the meaning of existence?
Yet, it must be admitted that, after the onslaughts of science, we can't assume the universe is sacred. We must find a new justification for this. The old justifications, as based on God and religions, are simply out of the question. We need to search deeper.
In my search, I found a new answer, which is light itself. Why is light the answer? Because of its peculiar nature. If and when you convince yourself that light is the source of everything — the giver and provider — then it becomes quite inevitable to consider light as miraculous. Thus, the nature of light predisposes the universe to be sacred.
I'm aware that I didn't provide a scientific proof for the sacredness of the universe. Nor did I mean to. I didn't feel compelled or obliged to follow the scientific dogma that everything must be proved scientifically. Anyway, scientific proofs are so impotent.
I've been doing something else. I have been pointing out at the glory, majesty and might of light, while it has been constructing the universe, and while it has been bringing about the human mind. Surely, an architect capable of such achievements is worthy of being called a sacred being.
First Published: Nov 15, 2010 00:44 IST