Wednesday, April 8, 2015

God Particle

The God Particle!
Scientists in CERN hate this terminology, but media refers to the newly discovered particle, in CERN, by that name as that name is more marketable! In fact, when I first heard about the research in CERN, I too was excited. Is it possible to really find an answer to that eternal question?
The Vedas, describe Brahman as Infinite, then why this hue and cry about a particle. It is being stated as the ‘last’ discovery of man. There is much jubilation amongst the scientist. If a research is successful, one should be jubilant but does it really describe the undescribable.
It will definitely help science to unravel another mystery of nature and help them to think differently but do a particle really answer these lines from Isha Upanishad,
oḿ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaḿ pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate.
If we take a drop of water from the ocean, that drop definitely has the essence of the ocean in it but does it fully describe the ocean in its vastness, fullness and in all its aspect. It gives us an idea of the ocean but is it the ocean? The answer might be, it is the ocean and yet it is not.
Is that not true for the Infinite also. It is in every particle and each one of us but is it only that particle or in fact in any one person or one idol. Then how will it be omnipresent! Do we not represent that indescribable in our own way.
Every discovery in science is a possibility. It opens our mind to something new, helping us in understanding that which is older than the oldest a little more but is it not just a new understanding. I have my highest regard for all scientists, it helps us in understanding the Nature more.
The Mathematicians have themselves taught us that
1/0 = Infinity and 1/Infinity = 0.
How beautiful, it reiterates the lines of the Isha Upanishad above. When we divide anything by nothing, we get Infinity and when we divide anything by Infinity, we get nothing.
oḿ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaḿ pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate.
(This is Infinite, That is also Infinite, From Infinite comes the Infinite,
Taking Infinite from Infinite, what remains is the Infinite.)
0 or Nothing, is also Infinity.
Science and philosophy, are not two different branches but two sides of the same coin. Both searches for answers, only their methods are different. Their goal is same - as any human being in that Eternal quest.
I bow down to both. I just have a simple request, let us not claim in a hurry that this is our last bastion to be conquered. Tomorrow the Universe will unravel something else equally baffling and magnificent. Let us keep searching, there is so much joy in the quest. When we get the answer, or even reach near it shall we be able to tell and describe that!

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