World in a Grain of Salt

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Ad­vances in sci­ence con­tinue to re­veal to us the fas­ci­nat­ing beauty of God’s cre­ations: be it a small grain of salt or a huge and dis­tant star. We now know that even an in­nocu­ous-look­ing grain of salt con­tains mil­lions of atoms of sodium and chlo­rine ar­ranged three-di­men­sion­ally in a mag­nif­i­cent and artis­tic man­ner.

Apart from sci­ence, an­cient civil­i­sa­tions the world over be­lieved that pur­suit of ex­cel­lence in fine arts leads to holy com­mu­nion with God. The Greeks and the Ro­mans wor­shipped Apollo, the Sun-god, who was also revered as the pa­tron of mu­sic, po­etry and all other fine arts. Hin­dus wor­shipped Saraswati as the god­dess of knowl­edge and fine arts.

In the In­dian tra­di­tion, each field of art — clas­si­cal mu­sic, dance, sculp­ture or lit­er­a­ture — evokes the won­ders of cre­ation in its own way. The ex­quis­ite paint­ings and sculp­tures of Ajanta and El­lora caves and many other tem­ples renowned for their ar­chi­tec­tural grandeur are re­ally prayers in stone, a thanks­giv­ing to the Cre­ator of all things so beau­ti­ful. There seems to be a strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween ex­cel­lence, truth and di­vin­ity. In fact, achiev­ing ex­cel­lence self­lessly is equiv­a­lent to pur­su­ing the truth, which, in turn, takes one closer to re­al­i­sa­tion of God. Mod­ern busi­ness man­age­ment stud­ies teach sim­i­lar prin­ci­ples of ex­cel­lence through to­tal qual­ity man­age­ment and six sigma, which are the by-prod­ucts of the same prin­ci­ple of ex­cel­lence cher­ished and sought out by our fore­fa­thers through re­li­gion and sci­ence.

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