World in a Grain of Salt
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.