Everything does pass, and we can endure and we can survive!! – Rahul Dravid
I recently started reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. If I had read this during my high school days, I might have taken a different approach to science in general. The book explains the concepts of physical science in an inspiring way. It starts off with Ptolemy, Copernicus and after Galileo and Newton, comes to Einstein. I was sitting in front of the Heritage buildings at Infosys, Bangalore waiting for my cab to the airport when I turned these pages. This article flashed upon me then.
E = mc2 – Einstein’s most famous formula. Even if you are a person who doesn’t take much of an interest in physics or modern science in general, you would know this formula. E is Energy, m is mass and c is the speed of light. Quoting from the book, “As an object approaches the speed of light, its mass rises even more quickly, so it takes more and more energy to speed it up further. It can in fact never reach the speed of light because by then its mass would have become infinite and by the equivalence of mass and energy, it would take an infinite amount of energy to get it there.
Normal objects would always move at speeds lesser than that of light. Only light or other waves that have no intrinsic mass can move at the speed of light.”
It takes normal common sense and not great genius to understand the above statements. This set me thinking. Light as told by Einstein only meant the sun’s rays. Having less mass, the sun’s rays pervaded throughout the world. It was everywhere to be seen.
Naturally, if you are there everywhere, you are omnipresent. And because you are there everywhere, you know everything – omniscient. It is, of course, needless to talk about the potency of such energy. It is sunlight that causes that the earth to have life. It is that energy which gets converted into food, is responsible for harvest and monsoon and is towards this energy that all living beings grow. It is this energy that causes the differences in land and ocean. This energy when harnessed can drive all aspects of life – physical, chemical, biological, material. Hence this energy is also omnipotent.
Now God has been described as omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. Isn’t Einstein’s formula also saying the same? Is this then the formula for realization, the highest truth? Can this lead to bliss? Among shan maargas, the six different forms of worship that existed in India since time immemorial, Souram, worship of the Sun God is one of the oldest. It is also unique in the sense that the God himself can be seen every day. The Sun is the dispeller of darkness and the bringer of freshness and life. The Sun gives us vision, the sun gives colour, the sun gives us food and it enables everything else that has been possible so far.
Not just Indian civilization, all civilizations have honoured Surya Bhagavan with worship. The Greeks worshipped Him, the Egyptians worshipped the Sun God – Ra. The Chinese, the Mesopotamians, everyone worshipped the Sun. Till date India continues to revere the Sun with Makara Sankaranthi/ Pongal. The Sun’s mantra is given as the secret to a boy during his poonal ceremony. It is the Aditya Hridayam that made Rama victorious. Our tamil new year, the Indian concept of time and most Indian calendars are based on the Sun. “Aayiram karangal neeti anaikindra thaaye potri” shows the power and love of the Surya Deva. Modern science also praises the Sun to a very large extent.
Taking this one step further, as always is Hinduism which states that if you let go of the I, aka ego, you will attain supreme bliss. If you let go of your mass you can attain the speed of light and hence you can realize that you and God are one.
I don’t know if Einstein realized the power of his equation. I don’t know if we will realize the full might of solar power. I don’t know if modern science will accept Hinduism as its precursor. For now, I will just say:
“Aditya hridayam punyam sarvashatru vinaashanam, Jayaavaham japennityam akshayyam paramam shivam”.
Full text and meaning of Aditya Hridayam can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adityahridayam