Indian philosophy

This Diwali, let there be light

Diwali reminds me that we are the only culture that has dedicated its most important festival to light, the most mysterious element of our universe.

Light is a rare constant in this ever-changing reality. It is not just a wave or a particle but also the link between energy and matter.

The famous equation of Einstein: Energy equals to mass multiplied by speed of light squared, shows that light is one of the fundamentals of our universe.

It is entirely possible that, mired by western influence, we have become oblivious to this metaphysical connect created by our ancestors in terms of Diwali.

The very idea of celebration of light could be a Vedic link to this eternal truth that is lost over time. Our ancestors possessed deeper understanding of reality than western science has reached till date, and their way of connecting this wisdom to masses could have been creation of symbolic festivals and rituals. It is time that we revisit our glorious past and unveil such metaphorical pearls of wisdom that remain embedded (and yet unappreciated) in our culture.

Are you still with me, or should I add space-time continuum or gravitational curve as part of our great heritage to make this connection more meaningful?

In reality, the paragraphs that I have typed up to this point are mostly akin to the output that comes from the rear end of a male even-toed ungulate, naming which is a dangerous act in modern India.

And yet, I am perfectly sure that such rubbish resonates with most Indians, making it abundantly clear that, this mind-set is the real Achilles heel for our nation.

A strange darkness is enveloping the nation and is getting thicker by the day. The darkness is of beliefs that we have inherited from past and are refusing to let go. As beliefs are dead ends; tired, old and vigour-less minds find them comforting.

Old minds want to hold on to beliefs and not walk the tiring walk of reason. But, the young minds can and must break free from the past and embark on the much needed journey towards a reason-abled society.

History tells us that the rise of West as a bastion of reason, science and then technology was not an easy process. Just like any other culture, West too was suffering from stranglehold of belief-driven systems.

When science, as we know it today, was in its infancy, it provided no real gain to those pursuing it other than increasing their chances of dying a horrible death. Likes of Galileo, Copernicus or Bruno faced wrath of the system for no real personal gain. It was just the sense of wonder for the pursuer and the power of truth that made individuals rise against the system to ultimately replace it with rationality leading to creation of most prosperous nations on Earth.

For many years we have tried escapism of calling this science-brought prosperity of West to be hollow. We have tried explaining their scientific achievements through bogus claims of wisdom from our scriptures. While our gurus and politicians have been busy playing this game, universities of West are happily absorbing brilliant minds that a billion strong nation is producing.

We must realize that humanity is entering into a very interesting phase of development as science and technology are about to redefine every dimension of what we call life. If India fails to be part of this change, it will end of us as a nation.

This Diwali India really needs is to see the light. We need Indian Renaissance. The young minds of the nation must rise and fight beliefs before they overwhelm the nation.

DNA: 14/11/2015

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

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