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Can India afford wisdom of her gurus?

Predictably, Sharad Purnima brought a Whatsapp video from a famous Guru telling me how moon/planets affect our mind.

My communication skills are inadequate to capture smoothness of his sonorous diction, but if I quote him verbatim, he said,

“Planets have an impact on water. Our body is 70% water element. So mind, water, planet, they are all intimately connected (QED!). Microcosm and macrocosm is connected (double QED!).

So, with my head bowed and body prostrated at the feet of Gurudev, if I dare to ponder over the wisdom he has bestowed upon humanity in above four lines, I discover some hitherto unknown (to science) qualities of gravity.

Ignorant followers of physics have always thought that gravity is agnostic of state of the mass, i.e. be it gas, fluid or solid, it makes no difference how gravity acts upon it. But Gurudev educates us that it is the fluid-state that is impacted specifically by gravity.

We were stupid enough to link gravity with acceleration, a relationship that told us that gravitational pull of Moon felt by a human body on Earth is insignificant even when compared with minuscule acceleration force felt by us when we take a step forward; but Gurudev proved that planetary bodies emit a special type of gravity that works even in really small doses.

But, what makes his four-liner really worthy of every Nobel for next hundred years is Gurudev’s proof that macro and microcosm are interconnected.

Since the discovery of microcosm of subatomic particles that follow quantum theory, physicist are losing sleep as they are unable to find a way to connect its behavior with that of the macrocosm of the planetary universe where gravity rules the roost. So, I assure you that every single scientist, from Newton to Einstein, from Feynman to Dirac, would love to sit at the feet of Gurudev and understand how he pulled this magical rabbit of interconnectedness out of his beard.

If I set aside sarcasm and be candid, bitter truth is that every word of the pious Gurudev is utterly unsubstantiated rhetoric. Planets may have impact on us through forces yet unknown and great unification may be achieved one day by some brilliant physicists in future, but all that Gurudev is doing right now is talking through his beard. I am sure that Gurudev means no harm, but he is part of a phenomenon that is worth taking a look at.

Gurus of India have been one of our best exports earning top dollars. We must appreciate that they have discovered and nurtured western market where they sell ancient Indian wisdom very successfully. As part of their business requirement, they have smartly integrated occidental physics with oriental metaphysics by fabricating meaningful-sounding rhetoric using quasi-scientific terminology.

This phenomenon was mostly limited to west, as traditional Indian audience did not require any justification. But, situation has changed recently. Urban Indian is now educated and prosperous enough to have the need of buying peace off the shelf from gurus and thus gurus are returning back to our shores selling their ware using the same strategy.

I humbly want all the gurus to note that, when they went west to save it, west had already had its renaissance that led to science and technological growth resulting in enormous prosperity. India is yet to have her renaissance, and that is why we are too poor to afford wisdom of gurus.

If gurus wish to create a market for their ware, they need us to get rich through technological advancement. I sincerely request them to use their amazing communication skills to spread rationality and reason, which will make us first rich and then unhappy enough to need the help of gurus.

DNA: 23/10/16

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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