“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL and the most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical,” says Albert I instein, “It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom ill is emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his mind and eyes are closed. I lie insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it may be with tear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exist, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms, this knowledge, this feeling is at the centre of true religiousness.”
This vision of the greatest genius of modem science points to llie goal of all enquiries – the most radiant beauty within. As scientific knowledge advances, wisdom slowly dawns in the modem mind that in the unknown depths of the atom and of the universe what man encounters is the mystery of his own depth.
Not long ago it was thought that science would ultimately
overthrow all age-old spiritual concepts and reconstruct human society on a purely materialistic basis. But as science makes rapid progress today, we see a different picture – every branch of it tending to converge with reverence to something ‘mystical’ which is ‘the source of all true art and science.’ Standing on the footprints of the Rigvedic sages, the earnest scientist of today tends to pray:
“By a golden lid Hidden is the face of Truth Uncover it, O Sustainer Let the seeker behold it. ”
This humble attitude of the scientist while facing the deeper questions is well reflected in the words of Werner Heisenberg, the renowned nuclear physicist, in his address to an assembly of science students: “Take from your scientific work a serious and incorruptible method of thought; help to spread it because no understanding is possible without it. Revere those things beyond science which really matter and about which it is so difficult to speak.”
Thus two doyens of modem science declare that it is not unscientific to adopt a reverential attitude to the higher aspects of Nature, which are beyond our rational comprehension.