The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.
Charles. R. Swindoll
In this world we keep ourselves focused on big things and tend to miss the small things that matter the most. Through my blogs, I am making a little effort to bring to you the tiniest things that constitute this Universe.Universe which is made up of matter and Matter which is anything that occupies space and has mass. So, basically I will be talking here about everything from atoms to cells , from particles to vibrations, energy to evolution, and from science to faith and convictions.
It is evident that everything in this universe is governed by the position and displacement of its constituent particles. I believe every speck here has its own relevance and its own story to tell. This gives me inspiration to be curious to know how it works and how it rules the whole of us. Regardless of the rush and hurry species show to survive, yet nature is patient and takes its own time to accomplish everything.
Through this blog let us get amazed by the smallest unit of matter which is an atom.It is the simplest way matter can be divided. An atom is a fundamental piece of matter. Everything in this Universe is made up of matter and so, everything in this universe is made up of atoms. Atom has the root words – A and tom. The Greek prefix A means “not”. And the tom has the meaning “cut”. This comes to the origin of the word “ Atom”, which means the smallest particle of the matter which cannot be cut further into simpler particles and is indivisible. The concept that matter is made of small indivisible units has been there since ancient Greece and India.
Origin of Atomism from Ancient Hindu Scriptures
I am very much impressed to know that Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu Scripture almost 35000 years old mentions about atoms and molecules. Srimad Bhagwatam mentions about the calculation of time from the atom.
aneko ’saṁyutaḥ sadā
paramāṇuḥ sa vijñeyo
nṛṇām aikya-bhramo yataḥ
The material manifestation’s ultimate particle, which is indivisible and not formed into a body, is called the atom. It exists always as an invisible identity, even after the dissolution of all forms. The material body is but a combination of such atoms, but it is misunderstood by the common man.
Sage Maitreye in Srimad Bhagwat geeta said:
One should know that the ultimate presence of that what shows itself in the manifold as being indivisible, consists of an infinitesimal particle [paramânu] the combination of which [into material forms] creates illusion in man. (2) The supreme oneness of that particle being present within material bodies, keeps its original form till the end of time, it is of a continual, unrivaled uniformity. (3) Time, my best one, besides being known as the supreme, non-manifest Almighty Lord who controls all physical action, can therefore also be measured by the motion of the minutest and largest forms of combinations of particles. (4) The time of that infinitesimal particle is the time it takes to occupy [or vibrate in] a certain atomic space. The greatest of time is the time taken by the existence of the complete of all atoms.
The atomic description of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is almost the same as the modern science of atomism.In modern science also, the atom is accepted as the ultimate indivisible particle of which the universe is composed. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the full text of all descriptions of knowledge, including the theory of atomism. The atom is the minute subtle form of eternal time.
Greek Origins of Atomism:
The idea that all matter is made up of tiny, indivisible particles, or atoms, is believed to have originated with the Greek philosopher Leucippus of Miletus and his student Democritus of Abdera in the 5th century B.C. (The word atom comes from the Greek word atomos, which means ?indivisible.?) These thinkers held that, in addition to being too small to be seen, unchangeable, and indestructible, atoms were also completely solid, with no internal structure, and came in an infinite variety of shapes and sizes, which accounted for the different kinds of matter. Color, taste, and other intangible qualities were also thought to be composed of atoms.
Another classical work of Roman author Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus)
The poetry of Lucretius constitutes one great didactic work in six books, De rerum natura [on the nature of things]. In dignified and beautiful hexameter verse the poet sets forth arguments founded upon the philosophical ideas of Democritus and Epicurus. He seeks to persuade man that there need be no fear of the gods or of death, since man is lord of himself. His proof is based upon the so-called atomic theory of the ancients, which held that everything, even the soul, is made up of atoms, and the laws of nature control all.
Interesting facts about Atoms
It is utterly wonderful to share here some of the interesting facts about atoms. We have around 7 billion billion billion atoms in our body and we replace 98% of them every year!! Isn’t it interesting. Another interesting fact is, atoms are mostly empty space.If the nucleus was expanded to the size of a marble, the outer edge of the atom would be nearly a football field away. Each atom is 99.99% empty space.
Great! Unbelievable !!The whole universe is empty space in a way , looking at the description of atoms. Tiny yet wholesome. Empty yet filling everything. A philosophical thought to ponder upon.
I will conclude here with a question to ask for self:
Is there anything like emptiness in life when the whole of life inside us comprises nothing but just empty space?