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The Story of Isaac Newton


There is a wonderful incident in the life of Sir Isaac Newton that goes to show how he was a strong believer of God. Newton had a small-scale model of the solar system, which, on completion, was installed on a large table in his home. The artisan had done a fine job, simulating not only the various sizes of planets and their relative proximity, but also constructing the model in such a manner that everything rotated and orbited when a crank was turned.


One day, one of Newton's atheistic friends came by for a visit and was naturally intrigued by the model. Having expressed his admiration at the workmanship, he enquired about the artisan. Newton replied in all seriousness that there was no artisan. The model had just popped up by chance. Of course, the visitor was not convinced. Finally, Newton explained, "You refuse to believe that this puny contraption came about by chance and yet you are convinced that the great original, the actual solar system, of which this mechanism is only a model, has come into being without either a designer or a maker. Now tell me, by what sort of reasoning do you reach such an absurd conclusion?" Thus Newton defeated his atheistic friend and made him realize that behind this marvelous universe, there is the hand of God.


Order and design


When we think calmly and carefully about this wonderful universe, we can see order and design at every level - in the atoms, the molecules, the solar system and the universe. Scientists continue to find new and astonishing aspects of this order. The very word 'cosmos' means 'an orderly, harmonious systematic universe'.


At Atomic level :


 An atom includes a nucleus surrounded by orbiting electrons. All matter is made up of these building blocks. What makes one substance differ from another is the number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus and the arrangement of electrons revolving around it. This has an exquisite order. We study about 14 types of crystal structure arrangements like FCC, BCC, HCP, etc., of different elements. Where did all this order come from?


At the molecular level


networks of atoms are so fantastically arranged that even a slight change in the positions of a few atoms or a little variation in the geometry of a molecule, can cause the colour of a substance to change from orange to red, a mild pleasing odour to become repellent and pungent, and a flavour to change from sweet to bitter.


On one extreme, we find the smallest molecule, the hydrogen molecule, which contains only two hydrogen atoms. On the other extreme, we find giant molecules such as proteins and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) that contain innumerable atoms made for a definite function. These atoms are arranged in amazingly intricate and definite patterns, like the double helix of the DNA molecule. The molecular networks are so fantastically and delicately arranged that chemists cannot but wonder about the most expert hand and brain who is making all these wonderful artistic arrangements. Science is only unfolding the existing truths about nature. We have not created this order. At best, scientists can only try to imitate the wonderful artistic works of God. They cannot even do this properly, and most of their attempts lead to failure and disappointment. Even when they are partly successful, it is only with the greatest difficulty. For example, Prof. R.B. Woodward of Harvard, a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry (1965) and Prof. A. Eschenmoser of Zurich took eleven years to synthesize the vitamin B12 molecule. Altogether, 99 scientists from 19 different countries were involved just to accomplish this one small task!


At the level of Universe :


From the infinitely large to the infinitesimally small, from galactic clusters to atoms, the universe is characterized by superb organization.


*'Discover' magazine stated: "We perceived the order in surprise, and our co sinologists and physicists continue to find new and astonishing aspects of the order... It is a miracle..."

*Former astronaut John Glenn noted "the orderliness of the whole universe... galaxies were all traveling in prescribed orbits in relation to one another." He therefore asked: "Could this have just happened? Was it an accident that a bunch of flotsam and jetsam suddenly started making these orbits of its own accord?" He concluded, "Some Power put all this into orbit and keeps it there."


*Indeed, the universe is so precisely organized that man can use the heavenly bodies as the basis for his timekeeping. A well-designed time piece is obviously the work of a intelligent scientist. Then what about the far more complex design and dependability that exists throughout the universe?


1.The universe we are living in is owned and controlled by the Supreme Lord.


2.We are not living in a universe, but in a Universal Government that is well managed, maintained and supervised by superior agents whom we may not see with our eyes. Just as there is a Prime Minister for any government, similarly there is Supreme God, who is the presiding authority of the whole universe.


3.When we ignore the laws of any government or Pn minister, one invites punishment; similarly by ignoring and the laws of nature, modern man is inviting sufferings in this world more and more.


4.The sufferings we undergo are a proof that we are going against the will of God and some steps need to be taken to rectify our wrong mentality. The reform is to give up selfish, exploitative, enjoying, grabbing approach and to adopt the selfless, extending, serving, giving nature.


5. We should hear from the manual of God - Bhagavad gita -to know how can we again harmonize our lives according to His will.