November 22, 2010
from TimesOfIndia Website
Order and chaos in nature
However, its meaning is read differently by different kinds of people. A poet's expression of nature is different from the way a scientist interprets it. Both, however, try to see the truth in it.
Truth is one and simple, but the paths to it are many and complicated.
Each of these paths presents nature's variety.
This is true because some temporal events in nature are periodic like the seasons.
Time spans like a day, month and year
are periodic, too. A week is periodic, but it is not a natural
period. It is manmade, so that at an interval of five or six working
days we could get a day or two for relaxation and personal work.
However this kind of life could lack
excitement and challenge. On the other hand, the life of a perennial
wanderer might be unpredictable and unfulfilling, and perhaps have
little impact on society.
A solid matter is largely periodic, so assuming periodicity in the arrangement of atoms in a solid could lead to the understanding of several of its properties quite satisfactorily. This is an example of periodicity in space, which is so useful. The pattern "Again, again, again ... ." is true in matter spatially, but not so in life.
In other words, there are no "agains" in life.
The following throws some more light on
Through self-control and discipline we can reduce the impact of irregularity and order our lives to some extent. However life no longer follows simple laws. It has become complex because of what we call non-linear responses from the system. It can be chaotic. But once chaos reaches a critical point, the system reorganizes itself and order is restored.
The Gita says that whenever there is a rise in unrighteousness (chaos) and it reaches a critical value, the system becomes ready for the creation of a supreme process that restores order.
But whether this is periodic, we don't