By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
June 2, 2018
Someone once said to the renowned Indian
scientist, Sir C.V. Raman that the discoveries which scientists have made were
not really the achievement of scientists; they were the result of chance. “That
is true,” Dr Raman replied, “but chance of this nature only happens to
Discovery essentially comes from
concentration of mind. The more one focuses one’s attention on a particular
subject, the more enlightened one becomes in it. One becomes involved in it
night and day. Thus, one develops a close mental affinity for it.
Scientific discoveries usually result from
the familiarity which one develops with a certain subject by concentrating on
it entirely. A slight allusion is enough for one to grasp a whole topic.
Discovery is usually progression from a partial truth to an absolute one. Such
progression is only possible for those who are already engrossed in their
subject and have become familiar with every side of it.
What is true of scientific discovery is
also true of spiritual discovery. God is also a discovery for a person. But
only one who is engrossed in God can make such a discovery.
Discovery of God comes from concentrating
on God, from seeing with divine vision and hearing with divine ears. When one
turns away from all else and turns towards God alone, then time and time again
will one experience the discovery of God. The sight of the wonders of nature,
the study of the history of man, contemplation of one’s own being – everything
in the world will make one think of God; everything will turn one’s mind
towards the Supreme Reality. One will see His glory everywhere. Only those who
abide in God can discover Him. Discovery of God is a gift that cannot be granted
to those who are attached to other things besides Him.