How can the observation made with diamonds affect our understanding of the nature and creation of beings?
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Dear Brother / Sister,
Diamond: Its matter and glitter
What the word diamond brings into one’s mind is not the material of it, but its lively colorful, enchanting glitter that flatters the eyes and the hearts. In fact, the basic structural element of diamond is carbon, which is known by its matte black color, absorbing almost the entire light incident on it (and thus the black color). The reason behind diamond’s charm is not the value or the amount of its dense material, but its ability to take in a translucent world (the world of light) outside and to scatter its rays. Therefore, the most precious diamond is not the largest and the heaviest one, but rather the one with highest clarity, purity, and perfection and thus the one with the best light scattering ability. That is, it is the diamond that exhibits the glitter of light best while remaining virtually invisible to the point that one who looks at the diamond sees only the array of fascinating beauty displayed by light and does not notice its raw material: carbon.
Everyone knows that the source of a diamond’s fascinating glitter is not its material, but the light that comes from an external source. That is, those captivating glitters do not emanate from the carbon atoms, the building blocks of diamonds, but from an external source of light like the sun or a lamp. This can easily be proved by taking the diamond into a dark room. It will be observed that all the glitter will disappear and even the diamond itself can no longer be seen. It appears that what makes the diamond a diamond and gives the diamond its beauty, charm, and fascination is the light incident on it. A diamond without the light is like a dead corpse without the soul.
Attempting to explain that the source of light that seems to be coming from the diamond is something external may be stating the obvious and may even look ridiculous since no one would claim otherwise. However, this simple observation is of great importance since it may serve as a ladder to climb to important phenomena that are hard to reach.
To begin with, let us ask the following question:If there existed no darkness in the universe, and light sources such as the sun were not visible, that is, there existed abundant light everywhere all the time, how would we explain the light constantly coming from the diamond which would shine continually? Would we still easily say that the light comes from an external source that we cannot see, or would we claim that the source of those charming glitters was the diamond itself? Considering how short-sighted people are in general and how they take things at face value, the answer is not going to be so easy this time. In this case, since we would not be aware of an all-encompassing spread-out light layer, we would claim that those glittering lights came from the diamond itself without a second thought, even if we did not understand how. Thus, we would fall into a “deep” illusion and constantly struggle with dilemmas and deadlocks. For example, we would see that a single carbon atom (or a group of carbon atoms arranged as graphite) did not glitter, and would seek an answer to the fundamental question “How can a feature that does not exist in its basic structural elements exist in its whole?”
While some of researchers examine the carbon atom in its finest detail and try to understand where in the atom the light originates, others who realize that the light-emitting diamond and non-emitting graphite differ not in the atoms but in their arrangement, would search for the secret of light in the bonds between the atoms rather than within the atoms themselves. They would show the variation of emitted light with the changes in the shape and cut of the diamond as evidence. Finally, many contradicting and confusing theories would be proposed; and while some theories were rejected, others would be accepted at least on temporary basis for the lack of better ones. And these fundamentally wrong researches would be introduced as “exact sciences”, and those involved in these research projects as “scientists”. Any suggestions on searching the origin of light outside the diamond would be judged as fictive or an “unscientific” approach by these researchers whose minds are blocked by their eyesight, and would not be given any consideration.
This prejudiced approach would build a wall on the path of sciences rather than opening a pathway, and would block its progress. When we look at the history of science, we see that the greatest breakthroughs in the world of science occurred when unorthodox approaches that counteracted the established ones were taken – like Einstein’s stripping himself off the hard rules of classical mechanics a century ago and proposing the theory of relativity.
In the light of the discussions above, we may express the diamond as follows: Diamond = Carbon + Light. That is, what makes the diamond a diamond is light; or rather, its ability to take in and reflect light. It is interesting that the diamond’s vicinity is also filled with light, but we do not even notice that all-encompassing light. This invisible light is present everywhere including space, but we can see light only via things such as diamonds that receive light and reflect it. Hence, it can be said that a substance made of carbon is diamond if it reflects light, and graphite otherwise. The most magnificent diamond is the one that reflects the light in the most fascinating way in accordance with the laws of optics. Therefore, in cutting and processing diamonds, the main factor taken into consideration is the light and the ability to reflect light. The first requirement for becoming a diamond craftsman is also to know light and its characteristics well.
As it is seen, the reality of diamond and the secret behind its captivating glitter can only be understood when the presence of an all-encompassing world of light is noticed, and the diamond is viewed as a compatible composition of the realms of carbon and light. This simple observation would play a key role in trying to understand the true nature of beings, and deeply affect our perception of the environment and our understanding of creation. The approach to separate beings into their fundamental layers will provide a breakthrough in scientific approach, and it will form the seed of human progress and the establishment of a true civilization on earth.
Questions on Islam
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- Gleams: Flowers from the Seeds of Reality. A short ‘Mathnawi’ and collection on the subject of belief for the Risale-i Nur students.