So science is looking and pointing in the same direction as yoga and religions. Science is also starting to revise its attitude towards atoms. Many top scientists have already discarded the mechanical model of the ‘simple’ atom. They no longer regard an atom as merely a collection of electrons buzzing and whirling around a central nucleus. This may be a reasonable picture, but tests and experiments indicate beyond doubt that the nature of the atom is much more than the mechanical model. There is a substratum, an essence that lies hidden behind each and every atom. Each atom seems to be like a whirlpool a centre where cosmic forces are focused. So where will this type of thinking and such discoveries take us? Possibly to the point where yoga and science hold each other’s hand and realize that they are basically talking about the same thing.
What we are trying to point out is that each particle in the universe is connected to the infinite. Therefore, is it inconceivable that any point, any object, any focus, any deity can lead us to transcendental experience? You must answer this question for yourself through personal experience, but this in a sense gives scientific validity to the idea and method of bhakti yoga. One concentrates on a specific point. This leads to the beyond. Devotion of one’s mental and emotional powers to a limited object can lead to transcendence. If you are scientifically inclined and you are following modern discoveries, then you should be able to see a glimmer of sense in the idea of attaining the infinite through the finite.
The explanation we have given is not intended to explain the power of bhakti. There is far more behind experiencing the transcendental by means of the finite, than can be explained in current scientific terminology. But what we have tried to do is to show that the worship of a finite object or deity is not totally alien to science. If science can tell us that each and every DNA molecule contains the immeasurable collective unconscious, then is it absurd, to suggest that bhakti or devotion to an object can also lead directly to the awareness of the infinite consciousness?
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: “A bhakta can worship me in any form; whatever form he chooses, I will justify and accept his bhakti.” This sums up the whole subject. Follow your own feelings of devotion, if you have them.
Don’t feel obliged to worship only traditional forms. You can choose aspects of nature if you wish, as did so many poets such as Wordsworth. Worship can be in so many different ways. The great scientist George Washington Carver expressed his bhakti when he said: “When I touch that flower I am touching infinity. It existed before there were human beings on this earth and will continue in the millions of years to come. Through that flower, I talk to the infinite which is only a silent force.”