In search of ‘God Particle’ with the blessings of Lord Nataraja

· Date:July 12, 2012

It is Lord Nataraja, the very personification of creation and destruction and whose very form signifies cosmic dance, who stands to welcome scientists who enter CERN, the Research Centre where they identified the ‘God Particle’

On June 18, 2004, an unusual new landmark was unveiled at CERN, the European Center for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva — a 2m tall statue of the Indian deity Shiva Nataraja, the Lord of Dance. The statue, symbolizing Shiva’s cosmic dance of creation and destruction, was given to CERN by the Indian government to celebrate the research center’s long association with India.

In choosing the image of Shiva Nataraja, the Indian government acknowledged the profound significance of the metaphor of Shiva’s dance for the cosmic dance of subatomic particles, which is observed and analyzed by CERN’s physicists. The parallel between Shiva’s dance and the dance of subatomic particles was first discussed by Fritjof Capra in an article titled “The Dance of Shiva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics,” published in Main Currents in Modern Thought in 1972. Shiva’s cosmic dance then became a central metaphor in Capra’s international bestseller The Tao of Physics, first published in 1975 and still in print in over 40 editions around the world.

Fritcj of Capara American Physicist

A special plaque next to the Shiva statue at CERN explains the significance of the metaphor of Shiva’s cosmic dance with several quotations from The Tao of Physics. Here is the text of the plaque:

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, seeing beyond the unsurpassed rhythm, beauty, power and grace of the Nataraja, once wrote of it “It is the clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of.”

More recently, Fritjof Capra explained that “Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter,” and that “For the modern physicists, then, Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.”
It is indeed as Capra concluded: “Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics.”


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  1. Ravi Reply

    July 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    We are taught by our great Gurus that the universe is visible only because of maya. If maya is passed then what will be left would be only the supreme power. In other words, maya is what gives things mass and makes them visible.
    The scientists say Higgs Boson is the invisible particle which gives matter its mass. In spiritual (Hindu)parleys Brahmam is considered matter. They say Higggs boson is difficult to see. Same is said about maya. The definition is ‘Ya maa, sa maaya’ means ‘that which is not there is maya’ This is what I understood.
    Can anyone explain this through these columns?

  2. Raj Puducode+ Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Immortal Vedas & other scriptures
    Physicists from the experiment at the European Organisation for Nuclear
    Research (CERN) said on Wednesday they had found a new sub-atomic particle
    consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson, which is believed to confer mass.

    Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking said Wednesday the Nobel Prize should
    be given to Peter Higgs, the man who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle.

    Former Cambridge University professor Hawking also joked that the discovery had
    actually cost him $100 in a bet.

    In an interview with the BBC Wednesday, Hawking, who has motor neurone disease,
    said: “This is an important result and should earn Peter Higgs the Nobel Prize.

    “But it is a pity in a way because the great advances in physics have come from
    experiments that gave results we didn’t expect.

    “For this reason I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the
    Higgs particle wouldn’t be found. It seems I have just lost $100.”

    After half a century of research, physicists announced at the European
    Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Wednesday they had found a new
    sub-atomic particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson which is believed to
    confer mass.

    Hawking said the discovery was of major importance.

    “If the decay and other interactions of this particle are as we expect, it will
    be strong evidence for the so-called standard model of particle physics, the
    theory that expains all our experiments so far,” Hawking said.

    ?rîmad Bhâgavatam 6.16.36 declares that:


    tvam âdy-antântara-vartî traya-vidhurah

    âdâv ante ‘pi ca sattvânâm

    yad dhruvam tad evântarâle ‘pi


    parama-anu — of the atomic particle; parama-mahatoh — and of the biggest (the
    result of the combination of atoms); tvam — You; âdi-anta — in both the
    beginning and the end; antara — and in the middle; vartî — existing;
    traya-vidhurah — although without beginning, end or middle; âdau — in the
    beginning; ante — at the end; ap

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