For example, the beauty of a roseflower – is it just a sum total of its parts? It should be, according to the ordinary mathematics – it is not. The beauty is something more. Just by putting all the chemicals, the water, the earth, the air, and everything that constitutes the flower – even if you put all that together the beauty will not arise. The beauty is something more, hence in analysis it disappears.
If you go to the chemist, the scientist, to inquire about the beauty of a rose, he will analyze it. Analysis is the method of science. Analysis means breaking it into its parts so that you can know of what it constitutes. But the moment you break it into parts, the invisible “more” disappears. The invisible more exists in the organic unity; you cannot analyze it. It is synthesis, it is totality.
The same is true about all the higher values. A beautiful poem is not just the words that compose it; it is something more. Otherwise anybody who can put words together in a rhythmical form will become a Shakespeare, a Kalidas, a Milton, a Shelley. Then any linguist, grammarian will become a great poet. That does not happen. You may know the whole grammar of the language, you may be acquainted with all the words of the language, still to be a poet is a totally different phenomenon. Poetry comes first, then come the words, not vice versa – it is not that you arrange the words and the poetry arises.
A few of the students of Charles Darwin once played a trick on the great scientist – because he was continuously searching about all forms of life and he was always categorizing to what species a certain animal or insect belongs to.
It was his birthday and his students thought of playing a trick, just a joke. They dissected many insects and glued their parts – legs from one insect, wings from another, head from the third one, the body from the fourth, and so on. At least from twenty insects they managed to glue together a new insect which exists nowhere.
They brought it to Charles Darwin and they said, “Here is a great surprise for you, as a birthday present. You may have never come across this insect! And we have been hiding it for this day. Can you tell us to what species it belongs, what is its name?”
Darwin looked at the insect and he asked only one question to the students; “Does it hum?”
They said, “Yes, when it was alive it used to hum.”
“Then,” he said, “it is a humbug!”
You can put parts together, but you will create only a humbug; you will not be able to create life. You will not be able to create a new form, a new manifestation of something living.
The Upanishads talk about two trinities. One is called satyam shivam sunderam. Satyam means truth; Shivam means good, virtue, goodness; Sunderam means beauty. Upanishads say these three are beyond ordinary mathematics.