ALBERT EINSTEIN 1879-1955
Physicist, Musician, Thinker…and founding member and president of The Fluffy Slipper Appreciation Club!
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.” Albert Einstein
I had a revelation the other day……….
I was working on a guitar post for this blog and I wanted to say how Weymann’s attention to detail was one of the characteristics of their instruments. What sprang to mind was the saying “The devil is in the detail”, but even though I’d used that saying in speech before I’d never really thought what it meant.
So I googled it and it means that “mistakes are usually made in the small details of a project and the saying is used as a caution to pay attention to avoid failure”. Not applicable.
But then I saw that this saying “The devil is in the detail” came from an older saying “God is in the Detail”. Maybe it’s because Australia is primarily an atheistic country that I’d never heard this saying before (is it more common in America?). Apparently the origin of both sayings is unknown.
The source was saying the meaning of “God is in the Detail” is that “attention paid to small things have big rewards, or that details are important”.
I have always been a ‘details’ person. My father would always say to me “If a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing well!” and so I would always strive to do the best job I could whatever I was doing. Whether that was in dovetail joints in woodworking or, hopefully, putting this website together. “If a job is worth doing it’s worth doing well” is something my six children certainly got sick of hearing!
And when you think about it, doing a good job means paying attention to the details.
But my revelation was that we are all seeking perfection, because, even if we are not aware of it, we are all seeking to re-kindle our loving relationship with the perfect person – God, Krishna.
So it is easy to see God in something that is perfect. We can see God in the details that make something as perfect as can be in this material world whether it be a sunset, a rainforest, or a hummingbird…or something handcrafted that makes me say…”Wow – that is amazing!”
I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable Aum in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man. I am the original fragrance of the earth, and I am the heat in ﬁre. I am the life of all that lives, and I am the penances of all ascetics.“ BG 7: 8-9.
God is a person. We can relate to Him as a person. Lord Jesus relates to him as Abba, Father. Our relationship with Him is personal. My relationship with Him is personal. If we want to revive our relationship with the Supreme all it takes is a little effort.
One who loves God sees His presence everywhere they look. For me, never more so than in details, both animate and inanimate, “God is in the Detail”