Be Like Crystals


Good Morning and Namaskar!


Today is 27 June 2017. It’s quite early in the day and I’m retrieving nature’s bountiful blessings amidst a bunch of friendly squirrels and chirping of various birds and greeneries.

I’m to share with you my unique new theme and I’m so excited.

The topic for today is:


So, let’s just dive into this.

I’m sure all of you know what are crystals. But, do you all know how Crystals are formed? It’s interesting. So, let me run you through the sequential steps I learned long ago in my school chemistry lab where we experimented with crystal formation.

Look the first phase of learning how crystals are formed will require you to know three terms:

1. Solute
2. Solvent &
3. Properties

Out of the above the first two are chemistry terminologies.

What are solutes?

These are solid substances which are potential to be dissolved in some liquid.

Solvent is that liquid in which solutes can be dissolved.

‘Properties’ is a common word which refers to the typical constitutional characteristics of a solute or a solvent. Yes, every solute or solvent has their typical behavior. If their behaviors match only then they will mingle, meaning that solute will be dissolved in that solvent. Not all solutes can be dissolved in any solvent.

Let’s say we have a matching solute and solvent. Let’s keep adding the solute in the solvent and keep stirring the container until the solvent has reached its normal capacity of absorbing the solutes. When you see the solutes sinking below as residues you know that the solvent cannot take any more and it has quenched its normal capacity.

Now we get into the second phase of Crystallization in which there are a few more terms to be understood:

1. Solution
2. Heating
3. Saturation

So, now you filter the solvent in which maximum solute has been dissolved. This is called solution. The term solution denotes a transparent liquid without any suspended particles or sediments.

Next, you heat-up the solution by either applying a Bunsen burner to the container or by placing it on a heater. As you heat the solution you keep adding the same solute more into the solution. You will see that now more solutes will be dissolved in the solution. You keep doing that until the heated solution reaches a saturation point, beyond which it can take no more solute. The point of saturation is the ultimate limit for all activities relating to the process of crystallization. You are now in the final phase of crystallization and left with only two more steps.

1. Cooling
2. Crystals

Now you allow the container with the solution to just cool down. As the temperature returns to normal room temperature, you see those beautiful crystals surfacing or floating inside the solution.

In case of a few substances, these crystals bear an exceptionally beautiful structure as if some great artistes have carefully designed them.

So, let’s quickly recapitulate all items and steps involved in the crystallization process:


Cooling and

Can you guess why I’ve taken you through this simple practical lesson of the chemistry lab?

This is because, a unique idea struck my mind a few minutes ago. This is:

The process by which a solute becomes a Crystal is quite identical to how an ordinary human being can become excellent.

Yes, I mean Crystallization is quite similar to Transformation.

Let me help you to accommodate this idea.

You know something? We humans are like the solutes and our environments are comparable to the solvent in that the duties we perform out there – our study streams, relationships, works. The way we allow ourselves to indulge in our environment is quite similar to how the solutes are mixed into the solvent.

The natural instinct of the solute to adjust with the solvent is comparable to the natural ability of humans to choose and adapt with the environment. So, the properties of the solutes and solvents can be mirrored to the natures of the human and their environment. If the properties of the solute and solvent match then there will be solution. Likewise, if the nature of the human can adjust with that of the environment, there will be happiness. Solution refers to happiness.

Let me help you assimilate what I’ve covered so far:

Solutes are compared to humans,

Solvents to environment

Properties of the solutes and solvents are like natures of the humans and their environment.

And solution is like happiness.

Once you establish your harmonious role you engage yourself in the vigorous activities and add more quantitative as well as qualitative values into your life.

This covers the heating and adding phase of crystallization.

The saturation point reminds me of Abraham Maslow – the wonderful social scientist who had so accurately depicted the human being’s hierarchy of needs. He said, when humans fulfil their basic and social needs, their needs become transmuted to a very high level. They feel fulfilled and are now ready to calmly pursue his self- actualization or self-realization needs. The ancient writer and philosopher James Allen had also described this state of saturation as serenity in his profound book ‘As a man thinketh’.

This point of saturation follows the cooling phase when you are coolly settled in peace and are with God.



In simpler terms, others may even choose to describe this state to be one of excellence or self-realization.

So, my prayers for you all on this beautiful morning is:

May you all