Touchstone For Testing Every Thing is A Must for Sorting Out Genuine from the Fake. Maximum Use of Touchstones is Very Instrumental in Sustainable Quality Control
Flints stone is used by Goldsmiths to distinguish base gold from genuine Gold. They are touchstone item or method for testing each metal and non-metal.
TOUCHSTONE METHOD INTRODUCED BY MATHEW ARNOLD
We are consoled, sustained and entertained by poetry in addition to finding an interpretation of life in it. As Arnold says: ” The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry”. Arnold’s touchstone method consists of comparing selective passages from the works of great Masters with the works of a contemporary poet or writer and check whether they move us. If they move us, then it is proved that they are valuable for humanity at large. For this purpose, Arnold says, one should try ” to have always in one’s mind lines and expressions of the Great Masters, and to apply them as a Touchstone to other poetry”.
Arnold himself a classicist, greatly valued the Great Classicists of Greek, Roman and French periods. He also approved Shakespeare, Spencer and Milton as Model.
Arnold’s Touchstone method has its limitations. That is why he insisted that a poem must be judged by the ‘Total Impression” and not by some scattered examples.
TOUCHSTONE FOR TESTING EVERY THING
TOUCHSTONE FOR GOLD
Goldsmith test Pure Gold by rubbing against a special stone. They know how to tell genuine gold from fake, base, spurious or counterfeit Gold. Contrariwise acids are tested by putting blue litmus paper in it, if it turns from blue to red, the liquid is acidic.
TOUCHSTONE FOR METALS
Non-metal solutions are Alkaline solutions that are tested by inserting a red litmus paper. If the paper turns from red to blue, the solution is Alkaline.
TOUCHSTONE FOR NON-METAL
All acids are made with non-metals. Touchstone for testing them is blue litmus paper. It turns blue to red.
TOUCHSTONE FOR TESTING EVERY THING ALSO COVERS IMMATERIAL ENTITIES
TOUCHSTONE FOR A GREAT POET
Great poets are honored by public in their lifetime e.g. English poet Keats. They appreciate and enjoy their poetry. But an other kind of poets can not win laurels in their lifetime. They become popular only after their death.Poet laureates are few or far between.
TOUCHSTONE FOR A GREAT PHILOSOPHER
The fate of the Philosophers fall in the category poets.
TOUCHSTONE FOR A GREAT WRITER
In this regard, there is great similarity between Philosophers, Writers and Poets.
TOUCHSTONE FOR A REAL SPIRITUALIST
A real Spiritual must have true dream. The touchstone of a Real spiritualist is the Dreams that come true. True Dreams are 1/40th part of Prophet-hood as stated by Prophet Muhammad. A person having true dream has also another quality. His prayers are accepted by God. Sometime so quickly his prayers are answered and accepted is if God was standing beside him.
TOUCHSTONE FOR A REAL SAINT
Saint is A Spiritualist through and through. One the Real Saint came across one of his friends in bazaar. The real saint bought some fruit from a shop. He wanted to serve his friend after reaching home. At that time his friend was having a crush for grapes. His friend wanted that the Saint may purchase grapes. After having left the shop, the Saint returned to the shop. He said to his friend; ” Why did you complain to God. If you wanted to eat grapes, you may have told it to me”. Actually God knew the wish of the Guest and conveyed to the Saint.So is the Relationship of Real Saints and God.
TOUCHSTONE FOR A TRUE PROPHET OF GOD
In Holy Quran a Touchstone or Criterion of a True Prophet of God is given below:
1. A True prophet of God has a Good Reputation from his very childhood and youth. If he had behaved nicely throughout, how he should abruptly start telling lies, and that also about God.
2. A True prophet of God can never be browbeaten even in the Teeth of opposition.
3. He always speaks truth, come what may.