If you thought standards and specifications have become a problem only now – you needed to attend our Materials Management class today!
First something serious. What could be the oldest example of specification? Answer is specification of measurement units (units of length, weights etc.). And the importance is not difficult to see, is it?
Now, one of the earliest problem faced due to lack of specification? Who was the victim? Think… Think…
If the length of a “step” had been defined properly, King Bali would not have lost all his kingdom and himself to Vamana 🙂 If Vamana had asked the land in terms of meter or such standard unit, Bali would not have fallen in trap, right? 😀
For the uninitiated, this is the story of Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu. To prevent the increasing influence of King Bali, Lord Vishnu went to him in the guise of a dwarf Brahmin (this Avatar is called Vamana). In Bhiksha he asked for only three and a half steps of land. King Bali was famous for his generousity. And for three and a half steps of land – why would he even be bothered? But he was tricked. Vamana measured the whole of Earth, Patal (the world under the earth – usually associated with the kingdom of deamons) and Heaven in one step each. That made three steps. A half step was still left. Then King Bali offered his head and Vamana put his last step on his head. That way King Bali offered himself also to the God. Of course, he got Moksha and all 🙂