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Naturally yours

india Updated: Feb 01, 2011 01:33 IST
PP Wangchuk

We have gone out of sync with nature. That is why we are suffering and so many catastrophes takes place every year. Nature's angry mood is a reflection of the nature of men --- always greedy and exploitative. As Havelock Ellis wrote long ago, the sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago had they been within the reach of predatory human beings.

These are some of the thoughts I crystallised at a seminar last week. Titled 'Call of Time ---United Natures', it was organised by the Rajyoga Education & Research Foundation and Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vidyalaya. The speakers lamented the 'delink' of harmony between environmental nature and human nature. We have forgotten ourselves - our own good nature --- and our animalistic instincts have had the better of us. We exploit nature and we are blind that mother earth is weeping and crying. Can we ever be happy if our "mother" is crying? Can we ever be at peace so long as our mother earth is in pain inflicted by our wanton acts of destruction?

Mother earth is always in a giving mode so long as we keep it alive. Isn't it our duty to change our mind-sets and become conservators of nature? It is in our own interest to realise that we be the trustees of nature's beauty and wonders. If they die, we can't survive.

We have to rethink over the very concepts of development we have been following. Development has to have a human face; and for that spirituality alone can be the driving force. We need to keep in mind that anything we do by way of development must enrich the environment.

It is never too late. If we were to go about the business of preserving nature seriously, then we need to re-establish the divine link between human nature and environmental nature. Nature is divine, so is the inner-self. Let the two coexist harmoniously. The call of the time is, as someone said, that till now man has been against nature; from now on let him be against his own nature.