We are today on a collision course with nature and the damage to environment has become the greatest bane of our times. This blue planet of ours is in peril as never before.
In sheer arrogance and under false notions, we are violating the laws of nature and playing havoc with the plethora of fauna and flora created munificently by the divine order. The need is to realise that the ecological crisis is a symptom of the spiritual crisis emanating from man’s total ignorance, insatiable rapacity and utter selfishness.
It requires reshaping our present attitudes and redefining our values and adopting a renewed respect for the divine laws; failing which our very existence will be at stake.
We must remember that many present-day ailments like cancer, AIDS and TB are the outcome of our disrespect for nature. Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs avers: “Air is the spiritual as well as the temporal teacher, water is the father, and earth is the great mother of all. Day and night are the two nurses, in whose lap all the world is at play.”
Then, isn’t it an unpardonable sin to pollute the air, our Guru and to dump effluents in our progenitor, the water? As we puncture the ozone layer, the cycle that manufactures chlorophyll in green plants is damaged or hindered and since plants are an essential part of this cycle, we simply pave the way for choking ourselves to death.
In India, trees have always been associated with wisdom, morality and life force. Their worship or veneration is common all over the land. Sri Granth Sahib is replete with references where the Guru or the Lord has been personified as a tree.
Interestingly, 48 of the Sikh Gurudwaras in India have been named after various trees. Sri Guru Granth Sahib preaches to live in harmony with nature in order to live a healthy life.
A healthy and pollution-free environment will give us a healthy society.