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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Love, revere nature

Dharminder Singh Ubha, Hindustan Times

Nature is peerless in vastness, bounties and beauties. It is the richest treasure mankind has. Man can benefit from it, learn from it and enjoy it in countless ways. No other single source can educate his mind and sublimate his soul like nature does.

Wordsworth, while asserting that "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her" declares that nature is our best teacher and guide: "One touch from a vernal wood/May teach you more of man / Of moral evil and of good /Than all the sages can."

In yet another poem, he laments that in man's blind craze for material comfort, he has drifted from nature, as a consequence of which, he has lost spiritual depth and peace of mind.

Our own sages and saints have said nature has a lot to give and teach us, and if we want to put an end to the miseries of our life, we should go back to the lovely lap of our benign mother, nature.

Today's man is unhappy and discontented because he has gone away from nature and started attaching too much importance to worldly things. This attitude has made him greedy, selfish and narrow-minded.

The great lesson from nature is that it never discriminates between the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the young and the old. It treats  all alike and distributes its bounties freely to whosoever approaches it. It inspires us to do good, to be kind to everybody and to add to the beauty of the world.

How bad that in his greed for more and more material comforts, man has started playing havoc with nature that sustains him, feeds him, soothes his heart and sublimates his soul, which gives him endless joy, and elates his spirit by making him forget the rough and tumble of this world! To conclude in Guru Nanak's words, "I am a sacrifice to Your almighty creative power which is pervading everywhere. Your limits cannot be known."

Isn't it time for us to think and be kind with nature?

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