Man - the Guest of Nature

Nov 03, 2013
Man, Dada Bhagwan (Holistic Scientist A. M. Patel) says, is the guest of nature. Nothing is left lacking or wanting in the hospitality of nature that plays the role of an adequate and amazing host by providing us lodging and boarding and all facilities for happiness and development. But man has ceased being an ideal guest by violating the laws of nature, acting as a wanton child. As a result, he has to strive and suffer and face many problems. He gets imprisoned in his own physical jail.

In fact, nature is merciful. It is supplier, purifier and preserver. Think of the amount of the bill per capita for oxygen cylinders, if trees were not to decompose carbon dioxide and retain carbon for starch - making chlorophyll and release oxygen for man's survival. Or think of the evaporation in the seas and oceans, forming clouds and showering pure water in the rain-fall. The list can be extended for nature's continuous, all-round activity of preservation and protection. But man has been exploiting the natural resources in reckless and ruthless ways, breaking the equilibrium of nature, resulting in 'black hole', 'global warming', 'paucity' of human requirements and calamities. The whole economy thrives on unimaginable wastage. For example : A tree is cut in stead of plucking the fruit or still better gathering the ripe fruits fallen on the ground. Our left-off food is sufficient to satisfy millions of hungry bellies. Without being prompted by ego-centric intelligence and arrogance, we ought to stay as wise, decent guests of nature.

We capriciously create dangerous disturbance and damage and then try to correct it by resorting to various measures like afforestation, recycling of plastic, paper and scraps, minimizing carbon foot-prints and gaining carbon points, herborganic food and attires, constructive utilization of atomic energy and nuclear power, eco-friendly houses and buildings, transforming of industrial waste and emission of toxic gases etc., etc.

These external measures are welcome. This vigilant consciousness will dilute the gravity of the present, prevailing situation. It will slow down the criminal, non-ethical dissipation of natural resources.

But most importantly, man is the pivot of the great global and cosmic happenings going on and nature is but the echo of his very, very subtle vibrations which get accumulated and exhibited on fructifying maturity of time. It is genetic engrams of violence and vengeance, mass hysteria of abhorrence, collective actions of atrocity through doing, approving and supporting it, rat-race of ego-propelled individuals and nations, martial moves for domination, etc. All this emits evil vibrations as a consequence whereof the punishment of nature comes in the form of natural calamities like earthquake, famine, flood, cyclone, Tsunami, epidemic etc. causing mass-massacre. There is no reciprocity, for man is wholly responsible for nature's catastrophic rage and menace And the inner avarice of hoarding, wasting, hostility, clinging to self-glorification, dog-in-the manger attitude, non-co-operative destructive propencities, the game of suppression and subjugation result in the breakage of beatific balance of nature.

Man has been making exhaustive external efforts to bring back eco-equilibrium which, through his indiscriminate encroachment on nature today stands disturbed. Good ! This awareness is surely going to make him a welcome guest of nature. But what is needed is to ingrain in man the culture of amity and purity. His vision has to be holistic and peace-loving. His life and living has to be in tune with the universal sympathy of “Live and let live”. The inner subtle feeling spreads the invisible, effective waves all over the cosmos. They get reflected in nature.

With a view to expressing our gratitude to our host, NATURE and living gracefully in its beauty and bounty, the following prayer, with changes in words, if any, as per one's heart's light and liking can be said to stand out on the earth-planet platform with the resounding notes of “वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्” ('Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam': The entire world is my family.)

- Professor G. A. Shah