Nature as world’s best teacher forewarns, who bothers?

Beyond the Horizon

By Pradeep Kumar

Nature is a great but best teacher.  No wonder our ancestors used to look up to nature to understand about life itself. Our ancient scriptures are filled with hymns devoted to nature, as we treated nature as God in many instances. The sun, moon, trees, rivers, etc. were treated as divine creatures. Let us also see what we could learn from them:

Sun: The giver of light, energy, seasons … the list is endless. But what we could learn most from it is how we should be when we are in a position of power. Many a times the sun is covered by the clouds … yet, what does it do? It does not wrestle with the clouds to show who is greater; it does not take away the cloud’s moment of glory, that the cloud could overshadow somebody as great as the sun. Instead, the sun gives the cloud a halo, its silver lining, making the cloud look more beautiful. Humans, especially leaders need to learn this from the sun.

When one is great, is in a position of power, it is not necessary to take away the limelight from others all the time… Appreciating others not only add to that person’s glory, it also makes others look forward to seeing you again.

Moon bestows calmness, cools sensations to the aggrieved or restless mind. The moon changes its shape every day, it is called fickle…but have you ever visualized the moon with a sad expression? No, never. In any shape, it always seems that the moon is smiling. Whether it is a wide crescent smile or an open-toothed half-moon smile or a peaceful full moon smile…it’s always happy and filled with love. It doesn’t matter that it is faced with a change every single day. It still inspires hope and love.

Rain: We love the rains; we look forward to a break from the heat. It bestows life into the parched earth. It helps the crops grow. But beautiful rains create messy, dirty roads. Much like life–this beautiful life of ours creates messy, ugly situations sometimes. These situations make us understand life; they make us realize the value of everything that we have. They help us grow. Dirty roads don’t make the rains any less lovely; bad situations shouldn’t make us value and love life any lesser.

Trees: Nature’s ardent helper, giver of oxygen, provider of shade to the tired traveler, health giver, shelter provider to the birds and other creatures. The tree never knowingly harms anybody. Instead, it feeds the hands that hurt it, whether one pelts it with stones for the fruit or cuts it for the wood. The first knowledge of virtues like patience, forgiveness, generosity must have come by observing the trees.

River: The River is one of the most important eco-system in the world. It is the giver of life to the fields, animals, trees and humans alike. It finds its way through the mountains & hills, through rocks and stones. It is playful in some places, tumbles down with a roar or is very peaceful sometimes. It finds its own sweet music, makes its own path and there is nothing that can stop it, no, not even the biggest boulder. And best of all, it accepts its merger into the big, wide sea. Can human life and its final journey be any different?

Divinity exists in all aspects of life. When we are aware of ourselves, we become aware of the God in all, big or small. We then learn to live life well. We become complete. As a teacher the nature indicates many ifs and buts, we ignore for our insensitivity and ignorance as cited in the below examples:

A python entered a carpentry shop and crawled to the corner. It went through a saw and hurt itself a little bit. Then it turned and bitten the saw and hurt badly on the mouth. Without understanding what was happening, it thought the saw attacking him and decided to attack and roll around the saw it as usual intending to suffocate it with its total strength. Unfortunately, the snake ended up being killed by the saw.

Sometimes human beings due to instinct react in anger, considering to hurting those who are hurting them. But in true sense they hurt themselves. Thus, many a times, it would be prudent to ignore situations, because the consequences could be irreversible and catastrophic.

Leadership has become craze in present day society even without leadership quality. A leader with clear vision, capacity to coordinate and balance conflicting interests of all members should be competent to lead so that all members follow willingly. A leader should always be ahead to face all challenges for paving a smooth journey for the members. Had that been true, most of the present day problems would not have been surfacing.

In present context, when votes are bought amounting to buying leadership, what could be expected from such leaders? Such leaders, in first place, would recover whatever they have spent. Secondly, save for the next time instead of thinking of greater welfare of those who have elected him.

That is why, according to records, elections are replete with highest level of corruption, particularly in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. A campaign has been launched to make election cashless to elect genuine leaders to lead the people honestly. However, its answer is hidden in the womb of time and known only after the 2019 General Election process begins. Thus, it would be wise to wait and watch.

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