We are relational beings. We have relationships with human beings as well as with nature. We are a part of nature, not apart from nature. We are composed of five fundamental natural elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Theses are gifts of nature. Without these five blessings of nature, we cannot be born or survive.How do we relate to nature? With awe, wonder and gratitude? In union with nature? In the spirit of service? When we relate to nature with an attitude of deep gratitude, we become guardians and servants of nature. We feel freedom with no fright of fear, isolation, or alienation.
As I was growing up, my parents used relational and divine words for nature such as Surya Narayanafor sun as manifestation of divinity. For moon, Chandra mama- our maternal uncle and earth as Dharati mata-Mother Earth. Thus my attitude towards nature has always been of service and worship and deep connection.
When I relate to nature as a divine source of life giving energy, I feel deeply, freely, and happily connected with nature.
Jagdish P Dave
On May 8, 2019Kay wrote :
What a beautiful reflection of your youth! I wholeheartedly agree and see our divisive mentally in our present culture very much because of our separation of the other and of God. As technology evolves, it seems, for the most part, that we are more isolated from nature. Nature is inherently who we are and keeps us grounded and unified.
I am a student of Ayurveda and resonate with your reflection! Thank you