Bhagwad Gita gives too much credence to mother earth. It is here that water, fire, air, living beings of every kind including humans reside (of course with body, mind and intelligence). All these are originated from God Almighty. Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego—altogether these eight constitute separated material energies.
EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2022
The crying need for Earth Day was felt immensely
After knowing the over-exploitation of Earth by the humans with utter cruelty
To satiate his hunger selfishly
Thus abusing The Earth enormously
Thereby spoiling its balance of Nature hugely.
Thus with effect from 21st April 1970 sharp
A day was fixed to honour the Mother Earth
And the concept of peace
Prosperity and of humans for their very survival
Is dovetailed with it all.
This planet of ours provides us all the resources so urgently required
Air, water, soil & fire which are most needed are gifts of Nature
Besides, the living things such as animals and plants
Pcrovide us food to eat – giving us energy, most needed
Without which we cannot sustain and enhance our existence
Even for a limited period of time.
Spoiling the purity of any or many or all the natural bounties
Will spoil the balance of the Mother Nature
Thereby impacting the Mother Earth.
The bosom of Mother Earth contains fossil fuel
Besides wood from the forest areas too
Which are used for furniture and building materials
And could ultimately be used for cremation too
Thus Mother Earth comes to our succor
From cradle to our grave.
Minerals and metal ores are contained below the earth’s crust
That are used for making products most useful for us humans
As raw materials in industries
For finished products finally.
Besides, providing us meaningful employment too
Which enhances our comforts in our daily lives
Thus developing, modernizing and facilitating us
To provide ease which shapes our lives.
The quality of air, water and other bounties of nature
Are pure when taken out from earth
But the way we harness these bounties
And extract them impact the entire ecosystem
And thus the quality of these extracts
Thus spoiling the sources of these natural resources
Indirectly impacting our existence.
The way the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted globally
Tells the humanity a different sordid story
This hideous infection has not merely
Taken human toll with its ill-effects but also impacted countries economically.
The war between Russia & Ukraine too is dangerous poised
The bombings and the missile attacks on the hapless populace
Has resulted in deaths & destruction
And in the process spoiled the ecosystem
The Mother Earth is helping in absorbing the dead bodies
Killed either due to infection
Or due to bombing and missile attacks
Either thru burial or through cremation
Without any sort of discrimination
Like any other mother on this earth
Who brings up her children with full care and caution.
Due to humans’ negative attitude
Our own dearest Mother Earth
What we do for our Mother Earth so dear?
It has been revealed without doubt
Whence the humans disturb the balance of Nature
By playing with the laws of Nature
It gives birth to invisible enemies
Most hideous ones
It may be due to polluting the environs
By fires of forests and deforestation
Thus denuding the Earth Crust
And spoiling the Eco-system
Or polluting the Water bodies
By the pollutants from the households and industries
Or through sound pollution
Created by us so thoughtless humans
Or worst still, Alas!
May be imbalance in our eating habits
Thereby deciding what to put on our plates and eat
And what we as humans should desist
Leave for the elements to take care
That bats may be the possible origin
Of diseases like Ebola
And now Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
Which was having free run
Infecting the populace around
Thus having dangerous death dance globally.
The Mother Earth which bestows us with all sorts of gifts
That sustains us from time we become flesh & blood
Till time this body sustains us not.
With no expectations in return gift from us selfish humans
Some of us use Nature’s creations
Which are harmful for our body.
We leave litters around without a second thought
After, partying & feasting at the mountain sites so enchanting
With fragrance of natural flowers just intoxicating
Making the environment so fascinating
Adding splendour to the scenic beauty are the flora and fauna.
But the left over litters just spoil the virginity of mountain spots
With spread of odour of leftovers of the people partaking foodstuff
Stench also leaves a scar on the act of these people
Who spoiled the place with their profane acts.
Left out road side old vehicle parts
Wait till eternity for the people to pick these up
Nobody ever comes to do this cleaning act
Till elements like winds and rains mix these in the Mother Earth itself – alas!
NATURAL WATER BODIES SHOULD NOT BE POLLUTED
Vehicle repair workshop just line up the roadsides
Blackening the area with grease and what not
Generating a shabby look around
Green cover is being denuded
For habitats for increased numbers
And cultivation of food for multitudes
Thus multiplying the adverse implications
To the Eco-system
Causing blizzards and change of climates.
Plundering the earth of the mineral wealth
In the form of crude oilPrecious metals, stones and coal
Leaving the earth bereft of natural resources
Thus producing an imbalance to the internal fabric of the earth
Which too comes out & reacts most violently
Causing earthquakes of huge intensity
Spreading deaths and destruction all around hugely.
Spewing of gases so poisonous
To the sky above with impunity
Enlarging the black-hole and creating wide-black-hole in our health
Impacting us by most harmful sun rays.
My humble payer to all
Have some pity onto the Mother Earth
Not for us presently but AT LEAST for our coming generations.
EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2022
WE ALL HAVE TO PROTECT IT IN EVERY WAY
Essentially, as far as our Earth is concerned, it has physical matter, solid substance along with gross objects. These are grouped in the category of the five elements (Mahabhutas) which could be termed as the cosmic substances. These are earth, air, water, fire and ether. Each one of these elements are inter-linked or associated with each other besides the space or ether or acts like a container or basket to sustain all these elements.
In Bible, it has ightly been said: But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
It is a fact that we can learn much from the living beings living on Earth more than our fellow beings. While I go for the morning walk, I see the street dogs, who follow me. My observation is that they willingly demark their areas of influence and remain stuck to their areas and there is no fight amongst these street dogs. Similar is the case with birds, in this case pigeons. When I give these birds feed, all take their respective place in different groups without transgressing others’ jurisdictions. Factually all living things, living on this Earth, observe discipline as dictated by Mother Nature. Humans living on this planet should learn from these.
If these elements are polluted by our acts of omissions and commissions as diminution of forest cover by cutting trees without planting the new ones, emission of poisonous gases in the atmosphere from the industrial units, pollution of water bodies with the affluence/wastes of industries. By so doing, we shall be violating the principles of natural laws. In other words, we spoil the balance of nature to satiate our greed. Here Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is most relevant: ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’
EARTH HAS RICH SCENIC BEAUTIES WHICH SHOULD NOT BE SPOILED OR VIOLATED
It has been observed that when we do not observe the Laws of Nature and play with the Mother Nature irrationally– in our eating habits including our attitudes towards other creations (birds and animals). This Earth Day is coming at a time when globally the humanity has been facing the challenges posed by Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. The virus, Covid-19 virus, is the creation of humans due to their omissions and commissions to satiate their greed. We humans are spoiling the eco-system of the Mother Earth by oue eating habits, drinking habit, living habits etc.
The modesty of mother earth is also being violated by the raging war between Russia and Ukraine wherein missiles and bombs are being used in which killing of humans of all age groups and destroying their properties thus violeting the laws of nature. Apart from this, the atmosphere around has been polluted. For fulfillment of our ulterior and selfish motives, we are spoiling the eco-system without even a slightest thought about the consequences of our acts. Therefore need of the hour is to save the Mother Earth from the pollution which is impacting the lives of all the living beings globally.
Our benevolent God has created Earth and everything which it contains, including various seasons suiting the living world. The humans should maintain the balance of Nature by not spoiling the natural setting. All the elements of Mother Nature are beneficial for the living beings for their sustenance.
BEAUTIES OF EARTH OUGHT TO BE MAINTAINED
In Bible it has been mentioned: For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind. And declares to man what ae the thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness, and treads on the high places of the earth. The Lord God of hosts I His name.
We know that the most essential forms of Nature without which we cannot have our existence at all are Earth, Water, Fire, Ether and Air. We know that life on this earth would not be possible if any one of these forms of Nature are not available at all.
All the creations live on the earth and use air and water by our body for chemical reaction which occur in the cells of all living beings in order to sustain life. This chemical reaction is termed as metabolism. This activity ensures growth of our body and also help in reproduction. The activity of growth and development along with reproduction cannot happen without a solid earth for living beings. Then there are the living beings which live and sustain themselves in water. These are called aquatic beings.
EARTH HAS BEAUTIFUL FLORA AND FAUNA
Mother Earth has been very kind to us in providing us everything from birth till death. It has on its crust trees, birds, forest cover and everything; lofty and majestic mountains, vast sea, water reservoirs, mesmerizing scenic beauties, flora and fauna, animal world and what not. All these add to our sustenance in our daily lives.
Mother Earth contains all sorts of mineral wealth which is helpful for further growth and development of the countries. But exploitation of the mineral wealth has also got a limit. We are cutting trees indiscriminately affecting the eco system. Industrial wastes are being thrown in the rivers polluting the water. We spew dangerous gases to the atmosphere affecting the atmospheric balance. Not only this even teh Antarctic Continent is being adversely affected by the acts of us humans.
Our earth contains flora and fauna – flora means trees and fauna means animal world. The trees are essential for us since the trees convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Oxygen (O2). Without trees and green cover, on earth, we cannot have good health and wellness. The more trees we plant, the more greenery we would be having thereby a pollution-free environs for breathing.
The fragrance of flowers on the earth crust, the fruit trees, the crops we grow on the earth give us food to eat which sustains our lives.
If air is polluted by emission of harmful gases, we will be breathing in impure air resulting in lung related diseases, if water is impure, we are constrained to take in polluted water resulting in impacting our health, if earth’s eco-system is polluted by a mix of our activities then we can imagine the health hazards besides when the whole atmosphere is polluted, it can bring about severest harms to our climate, cause lung and respiratory related diseases, exposure to polluted air can cause cancer and could in many cases impair reproductive system etc. These affected severely are children and the old people including those who are constantly exposed to pollutants.
By our acts of omission and commission, we are doing everything to spoil the balance of the nature which is causing negative results implications to our next generations.
In Bhagwad Gita has rightly been said: As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.
The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease, and severe anxiety.
Both Nature and Spirit (Purusha) are without beginning and end. Nature is the source of all material things whereas spirit is the source of consciousness which experiences pains and pleasure. Then we have Spirit Supreme or Lord Supreme or Supreme which directs our lives and graces us wellness.
PHASING OUT THE PLASTIC MATERIALS
The constant use of plastic and throwing the used plastic items in the water bodies and on the surface of earth have polluted the earth crust. Besides throwing the used plastic items such as btotles, plastic bags/satchels etc. adversely impacts the life in sea and water bodies. Therefore, the best couse would be to to recycle the used plastic materials o phase out the use of plastic materials.
PLANTING OF TREES TO REDUCE WATER POLLUTION
Then we have ether (the atmosphere over the earth) which is essential for the survival of the living beings. The upper air of the atmosphere has to be kept pollution-free for breathing. It has been seen that we spoil the balance of Nature by polluting the air by our own omissions and commissions.
Planting of more trees is answer to the problem of air pollution. Van Mohtasav (Tree Plantation) is one such programme for planting more trees on regular basis.
|TREE PLANTATION – VAN MOHTASAV |
Van Mohtasa or tree plantation
Factually, a forest week inception
From 20th to 27th July 1947
As national tree plantation
As a sacred mission
Wherein trees were planted in great number to realize the vision
Of fructifying the operation of tree plantation.
Literally Van Mohtasav means tree plantation
As a festival of highest significance
In fact a sacred obligation of all humans
The need of which is felt because of critical position
Owing to disafforestation
Will have on the climate change
And the adverse impact of environment around
Turning lush green tree covers
Into deserts – putting the ecology in huge danger
With rains so sparse at some places
A dry spell of highest order
Just parching the earth crust
But there are too much of rains in many of the places
Excessive rains without expectation resulting in deluges
Resulting in deaths and destruction
Of highest proportion
Destroying standing crops
Including destruction of men and materials
As has been happening
Not merely in Indian states
But also in other countries too
And making the lives of people intricate
Soaring the atmospheric temperatures due to dry spell
Due to heat-waves of highest order
Consequence of which is forest fires
In many countries round the globe
Due to which glaciers have been melting
Thus changing the Eco-system in general
Making the lives of general masses unsustainable
Then who is not aware
About the tsunamis and strong storm so destructive
In different parts of the world. Cure for all the woes
Is planting of trees in great number
Including reduction of pollution
We should make the Van Mohatasav a tradition
Which started in 1950 as an activity as national week
Encouraging the general population
Not merely tree plantation
But also giving protection
To the plants already planted
Giving Van Mohatasav special significance
Since it coincides with onset of monsoon season
To plant more trees, in fact in great number
Which in future
Will create forest cover
Which will prove useful for shade, shelter for birds
And other living beings
Source of food, fuel, households, furniture and many other usages.
It will reduce droughts
Prevent soil erosion
Maintain the fertility of land.
Unfortunately, trees are being cut
For industrialization and urbanization
Which though a necessity but should be done with absolute discretion.
Message should go to one and all
That Van Mohatasav is a crying need of time
And for this festival to be effective and beneficial for all
It is necessary to plant more trees
And afford protection to ensure protection to the trees so planted
Useful not merely for current generation
But also for the survival of our next generations
May our Omnipotent and Omniscient
Come to our succour
In securing our future
So Van Mahotasav should be taken as a National Duty
To put an indelible stamp of security!