Friday, Sep 21 2018
LESSONS FROM NATURE - 5 DECEMBER 2005
My humble Pranams at the Lotus Feet of Swami. Sai ram uncles, aunties, gurus, brothers and sisters. My name is Vinesh and I am from Group 4. My topic for today’s talk is “Lessons From Nature”
If you have noticed in the past one or two years, there have been many natural disasters occurring all around the world creating a huge environmental catastrophe. The effects have been rather harmful and severe to man, animal, plants and their habitats. An example would be the devastating tsunamis which occurred in places like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Other natural disasters such as the hurricane Katrina which caused severe flooding in new Orleans with overflowing rivers have had such awful effects and difficulties.
However the main point of this talk which i would like to stress is not just the occurrence of these disasters but how they have been caused. n fact, it is none other than man that is a cause of many such calamities. For example, take the earthquake which led to the tsunami. The earthquake is a result of the Earth readjusting to find a new balance. Why? Because man has been extracting many natural resources from the under the Earth’s surface for so many years. We extract oil, coal, natural gas and many other minerals. This is just one of the many causes of disasters caused by man. What is the cause of droughts and floods which occur in the world? Swami Himself has said “Man seeks to enjoy the benefits of Nature which has grave consequences. Here you have a globe. If you hit it one way, its balance is disturbed. We should always see to it that in the utilisation of natural resources a proper balance is kept. Excessive use in any one direction will result in harm in another direction.”
Last year, there were disastrous floods in many parts of Europe. It was not heavy rain that caused the flooding but the extensive obstruction which man had put into natures drainage path. As Swami has said “What does modern man do? He pollutes the air, water and land, cuts trees recklessly and hunts animals to extinction.
I hope that we can all do our small part in keeping the environment clean and practice recycling of paper, aluminium cans, glass & plastic bottles. There are now many recycling points all around Singapore.
To close, I would like to end with a quote from Swami regarding Mother Nature, “If man prays to Mother Mature in all humility, there is nothing she will not give.”
Jai Sai Ram
SSEHV Group 4