I have been very close to Mother Nature, being born in a place densely populated with trees and varieties of birds and a few animals, in the state of Jharkhand. My home was surrounded by massive trees of sesame, neem and peepul. We had two big and shady mango trees, a small guava tree, banana plant, papaya trees and basil plants in our garden. My father is a gardening enthusiast. I remember how he used to carefully cut the mud to sow seeds into it. How my mother helped him watering the newly born plants and I used to sit on mud and picked out weeds.
I was born in the home of nature lovers who taught me how to give nature a gentle touch the same way it caresses me in its arms. I recall an incident from my childhood days. It was the month of October, the time for Durga puja. That morning I went out to collect flowers from the roadside plants for we offer hibiscus flowers in the service of the Goddess. I was short and had to hop to make my hands reach those flowers at the top branches. And in the process I accidentally broke a large branch of the plant with some flowers dangling on it. I got afraid and my eyes went teary as I had injured the plant. I straightway went to my mother carrying with me the plant’s arm which I had broken. When I showed it to her I found not a little trouble on her face. She simply asked me to make a burrow in the ground and plant that broken branch and wait till it turns into a beautiful little hibiscus plant. I did the very same, each day I watered it and watched it grow. Later, that plant grew with me, taller than me though. With a little love and care we turned a broken branch into a beautiful plant. We used to pluck flowers from its branches and offered it in the God’s service every day. Then I moved from my old place to a new city leaving away all that I had sown in the past. I felt sad for not being able to enjoy the fruits of my labor and that I had to leave all that behind. But with time I realized that if nature does everything for me selflessly then why should I tag a little that I did with my name? Perhaps, these are a few humble ways in which we can contribute back to our loving habitat and Mother Nature who nurtured us since the day we were born.
In simple and sweet measures we can help preserve our pristine environment and promise our generations of a better place to live in. I shared this story to make you realize what a bliss it is to stay in the shade of nature. However, present conditions are appalling and if they continue to be so I don’t know what would be the consequences. Clearly, it’s the time to think over.
We are parts of nature, born from it and going to end up into it. That’s why I guess, when we fall in love, we look into the face of moon, when we want peace we sit beside the sea shore, when sad we walk alone in shade. The true and the deepest feelings of our hearts are entangled with the objects of nature. One can find true happiness staying close to nature and being friendly to it.
If someday you find yourself alone and alienated, just go out and open your arms wide to the nature. You’ll see how easily it makes you feel one.
I was inspired to write this by http://www.kissan.in/
And this post is an entry for Kissan’s Nature’s Friends! contest.
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