By: Shilpa Shah, Associate Professor HKBBA College

All mankind prefers good deeds, charity and help as noble karmas. All the religions of the world have also been advising everyone to be kind and helpful since ages. In almost every society, a person continues to do the required welfare works as much as possible. Sometimes it is purposeful or selfish and sometimes it is altruistic or selfless. But I personally consistently feel that our support to mankind is misdirected. In fact, if we help nature as much as we help other needy human beings, then perhaps there will be no need to help humans. If we help the elements of nature, make nature pollution-free and economy free from problems then requirement to help needy will not arise. We have polluted the all basic elements of nature (water, air, earth etc.) in the name of development so every day a new virus and a new disease comes into existence. Due to which the entire human being suffers, the root of which is the disparity or imbalance of the elements of nature that is disequilibrium of nature is responsible.

We have deliberately unbalanced the entire nature into a conscious state. If there is a desire to help or to be benevolent and if there is faith in good deeds, then there is a need to come forward for the help of nature, because nature is in dire need of it. It is not that Prakriti is incapable but if Prakriti is forced to use its power then there will be a cataclysm. Even a super powerful person or element has a certain limit of endurance. A cataclysm is certain when pollution exceeds nature’s natural cleansing power. If we want to help someone or do charity, our priority should be to help nature first otherwise the entire ecosystem has to pay the price. The five basic elements of nature should be balanced so that automatically the entire ecosystem becomes happy, peaceful, prosperous and safe. Isn’t it more admirable to try to make someone strong enough to earn food for a lifetime than to give food to satisfy one day’s hunger?

Don’t you think the act of planting trees and providing oxygen to the entire ecosystem continuously is more virtuous than giving oxygen cylinder to a person in times of crisis. We all know that “जल ही जीवन हे” is it not more advisable to conserve water, prevent wastage of water, prevent pollution of rivers, lakes and oceans and do purification work than just quenching thirst by giving someone drinking water in the name of charity? Don’t you think even a small contribution in an effort to prevent water pollution is a more benevolent, holy and virtuous act? By which debt of the entire nature will be paid off, all the living creatures will automatically get a huge help and there will be no need for small help of individual humans. Similarly, I strongly believe that it is the first duty of every human being to be active in preventing noise pollution, air pollution, soil pollution.
If you really want to do something good, you can stop water pollution, noise pollution, air pollution, land pollution and support the entire existence by following God’s rules instead of doing some small charity and doing so-called religious works. To live a righteous life, to acquire wealth through righteous livelihood, to maintain the clean and beautiful nature that God has given us and to try to make it better if possible, is actually a true religious life.

Kabir use to say that “Lord check this sheet of life that you have given me, if there is no stain on it then my life will be considered worthwhile” We all should live life as Kabir said. An ethical effort must be made to keep all the elements of nature (air, water, land, etc.) pure. Due to unethical practices like excessive use of chemical fertilizers in the farms for making more money, the land has become useless at present as no produce (cereals, vegetables, fruits) has become palatable means nothing is tasty now a day. Due to the lack of proper care of the animal, the dairy products have also become unsustainable and there are many such questions. Just think, no clean air, no availability of essential oxygen, no pure sattvic tonic food, no availability of live powerful water (live and powerful water is water that contains essential minerals and vitamins – original river water contains abundant b12 which was there in ancient times) What is the meaning of many kinds of charity or donation in the name of religion in polluted nature? If the human society by doing non-stop religious activities cannot get clean air, water or grains, then what is the fun in life even if in a religious environment? Can a human being be happy, calm and safe in such a so-called religious environment? How safe and healthy can humans live in polluted nature? That’s why I use to say that it is better to try to maintain the excellent nature that God has given rather than increasing the ego by doing charity. What can be better than this in the world’s book of good deeds?

On the name of charity, we make many people lazy which is actually their downfall. At the same time, we begin to understand ourselves special through the ego of giving which is actually the system of “self” collapse and in the frenzy of getting rich or for development, we despise nature thus we spread destruction in three directions. Do you think this is correct? Only if we take the pledge of nurturing nature in life, then the threefold destruction can be stopped. After providing the necessary help to nature, there is no need to help any human being as everyone gets pollution free air water food and automatically the entire creation becomes healthy and vibrant. There should not be any kind of deficiency or weakness. Don’t you think it is more advisable? Is it wise to use the money obtained by destroying nature to keep the body healthy, to get clean air, water and food or to cure incurable diseases? The craze of making money in life and ignorance of existence does not allow us to do such great things like nature conservation and that is the greatest misfortune of human life. In fact, living without disturbing the cycle of creation is the true religious life and there can be no other great philanthropy like it.

By: Shilpa Shah, Associate Professor HKBBA College