Nov 30, 2023
Nov 30, 2023
Lessons from Nature's Unending Yagna
Have you ever paused to wonder about the invisible threads that connect us to the natural world? Why does a bird's melody inspire peace in our hearts? What secret does a blooming flower hold within its sweet fragrance? How does the sun, relentless in its pursuit of light and warmth, continue to give without ever demanding anything in return? This symphony of nature is, after all, the ultimate testament of selflessness, and there is profound wisdom to be uncovered within its harmonious notes.
At dawn, as the sky is slowly bathed in hues of apricot and gold, the first notes of the avian concert begin to permeate the air. Each bird, irrespective of its audience or lack thereof, sings purely for the joy of singing. No demand for recompense, no anticipation of applause – just an innocent, heartfelt serenade that resonates with the rhythm of the universe. The bird does not sing for profit; it sings because that is its very nature.
The flower, too, blooms not for the admiration it may attract but to fulfil its own existential purpose. Its fragrance wafts through the air, enriching the world with its sweetness, not constrained by copyrights or commercial interests. Even when unnoticed, the flower continues to emanate its scent, for that is its innate contribution to the cosmos.
The sun, our eternal illuminator, gives with an abundance that humbles the human spirit. Day after day, it dispenses light and heat, asking for nothing in return, driving life forward on this planet with ceaseless dedication. No negotiation, no trade-offs, just an endless cycle of selfless giving that forms the bedrock of existence.
This universal principle, this spirit of yagna, underpins the functioning of our cosmos. Every creature and entity, save one – the human being – abides by this code. We, unlike our counterparts in nature, often prioritize profit over purpose, material gain over collective good. And it's this very divergence that has become our Achilles' heel.
The human condition is riddled with ailments of the body and the mind – stress, depression, and countless other disorders. Our suffering is largely self-inflicted, born out of insatiable greed and a misguided sense of self-importance. We have strayed from the path of yagna, forgetting that we, too, are a part of this vast cosmic ballet. This divergence from nature’s principle of selflessness, has, unsurprisingly, led to our own suffering.
But it's not too late for us to realign ourselves with the cosmic symphony. By embracing selflessness over selfishness, by understanding the harmony of giving without expecting in return, we can foster a more wholesome existence – one that is in tune with the rhythm of the universe.
How can we, as individuals and as a species, contribute to the symphony of existence without marring the melody with our self-interests? Are we willing to shed our profit motives and sing our own songs, not for applause, but for the sheer joy of singing? Are we prepared to embrace the spirit of yagna, as the sun, the birds, and the flowers do, to create a world more harmonious and less burdened by suffering? These are the questions that we must grapple with, as we navigate the intricacies of the human condition in our quest for a more meaningful existence.
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More by : P. Mohan Chandran