Living in harmony

I was getting more and more excited as we neared Kochi air space & I looked down the window of the air craft. The view below was mind blowing…mountains after mountains all covered with dense forests…rivers appeared as thin lines in between the green…Even when flying over towns, I could see only greenery, with houses in between; very much in contrast to the metros where one can see only concrete jungles & a few trees here or there!

True, I am a malayalee, born and brought up in this green state, but I do not think I have appreciated the ‘God’s own country’ as much as I did now…

Since I was not able to take any pictures from the air, I am posting some pictures around my house..

Photos courtesy: Biplab
Photos courtesy: Biplab

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Much as the consequence of the progress of mankind, industrialization and development, the greenery has shrunk! Men encroached, nature regressed! Or rather the forests around us were forced to regress…

Similar thought occurred to me when we visited Bangalore a few days later. Once called a land of several lakes, now Bangalore has become more a land of tall buildings. To my dismay, I saw even the few small lakes which are still around are full of garbage and waste water from the apartments around them. It was even more saddening to see the dead fishes around the edges of the lake!

Is this progress? Is this how we treat our own land? Living in harmony with nature, do we inhibit progress?

On one side, people clear forests to make space for buildings and on the other side, there are people who try to amalgamate with the sorroundings, without harming the trees! A visit to the ashram of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar , the ‘art of living’ campus in Bangalore was as if an answer to this query.

A view from 'Vishalaskshi Mandapa' in the 'Art of living' campus.
A view from ‘Vishalaskshi Mandapa’ in the ‘Art of living’ campus.

Spread over a vast mountain, this ashram houses a ‘goshala’ which has 300 cows, agricultural land where pure organic products are cultivated, an animal care shelter where one can see rabbits, deers, peacocks, several birds. As our guide told us, there are even two elephants in the forest! This place is a true example of living in harmony with nature..

I resolved to make more effort towards Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’. To lighten the burden on our earth!

Some images which I caught my attention as I browsed through the posts of a friend are given below.

Let me contribute atleast a little!


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