Nature reflects man. If you are bad, nature will behave badly. If you are good, nature responds immediately, beneficial and benevolent to man. The whole world of cosmic powers and natural phenomena functions instinctively in the service of all. When you cherish nature with the service spirit in the society or the community, you shall be cherished by the natural forces in turn, and thus mutually cherishing each other, you will reach the highest prosperity, peace and joy.
Until we change, the world is not going to change. Nature, and the world outside, is not something to be manipulated like a piece of machinery. It is not an inanimate thing. It is a living, pulsating organism. The grand thinkers of ancient India recognised it fully - understanding it as the cosmic form of that Infinite Reality. It is to be cultured and nourished, respected and revered. If you approach nature with the right attitude, you can invoke its grace and blessings to benefit humanity.
Following modern concepts of economics, politics and sociology our country is going through a programmed, devastatingly costly path. Crores are being pumped into grandiose plans without holistic planning. Our children will have to pay for the stupidity of this generation. Thousands of crores are being spent to clean the river Ganga. Unless the thoughtless people living on both the sides of the Ganga clean themselves, how can the river become clean? Ganga comes from the melted waters of the snow peaks of the Himalayas. It is made impure by the people living on the river banks. The factories are discharging their effluents into the river. All the cities along the length of the holy river are pushing their entire sewage into it. Tonnes and tonnes of filth is dumped into it, and they are trying to clean the river with ‘soda powder’!
On the other hand, we can implement laws to clean the industries and educate people living by the river not to contaminate it. When the people change, the Ganga will purify herself. You have to clean only the hearts of the people.
Even so, anyone of you can conquer the universe around you, because you are the centre. The infinite is a circle whose circumference is nowhere and whose centre is everywhere. People ask, “Why is our country like this?” You - the person asking the question - are the cause. At the moment, I am a drunkard. Naturally, the people who will surround me will be drunkards. If I stop drinking, drunkards will not be interested in coming near me. You complain: “Nobody loves me.” No one loves you because you are a disrespectful creature. Start respecting those around you. They will start respecting you. It cannot be otherwise. Similarly, love generates love.
We have forgotten all these beautiful techniques of mastering the world around, improving our country, beautifying our society - the art of transforming the world around by changing ourselves. Revolutions or changes in the constitution will not change the world or bring peace. The world outside is ruled by, governed by, determined by you. Each one of us is responsible for the condition of the world today. Let us try to change the world by changing ourselves.