Question: What is Amma’s response to the environmental problems today?
Amma: Only when people realize that they are a part of nature can environmental protection come about. If the prevailing attitude of exploiting nature ruthlessly continues to prevail, that attitude will, before long, become the cause of our own destruction, the destruction of humanity! The reason why there was so much prosperity long ago is that people lived in harmony with nature. The Puranas talk about seeing the earth as a cow, and milking it of its resources. The cow is milked only after sufficient milk has been set aside for the calf. Not only that, people used to love and care for the cow, as if it were their own mother. Today, there is a need to see Goddess Nature in the same way.
“God is the indivisible oneness, devoid of all boundaries or separation. Mother Nature, the atmosphere, the birds and other animals, the plants and trees — each and every atom in them is overflowing with this divine power. God is fully present in all that is sentient and insentient. When we fully understand this truth, we can do nothing but love ourselves as well as everyone around us.”
“Children, remember that nature stands before us as a symbol of our renunciation. Like mountains, rivers and trees, every single object in nature is teaching us lessons in renunciation.” Our own mother may carry us on her lap for five years or so. But Mother Earth will tolerate all our abuses and take care of us for our entire lifespan. We cannot forget the Mother who sustains us for all our life, who sustains all of life. We cannot forget our responsibility towards her.
Children, there is a rhythm to everything in the universe. The wind, the rain, the waves of the sea, the pattern of our breathing, our heartbeat – each has a rhythm of its own. We must maintain this rhythm for our mental and physical health and longevity. Our thoughts and actions become the rhythm and melody of our lives. A perturbation in our thoughts will be reflected in our actions. This will subsequently upset the harmony in nature. This disturbance is one of the main causes for natural disasters like tsunamis, landslides and earthquakes.
Just as we celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Thanksgiving with a lot of fanfare, we should have a day to respect and worship Mother Nature. On that day, everyone in the world should try to plant at least one tree. This could even be on New Year’s Day, so we start the year on an auspicious note. If we do so, this planet will become a paradise. A tree is like a house that we construct for Mother Earth.
“Everything is pervaded by consciousness. It is that consciousness which sustains the world and all the beings in it.”
“Children, when you are one with creation, when your heart is filled with nothing but love, all of Nature will be your friend and serve you.”
“There is only one Atman. It is all-pervasive. When we become broad-minded, we can merge with it.”
“The same consciousness that flows in and through every human being lends its power to the movement of the wind, to the flow of the river and to the light of the sun.”
“Just as the tree is contained in the seed and the butter pervades the milk, God dwells in everything.”
“The life force that pulsates in the trees, plants and animals is the same life force that pulsates within us.”
“Even today while travelling on the road, when Amma sees lush green fields her heart goes into rapture at the very sight of it as if it happens in bhakti. On a full moon night, as the ocean water surges up towards the moon, in the same manner Amma’s mind spontaneously surges out towards Nature.”
“Nature is God in a form that we can directly perceive even through our limited senses.”
“If you could really love Nature, then that would be your best girlfriend. You do not even need to marry! Like the poet who is waiting for the next line of his poem, you would not bother about anything else. Enjoying Nature, talking to it – Nature is our real family.”
Amma rhetorically asked if agriculture was not our life? How can we survive without it?
“Only through love and compassion is the protection and preservation of Nature possible.” —Amma
Kavinte Raksha Nadinte Raksha—”protection of the sacred groves is protection of the country.”
“A seed must be buried in the soil for its real form as a plant to emerge. Only through modesty and humility can we grow…”
“If humankind disappears from the face of the earth, nature will continue to thrive more beautifully. But if the nature’s greenness is lost, noone will be able to live thereafter.”