Nature as Teacher

Shubh Prabhatam!!!

I am sharing a photograph with you, that I have taken few days back, and you all have to do is to guess what exactly it is? Is it a field? Which crop is grown by the farmers in this field? If not, what is it? Take your time, don’t go bottom part, unless you have a guess.

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Guess What?

 

Have you guessed? Yes, No.

Anyways, since I have not introduced any prize money for guessing the correct answer, so even if you didn’t guess, no reason to be saddened.  🙂

Behold the second sets of Pics, which I have taken few months ago, precisely in Spring, and you will be amazed to see the contrast between the two as both the pictures are of same location, may be I have taken it from different position.

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Pristine Flow
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The game, which we all loved to play near the river

 

These photographs are of Swarnrekha, a major River of Peninsular India, in the mineral rich state of Jharkhand.

Since past two years, I am observing a phenomenon. During summer some part of the river is completely inundated by a weed called Nasturtium/(Jalkumbhi, जलकुम्भी ). Its growth is very fast. Weeds are those undesired plants which gives competition to the intended crop by taking nutrition from the field, which were actually meant for the growth of desired crop. Due to excessive Nasturtium, rivers loses its identity and seems like a pond. Dissolved oxygen in the water gets reduced which is unhealthy for marine ecosystem.

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Current status, from a different angle

Reasons for its growth: As we all know, unlike the Himalyan Rivers, Peninsular Rivers are ephemeral and mostly depends on rain. So few months after Monsoon and especially in summer the water in the river becomes low and its speed reduces drastically. A huge chunk of industrial and municipal waste is directly discharged in to the river generating an ideal condition for the growth of Nasturtium.

But, then comes the Monsoon, with all its might. Rivers banks are raised. Peninsular Rivers can be very violent and tumultuous in rainy seasons. Flow along with water level increases dramatically. Nasturtium grows only in steady water. Tremendous increase in flow results in washing out all the unintended weeds. Soon the whole river becomes pure and pristine and river gets it real identity.

Parallels in life:

It is said that nature is the greatest teacher. It teaches us the different lessons through its various acts, provided we monitor it carefully.

Some time in our life, our mind is preoccupied with many negative thoughts. They can be compared as the Nasturtium weeds in the river. They drain our energy and prevent us from displaying our real worth or character. Negative thoughts are just like weeds in the field which takes our limited energy meant for our enlightenment and progress.

But, like river receives Monsoonal water to which washes away the unintended weed, we also get many opportunities and instances in our life. River relinquishes the weeds in that force of water and attains its real nature. Are we ready to leave negativities to live in our true potential?

I think we are in better position than the river. Monsoon comes only once in a year, but if we desire, there can be many opportunities in our life to shed all the negativities and drags.

 

Traitor and Loyalist

 

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Credit: Internet

कुछ विश्वसनीय लोगों के बल पे

हारी बाजी भी जीती जा सकती है

और एक विश्वासघाती के कारण

जीती बाजी भी मिट्टी में मिल जाती है

                                                                 ~अभय 

With a handful of loyalist,

even an inevitable lost war

can be turned in to victory,

but a single traitor

can ruin the entire cause.

                                                                ~Abhay

 

Be the cause of victory, not the defeat.

Propagate the Good

I recently observed a phenomenon that people like to propagate the ideology which they are professing, practicing and have allegiance to it.

From Capitalism to Socialism, from Autocracy to Democracy, from Secularism to Communalism, from Barbarism/Terrorism to Humanism, from Atheist to Theist and from Lover to Hater, one desire is common in all these groups that they want to increase their number.

Purpose behind mounting the number, in my view, is that they feel safe, secure and superior with like-minded people. We have heard from one of our ancient scripture/ Upanishad that “Satyamev Jayate” means “Truth alone Triumph”, but now this believe is only used for the decorative purposes and have taken a back seat as “Truth” is being adjudicated by the majority’s view.

Anyway, purpose of my writing is that, I believe that whatever good we are doing we should continue but proliferate, disseminate and transmit it to the other people. If we don’t broadcast it, surely negative vibes and action will occupy the vacuum.

If  peace will not be propagated, agitation will fill the void.

#ShubhRatri

 

नाव में छेद / Hole in the boat

At many occasions, I have experienced and also heard from different people that they are willing to move forward, yet they find it difficult in doing so due to some past failure, some memories which remains only in imagination, some unpleasant happenings in their life etc etc.

These impediments just work as a drag in their forward march. Yesterday I was discussing this subject with one of my friend. In doing so, few lines came to me and I am presenting it in public domain for your scrutiny and contemplation. I have termed the topic as “Hole in the Boat”. Do let me know your views.. 🙂

 

नाव में छेद 

धारा के विपरीत जाने से
न मैं कभी घबराता हूँ
हवा के वेग और दिशा को भी
चपलता से मैं भांप जाता हूँ

मुझे कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता कि
हैआज सिंधु कितनी वीरान 
या आगे मेरा बाट जोहता
 है कोई समुद्री तूफ़ान

पर मुझे बस एक बात का डर है
एक बात की खेद है
मेरी नाव को जर्जर करती
इसमें एक छोटी सी छेद है

मैं जितनी तेजी से पतवार चलता हूँ
उतनी ही तेजी से इसमें जल भर आती है
फिर मेरी आधी शक्ति और समय भी
इसे खाली करने में लग जाती है

मैं यात्रा में कुछ दूर ही जा पाता हूँ
फिर वापस प्रस्थान बिंदु पर आता हूँ
अपनी यात्रा फिर से शुरू करने को
मैं विवश हो जाता हूँ

………अभय ……..

जीत-हार

जीत-हार

हार के कगार पे

बैठे जो मन हार के

आगे कुछ दिखता नहीं

अश्रु धार थमता  नहीं

शत्रु जो सब कुछ लूट गया

स्वजनों का संग भी छूट गया

ह्रदय वेदना से भरी हुई जो

खुद की बोझ भी सहती नहीं वो

याद रहे हरदम

ज़िंदा हो अभी , मरे न तुम

वह कल भी था बीत गया 

यह पल भी बीत जाएगा

एक संघर्ष में हार से

युद्ध हारा नहीं कहलायेगा

सत्य धर्म के मार्ग चलो

हार से तुम किंचित  न डरो

सत्य धर्म जहाँ  होता है

वहीं जनार्दन होते हैं

जहाँ जनार्दन होते है

वहीं विजयश्री पग धोती है

……अभय…..

सहानुभूति नहीं चाहिए

दुनियाँ विविधताओं (diversity) से भरा पड़ा है. लोगों के कई प्रकार मिल जायेंगे. पर मैं आज एक विशेष जमात के बारे में कुछ पंक्तियाँ लिखीं हैं, जो सर्वव्यापी (ubiquitous) होते हैं . वो हैं सांत्वना या सहानुभूति (Sympathy or condolence) देने वाले लोग. मैं यह नहीं कह रहा कि सहानुभूति देना गलत बात है, ना ना यह बेहद जरुरी पक्ष है और कई बार आपको यह अवसाद (depression) की खायी में से खींच  ले आता है . पर, कई लोग इसे अपना जन्मसिद्ध अधिकार (birthright) समझ लेते हैं. वो इसलिए सहानुभूति नहीं देते की आपका मन हल्का हो बल्कि, उनका उद्देस्य कटाक्ष (insinuate/taunt) करना या आपको दोषी अनुभव कराना होता है. पढ़िए और मुझ तक अपनी राय पहुँचाना मत भूलिए….

सहानुभूति नहीं चाहिए

अगर आना हो तो
संग हो आइये
पर आपकी सहानुभूति
मुझे नहीं चाहिए
मैं चलूँगा
मैं बढूंगा
अंगारों पर दौडूंगा
नदियां लांघूँगा
पर्वत फानूंगा
ठेस लगेगी
तय है कि गिरूंगा
पर कोई बात नहीं
मैं फिर संभलूँगा
फिर से चलूँगा
मन करे तो अपने हाथों को
मेरे सिर पर फेर जाइये
पर आपकी सहानुभूति
मुझे नहीं चाहिए

……..अभय ……..