World Environment Day
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
There is a perfect balance in nature. The planet, the environment, and all life are part of a living, interdependent system. Seen from the proper perspective, there is no division or duality. Life appears to be a single unit. It is a living, conscious entity, formed by the hands of the Creator and animated by God’s life breath. Today, we see that the perfect balance of nature that has maintained life for millions of years is threatened by the very technology that has transformed the modern world.
Every day poses new threats to the environment. The air, water, and land are polluted. The ozone layer protecting the earth is endangered. Concern for earth’s ecology is not limited to one country or part of the world; it is a global problem.
If our planet, with its interdependent ecological systems, is to survive, we have to live in harmony with creation. We need to develop respect for our environment and must not ignore the claims and contributions of even the tiniest of creatures. On World Environment Day, let us each think of how we can take steps to restore and preserve the balance and ecology of our planet.
There is another way to understand the word “ecology.” It can also refer to our home or dwelling place as the physical body that God has made. The indweller of this house is the soul. We have a responsibility to maintain and preserve the purity and beauty of the soul and its dwelling place.
As we gain awareness of how pollution affects the outer world, we can understand how it affects our inner self. Just as nature can be restored to its original beauty, we can also restore our inner self, and we can put into practice methods to preserve the natural beauty of our soul. The technique of meditation is a simple solution that can help us improve the ecology of our soul.