“Experience the spirit (soul प्राण) of the season,” said my beloved master. We were sitting under the large Banyan tree – with its silvery roots embracing (hug आलिंगन) the earth in silence – even though it was pouring (डालने का कार्य). He kept gazing (screaming एकटक) at the rain falling on the river ceaselessly (continously निरंतर), experiencing the elements in their abundance (अधिकता).
On an earlier occasion, he had said, “Nature has a rhythm; follow it.” So feel the thrill of the seasons and experience His grace (mercy कृपा) all the time. For the spirit of the seasons and the rhythm of nature form the rhythm of life, which is joy in itself. The seasonal cycle is taken for granted, more so in the rush culture of today so we tend to forget that every season brings with it its own benefits and we need to adapt (accommodate अनुकूल बनाना) to those changes.
Nature’s cycle and rhythm are not without a purpose. Both are rejuvenating (energize फिर से युवा करना) and work with the same purpose and goal.Once, sitting in a beautiful garden of flowers, fruit-laden trees and singing birds, Master Sadhu Vaswani said in a whisper (फुसफुसाना), “Look at nature – the lyricism of petals, and the joy of trees at giving, the music of birds. Nature is not soulless! It lives in the rhythm of creation.”
To doubters, he explained, “Nature or Universe is not meaningless and without a purpose. It is God’s own environment for you.” In everything around us is harmony of rhythm as well within us. Watch the ripple (wave लहर) in the grass; the ceaseless rhythm of the sea and ocean; the silent, slow rhythm of your own breath, to discover how beautifully we are connected to the universe through Nature. Being linked with nature brings joy and peace as this is an acknowledgement of the secret Laws of the Universe.
We all have experienced the body’s unwilling (तैयार नहीं) spirit, the mind’s mood swings and so on. Negative and positive moods are signs of the waves in nature, signals to the flow. Needless to say, we are aware of this rhythm, linking all this to the tide-rhythm of the mon. Many propitiate (संतुष्ट करना) the moon by worshipping it on full moon and new moon days. But the seasonal joy of the sun’s splendour (grandiosity भव्यता) is kicked behind in the rush of life-career, in non-seasonal pleasure hunts defying (contravene अवहेलना करना) the Laws of Nature squashing the joy of informal (अनौपचारिक) fellowship and common worship.