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Nature - The manifestation of Divinity



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Nature Stotras:


Stotras related to Divinity & Nature:

Mother Earth Apah Suktam (RV 10.9)
Brahma Murari Tripurantakari (VmP 14)
Gange Ca Yamune Caiva (Snana sloka)
Ganga Stotram (of Adi Shankaracharya)
Ganga descent from Srimad Bhagavatam (SB 5.17)
Ganga description from Ramayana (VR 2.5)
Krishna & Vrindavana Forest (SB 10.15)
Kshetrapati Suktam (RV 4.57)
Narmadashtakam (of Adi Shankaracharya)
Reva Mahatmya Varnanam (from Skanda Purana - Reva Khanda - Ch 2)
Samudra Vasane Devi (Kshama Prarthana sloka)
Shakambari (Shatakshi) Mahatmyam (DB 7.28)
Shubham Karoti Kalyanam (Deepa Jyoti sloka)
Suryashtakam (Stotra on Suryadeva)
Tulasi Stotram (Stotra on Devi Tulasi)
Yamunashtakam (of Adi Shankaracharya)




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Nature for Subsistence and Sadhana:


Mother Earth Nature is a wondrous manifestation of God. The more one contemplates on it, the more one understands its greatness. The interactions we have with nature in our daily lives is only on the surface. The greater depths of nature nurtures us silently but is revealed to those who search for greater depths of life beyond the gross outer layers.

Given below are certain aspects of nature which brings out its greatness and depth.

1. Nature provides for our subsistence:

We depend on nature everyday for our daily food. Like a mother nature provides us with fruits, vegetables and materials of daily use. Also, every moment we depend on nature to get pure air for breathing. Thus nature takes care of our subsistence, so that we can live with a fit body and mind and advance towards higher life.

Aspects:
  1. Fruits


2. Nature provides us the environment for sadhana:

Nature is both like a mother and a father. Like a mother nature provides us with fruits, vegetables and materials of daily use for our subsistence. But this aspect of nature which is visible to us is only its surface aspect. Beyond this, nature like a father provides us with an envelop for sadhana, to experience the greater consciousness of life.

The ultimate goal of human life is to discover the all-pervading spiritual consciousness. For this purpose, a person need to survive with a fit body and mind. Nature provides the foodgrains and other ingredients to make a person subsist happily. After the basic needs of life are satisfied, a person seeks for greater depths in life. The same nature which has provided food also provides fulfillment in life. The vastness and purity of nature provides the subtle envelop for spiritual development. Sages and saints of many religious sects have performed sadhana in nature and discovered the all-pervading spiritual consciousness.

Looking at these twin aspects of nature (of providing subsistence and environment for sadhana), one feels the divine presence behind nature. Nature takes care of complete development of human being - physical, mental and spiritual.

Aspects:
  1. Vedic Civilization and Nature
  2. Penances


3. Nature preserves the spiritual heritage:

Nature provides us with food and items of daily use for our subsistence. This ensures that we live with fit body and mind. Nature provides us with an environment for sadhana and helps us to realize the all-pervading spiritual consciousness and thus to get the ultimate fulfillment of life. Nature does not stop here. Nature preserves the spiritual heritage of a country or place for future generations.

Many sages and saints of various religious sects have performed sadhana in nature and discovered the all-pervading spiritual consciousness. These sadhanas make the place holy. Nature preserves the essence of these sadhanas for future generations in the form of subtle spiritual vibrations. People with pure minds can feel these vibrations in pilgrim places. This is much more than preserving the spiritual history of a place in books. Books can give information, but not the direct touch of holiness provided by nature. Nature with its vastness, purity and imbued with spirirual vibrations helps to expand the heart of the sadhaka and take him beyond his ego-self.

Traditional culture of a country is often linked to its rivers, mountains and forests, specially in Bharatavarsha. Many divine incarnations performed their leelas in nature and many saints performed their sadhanas in nature. Many divinities themselves have have assumed the form of nature. Nature distils the essence of goodness of traditional cultures and preserves it as collective memory, generations after generations. These traditional cultures are very important for spiritual development of humanity. Nature is long-living and has a touch of eternity. It preserves the traditional cultures with that touch of eternity which they are meant for. Contemplating on these traditional cultures set in the backdrop of nature gives a sublime touch and leads our bound consciousness towards eternity.

Aspects:
  1. Descent of river Ganga (From Valmiki Ramayana)
  2. Descent of river Ganga (From Srimad Bhagavatam)
  3. Sri Rama and Chitrakoota (From Valmiki Ramayana)
  4. Sri Rama and Panchavati (From Valmiki Ramayana)
  5. Sri Krishna and Vrindavana (From Srimad Bhagavatam)


4. Nature reveals the poetry in life:

Life is full of struggles for survival, personal interactions and countless events. It often tires the body and burdens the mind. This is because most interactions happen within a small scope of consciousness, the scope of the ego-consciousness of persons. We do not get the deep fulfillment in such interactions because internally we are seeking the infinite. Nature reveals the beauty of life from a bigger scope of consciousness. The beauty of the six seasons, the beauty of the sunrise and sunset, the beauty of the rivers, mountains and forests, the beauty of the moonlit sky. Nature is like the great poet who reveals the poetry of the bigger life. Without this poetry, the greater life will forever remain hidden to many.

The greater life revealed by nature is the source of celebrations of many festivals. Many festivals are intimately related to nature, where nature and divinity intermingles to give us a sense of wholeness outwardly as well as inwardly.

The nature which subsists us and facilitates our sadhana, also makes the journey of self-realisation happy through this poetry.

Aspects:
  1. Poems of Rabindranath Tagore


5. Nature teaches the cycle of ecosystem:

How are humans and so many living beings related to each other? Nature provides the ecosystem to which they belong. There are interdependencies at multiple levels. The sun's rays provide food for the trees, the fallen leaves nourish the soil, the earthworms purifies the soil. There are many many interdependent events taking place which add to the whole. But these interdependencies are not like bondages. Nature provides the underlying vastness and purity where we can feel our beings as part of a vast existence, and these interdependencies as part of that existence. Each one as if carries a part of nature within himself and takes part in the greater ecosystem. There is a human-divine commingling in this ecosystem which gives us the joy of a deeper sense of existence.


6. Nature provides freedom to the flow of energy:

Human beings get happiness by engaging in activities. It is not possible to remain static even in the best of surroundings because this develops an inertness within which hides our inner freedom and make our lives feel stifled. Activities give happiness if the flow of energy is towards freedom. If the goal of work is bound within small-consciousness, the flow of energy will get small-consciousness as its final end and feel stifled. Nature is by itself vast and pure and has the underlying divine freedom in it. By contemplating on this freedom during work makes the energy flow towards this freedom. Such an energy flow removes inner bondages gradually and makes us feel greater freedom within.

Shiva and Shakti are twin aspects. Shiva is the vast freedom.There is a bondage of individual consciousness limiting the sense of freedom. Activities.are the flow of Shakti travelling over Shiva and as if trying to measure him. This becomes a play if Shakti is allowed to flow over Shiva. If Shakti is constricted within small-consciousness, there will be misery. If activities are tuned with the vastness of nature, there will be sense of greater freedom.


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Nature Stotras - Nature Poems - Nature for Subsistence and Sadhana - Others



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May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

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Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
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