Thursday, 27 June 2013

A place for everything and everything in its place!

Animals ‘talking to each other’ to teach human beings some valuable lessons, is a commonplace in the world of story telling! This technique, has long served as a popular tool  in conveying sensitive messages without hurting people’s ego. 

One such story, which happens to be the favourite of many, is the conversation between Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s vehicle and Lord Shiva’s snake.

One day Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu were in a jolly mood and decided to take it easy for a while. They sat and enjoyed the time with each other talking about the happenings of the universe. The two poor animals were getting utterly bored of their silence and suddenly the snake, adoring Lord Shiva’s neck turned his head towards Garuda, the half-man, half-eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu.

As Garuda’s gaze met the snake, the snake asked Garuda, “How have you been doing?” 

Isn’t it a well-known fact that Eagles kill snakes? Since the Lords were present Garuda could not say anything to the snake. But Garuda was a wise bird and knew how to handle the situation. He smiled benevolently at the snake and in all kindness addressed the snake.

“Oh, Sarpa”, continued Garuda. “If you had not been in your place the answer to this question would have been different. Since you are in your place everything is fine”, finished Garuda with a mild flavour of sarcasm interlacing his tone.The snake understood the complete meaning of what Garuda told him and spoke no further. 

Today, we are in a situation where we are unable to contain our growth and be in our place. The result is that we are left to tackle nature’s fury. The growth of one species in nature, i.e. the human race has come at a very great cost. We are losing many of the flora and fauna that once added beauty to our surroundings. Only a collective responsibility from us will ensure that we hand over a green world to the future generations.