Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Yajna -in eco systems -

2nd Jan 2010.
Greetings- Work, Share Cooperate, Receive ...Give--- back cycle...Today whether it is tree planting or water conservation,the Yajna Principle is seen.  
Share & Care is within reach--and in many ways. 
Sustainable Living and Working will be the only way to deal with challenges Ahead
No doubt,very sobering thoughts at the beginning of a new year but this Cooperative Effort for Collective benefit of Mankind is what is what have to factor in. We in India Culture actually developed this in the Yajna Principle-see all our shastras
Introduction Part 1-
The term “BAHUVIDA YAJNA” is  prescribed in our Scriptures. This approach benefits all as wealth produced therefore goes to the collective benefit of the entire world and all its denizens and thereby the “balance of nature” without exploitation, misuse or abuse gets established. 
Ecology, Environmental protection, etc. have been recognised in the last two decades after the last century of gross misuse of all resources resulting in de-forestation, pollution, water scarcity, floods, droughts, temperature changes – global warning, etc. All this has been “Scientifically” recorded and acknowledged. 
When an individual,  family, organisation, or society work together in a “Cooperative Endeavour” the collective enterprise becomes a Yajna; the outcome  is “Lok-Sangraha” which helps all. Sacrifice is involved in so many ways- Such Co-operation is at several planes and is not confined to the material plane only.  Thus subtle plane of existence and the powers that rule over are respected in the Panch Maha Yajnas
This is the path of long term good for all-  “Shreyas”.   
Modern Management often refers to this as “Sustainable Development” and thereby the  Interdependence of Man and Nature which is an expression of the Divine as Natures balance (Prakruti) in so many forms is established..Thus ‘Yajna’ is seen as the “Kamadhenu”-- that fulfils all needs.All this, extends the Spirit of Yajna to a state of  economic importance. i.e. the Artha aspect of the Purusharthas.
The principle of Parasparam is best illustrated in –
annad bhavanti bhutani
parjanyad anna-sambhavaha
yajnad bhavati parjanyo
yajnah karma-samudbhavaha
from Srimad Bhagavad Gita 3.14

“All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajna [sacrifice], and yajna is born of prescribed duties.”
Understanding parasparam bhava and Yajna
The Growth of a blade of Grass- sees the following all supporting and Cooperating.
1) Earth gives space to support growth. 
2) Wind & Birds help in spreading the seeds. 
3) The Sun - Rivers- Sea – Ocean, in fact all water bodies jointly workout an Evaporation & Condensation cycle  for  Rain clouds.
4) Finally again the Wind assists to blow clouds across and then these Rain showers spread across to help- it grow.
CONCLUSION- From the genesis of sowing a seedling, germination, formation the growth of a single  blade of grass gets this benevolent assistance from all of Mother Nature-       Surely we all can take the lead from this simple example-


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