“Experience the spirit of the season,” said my beloved master. We were sitting under the large Banyan tree – with its silvery roots embracing the earth in silence – even though it was pouring. He kept gazing at the rain falling on the river ceaselessly, experiencing the elements in their abundance. He was in a meditative mood. In that ecstasy he recited a verse from Sufi Shah Latif:
“The rains fall during the season,
But Thy Grace, My Beloved,
Pours all the time!”
On an earlier occasion, he had said, “Nature has a rhythm; follow it.” So feel the thrill of the seasons and experience His grace 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 to those changes.
Nature’s cycle and rhythm are not without a purpose. Both are rejuvenating 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, “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 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 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 moon. Many propitiate the moon by worshipping it on full moon and new moon days. But the seasonal joy of the sun’s splendour is kicked behind in the rush of life-career, in non-seasonal pleasure hunts defying the Laws of Nature squashing the joy of informal fellowship and common worship.
Not too long ago in Indian households, food was cooked according to what was seasonal. Today, it is all about convenience and preference that are out of sync with the season. The result is that we go out of rhythm; anxiety and irritation mounting, and the pause and flow is buried.
Two things bring rhythm into life. The first is the slow pace the other is meditative silence.
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