Beauties of Nature
Nature – a beautiful mother.
Nature is “red in tooth and claw,” says Tennyson. That may be so. But nature is also kind and beautiful. She is our mother and we are her children. A mother can never be cruel to her children.
This charming earth.
We may have appeared on this earth not because of our own free will. But we should be grateful to God that we have been placed on a beautiful, charming earth that is to us the crown of all creation.
We should respect nature
Nature surrounds us on all sides. It is nature alone which has produced us and which alone makes our existence possible and sustainable. So, let us learn to respect nature and enjoy its multifarious beauties.
Looking outside the house — birds, trees, plants, grass, flowers, etc.
If we look outside our house, what do we see? A wonderful golden sunlight. Birds flying in the air and chirping simultaneously. Green trees, plants, and grass in our lawn besides colorful beautiful flowers, and maybe, green leaves of trees waving in the cool breeze.
Aren’t we impressed?
At dawn, we can see the rising sun emerging with its golden rays from behind some hill. The whole of the eastern horizon is, as if, ablaze and splashed with liquid gold. All the objects seem bathed in gold. What more can heavenly bliss give us?
In the evening, the sunset is an equally charming phenomenon. The sinking sun looks like a huge ball of gold, as much as the rising sun looks. The tinged, barred and striped clouds in the sky add to the beauty of the sinking sun.
Dawn, evening, moon, stars, etc.
If we climb up the terrace of our house at night and have a look at the sky, we are welcomed by the silvery moon and myriads of twinkling stars. Is this the Diwali of stars presented every night unsolicited to us by nature any less significant than the exciting, exhilarating Diwali of lamps and candles we celebrate annually with such pomp and show?
Clouds, rain, etc.
If we find the sunlight missing on a cloudy day, it is also a festive time. Then we have shapely sailing clouds, flashing lightning, a cool breeze, and spattering rain and a colorful rainbow after the rain. Then what is natural to us? It cannot be considered antagonistic to us if nothing else.
Now, if we move around on the wide earth, what do we see? We see lofty snow-capped peaks, majestic mountains covered with pine trees, glaciers, gurgling rivulets rills, sounding cataracts, vast forests, transparent lakes, seas, bays, and gulfs.
On this earth, we have a breath-taking variety of birds and animals, both on land and in sea waters. Aren’t we impressed? Should we still feel depressed and despondent?
Nature – a great source of philosophy.
Nature lends charm to our eyes, a pleasure to our senses, and several instructive lessons to our minds. We brag about just seven or eight wonders. In fact, nature has given us millions of wonders. Our computers and calculating machines will fail while counting the endless wonders of nature.
Just the sight of a beautiful object or scenery gives us perennial joy to us.
That is why John Keats says
“A thing of beauty is joy for ever.”
– from Endymion
(by Jolın Keats)
Wordsworth closes his celebrated poem “Daffodils” with the following words:
“For off when on my couch
I lie, In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude.”
Indeed, Wordsworth realized a spirit in nature which he called the spirit of nature. His philosophy is close to pantheism. He gave divinity to nature. Nature comes to the rescue of a man in the moments of some crisis in his life.