Today, on a bright sunny day, in the morning , we witnessed another climate change-induced disaster in the Indian Himalayas.
Another glacier burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district which led to massive flooding and avalanche along the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. This not only damaged Rishiganga power project but took many lives along the river according to reports.
Previously, it happened in Kedarnath in 2013 when excessive rainfall led to melting of chorabari glacier which triggered the disaster. But that was even bigger disaster that took thousands of lives comparatively.
One disaster took place because of extreme heat and the other because of excessive rainfall. Without a doubt nature is retaliating because of our own karma, Global warming.
The biggest question in front of us is when we are going to wake up and take climate change seriously?
The Himalayan region in our country is least monitored and other issues are given more priority. But we, along with the government ,needs to know that when our environment, our planet is not secure then how can we make our economy secure. When there will be no planet to live then what will be the use of wealth, power or anything else !
The fight against climate change should be our number one priority and efforts should be made to speed up our actions.
There are 100s of lakes forming in the Himalayan region because of melting of glaciers which are shrinking at a fast rate. Many have become time bombs that can burst any moment. Sooner we take this issue seriously better it will be for our generations to come.
We have always admired beauty of nature though we exploited it for our selfish gains. We have already seen a pandemic that exposed our vulnerability and the way we are moving ahead many more vulnerabilities will be exposed.
We have two choices- either speed up our efforts towards tackling global warming right now or wait for the nature to finish us to end it’s misery.
We are not only gifted with life but also with death. Death follows us since we are born like a shadow of life itself. So where there is life there is death.
Parents not only give birth to their offspring but they also donate death to them. They pass on light of Love and also darkness of hate to their children in some or the other way. And the darkness of mind, heart or the material world achieves nothing but fear.
Fear is natural to every living being though it is only the imagination of an uncertain future. In spite of knowing that fear is just an imagination ,it is extremely difficult to triumph over it.
There is no better way to feel life in its purest form than trekking to the mountains.
The sweat, the pumping hearts, the icy headwinds, the frozen boots and the pain that shatters your ego, you feel it all. You are nothing against the force of nature, against the mighty Himalayas.
I missed it badly throughout the lockdown. And so to quench my wanderlust I recently trekked to Kedarkantha peak with 24 other adventure seekers.
The trek starts from a small village Sankri which is about 186 km from Dehradun and 432 km from Delhi. It is one of the best winter treks in the Indian Himalayas as you get a lot of snow and 360 degree view of the surrounding peaks from the summit. It is a four day long trek.
You witness the beauty of snow laden pine trees ,a mesmerizing frozen lake by the name of “Juda Ka Talab” and the breathtaking beauty of Himalayas from the peak which is at an altitude of 3800 meters. The summit push in the early morning at about 3 am in the dark is the most thrilling part of the trek.
It becomes tricky near the summit as you walk on a narrow ridge with the slopes downhill on either sides. These slopes remain fully covered with snow throughout the winters. The howling gales try to push you and any wrong step can make you fall straight down the hill, sliding through the snow.
In spite of all such ordeals you are rewarded with the breathtaking view of sun rise from behind the snow laden Himalayan peaks.
The 360 degree view of the nearby peaks from the summit makes it more special . When you reach the summit you find yourself among the surrounding peaks which are no longer above you but beside you. You are continuously hit by the icy winds and you struggle to capture the moments with your bare hands. It is a kind of adventure your soul desperately craves for !
These mountains are waiting for you, waiting for you to come out of urban chaos and find your true self in the wilderness of nature.
There is nothing in this world that can challenge the magnificence of nature. No human is above it, it will always survive the jolts of pandemic we struggle to face. It was there before our existence and will continue to thrive after we perish. Respecting it can only help us to exist a little bit longer.
The End of the world? Surely not ! The end of 2020? Oh yes, hell it is ! The end of all woes? Hmmmm…. Maybe..
I am sure when the writer wrote our world he didn’t want to get bored. He wrote vicissitudes to get entertainment. So why not the actors (we of course but quite dedicated ones) enjoy the show as well! It’s tough but not impossible.
Without a doubt I can say that we have ventured out of our script , contrived a more complicated mess and surprised even our creator, our writer ( I don’t know about his intentions but he definitely wants a better ending).
So what’s going to happen in the near future ?
Well, we know our future to a great extent and we also know that we have to change that to undo all the mess we have already created !
Love , empathy , compassion is the only way forward. We have fallen, lost our people , lost everything in between but we always have to remember one thing, our beginning .
Against all odds, one very rare incident took place on this planet, the beginning of life. It is the biggest success of all times and every thing after that is bonus for us.
So just try to play your part, enjoy this life, protect this planet and follow the path which ensures happiness of every one !
Faith has brought both chaos and order in human civilization. On one hand it has taught ethics to humankind and on the other hand it has brought the evil side of humankind .
Yes, some humans had used faith or religion for their vested interests. It wiped out many civilization in the past in some bloodied wars.
But is our faith really wrong?
We really need to know that faith in the form of religion is the invention or imagination of humankind itself. So to call it right or wrong, to prove it right or wrong completely depend on us.
We really need to understand the true meaning of religion which is peace and compassion and not blood or hate. Sooner we realise that, better it is for our own existence.
Some people have faith in one supreme being or even see God in each and every element of nature. For them there is hardly any chance of going wrong since they will conserve, protect and respect every element of nature that includes animals and humans as well.
Is Science against faith or religion?
Science always asks for proof. It questions every phenomenon and that is its inherent quality. It has rules, laws , and therefore has it’s limitations.
Faith on the other hand is the imagination of humankind or probably his inner voice and therefore has no limitations. But it has to become liberal to allow science to question. If there is God out there who governs the universe then let science embark on a journey to find him. Maybe He is a force of creation.
The main motive of faith is to make us really humans by teaching us ethics, calming us in bad times and giving us contentment in the end.
Since faith is imagination or belief of man , it creates goals for Science. For example when Edison decided to invent bulb or something that will create light , he must had faith about it. He used faith to set his goals and then used science to accomplish that. His faith made him keep going in spite of many failures. And who benefited in the end, entire humankind !
Similarly, Science or believers of science have faith that there is life out there in space. They have to believe, they need to keep that faith to set their goals.
Therefore, we can say that science is an instrument of faith and both are significant for each other and not against each other.
So if you come across a man of faith or science , give him respect and always show empathy towards the people with whom you don’t agree !
Views are my personal, there is no intention of hurting anyone’s sentiments.
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I am grateful to all the people who gave so much to me in spite of my ignorance. I am grateful to all the things nature has given to me in spite of my apathy.
Though I will never be satisfied and desire for more because it is my weakness to be seduced by worldly things. And for that, forgive me. I am just a mere soul trying to outshine the dark!
Mystery blogger award
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