”This Realization Is The Key…”

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”External nature is only internal nature writ large.”

Swami Vivekananda

The world is suffering because of pollution. There is no point in shouting from the rooftops that carbon emissions are rising substantially. Every individual can act with the realization that his actions can make a difference in decreasing pollution levels across the world. This realization is the key. If each of us decides to act, it will make a difference.

If we do not act now, we will end up destroying ourselves. Already the number of people getting sick, who require treatment for diseases caused by air and water pollution, is on the rise.

To respect nature, we have to learn to accept ourselves. Scientists keep reminding people of global warming, of glaciers melting. But has that led people to lead less ostentatious lives?  No, nothing has changed.

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It is only when people realize that each of their small interventions is going to make a difference, little by little, that they will begin to act differently. Each of us can start by planting trees, saving water, walking or using a bicycle whenever possible. We are planting trees in the compound and in all the surrounding areas.

Each of us must start with our immediate surroundings. First, start by keeping your room clean. If we want to change our surroundings, we have to first change our own lifestyle.

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Pollution level in Delhi, India:-

Every year, there is so much smog in and around Delhi. Other cities in India are also getting polluted. Look at how the rivers in India have become so dirty. Let me remind you that nature knows how to act by itself. She knows how to balance things out. But when she creates a balance, this balance could go against us.

The present practice whereby the natural flow of rivers is being blocked or water diverted in huge quantities – all these go against the laws of nature. This is because the natural flow of a river is like the network of veins in our body. When we begin re-channelizing the flow, it could adversely impact the riverine system and its surroundings.

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If we are going about changing everything in nature, we are going against the natural flow of energy on this earth. It is important not to block energy sources. Often, people pretend to be what they are not in order to please others. We cannot go against the laws of nature.

Technology has taken over our lives and people have stopped thinking for themselves. They have allowed their brains to get frozen. They seem to forget that they too are part of nature.

This complete denudation of nature must be seen against how our freshwater resources have begun to shrink substantially. All this will affect the world sooner than later. We must never forget that this could happen. And once that happens, we will be in serious trouble. Water is a basic requirement.

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I recommend to everyone who has the means, that they must have a garden however small it may be. In this garden, we must grow an Ocimum tenuiflorum or Tulsi plant as it helps to purify the air. A garden reminds us of the need for us to respect nature. Each of us has to make a contribution to the planet and we need to start doing this right away.

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”Beauty Is Always In The Eye Of The Beholder”

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”Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.”
Zoe Kravitz
Go and tell yourself that you are beautiful. And that your life is so worth living. 
Take a fair look in the mirror. Just have a look at you for a little while. Look at you as if you
were another person. Just someone you never knew. And then go tell yourself in every honesty,
that you are lovely even when you’re blue. Just go and tell yourself that you are quite ok.
And please repeat these words in every single way.
Go and tell yourself that you are beautiful.
Every minute, every hour, and every brand-new day. Please have look at you,
you as a person are ok. With all the pros and cons you’ll see.
And if you’ll fail, just do not care, and start another day.
Just take it to step by step,
by repeating it as many times as you can say. Again, again and just again. 
So many times, each day, Until the final wake-up call
that makes you finally see, ‘I am the best one in the world. At least I am, to me’

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Why do we want to be perfect? What is it, perfection? Is it a beauty? Is it having a very balanced personality, without any negative emotion like anger or sadness? Like horrific things never will occur in one’s life? Would that be perfect?

Can we please just agree that beauty is a state of mind what has nothing in common with the outer appearance of someone or something. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. And the physical beauty itself will fade away as life goes on. When someone gets older, the inner beauty will become more and more visible. Beauty really has nothing to do with our physical appearance, but everything about the way we live and the way we maintain our relationships with the world around us.

Beauty has nothing to do with a required reaction to something nasty in your life. Your emotions are real and you have every reason to respect them and to feel them. And you have every reason to be respected in every way.  Repeat that you are beautiful until you are feeling better.

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I just want to support all people who are struggling with their bodies, struggling with their self-acceptance and self-esteem, and who are still believing the ridiculous demands of today’s society.

Just believe that only one thing is true: you are ok! And you deserve to feel beautiful. Because you are.

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“I’m Beautiful”

You are beautiful because beauty comes from within. You’re beautiful regardless of what everyone else thinks of you because it only matters what you think of yourself. You’re beautiful because you are made out of stardust and there’s nothing more beautiful than that. You’re beautiful because everything about you is beautiful its self. Your smile lights up the world, your kind heart
makes the world a better place and your mind is limitless.

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“I’m Intelligent”

You are smart because you know what truly matters in life. You are bright because you’re hopeful. You are sharp because you know when to draw the line. You are wise because you learn from your mistakes, you are always improving yourself. You take responsibility for your own actions and you are brave enough to apologize when you are wrong. You are intelligent
because you pick your battles. You are intelligent because you treat everyone as your equal.

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 “I’m Powerful”

You are stronger than you think you are. You grew up at a young age and that made you the person you are today. You know your worth and no one can take that away from you. And you fight for what you deserve, your standards and your dreams. You are powerful because you understand that real power relies on love and kindness, not in hate and violence. You are powerful because you use your voice softly. You are powerful because you know who you are and you know what you need to do so you can get where you want. You are powerful because you are unstoppable. And you are powerful because you don’t need anyone.

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“I’m Enough”

You are enough just the way you are. You don’t need to change who you are to please others. You don’t need to speak less so someone can like you more. You don’t need to change your interests or dreams to match someone else’s. The right people in life will not try to change you. They will love you for who you are and they will accept you with your flaws, imperfections, and shortcomings. You don’t need to alter your beliefs and lifestyle so you can be someone’s right match. You need to own who you are. And you need to always choose self-improvement because although you are enough, you are work in progress.

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“I’m Loved”

Whether you believe it or not, you are loved. Your parents love you even if they are not that good at showing it. Your friends adore you although sometimes you feel like they are critical of you or hard on you. But, they are like that because of how much they love you and how much they want you to succeed. Your partner loves you even if they don’t tell you or show you enough. Your coworkers enjoy your company and think that you are invaluable. Look around, because love is all around you.

It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly because we don’t really see ourselves.

We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm.

We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing.

You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside of your heart.

There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you.

You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are truly yourself.

”Pantheism: Nature is God”

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” Conceive of God in terms of universal Nature–a nature God in whom we really live and move and have our being, with who our relation is as intimate and constant as that of the babe in its mother’s womb, or the apple upon the bough. This is the God that science and reason reveal to us–the God we touch with our hands, see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and from whom there is no escape, who is, indeed, from everlasting to everlasting.”

John Burroughs

Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior, helping us to reduce anxiety, brooding and stress, and increase our attention capacity, creativity, and our ability to connect with other people.

“Now we are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature.”

While he and other scientists may believe nature benefits our well-being, we live in a society where people spend more and more time indoors and online—especially children. Findings on how nature improves our brains bring added legitimacy to the call for preserving natural spaces—both urban and wild—and for spending more time in nature in order to lead healthier, happier, and more creative lives.

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Pantheism
is the belief that nature or the Universe is identical to God. Unlike
theists, pantheists do not believe in a personal god who interacts
with people, performs miracles, listens to prayers or judges what we
do as being morally right or wrong. Unlike atheists, pantheists do
believe in some sort of god. Some people say that pantheism is the
complete opposite of atheism since it says that everything is God, whereas atheists believe in no god anywhere.

However,
some also argue that pantheism is a close relative of atheism since
the pantheist essentially says that the Universe is all that there
is, but that it makes sense to call the Universe God. If the Universe
and God are identical, then God is not something supernatural, but
just a poetic name for something much larger and more mysterious than
ourselves. Pantheism is a spiritual form of atheism – Richard
Dawkins calls it “sexed up atheism.”

Although
the term pantheism did not
exist until the 17th
Century, the idea of it is much older. Hindu and Taoist philosophy is
pantheistic in some ways. In the ancient Hindu text, the Vedas,
Brahma (or God) is said to be the basis of the whole Universe and
also that the whole Universe is pervaded by Brahma. Brahma is in
minerals, plants, animals, and humans equally. Taoism is also similar
to the outlook of a pantheist. In
the foundational text, the Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu, the Tao is
referred to as if it was something divine and holy. But the text
never refers to a supernatural, transcendent God, but to a mysterious
ground or principle underlying all things. The famous Chinese
philosopher Zhuangzi said: “Heaven and I were created together, and
all things and I are one.” When asked where the Tao was, Zhuangzi
replied that “There is nowhere where it is not…There is not a
single thing without Tao” – he admitted that it must even be in
“excrement”.

The most well-known pantheist is probably the philosopher Baruch Spinoza
(1632-77). Spinoza was a Jew who would flee from the Spanish
Inquisition to Holland and change his Jewish sounding name to a more
Christian one. He later became Benedict Spinoza. If that wasn’t
enough of an insult to Spinoza, he was also excommunicated from his
synagogue in Amsterdam for his non-orthodox views on religion and
God. Spinoza studied Descartes who was a dualist,
that is, Descartes believed there are two kinds of substances in the
world: mind and matter.

God, for Descartes, would fall into the category of mind, as would human
souls. Everything else – minerals, plants, animals – were material
and there was nothing divine about them. Spinoza came to reject this
dualism and in his book, Ethics
said there is only one type of substance and it is called God or
Nature. It’s no wonder that Spinoza would later be regarded as a
heretic – he was arguing against the Judeo-Christian God which
watches us and cares what we do. Spinoza’s God was impersonal. Some say that Spinoza had created a religion of nature in which the adherent expresses respect and awe at nature or the Universe, instead of towards a personal god.

Others have argued, however, that although Spinoza did identify God as
Nature and said that God is in all things, he did not say we should
show religious awe to God. The philosopher Steven Nadler says, Spinoza,
wanted to study God in an objective and rational way – if we start
to show religious awe towards God then this would make the study of
God more open to error and superstition. Spinoza expresses these
views in his work Tractatus Theologico-Politicus,
where he criticises organized religion and says we must use our
rationality and not rely on claims made in holy books. He also
claimed that prophecies, miracles, and other supernatural events do
not exist; God acts only through the laws of “his own nature”
which could stand for the laws of the Universe. He rejected the idea
that there was any sort of purpose or plan of God or Nature. Max
Muller, who studied comparative religion, did notice an obvious
a similarity between the one substance that Spinoza believed in (God or
Nature) and the one substance or principle described as “Brahman”
in Hindu texts such as the Upanishads.

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Some argue that Albert Einstein was also a pantheist – in that he
believed in a god, but definitely not a personal, anthropomorphic
one. In his own words: “The idea of a personal God is an
anthropological concept which I am unable to take seriously.”
Einstein had always said that he was a deeply religious man and this
even affected his science. For example, he is known for famously
saying: “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” Einstein did, however, reject the idea of a god who is
concerned about our individual lives, judging us when we die and
intervening in the laws of nature he created when he feels like it.
He saw this as a very immature concept of God – it was just too
human-like to be a true representation of such a being. As Einstein puts it,
“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony
of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and
actions of human beings.”

Einstein regarded the Universe with the same kind of feeling that religious
people direct towards the Judeo-Christian God. He was just amazed
and awe-struck by the fact that the Universe exists, that it is so
ordered, and how mysterious it is. He was also struck by how science
and reason could give us access to the structure and order of the
Universe. Because the Universe was so ordered and possible to
understand Einstein gave it divine qualities and called the Universe – or the laws of nature – God.

When Einstein said that “God does not play dice”, he was not referring
to a God who created the Universe, but to a God which is the
The universe, which is non-random and can be understood by
reason. Einstein would reject quantum mechanics because it was random
and so couldn’t be a part of the Universe – but if he were alive
today he could appreciate the evidence for it and perhaps see quantum
interactions as another part of the mystery of God.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), a friend of Henry David Thoreau, expressed
his pantheistic views in his essay Nature (1836),
which puts forward a non-traditional appreciation of nature. In the
essay Emerson reinterprets the “divine” as being something large
and visible – the divine is all around us he says – in nature. But
he also said that living in society means that we are, for the most
part, separated from it. As a founder of the transcendentalist
movement in America, Emerson believed that society distracts us from
what the “spirit” of nature, as he calls it, has to offer.
Thoreau would carry on this tradition in his book Walden
(1854), where he describes how he lived away from society for two
years, in nature and in complete solitude. Emerson referred to nature
as the “Universal Being” and he often describes his feelings of
religious respect and admiration for the natural world around him.