• Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

LESSONS FROM NATURE



WE find ourselves in a vast universe. We are only a miniscule part of a gigantic society. We should adopt the same behavior in our lives as that adopted by all the other components of the Universe. This is the correct natural course, and the secret to our success lies in adopting this course.


What is this behavioral model present in the Universe? Observe the stars and the planets in the Universe. Each star and planet moves in its own orbit with incredible precision and regularity, in accordance with the laws of nature. None of them move out of their own orbits and trespass on another’s orbit. Due to this discipline, there is peace and order in the Universe.


Likewise, we should also adopt this policy of non-interference in society. Everyone should be conscious of the fact that their freedom ends where the freedom of others begins.


The discipline of the laws of nature ensures peace and order in the universe.

Look at the world of plants. Plants have silently adopted the mechanism of photosynthesis. They continuously supply oxygen that fulfils the necessities of other living things, using up unwanted carbon dioxide. This is a selfless system of profitability. It is essential that we also choose to follow this system in our lives.


Look at the flow of water in a mountain stream. The flow is repeatedly obstructed by stones in its path that appear to be obstacles to its journey. But the spring does not attempt to remove the stones to continue its journey. Instead, it carves its way ahead around and alongside the stones. As if telling us not to collide with obstacles, but to continue on our way by keeping away from them.


Similarly, we see in the world of animals, that now and then, animals quarrel. But it is always for a short time. They quickly become normal as if nothing had happened. In the same way, throughout our social lives, we will go through a lot of unpleasant experiences, but we should make sure they are only temporary.


The study of the Universe shows that everything gives something to the others without taking anything in return. For instance, the sun provides light and warmth to inhabitants of our little world, but it does not take anything in return. The atmosphere continuously provides life-sustaining oxygen, without taking anything in return. Similarly, all the natural resources of the world serve us without taking anything in return.


This entire world is a world that gives, not takes. It is a culture of giving. Everything in the world continuously conveys the message that we should give, without taking anything in return. We should adopt this culture, and live as givers, rather than takers.


Submission by choice to the laws of nature — the will of God is the only way to eternal success.

The Universe around us serves as a vast model. The secret of success for us is to follow this model of submission. But with a difference—in the rest of the Universe, the model has been established compulsively, under the laws of nature, while we have to establish this model in our lives consciously, of our own free will.


We have to bring our free will under the universal discipline, living as though we are following the laws of nature, as though we have no choice. We have to submit to the will of God, which is expressed in the Universe in the form of the laws of nature. This attitude of submission is the only right behavior, which will guarantee us eternal success.


Source: Spirit Of Islam

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