Mind and Nature

Md. Khairul Anam

4 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Man is the best creation of Almighty. The planet where man lives is like a piece of paradise. It is blessed with a lot of divine and lovely natural gifts. The fascinating colours and winsome beauties of nature tremendously charm us. Nature brightens, livens and refreshes our mind and brings immense pleasures in our life. Seeing the pretty and superb nature, our joys know no bounds. It is indeed the source of merry-making, solemnity and splendour. So there is a mystical and firm connection between nature and the human mind. An enlightened mind is adorned with natural beauty. It is based on truthfulness, honesty and modesty. In his ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, John Keats rightly says, “Beauty is Truth / Truth Beauty.” Real beauty lies in truth. It exists in nature. In other words, nature reveals the reality of truth.

Life is not only an uninterrupted and unmixed blessing. Rather sometimes pains and touches of melancholy cannot be avoided in the way of life. In fact, life is ornamented with both pleasure and grief. So it is said that weal and woe come by turns. But in some cases, many people have to face obstacles and miseries in their whole life. Their expectations and hopes do not come true. In spite of their impediments and obstructions, some of them never give up hopes. They want to be successful in the afterlife. Actually, they are noble and great personalities. In our society, we find some people who pass their life with bliss and felicity. They ignore and reject sadness. They do not want to be companions and friends of the wretched people. In a real sense, these people are not absolutely happy; rather they pretend as though they were delighted. Real gladness lies in sacrifice, charity, contentment and sanctity.

Barring some exceptions, people like to come in close contact with charming nature. When feeling sad people wish to spend some time amidst nature to relieve their pain and distress. They think the elements of nature can remove their gloom and frustration and make them cheerful and jovial. Nature never defrauds them. Rather they can enjoy life at least for some time at the spiritual touch of nature, forgetting their unexpected worldly difficulties. To them, nature is the best healer of their sad heart and gloomy mind.

Some people think that they are gratified and blessed. But in the truest sense, they are apparently or superficially happy because absolute happiness cannot be achieved in the deciduous worldly life. However, these people love flowers too. Many of them also try to make gardens, green tries and multi-coloured flowers their bosom friends. They possess this tendency in order to increase their current joy and elation. But their love for nature is not selfless at all. For having the sweet smell of flowers, they mutilate them from the trees and thus injure the innocent creations of Almighty. They never try to realise that trees and flowers are also living entities and they have also feelings and passions. Nature never makes such people their companions. Rather sometimes it takes sweet revenge upon these people.

The idealist and spiritualist people love nature from the deep core of the heart. They try to explore and search for the Creator in His beautiful creations. They consider themselves an integral part of nature. To them, nature is the best teacher. They enrich their realisation power by observing the laws, regulations and disciplines of nature. This section of people develops a meaningful and congenial relationship with nature. Nature also invites them to be its intimate companion.

The imaginary type of people possesses multiple creativities. The joy that they gain from their creation is much more significant than any other worldly possessions. Being human beings, they have also pleasure and pain. Their sadness inspires them to create a new universe of their own. They cultivate their hopes, dreams and emotions there. Nature provides necessary ingredients in their creative initiatives and cultivation process. To them, nature is the embodiment of beauty, purity and creativity. It increases the strength of the mind.

Nature fabricates a positive mind and a purified soul. It beautifies the emotion, sense and sensibility. It glorifies one's personality. The offerings of nature are undoubtedly delightful and pleasing for all times. Keats says, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” The appeal of beautiful nature is evergreen, ever-fresh and ever-lasting. The gladness derived from natural beauty is vast and endless. Life goes on within this limitation. But in a deep sense, life never moves within a limited circle. Noble personalities continuously try to perform the great jobs in their limitless boundaries by dint of their diverse imagination power. They remain alive in their great and momentous deeds even after their death. They are unabated segments of nature. Nature is limitless. So their mind thoughts, cogitations and fantasies are also immeasurable. These abstract traits and components are the consequences or outcomes of the creative mind.

Creative people see the colossal gifts of nature with their mind's eyes. So they always desire to have the nearness and proximity of nature. Their mind is as boundless as the vast ocean and mountains. They make an astonishing and enchanting garden on the horizon of their mind. Various flowers are bloomed in the garden. Natural disasters cannot do any harm to the garden of the mind. Nobody can steal anything from it because it does not have any physical entity.

The idealists have abundant dreams. These dreams take them to nature. Nature provides them with essential ingredients of thought and imagination. They may not have worldly wealth and costly materialistic assets. But they are certainly rich in the real sense. They never hanker after cheap popularity, name and fame. They may not be honoured by the people. But they are glorified, evaluated and remembered in the long run. For all their positive tendencies, achievements and creations, they are greatly indebted to nature.

Nature is the determining factor of minds. Minds become a wasteland or desert in the absence of lively natural elements. So we should try our best to cultivate our minds by developing multidimensional relationships with nature.


The writer is a senior teacher (English), Govt. Laboratory High School, Cumilla