Learning From Nature Through Simple Observation
A Blog Post
Nature is a set of causes, which are bound to rules,
procedures, formulas and principles, which are already inherent
in it. They are universal, consistent and verifiable. Hence,
much of what happens in Nature is predictable and repeatable.
The Samkhya School of Hinduism rightly states that the effects
of existence are already hidden in their causes and manifest
when their time is due, or when favorable circumstances
present themselves. Dharma, Karma and Rita, which ensure
the order and regularity of the universe, arise from this
structured and programmed aspect of Nature only.
Nature is preprogrammed. She is an automaton, a gigantic
intelligent system, which imparts some predictability and
certainty to an otherwise unpredictable and uncertain life.
What disrupts that predictability is our own indiscipline
in the choices we make and the actions we perform out of
desires and attachments. Discipline brings predictability.
The lack of it leads to chaos. The Asuras lack discipline.
Hence, they are masters of chaos. It is the gods who ensure
the order and regularity of the world.
This is what we learn from Hinduism. If you perform certain
actions, you will reap certain consequences. If you uphold
dharma, dharma will protect you by ensuring the order and
regularity of your life, your family and the world. If you
want to experience peace and happiness, take responsibility
for your life, do your duties, meet your obligations and
respect the laws that govern your life. Through such simple
observations you can learn from the hidden mechanism of
Nature, know about causes and effects, and accordingly make
your choices with intelligence and discernment.
These are the simple ideas that form the basis of Hindu
theology, ethics and belief system. The same observations
with regard to cause and effect form the backbone of modern
science, scientific methods, theorems, hypotheses, research
and investigation. Everything about the world and the universe
can be learned through observation, understanding, and analysis
and the knowledge so gained can be used to secure your life
to live in peace and harmony.