The tragedy of Japan – Earth quake, tsunami and break down of nuclear reactors reminds whole world the darker days of second world war and atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The country where power cut was unheard of in recent times is now in darkness. There is fear of earthquake to stay inside the buildings and fear of radiation to stay outside. Just in a matter of two days everything became topsy-turvy from forward economic planning to safeguarding people from broken Nuclear reactors and its after effects.One of the techno-giant nations is not in a position to safeguard itself from wrath of its created technology. Consistent damages due to catastrophes like Tsunamis, Earth quakes, Oil Spills, Floods, droughts show that ‘After math analyses’ and precautionary methods are not enough. After every bit of attempt to protect ourselves from natural calamities, still we are helpless in the hands of nature.There is some missing link, let us say a flaw, in our our endeavors to safeguard ourselves. Let us analyze our precarious situation.
The man is destroying the balance of the nature because of his greed not giving any thought to his situation in future.He completely forgot that everything is available for his need and but not for his greed. The simple living without artificial dependencies like petrol, coal etc can restore at least some balance in nature. But pig headed consumerism which made everyone to get entagled only in present comforts also made simple living as an utopia.The idea of simple living and high thinking has to be seriously considered because of obvious repercussions of man’s greed. The first class intelligence to hear and correct ourselves instead of experiencing the trouble. If at all some accident happens in this simple living, it won’t affect the society as compared to nuclear disasters or oil spills etc. It is also our present generations’ responsibility to protect our nature, resources and environment etc for future generations.
One more dimension to the topic is from spiritual angle. In scriptures, it is mentioned that this place (material world) is a prison-house whose shackle are made from sex life which is very difficult to overcome. The awkward condition for living entity is due to envy and in prison house only punishment is expected for reformation of prisoners.Lord Sri Krishna said in Bhagavadgita (BG 8.15) as follows.
mām upetya punar janma
saḿsiddhiḿ paramāḿ gatāḥ
After attaining Me, the great souls, who are yogīs in devotion, never return to this temporary world, which is full of miseries, because they have attained the highest perfection.
The creator (God) himself is saying this material world as “duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam” which means this world is full of miseries and temporary. Who else can understand the creation better the creator ? The prisoner shouldn’t get attached to prison house thinking to be his own place. If he get attached or not, he will be kicked out present condition at the time of inevitable death. The calamities are the remainders of reality of our awkward position in this miserable place and our real home in spiritual world where we enjoy eternally with God without any danger.
It is very easy and tempting to forget present sufferings with false hope of enjoyment in this world because of past conditionings. It is better to accept the creator’s (God’s) words and pursue our actual destination instead of searching for mirage of happiness in this material world. If people don’t accept God, at least on moral grounds of accountability for future generations these kind of self destructive technological implementations should be stopped.The mistake is always a mistake unless corrective action is taken next time. Similarly if this mistake is not properly corrected, we will face similar or more severe calamities as the non reformed prisoner get much severe punishment.