Nature is our first mother. She nurtures us throughout our lives. Our birthmother may allow us to sit on her lap for a couple of years, but Mother Nature patiently bears our weight our entire life. She sings us to sleep, feeds us and caresses us. Just as a child is obligated to his birthmother, we should all feel an obligation and responsibility toward Mother Nature. If we forget this responsibility, it is equal to forgetting our own self. If we forget Nature, we will cease to exist. To do so is to walk toward our own death.
When a man cuts down a tree, he is actually making his own coffin. It is not enough to plant one tree for each one he cuts down. He should plant at least 50. A small sapling cannot bring about the same amount of purification that a huge tree does. Even 10 saplings cannot replace the purification brought about by one tree. If we cannot see Nature as divine and protect it based out of this elevated perspective, then we should at least do so out of a desire for self-preservation.
There is a rhythm to everything in creation — an undeniable relationship between the entire universe and every living creature. The universe is like a vast interconnected network. If a net is shaken in one corner, the vibration is felt throughout. Similarly, all of our actions reverberate throughout creation. We are not individual islands but links of a common chain. We cannot be like the person sitting on the 10th floor who hears shouting that the ground floor is on fire and says, “It’s only the ground floor. Let the people down there deal with it.” We should realize that the fire will soon spread and our floor will also be engulfed in flames. To ignore this reality is to dig our own grave.