Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and fires all seem to be happening with increasing frequency. In recent years, major earthquakes flattened cities around the world, tsunamis swept over Japan and Pacific coastlines, cyclones battered Pacific islands, tornadoes tore through and storms caused significant flooding in regions of the Eastern United States, fires torched the Western United States, unprecedented amounts of snow fell in Europe, and famine from drought devastated vast areas of Africa.
Haiti Orphan Eating Langar Provided by United Sikhs
Photo © [Courtesy United Sikhs]
International disaster relief agencies like United Sikhs and Khalsa Aid rallied heroically in response to the Haiti disaster and African famine providing langar and basic necessities. But so much has happened in such a short time that I can't help but feel overwhelmed by the immensity. I find myself wondering why disasters are occurring with such frequency, are they a cycle of nature, and thus an act of God, or is there a human factor? How can emotional response be kept in check so that it serves rather than enslaves, enabling purpose rather than panic?
I turned to Gurbani for guidance.
Guru Amar Daas wrote:
"Har aapae srisatt savaar sir dhandhai laaidaa ||
The Lord Himself created creation and commits all to their tasks." SGGS ||644
Guru Arjan Dev wrote:
"Sog rog bipat at bhaaree ||
Sorrow, disease and the most terrible calamities,
Door bhee jap naam muraaree ||3||
Are removed by meditating on the Name of the Lord. ||3|| SGGS ||742
I'm interested in your thoughts about why disasters are occurring with such frequency.
Do you feel that activities of the human race are a factor in climate change?
Do we the people of the planet have responsibility to our future generations?
Are you willing to share responsibility for a clean environment?
March 14 , 2012, the Sikhism Nanakshahi New Year and commemoration of the 1644 A.D. inauguration of Seventh Guru Har Rai known for his compassionate nature, is also the second annual global Sikh Vatavaran Diwas or Sikh Environmental Day. Sikhs around the world are requested to get involved and take in a week long online seminar and ongoing effort to focus on the environment and register with Eco Sikh.