Disasters

Disasters

Fortune is unattainable and bad luck is undeniable. Thus an old adage says. It means that we cannot ascertain what we will be acquired. It has something to do with the circle of fate, so just live the life properly. Every deed has its own track record and their records may not be removed. Approximately

Fortune is unattainable and bad luck is undeniable. Thus an old adage says. It means that we cannot ascertain what we will be acquired. It has something to do with the circle of fate, so just live the life properly. Every deed has its own track record and their records may not be removed. Approximately it is like that. As human, we would still have to try hard and try to do goodness. For the Hindus, believing in the karmic law is a necessity. A deed is just like a tree and it will grow and bear fruits. Later on, we will enjoy the fruits.

We determine the fruits whether it tastes sweet, sour, bitter or give other flavors. It highly depends on the way we take care of the trees. Although we take good care, nurture it well and so on, will they bear sweet fruits? Not necessarily. We do not necessarily enjoy the result in this lifetime. Maybe next time, maybe when the season changes. At that time, when the trees bear sweet fruits, we can enjoy them. Or, we enjoy it in the next life. Conversely, there will be time for us to enjoy the fruits in bitter or sour flavor.

Graces and disasters are indeed in God’s hands. As long as humans can, they must do the best to prevent the disaster. If the disaster occurs, it must be attempted to result in damages or casualties as little as possible. Humans, in particular level or limitation, ‘play a role’ in the graces and disasters.

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Currently landslide occurs in some regions in Bali such as Pancasari (Buleleng) and Songan in Kintamani (Bangli). There are floods, landslides, collapsed roads and bridges during heavy rains and severe abrasion across the beaches in West Bali. Is it purely the anger of the Lord? Not really. Some things should become a lesson from past experiences but they do not make us alert and willing to learn. We should be able to anticipate and avoid the disaster if we do not get caught up in self-centeredness that makes us forget.

Many forests are cleared and then converted into plantations. Big trees that should sustain soil and becomes recharge area undergo change of function. Many forest lands are taken advantage as vegetable gardens. Whose fault is it? People need to make a living. Government should address this problem wisely. Land area of volcanic eruptions continues to be dug as quarrying material. People here also need to make a living. Similarly, the government should address this.

Various disasters have occurred. Other than in Bali, they also occur in some other regions of Indonesia. Climate change is likely to trigger more extreme disasters. Again, we tend to blame on nature. We should become wiser by making introspection. Is it purely the ‘mistake’ of nature, or is it really caused by us?

Being open and admitting the mistake is a wise measure to make improvement. The more frequently making improvement, we are actually nurturing the trees of life. Hopefully, it will bear sweet fruits for us to be enjoyed today or in the next life. (Gde Palgunadi/palgunadigde@yahoo.com)

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