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BY ANIL K. RAJVANSHI

There is a beautiful story in Panchtantra. In a huge well lived two groups of frogs who were always fighting for territory and resources of the well. The king of one group who was very intelligent decided to befriend a cobra and get him into the well so that it could finish off the other group. The cobra came into the well and one by one started eating the frogs of the other group. The king was very happy with this development and felt that his aim of controlling the well and its resources was achieved. However soon the cobra ate all the frogs of the other group and turned his attention to the king’s group. The cobra told the frog king that he needs food to survive and so is helpless. Despite king’s pleas and entreaties, the cobra started eating the king’s subjects and family members one by one and ultimately ate the king himself! There is a general tendency in people specially those in power to take the help of negative and evil forces to achieve their goals, little realizing that these forces are nobody’s friends and have their own agenda. They destroy everything in their wake including their creator and cannot be controlled once unleashed. It is therefore best to keep away from them and they should not be played with.

Nature also destroys the negative tendencies but in a very evolutionary and positive manner. The progress or evolution of species takes place by branching. Hence whichever branch gets into a dynamic equilibrium with the surroundings survives, grows and prospers. The other branch, which could not get into equilibrium with the surrounding forces, simply dies off and with it that branch of the species. Thus nature evolves by making the other branch irrelevant. This is a great lesson for all of us. If we want to show somebody down then the best way to do it is to rise higher than that person and make him/her irrelevant. In this process the whole system gets lifted and thus this process is far superior to the one in which the person is brought down using negative forces whereby the whole system looses. This has been taught in all the great religions of the world and is the basis of victory of nonviolence. However to rise up requires great courage, conviction, faith in oneself and internal security.

Sometimes when the evolutionary process goes out of hand and nature cannot solve it by branching, then it removes the species violently as happened in the death of dinosaurs and wiping out of certain species by volcanic events etc. Generally such cataclysmic events are less frequent and the natural process is mostly effected by branching.

How can one make negative or evil forces irrelevant? Patanjali in his Yoga Darshan recommends that one should show indifference to these forces. Thus by not opposing them but by being indifferent to them and acting positively we can make the system evolve so that these forces become irrelevant and die their natural death. Similarly one should not think negatively about others even if they have harmed us because the very act of thinking about a negative person brings his/her negativity to our mind. Thinking deeply is a two way street. We can send thought packets as well as receive them whenever our minds are anchored to the object of perception. In fact the very act of perception means that the information packets from the object of perception will be received. The same applies to thinking about somebody’s mind.

Human beings also have tremendous propensity to humiliate other humans. We seem to get pleasure in bringing others down and in seeing them in misery. This is a general human tendency though this world is also full of examples of great people like Edison, Ford, Faraday etc. who have produced great inventions to remove the misery of humans and make the life of mankind better. Similarly the humanitarian work of Gandhi, Christ, Buddha etc. has also helped mankind. Nevertheless the tendency to create miseries for others could be traced to the evolutionary process whereby to gain control over resources it was necessary to remove the competition and humiliation and pulling down others was a part of this process. However if we realize that by reducing our needs and becoming spiritual we can become better human beings then we do not need to control others and create conditions to fight for the resources. This world can therefore become a much better place if we make ourselves better so that we rise above others and pull the whole system up.

 (The author is the Director and Hon. Secretary Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). He could be reached at  anilrajvanshi@gmail.com)

 

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What Is So Special About the African Jungle Safari?

Once you are in the middle of several wild animals experiencing an African jungle safari, you'll know why they call this a once-in-a-lifetime experience

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There are specific areas in Africa where you can take an African jungle Safari and view a natural ecosystem that is constantly in motion. Pixabay

It’s not surprising that Africa is one of the top spots to travel to when you want to experience something unusual in your life as it is known for its large mammals and massive bird population. By visiting the continent, you can experience breathtaking views of wild animals in their natural environment. Whether you’re traveling by night, on a walking African jungle safari or viewing the area by plane, you’ll probably feel like this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience after visiting certain areas of Africa.

What Is Special About an African Jungle Safari?

There are specific areas in Africa where you can take an African jungle Safari and view a natural ecosystem that is constantly in motion. You can see animals that range from elephants and giraffes to lions and zebra. Certain areas offer a viewpoint of amazing wildlife throughout the year with certain times highlighting special events such as the annual wildebeest migration where close to 1.5 million wildebeest, 300,000 gazelles and 200,000 zebra trek across the dusty plains in search of greener pastures.

Get in Touch With Nature

Going on an African jungle safari allows you to get in touch with nature. You can hear hyenas cackling as they look for food or watch elephants trample across trails that are hundreds of years old. You’ll also see rhinos, hippos and cheetahs sitting in the sun or refreshing themselves in one of the flowing rivers. Not mention, there is magnificent scenery to see just about everywhere.

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During Safari, You can see animals that range from elephants and giraffes to lions and zebra. Certain areas offer a viewpoint of amazing wildlife throughout the year with certain times highlighting special events. Pixabay

Wide Range of Accommodations Are Available

If you’re looking for a place to stay when you visit Africa, you’ll find everything from luxury lodges to public campsites. The Central Serengeti region hosts the largest variety of accommodations to choose from. It’s important to book your accommodations well in advance of your trip, especially if you’re going to be traveling during peak season. If you decide to stay in public campsites, you usually won’t need to make a reservation in advance. The cost for these campsites typically ranges between about $30-$50 for an adult, but if you’re on your trip and run short of cash, you can have a relative or friend send money to Africa to tide you over during your trip.

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Once in a Lifetime Experience

Once you are in the middle of several wild animals experiencing an African jungle safari, you’ll know why they call this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At any given time you might see giraffes loping along or monkeys shuffling around in trees. If you get a chance, try and go when The Great Migration is occurring as it can be a truly spectacular sight to see. When it’s the wet season in the Serengeti, the animals will be traveling towards the south, which is from December to June. After temperatures rise and dry out the area, the migration will move towards greener pastures. Most African jungle Safari guides will know where the animals are located. It’s also possible to travel through the area and see the animals by driving your own vehicle.