According to the ancient seers and yogis, Nature herself is the manifest
form of the deity. All things in nature in their true reality are objects of
worship, forms of the sacred. We live in the sacred, mysterious and magical. It is only the mind that
makes things profane or devoid of spiritual meaning; our sense of familiarity which misses
the uniqueness of each thing and each moment.
Each thing is in its true
nature a name and form of the Divine. It is only our utilitarian vision
that makes them otherwise. For this reason the best form of worship is
to take a walk or a retreat in nature. Many sacred places exist in nature
and one is always accessible to us. Mother Nature is the Divine Mother
and in her presence is always the uplifting of the soul.
Originally in human culture the deities represent the great cosmic powers of nature; the sun, wind, fire
and waters. These were seen not just as material forces but as Divine
powers at work in the world. They also exist inside us as the forces of
our body and mind, our breath and perception. Life itself is a form of
worship; that is, it is a movement in transcendence, a seeking of ever
greater growth and aspiration. The trees are a symbol of the opening
up of the life-force to the heaven of truth.
The flowers show the unfoldment of love, with
its beauty, color and fragrance. The sky shows the expanse of the cosmic mind.
The ocean shows the depth of Divine feeling. All nature is the language of God and proclaims the
Divine word. It is only when we link up to the fact of the worship which
is life itself that we are truly in a state of prayer, and that we are
really alive at all.