Sha Philosophy – Chapter10: NATURE
“ Nature “ is inherent in all moving and non-moving creatures, which consist of soul. It appears to be peculiar and innate character formed as a result of inheritance within their species. If we observe rock, tree, tiger, elephant, horse, cow, crow, swan etc. We can know their “ nature “ . The “ nature “ of such animals, beasts, birds and plants is reflected through their respective natural habits. We understand their habits when we hear, read or whenever we see them. However, the “ nature “ of different species differs in its manner. It is indeed their natural disposition.
The human “ nature “ entirely differs from the “ nature “ of above creatures. Even , among human beings itself, the “ nature “ of one man differs from the “ nature “ of other man. The “ nature “ of women differs from the “ nature “ of men. The “ nature “ of one tribe differs from the “ nature “ of the other tribe. The “ nature “ of one caste differs from the “ nature “ of the other caste. The “ nature “ of one nation differs from the “ nature “ of the other nation. Similarly the “ nature “ of one continent differs from the other continent. In one word the natural characters of respective nations, castes, creeds and genealogies of different places or countries differ from that of one another. If anybody wishes to study their “ nature “ he ( she ) may go to their places and comprehend.
How does human “ nature “ form ? In accordance with the respective temperaments, inherent ideas, tendencies, habits, actions of the couple ( parents ), a kind of innate atmosphere is gradually conditioned ( imbibed ) into their children and it forms their “ nature “.
To be precise, whenever we grasp some inherent characteristics in somebody, to trace out their origin, if we examine and understand the qualities of his parents, we can reason out that, the innate “ nature “ developed by that individual resembles that of his parents. Therefore, man cannot deviate to behave in accordance with his own “ nature “ . In fact his “ nature “ absorbs into his blood and possesses his soul ( mind ) and then certainly appears from his expressions, habits and actions.
Therefore, man should examine and assess the innate characteristics or “ nature “ of the other man, his parents, and his ancestry before he establishes friendship or family ties with him. So, it is necessary for every one to understand the “ nature “ of others and follow a system of establishing relationship with others by keeping their “ nature “ in view.
The authors of Upanishads, keeping the above facts in view said, “ Aatmaavai putra naamaasi “ It means, the inherent and innate characteristics of parents, will be absorbed in their offsprings, who are the images of their own selves.
Therefore, it is true that, whenever we interact with somebody the “ nature “ or inherent qualities, which appear in him ( her ), are indeed inherited from his/her parents.