Green Potential: Fair and Foul
by Kushal Kumar
It is common knowledge that green is a color signifying potential of life, growth, and prosperity. It is opposite to a dry state, which stands for decay, decline, and loss of life. Obviously, appeal for green is universal, as none would welcome decay. The appeal for green provides inspiration for endeavor which may or may not succeed. Here, the meaning of green potential becomes clear. In other words, every human being or every nation is capable of growth, but it is not necessary that one would, in fact, achieve it. What is required is the sufficient endeavor. Human history is a record of amazing endeavors and achievements. There was a time when human beings were using tree leaves for their clothing. Travel from one place to another place was done on foot only, as other means of transportation had yet not been discovered or invented. But human endeavors have now brought about a stage when claims are being made to establish a human colony on the surface of the Moon. All this is the manifestation of green potential in them.
Progress and prosperity in any walk of life can be achieved through both fair and foul means, jointly or separately. The same situation can also be rightly put as potential of prosperity: fair and foul. In life, one comes across numerous instances of progress or prosperity, having been accomplished by many. For instance, one often reads media reports saying that so-and-so has become the richest person of the world. Obviously, the details of means employed by such a person could be fair or foul. It is not the case that 'fair' is found to be one hundred percent behind the progress that man has achieved. Similarly, it is not the case that 'foul' is found to be one hundred percent in the progress that man has made. That points to the correctness of the theme, Green Potential: Fair and Foul.
Pursuing the course of onward march through fair means has a healthy impact on the person pursuing as well as on the society. The following is a practical illustration to bring home to the readers the view expressed here: Ten students sat for a competitive examination for selection to four positions. The examination was conducted fairly and impartially. Though only four candidates were selected and the remaining six candidates had to be disappointed, the consequence was not unhealthy. The unsuccessful candidates did not entertain any grudge for not having been selected because they had definite knowledge about the examination having been conducted fairly. While this incident would infuse peace and balance in the candidates, the society would benefit from their conduct born out of qualities of peace and balance in them.
Unfortunately, many people are not willing to follow the fair path which requires both merit and patience. Consequently, much of the prosperity so achieved leaves behind it a trail of deceptions, wars, and sufferings. This can be explained by an instance from a report recently published in a local newspaper. The report had said that excessive use of pesticides and chemicalized fertilizers beyond normal limits, with the intent to maximize production of food crops, was tending to be harmful to the health of the local people. Though such newspaper reports cannot be equated to scientific advice, the report has a reasonable suggestion that the human passion to maximize profits by foul means proves harmful to the society.
There is one area of human life, however, where the captioned theme, Green Potential: Fair and Foul, does not work wholly. It is divine life which cannot be reached or had with the use of foul means. That is why one of the Sermons on the Mount reads, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8). The pure in heart have a fair nature, and foul play is not germane to them. God or divine life is said to be pure and love personified. Those who are pure of heart have a potential to receive the blessings of God for divinity. The advice given here is that the doors to divine life are open to those who are fair natured, pure of heart. Let this be explained by an example from material life: If iron has abundance of impurity, the magnet does not attract it. But if the iron is pure, the attraction occurs at once. Thus, the sum and substance of the Sermon on the Mount is that the foul has no place in divine area.
Kushal Kumar is from District Kangra of Himachal Pradesh, India, and has settled in Panchkula, Haryana, India. In his early life, he learned Vedic astrology, metaphysics, and divine science, and then carried these pursuits forward through three decades of employment in New Delhi. After having retired, he is now fully devoted to these subjects. His astrological predictions, based on examination of one's birth time details, covering such aspects of life as health, wealth, education, marital aspect, profession, business, politics,etc., have been becoming precisely accurate. He can be reached at email@example.com.