Monday, October 10, 2016

Drop of Water

A Zen master instructed his disciple to bring him a pail of water to have his bath. After filling the bath bucket, the pupil threw, to the floor, the little water that remained. The master chided him, ‘Why didn’t you give the water to the plants? What right have you to waste even one drop of water?’ The young student attained Zen in that instant and changed his name to Tekisui, which means a drop of water.

While this story would be apt for “save-water” campaigns, it holds greater lessons for attitudes towards resource management. We all know that it is the little drop of water that creates the ocean. Yet we tend to be wasteful and indiscriminate in our use of resources. We must learn to focus on waste reduction and alternate use.

We must recognize the significance of what may seem insignificant. Every drop of water counts. We must introspect and evaluate our attitude which is reflected in the way we use every resource… be it materials, be it energy or be it human resource... We must be careful to not be careless with any ‘little drop of water’!

The challenge is to live life less wastefully. The accountability is on us to look at the larger ownership of our world. Our rights to our resources come intertwined with the onus of responsibility. Ignoring the larger liability would result in nurturing our own peril. Let’s learn to deal with every ‘drop of water’ in a responsible manner.

We must ensure that we do not carelessly waste
any ‘drop of water’ at the altar of needless haste!

- Pravin K. Sabnis

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