ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕਵਣ ਕਹਾ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ॥ ਵਾਰਿਆ ਨ ਜਾਵਾ ਏਕ ਵਾਰ॥
This saying of Guru Granth Sahib says that nature created by God is beyond one’s imagination, it is something I perceived after I came to know about a bird who lives his whole life under God’s will and pleasure without complaining about his problems.
Known for his creativity, Baya weaver, 15 cm in size, having dull yellow color with black markings, is blessed with eye opener qualities. Qualities, which even the most intelligent of all living beings on this earth are not endowed with. In the world of these birds, the male baya weaver bird does not choose his life partner on his own. To woo the females they weave creative & cozy homes. Their weaving techniques are same as that of the humans.
Firstly, they tie a leaf strip onto a twig which should be strong enough to hold the whole nest. Once the nest is half built the female baya selects his mate largely on his abilities as a weaver. He calls her attention by fluttering. He completes the weaving of the nest if the female approves it, otherwise he rebuilds it all over again.
This bird with the help of his beak makes beautiful nests keeping the entrance through a tube which opens to a ball shaped room where they reside. Such entrance prevents unwanted guests to enter into the nest. In their world the choice of the female matters a lot. The female baya chooses her mate as a life partner if she likes his nest and the couple lives and breeds happily thereafter. She leaves the male baya if she doesn’t like the nest. Unlike a human this bird does not molests the female baya to forcefully love him. He blindly obeys the decision of the female baya & weaves a new nest till he finds his life partner. He does not go against her will. This brings forth the fact about how liberal and open minded these birds are!
In the world of humans the increasing incidents of rapes, stalking and other felonies against women is indeed a cause for concern. Stringent implementation of laws and strict policing will help, but the real change will come only when these halogens are consistently convicted for their crimes. Preventing crimes against women is a long term process and the most important way to do so is to change the attitude of society by inculcating healthy ideas of gender equality among children & removing unhealthy ideas of patriarchal biases among the adults.
One cannot gain the love of someone through force, a lesson which this little bird is trying to teach us. I think this little baya is far better than a human. But unfortunately, qualities that this bird possesses are not visible in the cruel world of humans. I hope for a day when love is as selfless & unconditional as for the baya bird.
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