Ping: The Rescue of Eden
Will there ever be a time when everyone will respect the environment, appreciate the beauty and glory of a spring day when the sun shines and the water in the ocean glistens allowing us to smell the sweet fragrance of spring as the flowers begin to bloom? Will both humans and animals remember when “life was kind and all of the earth’s creatures were caring and responsible?” Life is precious and we take the simple things fore granted. When everything seems wonderful what happens when one thing seems off? What happens what the world that you’ve respected and love no longer exists? Enter Eden Pond where those living there understand its purity and beauty. What happens when the climate starts to change and you need to find a way to restore the past before you can create your future?
Eden Pond is special. Sitting on a special shiny stone we meet Ping who has spent the sum of his past years living in “serene quietude, development mindfulness and awareness, mirroring a harmony with the natural world, observing the joys of life divine.” But, Ping brings joy to the many tiny froglings living in Eden Pond as he mesmerizes them with his bountiful leaps and jumps bringing special laughter and smiles to each one of them. Enjoying the sounds of the birds, appreciating the flora, Ping loved this special place and the gifts it bestowed. Spring was coming and the butterflies emerged from their chrysalis and the pond appeared to be perfect. Something was missing and Ping felt that there was definitely an imbalance in the air and he needed to focus and find out what it was. First entertaining the little froglings with his leaps and jumps, greeting his friend Heron who could fly anywhere, Ping asks him if he noticed that something was missing. Kamo, the cheery duck came next and he asked the same question as Heron reinforced that coming of spring and the beauty of the day. But, Ping seemed concerned and understanding that what was not there seemed to invade his thoughts he need to find out what was different as Kamo states that the water is warmer and his need to enter the quietude and stillness of his mind without distractions. Deep into his meditation Ping would sit motionless, empty his mind so that the vast expanse as the author relates can fill it with each breath. Sitting on the stone, not moving, he clears his mind and although many other creatures are around him, he can discount the noise and focus on his thoughts.
As he continues to meditate he realizes that there were no bees humming and that was disquieting. Ping needs to find the answers to the imbalances in Eden Pond and it will lead him to the journey of his life that will take him to many dark places, living through cold and frigid weather hoping to bring back the harmony to his world. Ping relates to his friend Kamo that from the bamboo they need to learn. From the flower learn of the interconnectedness within the universe, the circle of Life the Ten Thousand Things that he learned from a wise old Owl. Each thing large or small embraces each other and is tied together or bound in the mystery of Nature. No bees, no pollination, no plants, creatures or food. NO MORE TEN THOUSAND THINGS!
But, what happens next is the legend of Ping was once again reborn with a jump higher than he ever did before! Author Stuart Avery Gold brings to light the importance of embracing our environment, respecting the water, the trees, the land and understanding global warming and its effect on not only humans but animals too.
What happens when the moon is hidden and Ping cannot see its brilliance? As he and Kamo look over the Pali River they realize that there is no moon over the water. Kamo reacts with strong emotions and the memory of the brilliance and glisten of the water is just a memory. Other memories flood his mind as he recounts counting pebbles or even watching the fish slit through the glassy waters that is now filled with mud and algae. Ping’s heart was heavy as he realized what was happening. Questions came to mind as they realized they needed clean water, Ping looking over the river with total disbelief realizing that the stream of their destiny flows with the water. Kamo stared and looked back in the direction of Eden and ping realized that there was something they had to do. Kamo’s life is in danger as he finds himself entering the waters much to Ping’s distress. Seconds to vanish it would take every once of strength and prayer for him to save his friend from a muddy death.
“Air is life, water is life,” what will they do now when the Ten Thousand Things that harvest life no longer exists? A smell that is so awful fills the air as they come in contact with Curly Tails or Squeelies that have no regard for their environment or the water. As they become aware of their presence they learn as Ping states that they are all creatures and share the water. But, the reaction of these Squeelies is rude as they state that the dirty water flows out of sight. Ping shoots back with how they are uprooting and destroying the balance of diverse plants. How can he convince them and how can he explain what he encountered before his journey and the disturbance in the harmony of Nature’s design? Nature is vital to all of their existences and nature he hopes will always be there for them but not if both animals and humans destroy it. He elaborates by explaining that the future lies on the choices we make and they are right when we create choices that preserve their treasured surroundings. After listening to Ping the Squeelies finally realized what they had done and the wisdom behind Ping’s words. But, how would the balance be restored and why didn’t they know this before as the Squeelies explain their own travels and journey the result and the reasons become clear. As we get to see where they live, what is left of their haven we realize the diminished appearance of these Squeelies and the horror they too have faced.
When the two friends realized what really happened and searched the face of the giant Squeelie, saw his reaction and realized that the trees died, the flora burned and that people need to accept our individual and collective consciousness that everything becomes every thing. Choices: the ones we make and the actions we can we create a better life. Next the author takes us to the Valley of the Paddletails where we find ourselves on labyrinth of trains and difficult mountain passes for Ping to travel across. The cold, the ice, the thin covering to keep him warm and his determination are all he had to find a way to bring back what was lot. What happens will warm not only Ping but readers too as he has a wave of joy and cannot believe his eyes. Hear the whip slap signal of the furry Paddletails and meet his friend Gendo as Ping learn more about the mountains, relates to us how the Paddletails have been the sacred and watchful protectors whose job it is to care for and direct life’s flow. Why did Gendo decide to undertake this pilgrimage? What does Humankind have to do with what happened? Why does Gendo say that we waste what we wish? A powerful statement. Explaining how the Paddeltails build the dams, created their haven and their environment helps readers understand what they did and how far they went to survive. How they stopped the erosion, the way they helped seedlings grow and his understand that creates that live on this earth whether animals or Humankind are to add something or give something in their own way to the beauty and prosperity of all. If only we all understood that and would do that. Look at the sun, the moon and the stars and watch the stars in the sky exist together in Oneness.
What will the final fate of Eden be? Why does Gendo say that only an elevated consciousness can protect the natural world. Read how he learned this and how his mind was awakened. What happens when the climate begins to change? Nature will wait things out. Hopefully conditions will change and things will become what they were before and be normal. The beautiful blue sky is gone and what is left in its place is a haze. But, the time that he has been gone is years and those close to him are gone as he thinks he sees Kamo but in reality it is his son. How will he explain why he’s back? What does Kamo’s son tell him? How will they each pursue their destiny? What is Ping’s final decision where will the journey take him and why? Hope alone he says will not realize destiny, destiny is rooted in the choices and actions of one’s daily life.
In reality we can all learn many lessons not only from Ping and how we need to cherish the land, trees, and the environment and understand Global warming, but we need to respect the space or habitat of animals, other people’s land, understand that our choices will effect others and become more tolerant and understanding. Where does the voice of the mountain guide Ping next? Where is home to him? Why? Make your choice and take a magical journey into the welcoming world of possibilities and understand you can do anything if you make the right choice. Read the epilogue and learn the secret of the shiny stone and more about Ping.