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Nature and Hindu Scriptures
Nature and Hinduism are so entwined that it is quite impossible to think about one without the other. The need for an ecological balance is stressed in the Ved and Upanishad and this message is repeated in the Raamaayan, Mahaabhaarat, Geetaa, Puraan and in the messages of Hindu saints. Mother Nature is worshipped in Hindu religion. But for majority of Hindu, worship is confined to temples and homes and thus they are equal contributors in global warming, pollution and emissions. Here are a few thoughts which ancient seers of Sanaatan Dharm had shared more than 5000 years ago regarding the importance of nature and majority of them are highly relevant today.
--One should not destroy the trees. (Rig Ved Sanhitaa vi-48-17)
--The Mahaabhaarat says that "even if there is only one tree full of flowers and fruits in a village, that place becomes worthy of worship and respect".
--No religion, perhaps, lays as much emphasis on environmental ethics as does Hinduism. It believes in ecological responsibility and says like Native Americans that the Earth is our mother. It champions protection of animals, which it considers also have souls, and promotes vegetarianism. It has a strong tradition of non-violence or Ahinsaa. It believes that God is present in all nature, in all creatures, and in every human being regardless of their faith or lack of it. Dr David Frawley
We Hindu are always proud to hear others praise our culture. We publish them, discuss them in social circles but rarely follow the unparalleled teachings in our scriptures.
Lord Ganesh, holy cow, worship of mountains, worship of Naag (Snakes), Tulasee and the numerous other plants and animals that form part of Hindu worship are nothing but messages incorporated by wise Hindu Saints to teach us that we humans are part of nature and not outside it and above it.
The Hindu concept of Brahm, the Supreme Soul, suggests that all animate and inanimate and all born and yet to be born are part of Braahman. Therefore an imbalance in a particular part will affect all other parts. The Supreme Being then finds out a method to transform that defective part. Since Braahman is present in all, it is easy to transform. And we humans might term such a transformation as the End or Death or total annihilation. For the Supreme Soul, it is a small repair work carried out by a minute virus. Mother Nature is not dependent on Human Beings but Human Beings are. Ancient Seers knew it and therefore they worshiped Nature. Modern Humans termed it as animism and replaced it with more refined worships. And the result of such a refined worship ...
In our arrogance and ignorance we have destroyed the environment of this planet. We have polluted the oceans, we have made the air unbreathable, we have desecrated nature and decimated wildlife. But the Vedaantik seers knew that man was not something apart from nature, and, therefore, they constantly exhort us that, while we work for own salvation, we must also work for the welfare of all beings.
Courtesy: Quotes from Ved as found in the articles of Dr S Kannan and Dr Karan Singh
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/03/13