|37-Nature in Ved|
(1) One should not destroy the trees. (Rig Ved Samhitaa, 6-48-17)
Earth, in which lie the sea, the river and other waters, in which food and cornfields have come to be, in which lives all that breathes and that moves, may she confer on us the finest of her yield. Earth, in which the waters, common to all, moving on all sides, flow unfailingly, day and night, may she pour on us milk in many streams, and endow us with luster. (Atharv Ved, Hymn to the Earth - Bhoomi Sookt)
May those born of thee, O Earth, be for our welfare, free from sickness and waste, wakeful through a long life, we shall become bearers of tribute to thee. Earth my mother, set me securely with bliss in full accord with heaven, O wise one, uphold me in grace and splendor. (Atharv Ved - Hymn to the Earth - Bhoomi Sookt)
--Earth, atmosphere, sky, Sun, Moon, stars, waters, plants, trees, moving creatures,
swimming creatures, creeping creatures all are hailed and offered oblations.
(Taittireeya Sanhitaa, 1-8-13)
--Whoever injures the essence of food, kine or steeds is a robber who sinks both
himself and his offspring into destruction. (Rig Ved Sanhitaa 7-104-10)
The Mahaqbhaqrat 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 A-Hinsaa. 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."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 03/20/13