Waters which come from heaven, or those that wander dug from the earth, or flowing free by nature, bright, purifying, speeding to the ocean, here let those waters, goddesses protect me. Rig Veda 7.49.2
All Vedic yajnas and rituals are aimed at propitiating various elements in nature – a deep understanding that the existence of human race depends on the elements in nature. The very same energy that is in Sun is found in all living and nonliving beings – realizing this Supreme Truth is Moksha or Liberation.
In the tenth chapter of Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says
- Now I will declare to you My Divine glories, immanent, in their prominence; O best of the Kurus, there is no end to the details of My extent.
- I am the Self, O Gudakesha, seated in the hearts of all beings; I am the Beginning, the Middle and also the End of all beings.
- Among the trees, I am the holy banyan tree (the Ashwattha tree – Pipal ),
- Among the cows, I am the wish giving Kama Dhenu
- And among the water bodies, I am the sea
- And among the immovable, I am the Himalayas
- Among the peaks, I am the divine Meru
- Among the shining objects, I am the Sun God
- And among the stars, I am the moon
- Among those who move fast, I am the wind
- And among the rivers, I am the Ganga
- And among the seasons, I am the flowering spring
- Among the animals, I am the lion,
- And among the birds, I am the eagle.
- Among the fishes I am the Shark.
- Among the great elephants, I am Airavata,
- And I am Vasuki among serpents,
- And whatsoever is the seed of all beings, that also am I, O Arjuna; there is no being, whether moving, or unmoving, that can exist without Me.
But is an average Hindu protecting Nature or at least not destroying it. Sadly, majority of the Hindus only remembers trees, animals, mountains and other aspects of nature only during festivals and auspicious days.
Even some of the Hindu festivals which were deeply rooted in Nature have been converted into pollution festivals by crass commercialization.
Wisdom comes to a man, who meditates, acts and lives according to the true eternal laws of Nature. (Rig Veda)
There is no use in being part of a great culture, if one is not able to follow its basic universal teachings. The basic concept of Hinduism is to see the earth as a whole family – Vasudeva Kutumbakam.
- Stop cutting trees.
- Plant more trees.
- Stop throwing puja waste materials in rivers.
- Stop buying unnatural puja materials.
- Perform pujas and prayers only with natural materials.
- Do not buy murtis (idols) made of unnatural materials.
- Do not buy plastic puja decorations.
- Do not waste water in the name of worship.
- Do not waste food materials in the name of puja.
- Say no to plastic puja items
- Buy less – sharing and recycle your stuff.
- Make walking, cycling or
public transport your top priorities for
Consumerism is the idea that it is good to keep purchasing
things. Given that the purchasing power of many people has increased over time,
many find themselves buying – everything from processed food and fancy cars to
an infinite number of clothes and expensive gadget simply because they can
afford it (or because of competitive behavior / peer pressure) rather than
because they need it. Because of this, we’re constantly taking more resources
than our planet can afford to give us, and in return, we’re offering Earth
O man! May there be conformity in your lifestyle and may there be equal share of food and drink for all in the bounty of Mother Nature. (Atharva Veda)
Stop Throwing Plastic Puja Waste in Rivers
All natural puja offerings and remains of funeral are to be thrown in running water not in polluted stagnant water.
Dropping of puja items in a river is a very old tradition when all the puja items used in a Hindu puja were made of natural materials.
It must be noted that several rituals and practices in Hinduism were started more than 5000 years ago. In ancient days, only natural materials were offered to Hindu gods and goddesses. Even fifty years ago our elders used to make sure that only natural products were used in pujas. But things have changed now and people only use readymade products and majority of them are unnatural.
Most of the Hindu puja items today contain plastic and numerous other non-degradable materials. They pollute, clog and kill the living beings in the river.
Time For Hindus To Go Back to Tradition
Hindus found the perfect man not in a human being but in Hanuman (monkey god). Ganesha is invoked before any auspicious event (elephant head with vehicle as monkey). All symbols in Hinduism are taken from nature. All gods in Hinduism are associated with nature.
It is clearly mentioned in Puranas and other Hindu scriptures that a cycle of creation comes to an end and all that is here is destroyed when Mother Earth complains to Vishnu about the Adharma (evil) on earth.
We have done more damage to earth that all the demons in scriptures have done.
It is time we change otherwise Mother Earth will take the form of all consuming Maha Kali – she will devour everything.
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