Indian culture has introduced the principle of the ‘family system’ to the whole world for centuries. which is not limited to mere animals. It includes every component of the variable-constant, inert-conscious nature. The harmony between human life and nature has been its motto, in which there has been a sense of being a part of nature that only as much as is necessary should be taken from it. Due to the creation of the universe from the basic elements like air, water, earth, fire, and sky, special attention has been paid to their purity and pollution-free in Indian philosophy and thinking. Our culture warns that environmental protection is possible only by maintaining natural balance, which can save us from the present and future consequences.
The respectable vision of coexistence with nature, harmony and cordial motherhood is the law of Indian culture. Our ancient yogis lived in the forests and studied the thoughts of a higher level of life. We have neither had any conflict with nature nor our culture was created by ideas like conquering nature. Where there is a feeling of a victorious, controlled regulator, there will be a struggle. Gandhiji had rightly said that nature has the means to fulfil the needs of all, but not to fulfil the desires. Indian culture prohibits longing, so that exploitation of nature can be stopped.
Indian culture has a special sense of environmental protection. Talking about living according to the laws of nature, Yajurveda says that looking at the beauty of the goddess of nature, and getting happiness from her, is the poetry of God in the embodiment. Atharvaveda says O Earth! All the small and big beings roaming on your earth, in which human beings are also included, have been born from the part of the Supreme Father, the Supreme Soul. May they get nourishment in the form of happiness from water, wind and solar energy.
According to Shrimad Bhagwat, we are all playing toys of God and a special purpose has been sent to make His creation beautiful. We are all brothers and sisters born of that one Supreme God, we are part and parcel of it. If this feeling continues, then there will be a spontaneous feeling towards nature and in such a situation there will be neither environmental pollution nor exploitation of nature.
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Similarly, in Shanti Path, there is a sense of the importance of the environment as well as measures to avoid the terrible consequences caused by the wrath of nature. According to Shantipath, air should be a form of happiness for us. Parjanya Dev, who roars very well after drying up the sun, may also be happy for us and rain well. May the space world and the earth world be soothing. May water, medicines and plants give peace, may all the gods, Brahma and everything else be peaceful. May the peace which is spread everywhere in the world, be available to all. May everyone experience equal peace.
In Vedic culture, which has divine faith in every component of the universe, the fundamental elements like earth, air, water, sky, moon and sun, etc., which prepare the environment, have been named deities. For the protection of these elements which nourish our body and life, it has been ordered to be devoted to body, mind and wealth. Their purification, the sense of purity, and giving thanks are paramount.
The human body is a wonderful creation. This body is made up of five elements. Which is the origin of the Annamaya kosha from the earth element. Gravitational force is also the basis of this. The pranamaya kosha is made up of the air element. Considering the importance of the environment, there has been a law to remember the five elements in the morning. In the Vamana Purana, it is felt that the earth with its fragrance, water with its flow, fire with its radiance, space with its sound and air with its tactile quality may also bless our mornings.
The hymn of Yajurveda also reveals the importance of the environment and says that for those who wish to accept moral limits, may this air be pleasant for them, the water streams should be happy for them. Let the plants be happy for all of us living an ethical life. May the night be happy for us and let this morning be happy for us, O Creator! May the earth and heaven be happy for us. May the forest god be happy for us, and may the sun god be happy for us.
It is clear from the passage of Vedic hymns that in ancient times, how much importance our sages used to give to nature and the environment. Nature nourishes life and a healthy environment is the basis of our existence, and the sages used to worship and worship nature in the form of a deity, calling it Parameshwari.
Environmental protection is an important campaign. In its direct form, the promotion of greenery, purification of water sources and in indirect form the Yagya Abhiyan are innovative initiatives to balance nature and the environment, in which the voices of ancient sages are heard. Experience the part consciousness of the Supreme Lord in the various components of nature, then only a sensitive attitude towards animals and plants will be developed. It is our responsibility not only to use the various components of nature but also to conserve it. Leaving an aggressive attitude towards groundwater, forest, land, rivers, etc., pay attention to their development and behave with respect towards them. In this lies the solution-formulas of nature and environmental protection, which our culture has been rendering since time immemorial
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