Hinduism Verses of God, Creation, and Mother Nature

hinduism god illustration wikicommons

In EdenKeeper’s Saturday exploration of sacred scriptures related to the environment, nature, the Creator, and creation, this week we turn to Hinduism for beautiful inspiration and appreciation.

Certainly it is an oversimplification to skim wikipedia for a brief concept of Hinduism, but in my attempt to gain familiarity, I hope my meager effort will be forgiven by all who are more knowledgeable. My motive is friendship and acceptance, with an interest in peace building for the sake of unified protection of God’s creation.

Religious Inclusiveness in Hinduism

My exploration of Hinduism led me to the following statement on Hindu inclusiveness, which I consider quite appealing and truly enlightening:

“Hinduism grants absolute and complete freedom of belief and worship. Hinduism conceives the whole world as a single family that deifies the one truth, and therefore it accepts all forms of beliefs and dismisses labels of distinct religions which would imply a division of identity. Hence, Hinduism is devoid of the concepts of apostasy, heresy and blasphemy.

Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include (but are not restricted to), Dharma (ethics/duties), Samsāra (the continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), Moksha (liberation from samsara), and the various Yogas (paths or practices).”

image (Image note and source: Historic illustration from Hinduism’s Ramayana, wikicommons)

Sacred Scriptures of Hinduism

According to an additional statement on Hinduism I found on Faith Ecology Network, Hinduism’s scriptures are of two categories.

The sruti, or “that which is heard,” refers to the Vedic literature of Hinduism which was originally passed down orally.

The smriti, or “that which is remembered,” includes the poems of Ramayana and Mahabharata and the Puranas.

The statement, offered by Vijai Singhal, dated Autumn 2010 reads:


“This rich source of literature on human relationships with the environment has helped guide its followers to live in perfect harmony with nature for thousands of years. Hindus worship the sun, the stars, the rivers, the trees and the animals- nature in all its manifestations and glories. The majority of Hindus are vegetarians, due to their belief in the sanctity of all life and commitment to Ahimsa (Patanjali Yoga Sutras), that is non-violence.”

God, Creation, and Mother Nature in Hinduism

The following beautiful verses from ancient holy scripture of Hinduism speaks of the environment in lovely terms. It was offered with Vijai Singhal’s statement, called Mother Nature, [Yajur Veda 34.37], and it is a wonderful treasure house of imagery. It is offered here, divided into component verses, and accompanied by illustrations found from public domain photographs.
 
 
 
image Live in complete harmony with nature, experience the grace of God in the splendour of the universe…
 
 

image Be blessed by God’s reassuring love, the sweet dawn will sweeten your soul,
 
 

image The dazzling mid-day will set your hearts aflutter,
 
 

image And the serene music of your soul will guide you towards peace and prosperity…
 
 

image And when the day’s task is over, you will sleep in the lap of Mother Nature, All the deities will be favourable to you. [Yajur Veda 34.37]
 
 

For more beautiful verses and images, see the previous articles in this series:

Water’s Beauty in Nature and Islam

Creation & Stewardship in the Hebrew & Christian Bible With Images

Creation in the Christian New Testament Bible

Sikh Hymns Illuminate Creation and Creator

Verses in Buddhism on Humankind and Creation

more to come, God Willing…

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About the Author

Aisha Abdelhamid (Birth-name Kathleen Vail) is a freelance lifestyle and environmental science writer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Her interests include environmental conservation, climate science, renewable energy, faith-based environmental activism, sustainable economics, corporate social responsibility, creative lifestyles, and healthy living.