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A Hindu Perspective on Respecting Mother Nature

Like the western idea of “Mother Nature”, the Hindu concept of Divine Mother takes both beneficent and destructive forms. In the Hindu pantheon, the feminine aspect of God ranges from the goddesses Lakshmi and Parvati– incarnations of beauty, bestowers of wealth and harmony — to Durga and Kali, powerful warrior-protectors replete with weaponry and for […]

June 16th

Ganges River Receives Help From Holy Men

The Ganges, or Ganga as it’s known in India, is considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. They believe that the river is a goddess who gives life, rejuvenates, and liberates. She was brought to Earth to purify souls and release them to heaven. But she is far from pure herself. The Ganges […]

June 13th

How Gandhi’s Teachings Can Save Our Environment

India has a rich history and culture that draws people from around the world. People travel to the country to find spiritual enlightenment at yoga retreats and ashrams on the banks of the Ganges River. They marvel at the colorful art, the soaring Himalayas, and the spicy and flavorful cuisine. And they hope to learn […]

June 10th

World Records For Hugging Trees?

To celebrate World Environment Day today, more than 2,000 people gathered in Kathmandu to hug trees. Participants, which included everyone from parliament members, to office workers, to students, to Buddhist monks, hoped that by getting so many people outside, hugging trees, they could spread awareness about the importance of trees. “Our goal is to set […]

June 5th

Holi Festival Welcomes Renewal and Harvest

The seasons are changing and spring is in the air. The grey of winter is disappearing into greens, and pinks, and yellows. It’s a time for flowers to bloom, grass to grow, and lots of fun activities to participate in. One activity that embraces both the color and the spirit of the season is Holi. Holi […]

March 17th

The Chipko Tree Huggers

Tree huggers. To some conservatives and republicans it’s an insult. To quote Cartman from South Park: Dolphins, Eskimos, who cares? It’s all a bunch of tree-hugging hippie crap. But to others, being a tree hugger is a title they carry with pride because it means they care about the environment. To the brave women of the Chipko […]

February 11th

Hinduism and the Environment

Ishavasyam idam sarvam – This entire universe is to be looked upon as the Lord. – Shukla Yajur Veda, Ishavasya Upanishad – 1 Hinduism is an ancient and incredibly complex religion. Because it is practiced in so many varied ways by such a large population of people, it is hard to describe how all Hindus regard […]

January 31st