Earth in different Religions
11/01/2010 Comments Off on Earth in different Religions
Earth in different Religions
Bhumi is the Sanskrit word for ‘Mother Earth’. Thousands of years ago, Hindu sages realized that preservation of the environment and ecological balance was necessary for the survival of humanity. They recognized that Earth has the same relationship with us as a mother with her child. The sages addressed Earth as Mother Earth and personified her as the goddess Bhumi.
Hindu scriptures are replete with spiritual and poetic references to Mother Earth where the environment is alive and teems with life, where trees, mountains and rocks become shrines and the river is respected as a source and support of physical and spiritual life. Kusum Vyas, 2009
And the process to connect these small steps and the large vision is halacha and education – the way that we self-obligate ourselves and the way we learn, for ourselves and for our children, knowing that education leads to action.
So in the Jewish community, over the next six years, we’re suggesting a big vision, small first steps, and a way to connect the two.
My hope and my blessing for us all, here today, and for the many millions of people whose lives we may touch, is that we keep walking steadily through the tunnel, trusting that the journey is important, that our destination can be reached, and that as we walk, by our light, the world will steadily be illuminated for all.
The Qur’an states “… do not cause corruption on the earth after it has been set in order: this is better for you, if you are believers.” [7:85]…Preserving nature and preventing corruption on earth is one of the core responsibilities of all believers. The Qur’an changed the hearts and minds of its hearers when it dawned on the Arabian Peninsula, enriching humankind and providing a vivid lens through which we can look at nature. Today, at a time of environmental crisis, religious teachings can once again play a pivotal role and provide us with a fresh perspective and consciousness of nature. Grand Mufti of Egypt, 2009
I am fire in the stomach which digests all food. Entering into every heart, I give the power to remember and understand; it is I again who take that power away. All the scriptures lead to me; I am their author and their wisdom. Bhagavad Gita 15:12-15
Who will penetrate this earth & this realm of death with all its gods? Who will ferret out the well-taught Dhamma-saying, as the skillful flower-arranger the flower? The learner-on-the-path will penetrate this earth & this realm of death with all its gods. The learner-on-the-path will ferret out the well-taught Dhamma-saying, as the skillful flower-arranger the flower. Dhammapada, 4, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
High Truth, unyielding Order, Consecration, Ardor and Prayer and Holy Ritual uphold the Earth; may she, the ruling Mistress of what has been and what will come to be, for us spread wide a limitless domain. Rig Veda