Earth in different Religions

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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

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. Chief Seattle (attr.)“Our roots are deep in the lands where we live. We have a great love for our country, for our birthplace is here. The soil is rich from the bones of thousands of our generations. Each of us was created in these lands and it is our duty to take great care of them, because from these lands will spring the future generations of our peoples. We walk about with great respect, for the Earth is a very Sacred Place.” Sioux, Navajo and Iroquois Declaration, 1978
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. Judaism, Psalms  One of the big visions of Jewish tradition, repeated thrice daily at the end of the traditional prayers, is l’taken olam b’malchut shaddai – to heal and improve the world, as the divine realm.
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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.
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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.
Nigel Savage

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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

The brightness of the sun, which lights up the world, the brightness of the moon and of fire–these are my glory. With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures. Through the moon, the vessel of life-giving fluid, I nourish all plants. I enter breathing creatures and dwell within as the life-giving breath.
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.

 

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee. Job 12:8 …I saw four angels standing on the four corners of earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. Revelation 7:1

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

Earth, sky, worlds above, quarters and their halves; Fire, air, sun, moon, and stars; water, herbs, trees, Space, and entity are the elements. Eye, ear, mind, tongue, and touch; skin, flesh, muscle. Marrow, and skeleton; and the five Vital forces constitute the body. The sage, contemplating these sets of five, Discovered that everything is holy. Man can complete the inner with the outer. Upanishads Om Prithivi devyyaya Vidhmahe Sahasra murthaye cha Dheemahe Thanno Prithvi Prachodayath.Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of earth, Oh, Goddess who has thousand forms, give me higher intellect, And let Goddess earth illuminate my mind.Prithvi Gayatri Mantra
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