Earth and Nature
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Earth defined: Planet that revolves around the sun. Also called Gaia, Mother Earth
Naturedefined: 1. the material world, esp. as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities. 2. the universe, with all its phenomena.
Buddhism Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity. – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The whole of humanity is… one human family. This planet is our only home.
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Judaism And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Bereshit/Genesis 1:31, JPS)
In harmony with the Tao
the sky is clear and spacious,
the earth is solid and full,
all creatures flourish together,
content with the way they are,
endlessly repeating themselves,
When man interferes with the Tao,
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equilibrium crumbles,
creatures become extinct. (Tao Te Ching – Page 39 by Lao Tzu, Laozi)
Hinduism Seeing the kings of this earth busy trying to conquer her, the earth herself laughed. She said: “Just see how these kings, who are actually playthings in the hands of death, are desiring to conquer me.
Great rulers of men, even those who are learned, meet frustration and failure because of material lust. Driven by lust, these kings place great hope and faith in the dead lump of flesh called the body, even though the material frame is as fleeting as bubbles of foam on water.
Kings and politicians imagine: ‘First I will conquer my senses and mind; then I will subdue my chief ministers and rid myself of the thorn-pricks of my advisors, citizens, friends and relatives, as well as the keepers of my elephants. In this way I will gradually conquer the entire earth.’ Because the hearts of these leaders are bound by great expectations, they fail to see death waiting nearby.
After conquering all the land on my surface, these proud kings forcibly enter the ocean to conquer the sea itself. What is the use of their self-control, which is aimed at political exploitation? The actual goal of self-control is spiritual liberation.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.1-5
Note: This part of Bhagwatam is also popularly known as Bhumi Gita