International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research


International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2016)

Environmental awareness in Indian religious scriptures


Sandeep, Shamshir Singh Dhillon

The compatibility between man and environment has been both tender and sacred since time immemorial. It existed long before the word ‘Environment’ buzzed at Stockholm and Rio. This bond was not because our progenitor envisaged any pragmatic exigency or perceived any overburden of human population over nature but simply due to the guiding principles enshrined, meditated and practiced deftly in our religious scriptures. The environmental concern was part and parcel of their diurnal not as a discrete entity of cognizance as being dealt at present. The earth was hailed not as a habitat for flora and fauna but mother of all animate and inanimate objects. With course of time, the rapacious hordes of invader not only desecrated the purity of mind of the victim but also through a conspiracy blown off the basic tenet attached with nature as a display of ignorance resulting into disbelief in own religion. Still, before the falling of Indian empire in the Britishers hand, the population inhabited largely in the villages still survived by their dependency over the natural resorts of water like well, pond and Bawadi (a place in sandy areas where rainy water collected) and mutual exchange of commodities for survival without any mercenary purpose. But the Englishman more materialistic than Indians surpassed every invaders as they were never satisfied only by exploiting the natural resources of the country but had been successful to shake the religious belief that was mandatory to look at the earth as mother and sky as father. Thus, leaving the first paragon of exploitation for Indians. Even today, after ten decades of independence, the deteriorating condition of environment raises numerous questions over the activities wildly exercised by men in the garb of development. The promptly untying of this affinity in the disguise of environmental crisis in its gigantic shape is ahead of us blocking our way to advancement and trailing us to the perilous situation with no solution other than resorting to the ethical and religious dimension of the impediments.

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