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Updated on May 30, 2012

Earth Day Happens April 22nd

Recently I saw photos of global climate change from NASA's website. The contrasts in climate in the last decade as shown in these photos are very stark and graphic. It's enough to wake up even skeptics who are in denial about the serious changes in the climate in the last decade. Mother Earth is upset and reacting to the actions of us all. Every day we hear of earthquakes, tornadoes, storms, floods and droughts connected with humans putting too much C02 into the environment. This is why She is upset! She has every reason to be upset!

The Himalayan glaciers, which are the sources of the Ganga (Ganges) in India, are melting at an alarming rate. Glacial Lake Outburst Floods are a threat to the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Lives and livelihoods are greatly at risk. The Norweigan government has developed a program and projects to help prevent future problems. Most floods are in Asia and cause 1/4 of the deaths on this continent. Many of these floods are tied to global warming. A UN climate report centers on the Ganga and the glaciers. Himalayan glaciers could disappear as early as 2030.

Rituals performed on the Ganga's banks may very well be in jeopardy if humans do not reduce their CO2 emissions. It's going to take everyone's heart-felt efforts to reverse this situation. We are all connected and we all can do something about it. All nations must do their part. There is no East vs. West, just us doing the right thing.

First of all we must develop a relationship with Bhumi Devi (Mother Earth). When we do that we will want to do what we can to calm our Mother. Last weekend I learned a lot about this relationship from my spiritual teacher, Pundit Munelal Maharaj. He came to perform a Hanuman Chaleesa ritual, do discourses and sing bhajans at MHDS Vishnu Mandir. It was an emotional experience for me because he gave me his mala of red carnations on Saturday night. I cried for joy. Little did I know I was going to learn a spiritual and ecological lesson within minutes of this event. I went into the fellowship hall to buy one of his CDs. I could not decide at first which one to purchase. Then I asked the woman selling the CDs which CD was his latest recording. When I opened the CD, I noticed a red/pink lotus inside and a quote from Punditji, "A life without devotion to God, is like a flower without its fragrance." He signed it, "Always in Dharma." My Dharma is connected with having an intimate relationship with Mother Earth and sharing it with others. On Friday when he came, I gave him an artistic card and some spiritual gifts connected with Hanuman and the Mother. In our private conversation on Friday, he talked about finding my Dharma, or life purpose. Wow! That is an interesting sequence of events! It totally changed my life and I will never be the same again. Now I have a real relationship with the Mother beyond what I had known before. It's much deeper.

You see when you develop a relationship with your Mother Earth, you will want to treat Her right just like you want to treat your own mother with great reverence. You will start to bring reverence to Bhumi Devi as a natural part of your relationship with Her.

Go out there and experience Her flowers, animals, plants and trees. Walk in the woods by the lake, river or ocean. At Lake Harriet in Minneapolis the spring is full of beauty this time of year. Recently I've seen deer, admiral and morning cloak butterflies, nuthatches, ducks and geese. Tulips, violets, blue bells and daffodils are among the delicate and showy spring flowers blooming in the Peace Garden.

This relationship with Mother Earth will motivate you to accomplish many great things: recycling, using natural cleaning products, using public transit or owning an environmental car, re-using what you can, eating organic food, growing a garden, using ceramic plates, using towels or a dryer as an alternative to paper towels, using natural materials at Holi and rituals. The list goes on and on. You will want to educate others and advocate for environmental laws and businesses. The future is with green businesses. Natural and organic products and foods can be purchased at food coops and other health food stores. While I do appreciate the businesses they have, I would advocate Hindus starting their own green businesses. The younger generation will start these businesses and will become the leaders at our mandirs. Vedic Ecology is a book which explains these Vedic Ecological Principles. Pujas have many natural and earth-based items, yet some Hindus do not always get that ecological connection of taking care of Mother Earth. They focus exclusively on their own liberation, not the equally important liberation of our actions toward Mother Earth. If your meditations only focus on your own internal spiritual work, your meditations are not really working. Gandhi did both internal and external work in his social activism. Both are necessary for liberation. So if you are merely doing rituals, prayers, meditations and chanting, it is not enough. It's how you treat other human beings, the plants, trees, animals and other beings in the Universe, which is the most important goal. You start within and then you go out and do your work in the world.

Discover the wonderful ecological hertiage found in the Vedas, the Purans and many other texts. Implement ecological pratices at home, at the mandir and in your community.

Tree planting honors Krishna, who gave the world a great ecological discourse on trees thousands of years ago. It honors Mother Sita who gave an ecological lesson to her son about not cutting green trees for firewood. Dead wood is to be used as recycling the bounty of the Earth, not living green trees. Many cities are starting to plant fruit trees near the sidewalks and streets. Trees are the lungs of the plant. Oxygen production is one of their tasks. This counter balances the excessive CO2 in the environment.

I encourage everyone to start an ecological project every year. When we work together as a community and a planet, we can acheive miracles. I encourage every mandir to develop an ecological project every year. What a great youth, middle age and elder program: Vedic Ecology.

I will leave you with these words from Pundit Munelal from his website, "I am the source of all energy in the universe. I am the light in the bright sun...I am the fragrance in every flower...I am the breath in every living aspect of creation." This is Mother Earth, Bhumi Devi, letting you know Her presence. Now go out and go into the woods. Have a happy Earth Day!




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      parwatisingari 6 years ago from India

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      radhapriestess 6 years ago

      Not sure about that. Do you have some insight or a verse on that?

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      parwatisingari 6 years ago from India

      Radha our ancient traditions also talk of honoring the debris, can you recollect?

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      radhapriestess 6 years ago

      Thanks Dale & Parwati for the comments. Picking up trash is a good and easy one. Of course, if we change our consciousness then the trash pile would disappear because people would not put the trash there in the first place. Small actions can be very powerful and being conscious about what you do how your actions with effect the Earth and others will change what we do. May be the money you put on the 2nd flat could be used for th Earth in some way. Nature Conservacy has a program where they pool money donate towards buying green space to save wetlands, etc.

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      parwatisingari 6 years ago from India

      Vinaya, welcome to the April 22nd circle, I seem to connect with a lot people born on that day.though it is not my birthday.

      Radha hi, from one Pisces to the other.

      Dale its about giving back. I mean doing our bit maybe a small plant on our window sill or reforestation, depending on our capacity. It is about not buying the second flat as investment for generations to come.

      Maybe I don't know this is how I am doing my two-penny

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      A great hub about the "pain" that the Earth Mother suffers on a daily basis. She is the life-giver to all and should be honored as such. I did a hub that suggests something that everyone can do to "start" with the healing of the Earth Mother that is relatively easy. The next time you are out and about, simply pick up that piece of trash you see and place it in a trash container. If everyone followed this simple process, the Earth Mother would be greatly pleased!

      Great hub! Voted up.

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      radhapriestess 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Thanks for the comments, jirel. I would like every one to pick something new this year that you can do for Mother Earth. She will thank you.

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      jirel 6 years ago from Philippines

      This is a really good hub.Yes, you are absolutely true.I just wish people became more cautious.All of us need to be aware of this fact and take the necessary steps.Voted up!

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      radhapriestess 6 years ago

      Thanks for the link to Varuna, god of the sea. Very connected with him in that my sun sign is Pisces, the Fish.

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      radhapriestess 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about your country. I am sorry to hear about these problems. That is why every one must do their part. Yes, good day to be born. Very earthy connection.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Melting of Himalayas is one of the ecological problems my country faces. Himalayan lakes and rivers are drying and the poor people are suffering. Thanks for writing on this issue.

      I was born on April 22, what a wonderful day to take birth!

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      parwatisingari 6 years ago from India

      something along this lines, I promise to give a more relevant answer when my migraine eases.


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