Earth Day in The Vedas, An Approach to Universe.

Hinduism ,right from the earliest times of The Rig Veda, has been advocating  synchronised Living with Nature.

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The Order of Nature is called ‘Rta‘,it is difficult to translate in English as Rta indicates Order,Orderliness of Nature,Law of Nature ,The Rhythm of Nature The Truth(Empirical and Transcendental),all are indicated by the term Rta.

One of the Shanti Mantras,that is the Hymn to be used in all all auspicious occasions says

‘Brahmam Vathishyaami,ritham VathishyaamiSathyam Vathishyaami’

I Salute the Brahman, the Reality;Orderliness,’The Ultimate Truth,Truth’

It pays tribute to Nature in all it forms,Fire,Water,Earth, Air,Life,Sun,Early Morning,Night,Planets,Planets,Animals,Plants and  Time.

Fire –Agni Sukhtham

Water-Mantra Pushpam

Air –Vayu Sukhtham

Earth-Bhoo Sukhtham.

Life-Ayshya Sukthtam

Early Morning-Ushas Suktham

Night-Rik Veediya Raathri Suktham

Sun-Surya Suktham

Animals-Go Sukhtam

Plants -Shanti Mantram.

In fact the Great Sukhta which describes the evolution of the Universe speaks very highly of nature and in fact it speaks only of nature as representing the Cosmic Principle

Apart from explaining the evolution of these elements, these Hymns extol them and the necessity of living in Harmony with them.

In The Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna states that one should live harmony with Nature and do his bit to preserve them to enable them to sustain Humans.

All The Deities are the representations of Nature in some Form,

Agni,Fire;Varuna,Water,Thunder/Lightening;Indira,Surya,Sun;Chandra, Moon;Ushas,Dawn;Sandhya,Dusk,Vayu,Air;Prakriti,Nature.

All these Principles are worshipped to seek their benign influence on the Earth.

Any harm done to any Being, Living , Non-Living disturbs the Rta of Nature and as a consequence the individual and the Universe will suffer.

To conclude, a Quote from the Shanti Mantra

“Thachchamyora Vrunimahe,gnyaathum Yagnyaya…..”

“Let us Pray The One who Bestows us with all That is Good,

Pray that our Sacred Fire Duty is properly fulfilled,

Pray for those who perform these rites,

May the Deities Bestow on us All That is Good,

May Man Be Happy,

May the Plants grow Upwards and Be Healthy,

May the two legged Animals( Man) Be  Bestowed with all That is Good,

May the Animals with Four Legs be bestowed with All That is Good’

Om,Peace Unto All’

Earth Day;

Earth Day is a day early each year on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[1] and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.[2] In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.[3] Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015.[4]
The name and concept of Earth Day was allegedly pioneered by John McConnell in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. The first Proclamation of Earth Day was by San Francisco, the City of Saint Francis, patron saint of ecology. Earth Day was first observed in San Francisco and other cities on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations where it is observed each year. About the same time a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[5][6] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.”

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