Karma and conservation : Unifying Hindu Philosophy and environmental consciousness

Kanojia, Siddharth (2024) Karma and conservation : Unifying Hindu Philosophy and environmental consciousness. In: Fostering an ecological shift through effective environmental education. IGI Global Publishing, pp. 80-90. ISBN 9798369325773

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Abstract

Hindu philosophy renders a distinctive perspective concerning the way humans interact with the environment, as it is firmly anchored in old scriptures and customs. A belief that all life is interconnected and the understanding that the environment is an essential component of the cosmic order is paramount to this viewpoint. This chapter penetrates the fundamental ideas of Hindu philosophy that form the basis of environmental consciousness. It encompasses concepts like Dharma, an acronym for righteous duty, Karma, which means action and consequences, and Ahimsa, which means non-violence. The chapter inquires about the ethical underpinnings of environmental stewardship in Hindu philosophy while illustrating people's duty to preserve the universe's delicate balance with animals and plants. It gazes at how Vedic philosophies can promote thankfulness, environmental consciousness, and a sense of oneness with the natural world. The chapter further explores the symbolic meaning of customs such as Yajna (sacrificial offerings) and how they can encourage reciprocity with the environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Hindu philosophy | Dharma | Vedic philosophies
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Religious studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Banking & Finance
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2024 11:39
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 10:45
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4018/979-8-3693-2577-3.ch006
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/7901

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