Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being

O. P. Dwivedi

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178722
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being

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A society's cultural and spiritual underpinnings of environmental stewardship can be a solid source of strength as well as a benefit to that society. One does not have to go too far to locate such underpinnings, because each society's spiritual heritage can be used to provide new ways of valuing, thinking, and acting that are necessary to nurture the respect for nature and to be prepared to avert future ecological disasters. Hinduism (as well as other world religions in their own way) offers a unique set of moral values and rules to guide human beings in their relationship with the environment. This essay examines the Hindu concept of divinity being present in creation and as such exhortations for Hindus to treat nature with respect, the concept of an extended family of Mother Earth, our dharma and karma to the environment, and environmental challenges facing Hindus and India.

Keywords: Hinduism; India; Mother Earth; nature; divinity; creation; Hindus; dharma; karma; environment

Article.  10030 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Hinduism

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