Thursday, April 18, 2013

The way of Eco-Dharma

water_iconWith this our online newsletter is finishing five years. In this newsletter in continuation of the series of Swami Vivekananda's thoughts which provide a basis for ecological worldview, we bring an excerpt from his lecture where he speaks about all existence as one Being. He says, 'In the whole of this universe there is but One Existence; and that One Existence when seen through the senses is called the world, the world of matter. When It is seen through the mind, It is called the world of thoughts and ideas; and when It is seen as it is, then It is the One Infinite Being."
You can also read about the work we are carrying out at Hanuman Kund Teertham at Rameshwaram. It will be an eye-opener on the degradation of our eco-cultural assets and the need not only to renovate them but also sensitize the entire community to their presence, value and the need to maintain them for the original use they were intended. We also have a small serpent tale associated with our work. So do not miss it.
The month has seen many farmers, students and traditional physicians coming to VK-nardep for exposure visits, training programmes and workshops. We have reports on all the activities that have happened here. There has been workshops on cost-effective construction technology, etno-medicine, bio-methanation and sustainable agriculture. There has also been outreach programmers to various educational institutions.
In our publication section we present an excerpt from our acclaimed work 'Akshaya Vikas' (Sustainable Development) on the principles of Eco-Dharma. In the our wisdom section we present the wisdom of Edward Smith, famous environmentalist on what constitutes the alternate way; wisdom of Swami Chinmayananda the Vedantic monk on the need for the inner change in order to solve the planetary crisis and Buddhist eco-thinker Ikedo on the connection between the inner space and outer ecology. 

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