Eco Spirituality

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BY panneer selvam, chennai.
All the creatures have got the call of living on this earth. The Almighty God who created the whole world gave the vocation to all the creatures to live in this world. Thus, the earth ultimately became a common heritage for all the creatures. Apart from all creatures, human beings have been gifted with extra sensory perception, in order that he or she may have dominion over all the creatures and creation maintaining just relationships in creation with love and care. The term ‘human being’ denotes that a being with the sense of humanness. Humanness is of kindness, love and care. Every religion speaks of the word of God and this word of God directs human beings how they are to live on this earth. Not only human being has got the vocation to live but also has got the call to listen to the word of God. There are some common ideologies in all the religions which say ‘God is love.’ Human wholeness is all about love; Love of oneself, love of others and love of nature. Also God has created human beings as very much part of nature. It is to be inter-related with nature and to commit oneself to honour the integrity of creation.

Since humans are very much part of nature, just relationship with nature will keep up the well function of nature. The spirituality of human beings includes proper development of one’s relationship not only with God and humans, but also with the nature. This is the call that every human being has got in one’s life.

At present, human beings are becoming anthropocentric or human-centred leaving aside the nature. Due to human’s freewill and its selfishness, every human being is exploiting the nature. Still human beings are in ignorance without knowing that if humans destroy the nature, then the nature will destroy humans and If humans strengthen nature, the nature will strengthen humans. It is because both humans and nature are inter-related. That is how God created the world. Now humans have almost exploited and destroyed the nature. The culminating point of destroying the nature is human’s invention of mega nuclear bombs.

Human beings are supposed to be stewards to creation, but they have now forgotten to keep up stewardship to creation. At present there is a recalling from God to set it right. Otherwise the destruction will be unimaginable. Now the real challenge is ‘how to set it right?’ Human beings already know the ways to set it right. The problem is bringing the whole humanity under one umbrella emphasising on universal responsibility.

Every creature has got the vocation of gift of living on this earth. The ultimate God who created the world entrusted the whole creation to human beings. God did not disappear rather manifests through every living creature and its creation. 1.1 God’s Manifestation

Any tradition or religion may make a distinction between nature and ultimate reality. It may be of Brahman and Maya, and Vishnu and Jagat. The truth is that God is not understood as ‘outside’ nature, but as manifested in and through the nature and creation. No one can deny this reality. The Bible begins with two creation accounts. One is of Genesis 1:1-2:5, 25 that speaks of the one God who created all things. The second is God who saw everything that he had made and declared that it was very good. Bhagavat Gita says in 16th couplet from the 11 chapter, when it was time to make the world, the supreme spirit united the sublimated particles of matter. All of those were the most wonderful creation, and which can not be made by any other being but God. It is none but the Almighty that made the earth, stored with many kinds of things, vegetable life and creatures.

It is revealed in Quran, Quran Surah xxxvii sad. 72. “when thy lord said unto the angles: lo; I am about to create a mortal out of mire.” 73. When I have fashioned him and breathed into him my spirit, they fall down before him...
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