Diabetes Integrated Wellness Society
“The ancient wisdom counsels that, it be the other way; Environment and We,
But alas, we humans of the day are the most-self-conceited species on earth.”
“यत् पिण्डे, तत् ब्रह्माण्डे” (yat pinde, tat brahmande),
“यथा पिण्डे तथा ब्रह्माण्डे, यथा ब्रह्माण्डे तथा पिण्डे” (yatha pinde tatha brahmande, yatha brahmande tatha pinde)
This shloka (श्लोक) is from Yajurvedah (यजुर्वेदः yajus (यजुस्) meaning “worship”+ veda (वेद) meaning “knowledge”, one of the four Vedas).
Coming down to earth; literally and figuratively; the earth, that we revere and call mother, with its bounties and resources, and the elements, also manifests for us as nature (प्रकृति – the eternal energy with material manifestation), and that what we call nature is encompassed in a medium what we call environment(पर्यावरण).
In a God-ordained state of equilibrium in Environment, there is a self-reliant co-existential order & discipline among the material-mineral (padarthavastha-पदार्थावस्था), plant kingdom/order (pranavastha-प्राणावस्था), animal kingdom/order (jeevavastha-जिवावस्था), and innate human wisdom (jnanavastha) enriching and fulfilling a cyclic (आवर्तनशील) order.
One day may be it was so, but today, it sounds like a utopian concept – a cosmic daydream
The soil is now laden with toxic chemicals in most habitable parts of the earth. The rivers, even the venerated ones (Holy Ganges; the lifeline of our country) are being used to discharge the toxic effluents, all types of sewage and wastewater. This environmental neglect, degradation, and pollution have also led to the consequent global warming causing rising temperature and water levels of seas, ocean acidification, melting of glaciers, depletion of good (Stratospheric; upper atmosphere), and an increase in bad (Tropospheric; ground level ) ozone levels, changing patterns of climate; more extreme weather events like changing rain and snowfall precipitation, erosions, cyclones, floods, fires, biodiversity loss; with some species of flora and fauna already lost and some on the verge of extinction, even a greater propensity for the spread of diseases & pandemics – a dysfunctional ecosystem and becoming more so. The listing, however, is fickle and by far incomplete.