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Global Warming to Have Severe Effect on Hinduism

Hinduism is deeply rooted in Nature. Hindu religion believes in the Brahman – the Supreme Being that pervades in all animate and inanimate.

Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita

My Prakriti can be divided into eight-fold categories – Bhumi (earth), Apas (water), Anala (fire), Vayu (air), Kha (ether), Mana (mind), Buddhi (intellect), Ahankara (ego).

(Bhagavad Gita Chapter VII, 4)

The great sages of the past who laid the foundations of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) knew the importance of Nature and that Human Beings are part of Nature not above Nature. Thus Mother Earth, the Sun, moon, mountains, rivers, animals and forests are all part of Hindu tradition. Hindus worship them as they are manifestations of the Supreme Being and their existence is necessary for the survival of the human race.

But River Ganga, the Snowcapped Mountains that are the abode of Lord Shiva, the glaciers that serve the holy rivers are all under the threat of global warming. The very survival of Mother Earth is under threat.

The largest gathering of Human Beings in the World takes place during the Kumbh Mela on the banks of the Ganga River in Allahabad. Hindus believe that sins are washed away by taking bath in the Ganges. The ashes of the dead are thrown into the Ganges. But in near future Hindus will be forced to live without the Ganges as the glaciers that feed the holy river during summers are slowly melting away. Reason Global Warming.

The naturally formed Ice-Lingam at Amarnath Cave in Himalayas is visited by thousands of Hindu devotees. The ice-lingam used to stay intact during the July-August period but this year it has started melting in June. Reason extreme hot climate due to Global Warming.

It is hard to imagine the Death of Ganga. But then again Hindu tradition believes in the Great Cycle – death and rebirth. Hinduism believes that the present universe has undergone innumerable births and deaths. But global warming might destroy the Mother Earth before the next death of Universe.