Yamuna

This post is part of a series, Snapshots of the Eco-Village A day at Govardhan Eco-Village was incomplete without a visit to the Yamuna River. While the 'original' Yamuna is in Vrindavan, over 1000 km away, the 'Yamuna River' at the Eco-Village is a small pond turned into a (solar) motor-powered stream, complete with waterfalls, … Continue reading Yamuna

Mood of Surrender

Part of a series, Snapshots of the Eco-Village The Vrindavan Forest lies in the middle of the Eco-Village. The 5-acre forest is a ‘replica’ of the sacred Vrindavan Dham, in both physical attributes and mood, with scale replicas of the seven Goswami temples of Vrindavan, dioramas representing major lilas (mystical pastimes), and various areas like … Continue reading Mood of Surrender

Snapshots at the Eco Village

I’ve spent the last two and a half months volunteering at Govardhan Eco-Village in Maharashtra, India. The Eco-Village – ‘GEV,’ as we call it – was established 12 years ago by His Holiness Radhanath Swami as a Krishna Conscious rural farm community offering spiritual education, rural development, Ayurvedic healing, environmental-sustainability R&D, and a sattvik (peaceful … Continue reading Snapshots at the Eco Village

Reverence for the Earth

Originally written for the magazine "Mandir Vani," Allegra Lovejoy and Parth Parihar are sharing our article here. Dharmic traditions are Earth-honoring traditions. While the prevailing response to climate change in the West has emphasized stewardship and responsible management (i.e., for future generations), the dharmic standpoint accords moral value, even divinity, to the environment itself, independently … Continue reading Reverence for the Earth

Ahimsa: Protecting Our Sacred Waters

Written for GreenFaith Our Voices and originally posted at http://ourvoices.net/evoke/blog/sacred-waters/view In June, I had the honor of joining fifty-five other young religious leaders in a GreenFaith Climate Convergence to learn about challenges presented by climate change in Louisiana and to find our voices in responding to ecological destruction. The very first part of our week together was a … Continue reading Ahimsa: Protecting Our Sacred Waters

The crisis of s…

The crisis of survival and the threat to sustenance arises from ecological disruption that is rooted in the arrogance of the west and those that ape it. This arrogance is grounded in a blindness towards the quiet work and the invisible wealth created by nature and women and those who produce sustenance. Such work and … Continue reading The crisis of s…

The Environment Matters In Religion, Too

The Environment Matters In Religion, Too Lately I've been feeling down about how religious people can neglect the environment or even feel environmental problems and suffering unimportant. Imam Khalid's post today was encouraging. Imam Khalid Latif is NYU's Muslim Chaplain and a shining beacon of compassion, fidelity, and hope for the religious and the progressive … Continue reading The Environment Matters In Religion, Too