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Introduction

Beauty of Nature

The Vedic seers introspected on the source of life by living amidst Nature. They discovered great truths about life through Nature. Nature as a Mother sustained their lives with fruits, vegetables, pure water and air. Nature as a manifestation of Cosmic Being inspired their minds and hearts with Its vastness and transcendental dimension.

The Vedic seers observed the phenomenon of Nature keenly with deep curiosity - the vast sky, the dawn, the trees, the clouds, the lightning, the rains - they observed these not only with their minds but with an open heart which was keen in discovering the underlying truth. They developed a deep spiritual insight by which they saw a Divine Cosmic Order (Rita) governing all lives. This divinity (when realized inwardly) imparted Nature with its transcendental beauty, and this divinity was the underlying source of life.

The seers often poured out their visions through succinct poetic expressions, some of which were so sublime that the boundary between natural beauty and divinity became thin, and appreciation of Nature became appreciation of the divine principle of life. Elements of Nature were seen as divinties to whom the seers prayed for their sustenence. Nature as a whole was like the consort of the Virat Purusha (Cosmic Being). Within that Cosmic Order a great Yagna or cycle of exchange is going on continuously, as if the Virat Purusha is being worshipped by offerings within these exchanges.

The Vedic Vision of Nature is the highest vision of Nature revealed to the Vedic seers in their mystic vision. It starts with Nature but ends with the divinity behind Nature. Trying to understand the Vedic Vision of Nature is a meditative journey - a journey of self-transformation. It is an appreciation of Nature and inward Sadhana combined together. The vastness, beauty and Cosmic Order of Nature is the inspiration. The Vision of the Vedic Seers (manifested as Vedic mantras) are the guide. The longing of the human soul to transcend the limited self and soar towards the infinite is the urge.


1. Summary:

The above introduction is a summary of the Vedic Vision of Nature, which will be analyzed in the subsequent chapters. It is based upon purity of life, simple living amidst Nature and discovering the truths of life (which are expressed as Vedic mantras). It forms a tradition holding the repository of these truths. It can show a path of life which is both externally enriching (natural abundance) and internally inspiring (spiritual elevation). This article, composed by greenmesg.org puts forward a philosophy of the Vedic Vision of Nature by interpreting the Vedic mantras (which are mostly taken from Rig Veda Samhita).


2. Relevance:

Today, the Vedic Vision of Nature assumes a special relevance due to the degradation of Nature by unsustainable lifestyles. The unsustainable lifestyles are leading to climate change, natural calamities, pandemics and various other disruptions in life. The lifestyles drive the economy. But soon there will be no option left but to seek a way out towards a sustainable lifestyle, even forgoing some economic benefits; else our very survival will be at stake. Moreover, the depletion of natural resources will force us to take the sustainable path. There will be various philosophies and methods put forward to go towards the sustainable lifestyle. The Vedic Vision of Nature which has come down from our Rishis can be one of them.



Fig 1: Going from Unsustainability to Sustainability


Sustainability according to the Vedic Vision of Nature has a different connotation than we normally understand by that term. The normal sense of the word sustainability refers to replenishing things at the same rate in which they are lost. If forest cover is getting lost, replenishing the forest cover at the same rate will make it sustainable. However, Vedic Vision of Nature looks at it from a different perspective.

Every entity in the world lives a life process due to which it leaves a footprint. These entities also include the organizations created by man, and the processes include the processes designed by those organizations. By running its own process an organization may be making profit. Similarly, by living through its own process a living entity may be living comfortably. An organization governs the totality of all its processes. But who governs the sum-total of all the processes in the universe? According to the Vedic Vision of Nature, it is Rita or Cosmic Order. So even if all the organizations and living entities approve their own processes, if Rita or Cosmic Order rejects the sum-total of these processes, life will become unsustainable. This means that if we continue with the sum-total of these processes, life will spiral downwards towards destruction.

When life becomes unsustainable and spiral downwards, how are we going to fix the sum-total of the processes? Should we go on reviewing all the processes of all the organizations and living entities? Even if we can do that, it is difficult to assess the sum-total of their effects. Also, even if we suggest remedies, without the inner transformation of human beings it is difficult to enforce remedies.

Vedic Vision of Nature has a different approach. It educates us about Rita or Cosmic Order which has been put forward by the Rishis. Once we illumine ourselves with the sense of Rita, we ourselves will self-adjust (in the long run) and the sum-total of the processes will orient towards sustainability. Hence self-illumination through Education plays a very important role in the Vedic Vision of Nature.

The significance of the Vedic Vision of Nature is however not due to natural calamities and bringing about Sustainability. It can enrich our lives both externally (as natural abundance) as well as internally (as spiritual joy) under any circumstances. It goes much beyond bringing Sustainability and can uplift the three dimensions of life - Education, Environment and Economy.

3. The Three outer Dimensions:

Today, there is no central vision which can unify the three outer dimensions of life - Education, Environment and Economy. They do not align well in the current state of the world. When Economy is given preference, the Environment gets degraded (by deforestation, pollution etc). Education becomes split whether to align with the Economy or the Environment, or the inner illumination of man. Overall, it is driving the world towards the state of Unsustainability (where the natural life sustaining systems are getting destroyed). This article proposes the Vedic Vision of Nature as the central vision.


Fig 2: Unifying the outer Dimensions of life


4. The Three inner Dimensions:

Today, there is no central vision which can guide the application of Science and Technology in our life. Science and Technology has progressed tremendously but their application in our life is leading the world towards Unsustainability. So, there is a requirement to view Science and Technology as only the Head and the Hand, which is to be guided by the inner dimension of Heart. The inner dimension of Heart should unify life with its central vision and guide the high-level actions. The inner dimension of Head should analyze life to carry on the high-level actions. The inner dimension of Hand should empower life to implement the high-level actions. This article proposes the Vedic Vision of Nature as the inner dimension of Heart which will guide Science and Technology by bringing an inner transformation in human beings.


Fig 3: Unifying the outer Dimensions of life with the help of the inner Dimensions


5. The Goal:

The goal therefore is to unify the three outer dimensions of life - Education, Environment and Economy through a central vision. The central vision should guide Science and Technology as the inner dimension of Heart. Science and Technology should themselves act as the inner dimensions of the Head and the Hand to manifest the dimension of the Heart. In this article, the Vedic Vision of Nature is put forward as the inner dimension of Heart. The philosophy of the Vedic Vision of Nature is composed by this site (greenmesg.org) by interpreting the Vedic mantras (specially from Rig Veda Samhita).

The Way:
• So, what is Vedic Vision of Nature essentially?
• And what is the way to align Vedic Vision of Nature to form the inner dimension of Heart, which unifies the three outer dimensions of Education, Environment and Economy?

To understand this, we first need to become familiar with the Core Concepts of the Vedic Vision.



Vedic Vision of Nature:

  1. Introduction:
    • Summary
    • Relevance
    • The three outer Dimensions (Education, Environment and Economy)
    • The three inner Dimensions (Vedic Vision as Heart, Science as Head and Technology as Hand)
    • The Goal (Unifying the outer Dimensions with the help of the inner Dimensions)

  2. Core Concepts:
    1. Rishis (Seers of Vedic Mantras)
    2. Rita (Cosmic Order)
    3. Devas (Divine forces upholding Rita)
    4. Yagna (Our participation in Rita)

  3. Unification: Aligning Vedic Vision with the three outer Dimensions:
    • Education (Bringing inner illumination through the study of Vedic mantras)
    • Environment (Seeing Environment from the perspective of Rita)
    • Economy (Designing Economy from the perspective of Yagna)

  4. Yagna Cycle: Journey through the Vedic mantras through the Yagna Cycle

  5. Vedic mantras [Education]: Bringing inner illumination through the study of Vedic mantras
    1. Rig Veda - Mandala 1

  6. Rita [Environment]: Seeing Environment from the perspective of Rita

  7. Yagna [Economy]: Designing Economy from the perspective of Yagna


- Author: greenmesg


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