Bhumi is the Sanskrit word for ‘Mother Earth’. Thousands of years ago, Hindu sages
realized that preservation of the environment and ecological balance was necessary for
the survival of humanity. They recognized that Earth has the same relationship with us as
a mother with her child. The sages addressed Earth as Mother Earth and personified her
as the goddess Bhumi.
Hindu scriptures are replete with spiritual and poetic references to Mother Earth where
the environment is alive and teems with life, where trees, mountains and rocks become
shrines and the river is respected as a source and support of physical and spiritual life.
Kusum Vyas, 2009
Chief Seattle(attr.)“Our roots are deep in the lands where we live. We have a great love for our country, for our birthplace is here. The soil is rich from the bones of thousands of our generations. Each of us was created in these lands and it is our duty to take great care of them, because from these lands will spring the future generations of our peoples. We walk about with great respect, for the Earth is a very Sacred Place.”
Sioux, Navaho and Iroquois Declaration, 1978
the world and those who dwell therein.
And the process to connect these small steps and the large vision is halacha and education – the way that we self-obligate ourselves and the way we learn, for ourselves and for our children, knowing that education leads to action.So in the Jewish community, over the next six years, we’re suggesting a big vision, small first steps, and a way to connect the two.
My hope and my blessing for us all, here today, and for the many millions of people whose lives we may touch, is that we keep walking steadily through the tunnel, trusting that the journey is important, that our destination can be reached, and that as we walk, by our light, the world will steadily be illuminated for all.
The Qur’an states “… do not cause corruption on
the earth after it has been set in order: this is better for you, if you are believers.” [7:85]…Preserving nature and preventing corruption on earth is one of the core responsibilities of
all believers. The Qur’an changed the hearts and minds of its hearers when it dawned on
the Arabian Peninsula, enriching humankind and providing a vivid lens through which
we can look at nature. Today, at a time of environmental crisis, religious teachings can
once again play a pivotal role and provide us with a fresh perspective and consciousness
Grand Mufti of Egypt, 2009
the brightness of the moon and of fire–these are my glory.
With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures.
Through the moon, the vessel of life-giving fluid, I nourish all plants. I enter breathing creatures and dwell within as the life-giving breath.
I am fire in the stomach which digests all food. Entering into every heart, I give the power to remember and understand; it is I again who take that power away. All the scriptures lead to me;
I am their author and their wisdom.
Bhagavad Gita 15:12-15
Who will penetrate this earth & this realm of death with all its gods? Who will ferret out the well-taught Dhamma-saying, as the skillful flower-arranger the flower? The learner-on-the-path will penetrate this earth & this realm of death with all its gods. The learner-on-the-path will ferret out the well-taught Dhamma-saying, as the skillful flower-arranger the flower.
Dhammapada, 4, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
High Truth, unyielding Order, Consecration, Ardor and Prayer and Holy Ritual uphold the Earth; may she, the ruling Mistress of what has been and what will come to be, for us spread wide a limitless domain.
Eye, ear, mind, tongue, and touch; skin, flesh, muscle. Marrow, and skeleton; and the five Vital forces constitute the body.
The sage, contemplating these sets of five, Discovered that everything is holy.
Man can complete the inner with the outer.
Om Prithivi devyyaya Vidhmahe
Sahasra murthaye cha Dheemahe
Thanno Prithvi Prachodayath.Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of earth,
Oh, Goddess who has thousand forms, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess earth illuminate my mind.Prithvi Gayatri Mantra