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5 June 2008

World Environment Day - 2008

In a majority of the posts I have done here in my blog and specifically in almost thirty of them I have commented upon various themes to do with environment, green causes, development, business, nature and various topics related to it.

Is that the reason I don't feel the need to talk about recycling, carbon credits, mangroves, sea-levels, need, greed and conservation today? I don't know. Maybe.

Instead today I bring you this hymn from the Upanishads.

The word Upanishad means "from the forest" - this is wisdom from the ancestors who knew how to live with and in harmony with nature even as they harnessed all it had to give for their daily requirements. It is also an invocation to The Sun, The waters (ocean), The wind, Nature & all the laws that govern it and, the text given here can never reflect the beauty of the chant.

Visvasaanti Prarthana (Prayer for Universal Peace)

Aum Shamno Mitra Sham Varunaha
Shamno Bhavatvaryama
Shamna Indro Bruhaspatih
Shamno Vishnu Rurukramaha
Namo Brahmane
Namaste Vaayo
Tvameva Pratyaksham Brahmaasi
Tvaameva Pratyaksham Brahma Vadisyaami
Rutam Vadisyaami
Tad Vaktaaramavatu Avatu Maam
Aum Shanti Shanti Shantihi

May the sun and other Vedic Gods - Varuna, Aryamaa, Indra, Brihaspati and the all pervading Maha Vishnu and all the Devatas shower their Blessings upon us. Salutations to Brahma. Salutations to Vaayu. You are the personfication of Brahma. I shall proclaim thee as Brahma. I shall always abide by Dharma (righteousness). I shall always speak the truth. May that protect us all. Aum Peace, Peace, Peace.

Source: Hymn- Vedic prayers. Picture- from my collection, lily in an urli at home

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