The basis of Hinduism is dharma or righteousness, incorporating duty, cosmic law and justice. Five thousand years ago, the Vedas exhibited a clear appreciation of the natural world and its ecology, the importance of the environment and the management of natural resources.
Nanditha Krishna’s ‘Hinduism and Nature’ delves into the religion’s deep respect for all life forms, the forests and trees, rivers and lakes, animals and mountains, which are all manifestations of divinity. Nature is venerated all over India: every village has a sacred grove, every temple a sacred garden and sacred tree.
In this illuminating book, scholar and environmentalist Nanditha Krishna explores both the classical and the tribal traditions that venerated nature, and convincingly argues that we can save the environment only by seeking answers in ancient wisdom.
A historian and environmentalist based in Chennai, Nanditha Krishna is the director of the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation and founder-director of its constituents—C.P. Art Centre, C.P.R. Institute of Indological Research, Saraswathi Kendra Learning Centre for Children, C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre and the Kanchi Heritage House and Museum of Folk Art, besides three schools and a women’s college.She is a professor and a research guide for the PhD programme of the University of Madras and has received several prestigious national and international awards.