- Publisher: Mandala Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006CDT960
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Vedic Ecology: Practical Wisdom for Surviving the 21st Century Hardcover
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"This beautiful book connects modern ecology and environmental activism with the ancient Vedic tradition of India in a way that inspires both contemplation and action." --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Ranchor continues his tradition section of Vedic Ecology with a chapters on the Sleeping Creator, Cosmic Person, Ten Avatars, and Krishna, the Forest Cowherd, Who honors the hill, sun, trees, and cows. In his second section, "India In the Balance," Ranchor presents Gandhi's vision in a chapter entitled, Village Economics. His next chapter, Life of Sacrifice, is an interview with Satish Kumar, founder of the first international college devoted to teaching a spiritual approach to the environment. Satish says, "Whenever you take, eat, or consume, you must consider whether you have left something for others--for God, for nature, for the poor and for future generations. This is sacrifice, or yajna."
In the last five chapters Ranchor encourages his readers to join him by "Campaigning for the Future." He first discusses Balbir Mathur, a successful businessman who became disillusioned with Western culture and founded Trees for Life. Mathur quotes the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.22.33-35), "The whole life of a tree is service. With its leaves, flowers, fruits, branches, roots, shade, fragrance, sap, bark, wood, and finally even its ashes and coal, it exists for the sake of others." Ranchor interviews Sunderlal Bahugana, follower of Gandhi who fights to save the Himalayan environment, and Vandana Shiva, world-renowned environmental philosopher and activist. Ranchor crafts his interviews into concise summaries that reveal his affection for his environmentalist collaborators. His summaries communicate high philosophy, folklore, practical wisdom, and most of all, appreciation for nature from a spiritual perspective. In 160 pages, he entertains, teaches, fascinates, and nudges us to action. He concludes with a short chapter of Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada's vision for An Alternative Society, and a chapter on Restoring Krishna's Forest.