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Nature as sacred
01-13-2018, 05:04 PM
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Nature as sacred
Since we are a part if nature, made from natural forces and dependent on the rest of out natural environment to survive why is not nature seen as sacred. What else could need our respect or devotion more than our natural world. It seems that the most dangerous mistake that humans can do is to forget that we receive that sustains our lives comes from nature. Their is not a breath we do not take that is not given to us by nature itself. Thus what could be more sacred to humans than nature itself?
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01-13-2018, 05:33 PM (This post was last modified: 01-13-2018 05:34 PM by Satyros.)
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RE: Nature as sacred
Paganism (and various other theologies like Animism) does regard nature as both sacred and divine.

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01-13-2018, 08:31 PM
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(01-13-2018 05:04 PM)Wild Fox Wrote:  Since we are a part if nature, made from natural forces and dependent on the rest of out natural environment to survive why is not nature seen as sacred. What else could need our respect or devotion more than our natural world. It seems that the most dangerous mistake that humans can do is to forget that we receive that sustains our lives comes from nature. Their is not a breath we do not take that is not given to us by nature itself. Thus what could be more sacred to humans than nature itself?

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01-14-2018, 01:18 AM
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RE: Nature as sacred
(01-13-2018 05:04 PM)Wild Fox Wrote:  Since we are a part if nature, made from natural forces and dependent on the rest of out natural environment to survive why is not nature seen as sacred. What else could need our respect or devotion more than our natural world. It seems that the most dangerous mistake that humans can do is to forget that we receive that sustains our lives comes from nature. Their is not a breath we do not take that is not given to us by nature itself. Thus what could be more sacred to humans than nature itself?

There was a time I would take to the notion or philosophy similar to the Gaia philosophy .e.g. the Earth as a living organism (in a sense, I still do).

Now from the theist POV: I care for nature as the creation which I see also as sacred. Whereas God sustains nature... Who is much more.
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RE: Nature as sacred
(01-13-2018 05:04 PM)Wild Fox Wrote:  Since we are a part if nature, made from natural forces and dependent on the rest of out natural environment to survive why is not nature seen as sacred. What else could need our respect or devotion more than our natural world. It seems that the most dangerous mistake that humans can do is to forget that we receive that sustains our lives comes from nature. Their is not a breath we do not take that is not given to us by nature itself. Thus what could be more sacred to humans than nature itself?

Protection and conservation of nature has a lot of prominence in Hinduism.

Chanakya, an Indian administrator and law maker, as far as 2000 years back laid down that those who cut even small branches or sprouts of trees yielding fruit and flowers, or providing shade in parks, places of pilgrimage, hermitages, and cremation or burial grounds should be sternly dealt with.

In ancient India, people offered prayers and performed other rites to expiate themselves from the crime of harming or up-rooting a holy tree.

To plant a pipal, banyan or some other sacred tree at a holy place or on the roadside is regarded by the Hindus as a spiritualy meritorious act.

The Brhat Parasara Smrti (10.379) states in this context: He who plants and nurtures the following trees will never see hell: one each of the holy fig (pipal), margosa (neem) and banyan (bargad), ten tamarind trees and three each of wood apple, the holy bel, myrobalan and five mango trees.

The medicines in the Indian medical system of Ayurveda is largely based on herbs and natural products, and for this reason, many of these medicinal plants were especially grown and cultivated for their medical properties diligently.

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