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Green Bhakti- Change how you see things, change how you use things

7 Feb , 2012  

Gradual withdrawal from enjoying matter to growth in finding our happiness in a life of servitude to the Lord and His creation is needed for our spiritual development.

The outer environment is a reflection of the inner environment. Part of living bhakti is to make enlightened choices even in the physical realm.

The Lord is the Proprietor

Green living is built into the vedic lifestyle by knowing that the Supreme Lord is the real owner of everything animate and inanimate around us and we are caretakers.Green Living

The first verse of the Sri Isopanisad says “Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.”

Our homes are made of earth, wood, stone, iron, cement and so many other material things.

If we think in terms of Sri Isopanishad, we must know that we cannot produce any of these building materials ourselves. We can simply bring them together and transform them into different shapes by our labor. Knowing that the Supreme Lord is the proprietor of everything is the first step in green living. With such thinking we become more mindful of how we use everything.

Green Living is a personal practice that must be based on our gratitude for all that the Lord has given in our care and respect for the entire creation of the Lord. We must be spiritually mindful in how we use and how much we use. It all depends on how you see things.

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