Respect for Mother Earth
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's message to Her children of the importance of nurturing a deep respect for Mother Earth is reverently echoed in this old Indian Native teaching.
"The old Indian teaching was:
It is wrong to tear loose from its place on the earth
Anything that may be growing there.
It may be cut off,
But it should not be uprooted.
The trees and the grass have spirits.
Whenever one of such growths may be destroyed,
His act is done in sadness.
With a prayer for forgiveness,
Because of his necessities.."
Wooden Leg, Cheyenne
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi shares with Her children the need to be respectful of our patient, beautiful, loving Mother Earth.
'When you sit on the ground also it helps more because the Mother of Shri Ganesha is this Prithvi, is this Earth, the Mother Earth, and that's why we should look after the Mother Earth. We don't look after the Mother Earth. We don't understand the value of Mother Earth. Actually in Indian culture it is that, when you are getting up in the morning, you must say Namaskar to the Mother Earth because saying that, "I bow to you, O Mother Earth, because I am touching You with my feet." Such respect you have for Mother Earth, then you won't exploit it, you won't have today's problems of pollution and this and that.
It all comes out of our ignorance that Mother Earth is the Mother of Shri Ganesh, whose chakra we have got as Mooladhara. If you understand this, you know, you will be able to understand what is to be done. The Mother Earth Herself we should look after, we can glorify Her, we can beautify Her, we can do all kinds of things, but the way we are exploiting the Mother Earth is a wrong idea, is very wrong because it is harming us with pollution. To cut down the trees, to cut down everything that Mother has produced and just use it for money is a very wrong thing. One should think about it and when you cut one tree also you should put another one there. That is the beauty of the Mother Earth, all the greenery; everything is the beauty of the Mother Earth.'
Shri Ganesha Puja, Cabella, Italy, September 25, 1999
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