A few years ago, a famous broadcast media conglomerate in India took up this line as the core vision of the group. It was then that the line got stuck in my head. These two words written in Sanskrit literally mean ‘Earth is indeed my family.’
These words truly hold the crux of the idea ‘Sustainable Living‘.
‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ finds its first mention in Chapter 6 of Upanishad an ancient scripture of India. Well, not going into the religion angle per se but if one tries to think in a logical manner then also this idea is adequate and very much practicable. After all, every living organism in the world has been designed to co-exist in harmony. Whether it is ‘food chains’ taught in science classes at school or the eating dos’ and don’ts passed down by our ancestors, both infer the idea of co-existence and thereby maintaining the balance.
The one holding the force majeure of harmonizing everything out has been given to nature or we might call this force itself as Nature. This equilibrium has to be maintained both externally & internally.
By ‘Internally’ I mean, what goes inside the person, both at a physical & mental level. While ‘Externally’, I mean to group everything that’s around the individual. So there is his family, there’s society, then a nation, and there’s a whole big world out there. (At the moment, let’s forget about the universe and the fellow aliens that might be partying somewhere out there and yeah, we are yet to meet them… 🙂 )
We all need to be in perfect sync with this entire schema because imbalance doesn’t quite go well with nature. ‘Sustainable’ is the keyword here. When one treats the world as his home and when one develops himself or herself in line with nature’s principles then in the truest sense, it is Sustainable. Anything that’s not in line with nature isn’t sustainable.
We are sitting in the middle of a global pandemic with no solution to a virus that is probably born as an anomaly to nature. The time to discuss sustainable living cannot be more apt than this.
The upcoming series of 26 posts in 26 days courtesy #blogchatterA2Z challenge will be an extension to my blog’s core vision of discussing and bringing awareness about, ‘Sustainable Lifestyle & Travel’. Hope the posts turn out to be food for thought for some, livable for others or at least a good read for many. Happy Reading!
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