Discovering the Self in Ecology...

    This is the first month of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. VK-nardep has planned to create a series on how ecological thoughts are integral and implicit in Swami Vivekananda's worldview. So this month we present how Swami Vivekananda views the entire existence as one grand organic whole. His concepts of 'Akasha' and 'Prana' are vital to his idea of cosmic inter-connectivity. It is this which connects the individual organically and vitally with every other human being at the social level and every other organism at the ecological level. So we do hope you will enjoy reading these aspects of Swami Vivekananda's views.

     

    In our happenings apart from Azolla training, Bio-methanation plant training and installation of biogas plants, we have also conducted this month an "“in-plant training in Green Construction Technologies” for college students. It is very essential that eco-awareness is taken to the generation. Also important this month is the news aboutthe participation and contribution of Sis.Saraswathi is providing inputs regarding the pros and cons of eco-tourism in the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. The workshop on traditional Indigenous medical systems has also attracted different generations. Clearly need for the conservation of indigenous knowledge is a  great leveler of generational gaps.In our publications sections this month, we present one of our earlier and a very innovative attempt. This is a publication of folk-tune based multi-lingual eco-themes with attractive posters and both transliteration as well as translation in Hindi and English. It brings to children (and adults) also both eco-awareness and also national integration. The book also presents musical notations which makes the teacher or instructor provide an approximately correct version of the multilingual songs. This innovative effort at eco-education needs to be revived.

     

    In our wisdom section we have three passages: one from Stephen Jay Gould on how ecology is changing our perspective and laying emphasis on interconnectedness. Then we have a passage of Sri Ramana Maharishi who speaks about the self - an inner-connectedness and then we have Sri Aurobindo who discovers in natural processes an indepth-connectedness with all life.

    So as the year celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda begins, we wish all our readers a very happy new year - 2013.

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