Author: Dr. Krishna Hota

Manava Dharma Espouses Tolerance, Fraternity and Sharing to help Manage Biodiversity -VII

Krishna tells us how the essence of Hindu culture is full of hidden treasures of sanskara (practices) that are good and green. There are loaded messages of equality, love and respect for all creatures. These help save and protect all life forms in nature. Today, we are facing the crisis of climate change and global warming. Effective biodiversity […]

Conserving Nature and the Flora are Integral to the Hindu Mind: Managing Biodiversity- V

Hindus have traditionally respected Nature: trees, rocks, sea, river, air and soil, the earth, planets, sun, moon, the natural habitat as divine. Many plants and trees like Tusli, Bel, Vat, Peepul, etc. are considered Holy. Fragrant flowers hold a special place in the worship of deities. Gods and Goddesses are assigned particular colours and flowers. Krishna tells us […]

Control Pests and Insects the Nonviolent Way: Managing Bio-Diversity – IV

Respect for all life forms are central to the Hindu consciousness. There are prescribed nonviolent ways of controlling pests and insects. Further, there are customs to protect animals. Special days and months are assigned for the people to abstain from non-vegetarian food. These help protect and propagate fish in Sravan, save other life forms. It helps to maintain […]

Folklores and Beliefs Help Preserve Animals, Birds and Insects: Managing Biodiversity- III

The sages and seers of ancient India recognised the importance of animals. While laying down the mores of social codes, they ensured that ‘brotherhood’ status be given to animals and other creatures. And instead of sermonising about love all and share the planet with all creatures, they integrated this concept with daily mishmash life of the people in […]

Hindu Temples are Haven and Home for Animals: Managing Biodiversity- II

Mapping the Hindu consciousness, Krishna elucidates how Hindu temples are haven and natural homes for large numbers of animals. In the first part that appeared last week, she told us how birds and animals have been a part of the Hindu iconography. In this column, she tells us that the reverence for the animal world is not just […]

God Manifests in all Creations: Managing Biodiversity with Reverent Love for Nature – I

The universality of the Hindu consciousness is immense. The Supreme Being is in the inner psyche of all creatures. God is present in all things big and small – the living and the inert (read non-living). Man is not the best creation, sitting on the top of the ecological pyramid. There is equality in all living beings. As […]

Raja Festival of Odisha: A Wonderful way to Celebrate Girlhood

The legacy of the fertility cult continues in Odhisa. Dr Krishna tells us about Rajo* Mauja, a celebration of menstruation, that’s celebrated in mid-June. It celebrates girlhood, Mother Earth and Godess Laxmi. Special pithas (sweet dishes) are prepared and the girl-child is pampered for three days. Here’s an exclusive report exclusively in Different Truths. As a part […]