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Welcome to the Environmental Sustainability Hub
"Let’s start with a question asked to ourselves. 'Is my action or inaction in any way benefiting or harming the environment?' If I don't know the answer to that question, do research, ask around.”
– Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro, from Nigeria, speaking at the Go Green Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam, July 2018.
The Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) has established an Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) to provide spiritual solutions to our present day environmental crisis.
This Environmental Sustainability Hub provides insights, tips and resources to help you develop the spiritual connection between yourself and Nature and to live a more environmentally conscious life. It is based on Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings on Man’s relationship with Nature and the environmental crisis.
What would you like to find out today? Browse the Quick links below
- How can protecting the planet help me to grow spiritually? – Watch the video: God, Nature & Man. Plus, hear from speakers at the Go Green Conference.
- Go Green, Think Green, Act Green, Live Green – Find highlights from our first Go Green Conference, including study circle material and workshop summaries, and the conference resolutions.
- Climate change, why change starts with each of us – Watch the 3 minute video that uncovers the potential impact to millions if we don’t make a change.
- Go Green teachings and practical tips – Learn about spiritual solutions to the environmental crisis. Watch short videos and access checklists with practical tips you can apply in your life and your Sathya Sai Centre.
- Go Green additional resources and useful links – Access study circle and SSE content applied in the USA as well as materials from the “Serve the Planet” initiative.
How can protecting the planet help me to grow spiritually?
The essence of sadhana (spiritual practice) is giving love to everyone and offering selfless service (seva) at every opportunity possible. It is encapsulated in Sathya Sai Baba's famous dictum: "Love all, Serve all”. It extends to all Nature, including animals and plants.
Our spiritual journey requires that we expand our love beyond our family and ourselves.
Sathya Sai Baba said, ”You have to realise that Nature is a manifestation of God. Hence, Nature should not be ignored.“
Widening our love to encompass Nature will help us realise that Nature is a gift from God. We can then expand our notion of seva to, for example, exchanging a plastic spoon for a bio-degradable option at a Sathya Sai event, as a means for us to offer love to the Divine Light that is permeates all creation.
Although, we may define spiritual practices as meditation, prayer, bhajan (devotional singing) and attending Sathya Sai events, our every thought and action can be part of our spiritual practice. At the Go Green Conference, Shaun Brown, from Australia, said, ”We need to realise that everything we do has an impact on the environment”.
At a global scale, the current climate crisis is a reflection of the collective conscience of humanity. Shruthi Vijayakumar, from New Zealand, said, ”The external pollution we see is just a reflection of our inner pollution.” Our ceaseless desires are causing havoc around us, as people are unaware of the unity of God, Nature and Man. We are failing to learn selflessness from Nature. ”Nature gives unconditionally. Man cannot take unconditionally. On the contrary, God made us stewards of nature,” said Katina van Lamsweerde from Netherlands.
Sathya Sai Baba says, ”The universe is the ‘university’ for man. Man should treat Nature with reverence.” Exploring this relationship with Nature is the starting point to dutifully managing the impact we have on the environment.
Video: God, Nature & Man: the Spiritual Connection with Climate Change
The video highlights our connection with Nature:
- Nature is a precious gift. She is like a compassionate mother; she is also a supreme teacher. She teaches us love, patience, forbearance and sacrifice.
- Sathya Sai Baba says Nature is the vesture of God because it represents the aspect of the Divine that we can see in the material world.
- Hear thoughts from environmental speakers from around the world who attended the SSIO’s first ever Go Green Conference
Read more: Go Green, Think Green, Act Green, Live Green – links to highlights from the Go Green Conference
Reach out to the SSIO Environmental Sustainability Committee at email@example.com with any questions, ideas or comments.