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Ecology in Puranas

ENVIRONMENT IN PURANAS — Proceedings of the Seminar Organized During the Sanskrit Year Celebrations: Prof. K. T. Pandurangi— Editor; Pub. by Dvaita Vedanta Study and Research Centre, 33/163, 10th B Main, I Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore. Rs. 300.

THE VOLUME under review is a compendium of 18 essays written by different scholars highlighting the need to protect environment against pollution, exploitation and devastation.

The need of the hour is to realise that the rich organic components of the earth are too valuable to be destroyed in a split second, which took millions of years to set a balance, and provide wholesome ingredients to upgrade genetic components.

Our ancestors knew that there are many planes of existence and they extended to each plane subconsciously interlinking each one of them. They knew that the five elements govern our life.

The Vedas and Puranas throw ample light on this. The advancement of science and technology has only resulted in making this beautiful planet more vulnerable to pollution.

Gas leaks, dumping highly carcinogenic material into the sea and contamination of drinking water by oil slicks due to sheer human negligence, naturally have serious repercussions on environment. Scientists are warning us of the alarming degree of global warming, global climatic change, melting of glaciers and rise in the sea level and such other dangers.

A difference of even one to two degrees in global temperature is enough to have a terrible impact on our environment.

Out of the 18 articles in this volume, 11 are in Sanskrit and the rest in English. The Sanskrit portion highlights the awareness of environmental importance present in the Vedas, the Mahabharata, Puranas like the Vishnu, Markandeya, Harivamsa, Bhavishya and the Bhagavata.

The English section contains important articles on the biotic factor of ecology, thoughts on environment in the Atharva Veda, vegetation analysis using the GIS remote sensing technique etc.

Prof. K. T. Pandurangi, a very distinguished scholar and also the editor of this volume, has written a few articles.

This book throws ample light on the importance of environment which was well recognised in ancient India, and how people should now rise to the occasion by preventing pollution at all levels and make this beautiful planet worthy of habitation by all living beings as intended by its creator.


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