Happy Earth Day!
Earth: Prithvi Or Vasudha in Sanskrit
Derived from the root ‘prath’ meaning pervasive, stretched out, spread out, expanded
Vasudha: Derived from verb root “dha” it means that which holds or contains or sustains. “vasu” means wealth, abundance or prosperity. Vasudha is another name of earth, which holds and sustains its beings and provides abundance, health, wealth and prosperity to all.
Prayer: May we continue to act as if this entire earth, its beings and the mother nature is my family - Vasudha-eva Kutumbakam
To Pledge: According to the Vedic texts there are five kinds of debts on all human beings and one of them is “Bhuta Rina” which means the debt that we carry of earth, plants and five elements. One can pay it back by being kind, considerate and loving to the earth. Not take more then what is needed and always replenish it. Take a pledge to treat earth, its beings and its resources with reverence, gratitude and with the attitude of given back.
To Practice Today and Everyday : At the end of your yoga practice/ upon waking up/ before going to bed- Touch the earth/floor and mentally say: With Earth as witness, I offer all the experiences (pleasant/unpleasant, accomplishment/failure) of my practice to the lineage of realized beings. Idam Na Mama - This is not mine.
Image: An Indian woman wearing a turquoise hand weaved cotton shirt. Only her torso is visible. Her hands are in open prayer gesture, she is holding marigold flowers in her hands and offering them to the five elements as a gesture of gratitude, reverence and love. The five elements are held in three steel dishes, holding moistened dirt/earth , fire as a flame, flower and incense are air and ether respectively.