Ahead of Simhastha, meet on climate change in Bhopal from Nov 21

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2015 22:21 IST
Senior BJP leader Anil Madhav Dave said that traditionally Simhastha had not been only a religious congregation but also a social and intellectual gathering. (HT File Photo)

To present Indian view on environmental issue ahead of Simhastha Kumbh Mela, a two-day national conference on climate change and global warming will start in Bhopal on November 21, which will be inaugurated by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The deliberations during the conference will form the basis for the ‘Simhastha declaration’ on climate change and global warming in May 2016.

Announcing this in a press conference, senior BJP leader and MP Anil Madhav Dave said that traditionally Simhastha had not been only a religious congregation but also a social and intellectual gathering.

“Simhastha was also a social congregation where scholars, rishis and religious leaders would discuss various pressing issues that the society of their time confronted. They would come with solutions and suggestions that would guide their society for next decade or so. However due to continuing colonial hangover, most people still see Simhastha as a gathering of ascetics, miracle men and snake charmers. We want to change all this. Simhastha is also an intellectual marathon which can show world what needs to be done, whether it on moral issues or environmental issues. This is why we are organising national conference this month and an intellectual conference in May,” he said.

Dave said India had developed a unique bond with the environment, forests, rivers and other water bodies, most of which are worshipped by the people. “Our traditional view on environment and ecology can become a beacon light for the whole world at a time some modern models of development and progress are having disastrous consequences.

Dave said the conference was being organised by Madhya Pradesh’s Environmental Planning and Coordination Organization (EPCO) and department of urban development and environment department.

Concept note speaks about significance of link between Simhastha and environmental issues

The concept note provided by Dave speaks about the significance of the link between Simhastha and environmental issues.

It says, “Hindu cultural traditions offers specific guidelines for ethical living including self-control, restraint, simplicity and dietary guidelines respectful of the sanctity of all life. There are innumerous references to the worship of divine in nature in Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Sutras and other sacred texts. Hinduism teaches that Panchamahabhuta (the five great elements) space, air, fire, water and earth that constitute the environment are all derived from prakriti, the primal energy. Each of these elements has his own life and form. Upanishads further elaborate that the human body is composed of these five elements. This bond between our senses and the elements is the foundation of our human relationship with natural world. Protection of environment and nature has been part of dharma (duty/virtue/cosmic order) consciousness and extension of divinity for many Indian traditional groups and they do not see religion, ecology and ethics as separate areas in life”.

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