Sri Sathya Sai Baba exhorts us to “develop the spirit of Oneness” and to experience unity in diversity. He teaches us that the entire creation is the body of God and Nature is the mirror in which the image of God can be seen.
“There are three entities in the universe with which man has to deal: God, nature and man. Of course, God is to be worshipped by man, to be realized by man through nature. Nature is the name for all the various items that impress upon man the glory and the splendor of God. ”
Sathya Sai Baba, March 27, 1967
He further explains that the five elements that make up all aspects of nature (ether, air, fire, water, and earth) exist in perfect harmony. Today however, as a result of man’s excessive desires and over consumption, nature is out of balance, resulting in increased natural disasters we experience today.
“Many natural catastrophes are entirely due to man’s behavior. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wars, floods, and famines and other calamities are the result of grave disorders in nature. These disorders are traceable to man’s conduct. Man has not recognized the integral relationship between humanity and the world of nature. ”
Sathya Sai Baba, November 22, 1992
To support the Swami’s mission of Envirocare, the SSIO-USA promotes several initiatives including Tree planting, Go-Green projects, Cleaning up programs, Community Garden ideas and Environmental Education.