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 SSIO's global mission of Envirocare, the SSIO-USA is participating in the following SSIO Envirocare initiative:
Serve The Planet, 2018
‘Serve The Planet’ (STP) is a young adults (YA) led initiative that was launched in October 2013, as a global public outreach service project of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO). Since then, it has evolved and now seeks to engage members of the SSIO and the community in practicing Sathya Sai Baba’s message on ‘Ceiling on Desires’ and caring for our environment.
Serve The Planet will focus on reducing our desires, our consumption of resources and material goods, and hence our ecological footprint, as the key means to protect our environment and to live a happier life.
The theme for STP for 2018 is ‘Protect The Planet’ with a focus on ‘Energy.'
Using Sathya Sai Baba’s framework “to be, do, then tell,” STP will enable us to better understand Sathya Sai Baba’s message on the environment, practice it in our daily lives, and to share this with our communities.
In 2017, we looked at the concept of ‘Ceiling on Desires’ in relation to plastic, water and food. The STP 2018 is the continuation of last year ‘Protect the Planet’ initiative, where we will be exploring ‘Ceiling on Desires’ in relation to Energy.
Envirocare tip of the day for April 30, 2018
Nature is your school, your laboratory, the gateway to liberation, and the panorama of God’s majesty. Seek to know the lessons it is ready to teach.
Sathya Sai Baba, October 4, 1970
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