The Bhagavadgītā as Ecospiritual Practice

This talk explores an implicit ecospirituality contained in the Bhagavadgītā. A proper understanding of the Bhagavadgītā’s well known “yoga of action” (karmayoga) depends on a cosmic sacrificial wheel described by Kṛṣṇa in verses 3.9-16. This cosmic wheel is an all-encompassing ritual ecology that provides meaning to the world and views individuals as essential causative participants within it. Individuals have the religious and moral responsibility to perpetuate the wheel through a relationship of mutual reciprocity with the deities based on an economy of food. I extend this ritual ecology to include moral responsibility to the environment (personified as the deities); and explain how it provides an ecopsychology of interconnection and identity with the environment, and how it frames a practice of equanimous eco-resilience for handling our anxiety of imminent ecological catastrophe.

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Neil Dalal
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