River of Love in an Age of Pollution

Author: David Haberman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 052093962X
Release Date: 2006-09-10
Genre: Religion

Celebrated as an aquatic form of divinity for thousands of years, the Yamuna is one of India’s most sacred rivers. A prominent feature of north Indian culture, the Yamuna is conceptualized as a goddess flowing with liquid love—yet today it is severely polluted, the victim of fast-paced industrial development. This fascinating and beautifully written book investigates the stories, theology, and religious practices connected with this river goddess collected from texts written over several millennia, as well as from talks with pilgrims, priests, and worshippers who frequent the pilgrimage sites and temples located on her banks. David L. Haberman offers a detailed analysis of the environmental condition of the river and examines how religious practices are affected by its current pollution. He introduces Indian river environmentalism, a form of activism that is different in many ways from its western counterpart. River of Love in an Age of Pollution concludes with a consideration of the broader implications of the Yamuna’s plight and its effect on worldwide efforts to preserve our environment.

Loving Waters Across Religions

Author: McAnally, Elizabeth
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 9781608337705
Release Date: 2019-02-20
Genre: Religion

"McAnally presents an academically rigorous, spiritually rich approach to the myriad global issues related to water. The author draws from Christianity's sacramental consciousness of baptism, loving service of the Yamuna River in Hinduism, and the compassionate wisdom of the bodhisattva to develop 'an integral approach to water ethics.' Building on but distinct from the foundation laid by Christiana Zenner's Just Water, this book is a welcome addition to the growing field of concern surrounding global water crises"--

Hinduism in the Modern World

Author: Brian A. Hatcher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135046316
Release Date: 2015-10-05
Genre: Religion

Hinduism in the Modern World presents a new and unprecedented attempt to survey the nature, range, and significance of modern and contemporary Hinduism in South Asia and the global diaspora. Organized to reflect the direction of recent scholarly research, this volume breaks with earlier texts on this subject by seeking to overcome a misleading dichotomy between an elite, intellectualist "modern" Hinduism and the rest of what has so often been misleadingly termed "traditional" or "popular" Hinduism. Without neglecting the significance of modern reformist visions of Hinduism, this book reconceptualizes the meaning of "modern Hinduism" both by expanding its content and by situating its expression within a larger framework of history, ethnography, and contemporary critical theory. This volume equips undergraduate readers with the tools necessary to appreciate the richness and diversity of Hinduism as it has developed during the past two centuries.

Ecology and Religion

Author: John Grim
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610912358
Release Date: 2014-01-02
Genre: Religion

From the Psalms in the Bible to the sacred rivers in Hinduism, the natural world has been integral to the world's religions. John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker contend that today's growing environmental challenges make the relationship ever more vital. This primer explores the history of religious traditions and the environment, illustrating how religious teachings and practices both promoted and at times subverted sustainability. Subsequent chapters examine the emergence of religious ecology, as views of nature changed in religious traditions and the ecological sciences. Yet the authors argue that religion and ecology are not the province of institutions or disciplines alone. They describe four fundamental aspects of religious life: orienting, grounding, nurturing, and transforming. Readers then see how these phenomena are experienced in a Native American religion, Orthodox Christianity, Confucianism, and Hinduism. Ultimately, Grim and Tucker argue that the engagement of religious communities is necessary if humanity is to sustain itself and the planet. Students of environmental ethics, theology and ecology, world religions, and environmental studies will receive a solid grounding in the burgeoning field of religious ecology.

Inherited Land

Author: Whitney A. Bauman
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781630876241
Release Date: 2011-08-04
Genre: Religion

Religion and ecology has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the sorts of methodological, terminological, and substantive debates that characterize any academic discourse. This book recognizes the field that has taken shape, reflects on the ways it is changing, and anticipates its development in the future. The essays offer analyses and reflections from emerging scholars of religion and ecology, each addressing her or his own specialty in light of two questions: (1) What have we inherited from the work that has come before us? and (2) What inquiries, concerns, and conversation partners should be central to the next generation of scholarship? The aim of this volume is not to lay out a single and clear path forward for the field. Rather, the authors critically reflect on the field from within, outline some of the major issues we face in the academy, and offer perspectives that will nurture continued dialogue.

Saraswati

Author: K.S. Valdiya
Publisher: Universities Press
ISBN: 8173714037
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Excavations (Archaeology)

This Book Is About The River Saraswati That Vanished More Than 2000 Years Ago. Written In Simple Language Shorn Of Technical Jargon, It Explores The Existence Of A Mighty, Snow-Fed River, Traces Its Course From The Foothills Of The Himalayas To The Shores Of The Arabian Sea And Outlines The History Of Human Settlements Along This River. It Finally Highlights The Geological Events That Overtook The Land Leading To The Disappearance Of The River That Was Once The Lifeline Of The People That Inhabited Its Floodplain. It Is Lavishly Illustrated In Both Colour And Black And White.

Wasserlandschaften

Author: Herbert Dreiseitl
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783764378752
Release Date: 2006-01-24
Genre: Architecture

Nach Jahrzehnten der Verdrängung von Wasser aus dem Siedlungsraum ist dieses in den vergangenen Jahren verstärkt zum gestalterischen Thema geworden. Die Integration natürlicher Wasserläufe in die bebaute Umgebung, die Klimatisierung von Stadträumen durch Wasserskulpturen, aber auch die Schaffung von Ruhe- oder Erlebnisorten wie Brunnen und Bassins stoßen nicht nur bei Architekten und Stadtplanern auf Interesse, sondern werden auch in der Öffentlichkeit beachtet. Dieses Buch zeigt in thematischer Ordnung – von der großflächigen Landschaftsplanung über die Stadtraumgestaltung bis zum Kunstobjekt - die vielfältigen Möglichkeiten der kreativen Arbeit mit Wasser in der Stadt, Kunst, Landschaft und Architektur. Die dokumentierten Arbeiten umfassen u.a. die Freiraumgestaltung für den Dubai Business Park, eine Flussrenaturierung im Bishan Park in Singapur, die Freiraumplanung für eine neue Siedlung in Tianjin, China, die Planung des Telecom Park, Taipei sowie des Vuores Central Park in Tampere, Finnland, und die Stadtplatzgestaltung Civic Square Seattle. Herbert Dreiseitl, geboren 1955, ist Bildhauer, Wasserkünstler und Landschaftsarchitekt. Nach Bildhauerausbildung an der Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm und Architekturstudien gründete er 1980 Gründung das Atelier Dreiseitl in Überlingen/Bodensee. Zahlreiche Realisierungen im Bereich Stadthydrologie, Wassergestaltung, Freiraumplanung und Siedlungsentwässerung. Er hält weltweit Vorträge, und seine Arbeit wurde vielfach veröffentlicht. Dieter Grau, geboren 1963, Gärtner und Landschaftsarchitekt, arbeitet seit 1994 im Atelier Dreiseitl. Seit 1996 leitet er dort den Bereich Landschaftsarchitektur. Er ist weltweit mit Planungsprojekten beschäftigt und hält regelmäßig Fachvorträge.

Liebesbrief an die Erde

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Langen Mueller Herbig
ISBN: 9783485061001
Release Date: 2014-03-19
Genre: Philosophy

Das Lebensglück der Menschen hängt untrennbar mit dem Wohlergehen der Erde zusammen: Nur auf einem gesunden Planeten können wir gesund leben. Thich Nhat Hanh zeigt, wie eng Denken und Handeln der Menschen mit dem Zustand der Erde verbunden sind. Er entwickelt einen Leitfaden der Achtsamkeit, nach dem wir sinnhaft leben und zugleich die Natur wertschätzen und schützen können. Die Vorstellung, dass Mensch und Umwelt getrennt sind, wird aufgegeben und ein Gefühl der Liebe und Verbundenheit mit dem großen Ganzen gefördert.