Wednesday, November 19, 2008
What is actual sustainabilty?
Is it the ability to create and sustain a consistent supply of foodstuffs locally and organically grown for your family and community?
Is it living by responsible environmental codes and practices that properly respects and doesn't denigrate the earthly planet we live on?
Is it driving your hybrid, drinking your soymilk, voting for Obama, or donating to Greenpeace or Sierra Club?
Is it all this, or is there something more?
Within the Iskcon movement...we do have the philosophical foundation to explain why and how spirituality is connected to sustainability and that there is no such thing as sustainability without spirituality. It is nothing but understanding the movement of the modes of nature, the permutation of goodness, passion and ignorance moving around. But the actual sustainability is that you are doing it for the pleasure and service of God. Therefore by Gods grace and his expansions or assistants, that arrangement makes everything co-operate with your effort to make nice devotional offerings. Thats actual sustainability.
Tapahpunja Das, 2008 Festival of Inspiration, New Vrindaban Dham