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Eternal Bhoomi features positive initiatives and stories of activists, philosophers, farmers, teachers, artists and others about living with conciousness of being earth citizens, also great perspectives and articles by renowned writers and thinkers from around the world.

Current Issue: April June 2016
Learning from Indigenous People

Thoreau expressed his contempt for mankind when he said, “It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.” Woody Allen put forth his biophobia by proclaiming, “Nature and I are two.” A cursory glance at the quotes may suggest diametrically opposite perspectives but the implicit axiom connecting the two seems to be that human beings and nature are primarily distinct and separate entities. 

Indigenous cultures on the other hand, have been built on a holistic view of the universe where everything is intimately connected to everything else. On an expanded view of community in which humans, animals, plants, rocks and rivers are all biologically and spiritually fused together. The planet then in such a system does not just come alive, but turns sacred as well. The Indigenous have over thousands of years, become “biospherically conscious” and continue to live harmoniously with all life around them.

Editorial

Thoreau expressed his contempt for mankind when he said, “It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.” Woody Allen put forth his biophobia by proclaiming, “Nature and I are two.” A cursory glance at the quotes may suggest diametrically opposite perspectives but the implicit axiom connecting the two seems to be that human beings and nature are primarily distinct and separate entities. 

Selected Articles
A few articles from our current issue are offered below in full, to view other articles please browse this issue.

Eco Spiritual leader Satish Kumar spells out a much needed philosophy of joy and caring for nature and humans in times when gloom and doom stories are rife in the world today.

...life is sacred. And through gratitude to life we are enchanted and inspired and happy. Caring for the Earth community, which includes the human community, is a matter of joy, and not a matter of compulsion. Ecology or environmentalism is a way of life, not a way of crisis management.

Being with the indigenous is a moving experience that creates a shift in consciousness within one, says Reva.  

For several months now, I have been visiting and living with indigenous people in our land (whom we often call “the tribals”), travelling into the interiors of India and meeting others who have lived and worked for years with them.

The study disproves the myth that innovation must always be transferred from the lab to the land. It concludes that the indigenous wisdom widely practiced by communities before farming began, are highly relevant for climate change adaptation.

Though climate change affects everyone, indigenous people who live closer to the natural environment, are more vulnerable to the sevariations. However, they are also the first to observe, identify and formulate required strategies to adapt to climate change.

Living Farms, an NGO that works with tribal villages in the eastern state of Odisha, has documented 357 forest foods harvested by tribes in the region. Nutrition experts under NIN studied 63 of them and found them to be high in micronutrients. 

“When forests are cut, you are not only displacing unskilled, unorganized, rural people, you are actually displacing highly wise, knowledgeable people,”

Luc Sala on why we need to maintain a balance between the digital and the analogue in life.

These days most people think that digital is the way to go. Digital is progress, and analogue is old-fashioned, even out-of-date.  But the difference between analogue and digital should be understood, as it is fundamental in a practical as well as a philosophical context.