Loosely modeled after the Bhaktivedanta Institute, the Bhaktivedanta Climate Change Collaboration Group aims to provide a forum for devotees to discuss climate change in the context of Krishna consciousness. The central idea is to attempt to apply Srila Prabhupada’s teachings to the phenomena so as to understand how he would have devotees preach and act. Of course, we don’t claim to be able to speak for him, but just want to initiate a dialogue where everyone is invited and can participate. This way we can hopefully work towards a collective understanding what might have been his position and instructions.
Rather than limiting content to academic or scientific efforts and debate, however, anything related to preaching, rural farm communities, etc. has a place here, as long as it connects with the phenomena of climate change. Our introductory article utilizes material from a number of academic disciplines – political science, economics, linguistics, Indo-European studies and, of course, climate science – so we hope that this sort of free-ranging content will encourage similar diversity.
For those less familiar with Vedic culture or Krishna consciousness, our website could be characterized as what some people from 5,000-10,000 year ago, the Indo-Europeans or Indo-Iranians, might have thought of our culture and the causes of climate change. The most vibrant surviving tradition from those times is India’s Vedic culture, and that is the perspective found in the introductory article. The last European remnant, the Lithuanians, succumbed to Christianity sometime around the Reformation, although one could give some honorable mention to the Irish Celts. The Zoroastrians of Iran, India, etc. , such as the Yazidis, also descend from this ancient culture.
Because of the potential impact of these phenomena on the mission of Srila Prabhupada and the world, the cooperative spirit encouraged by His Divine Grace could very well be forced on devotees. We see our effort in that light. Party spirit preaching and advocacy can be done on any number of other sites, as well as criticism of other devotees and the groups they represent. We endeavor to practice non-sectarian Vaishnava dharma, and that is why we have posted Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura’s explanation elsewhere on this site.The Bhaktivedanta Climate Change Collaboration Group would like to offer a shelter for education, brahminical discussion and revealing of hearts and minds on this issue.
Asraya, or shelter, includes submission to the instructions of the spiritual master. Articles or comments that deviate from Srila Prabhupada’s teachings may be accepted if they have other redeeming value, but the site editors reserve the right to place comments or warnings to this effect both before and after the posting.
Please e-mail your articles to firstname.lastname@example.org .
By Lord Krishna’s arrangement, the domain name and email address of this site were initiated at abhijit on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Lord Nrsimhadeva’s appearance day. The combination of Tuesday’s mundane Mars’ martial energy and Lord Nrsimhadeva’s violent transcendental purification of the demoniac mentality seem to perfectly characterize the predicted consequences or reactions of man-made climate change. Let us all transcendentally capitalize on these merciful arrangements of the Lord to together take complete shelter of His holy name.