Understanding Protection and Reverence for the Earth

Protection: the process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
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Reverence: a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
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  • Protection is security, providing safety – freedom from danger and risk, a refuge.
  • Protection is cover – a shelter, a shield from harm.
  • Protection is guardianship – cared for, watched over.
  • Reverence is respect – esteem for a sense of worth.
  • Reverence is praise – great approval and admiration.
  • Reverence is adoration – fervent and devoted love.

Benefits of Protection and Reverence for the Earth

  • Protection and Reverence for the Earth — cultivates compassion.
  • Protection and Reverence for the Earth — removes and transforms suffering.
  • Protection and Reverence for the Earth — puts an end to destruction of life.
  • Protection and Reverence for the Earth — combats anger, gaining energy from love and compassion.
  • Protection and Reverence for the Earth — works to keep others from destroying, not only ourselves.

Acts of Protection and Reverence for the Earth in Everyday Life

  • The Bible — Rotating crops in a way that permits the soil respite so it can revitalize and regain its richness shows how important it was to respect the land and its abundance.
  • Saviors During the Holocaust — Countless of tales of people who, even at the risk of losing their own lives, lived with determination to protect and revere life.
  • Mahatma Ghandi — His demonstrations of peaceful resolution to conflict clearly demonstrates how important choosing peace and life was.
  • Going Green — Although it is taking on an economic "for profit" spin, the concept of conservation and revering the earth and its bounty is one that spreads in popularity.
  • Positive Parenting — One of the most tremendous gifts that parents can give their children is the gift of learning to love and respect life; not just their own, but the lives of others. By living a life that demonstrates compassion and respect for others, we help our children learn to revere and value not only themselves, but life in general.

Methods for Achieving Protection and Reverence for the Earth

  • Live with Humility — Learn to live a life that is not self-centered. Practice this daily.
  • Disavow Killing — Even in our minds. Build bonds and loving relationships, not hatred and enemies.
  • Understand Situations and People — This will help us avoid suffering in all our actions.
  • Practice Nonviolence — Not only with regard to others, but also within ourselves. Find the love in your heart and always pray to approach others through it.
  • Practice Peace — Employ gentleness, loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity directed to our bodies, our feelings, and other people. Be mindful of and learn to transform the wars in ourselves.

Golden Mean

Wastefulness
Protection and reverence for the Earth
Inactivity

Quotes for Protection and Reverence for the Earth

What does Reverence for Life say abut the relations between [humanity] and the animal world? Whenever I injury any kind of life I must be quite certain that it is necessary. I must never go beyond the unavoidable, not even in apparently insignificant things. The farmer who has mowed down a thousand flowers in his meadow in order to feed his cows must be careful on his way home not to strike the head off a single flower by the side of the road in idle amusement, for he thereby infringes on the law of life without being under the pressure of necessity.
- Albert Schweitzer -
On life's journey, faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
- Buddha -
Let knowledge grow from more to more, But more of reverence in us dwell; That mind and soul, according well, May make one music as before.
- Tennyson -

Recommended Reading

Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation: The Four Aims of Life in the Tradition of Ancient India — by Alain Danielou

A great little book explaining the basic tenets of Hindu religion and the way they played out in Indian culture. Highly recommended for an over-view of Hindu virtues.

Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter — by Hal Urban

Writers Digest Magazine voted "Life's Greatest Lessons" the best inspirational book of 2000. It contains life's truths and tremendous wisdom. An absolutely sensational book on character education!

General Rules

Practice virtues daily so that they become ‘habits of the heart’.

Don‘t strive for perfection.

Never give up! Remember: even the greats have off days.

Rely on your intuition.

Avoid extremes. Strive to achieve the golden mean between excess and deficiency of a virtue.

Have fun and enjoy the program with humor and optimism.



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The earth is a tremendous gift. There is nothing else like it in the known universe. I want to leave it the way I found it. Dennis Weaver
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