Being Close to Nature In all things of nature there is something marvelous. - Aristotle
Body and Mind are organic parts of Material Energy.
The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy. Body and Mind are forms of Matter. The Soul is not. The Bhagavad Gita 18.61 isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati bhramayan sarva-bhutani yantrarudhani mayaya
The Vedas mainly deal with the subject of the three modes of material nature. Rise above these modes, O Arjuna. Be transcendental to all of them. Be free from all dualities and from all anxieties for gain and safety, and be established in the Self. Self-realization is to move beyond the body-consciousness. The Bhagavad Gita 2.45
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. - Edward O. Wilson Walk easy on the Earth. Shun violence. Listen, listen to what Nature is telling us. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. - Albert Einstein
Sacred Universe – Harmony in Opposites The inviolable interconnectedness in Universe Versus The conquest of and control over Nature Instead of separating ourselves from life, we must instead be able to consciously choose to be part of Nature and enjoy it in cooperation, harmony and Love. In Universe at large, initiatory action is as indispensable as reception, tenderness is as necessary as vehemence, feeling is as important as thinking. Unnatural divorce between the Rational and the Intuitive. Competition versus Cooperation.
Hypertrophic “development”: Predominance of Darkness
Simple, vibrant social life: Predominance of Passion
Simple living & high thinking: Predominance of Goodness
Time-conscious cycles in the practice of Yoga Regular mantra-meditation each day. Altar services at fixed times during the day. Temple visits once or twice a week. Fasting once a fortnight, etc. Green aspects of Yoga Gardening and tending to the tulasi (holy basil) plant. Vegetarian diet. Simple living, etc.