New warnings regularly appear about Earth’s growing environmental crises.[i] A number of scientists believe we have reached a tipping point where humanity faces an existential threat.[ii] Beyond just people, current trends may lead to the sixth mass extinction of life on the planet.[iii] Concerns are growing that governments and other organizations are not doing enough to deal with the threat in time.[iv] Some suggest that even if the governments aggressively addressed the problem in a coordinated manner, it may still be too late.[v]
So, what can be done? Certainly, we should take all possible steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, preserve forests and other natural environments, and protect living beings. In addition, we should turn to spiritual resources to help save the world.
On May 16, 1982, Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii, founder of A’nanda Ma’rga, gave a discourse entitled Kiirtana Dispels Calamities. The discourse focused on the spiritual chant called kiirtana and its ability to solve both psychic and physical problems.
“The physical afflictions of this material world are caused partly by nature and partly by human beings themselves. Now, whatever might be the physical miseries—be they natural or man-made—if people collectively chant kiirtana, the calamities are dispelled then and there. In case of natural calamities like flood, famine, drought or epidemic, or man-made calamities, miseries and tortures—if kiirtana is chanted with maximum sincerity, it will bring direct relief in no time.”[vi]
How and why does this happen?
“At the time of kiirtana, so many people, so many devotees assemble, and all their collective physical energies function unitedly. But more than that their collective psychic energies are flowing in the same channel under the inspiration of Parama Puruśa. So many minds are being loved by Parama Puruśa, so many minds are being guided and inspired by that Supra-Celestial Entity. So at the place of kiirtana, not only will there be a huge concentration of physical energies, but also of psychic energy which will remove collective accumulated miseries of this material, quinquelemental world.”[vii]
“[The troubles] are dispelled not merely because of the collective mental force of so many people, but also due to the impact of so many minds moving with tremendous speed under the inspiration of Parama Puruśa.”[viii]
So, for those wanting to prevent environmental catastrophe on this planet, it is essential that they begin sincerely chanting kiirtana in both individual and collective settings as much as possible without delay.
“That is why I say that it is imperative for every intelligent person, every wise person, every clever person, to always do kiirtana, without any consideration of time, place and person. And those who do kiirtana should always remember that the hands of Parama Puruśa bestowing blessing will always be with them.”[ix]
[i] W.J. Ripple, et.al, “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency.” BioScience, Nov. 5, 2019.
[ii] “Climate Emergency: world ‘may have crossed tipping points.” The Guardian. Nov. 27, 2019.
[iii] F. Saltre and C. Bradshaw, “Are We in the Sixth Mass Extinction on Earth? The Signs are All There.” Australian Broadcast Corporation News, Nov. 12, 2019.
[iv] J. Worland, “Current Plans to Stem Climate Change Will Still Lead to Catastrophe, U.N. Warns.” Time. Nov. 26, 2019.
[v] P. Gilding, The Great Disruption. 2011. Bloomsbury Press.
[vi] Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, “Kiirtana Dispels Calamities.” A’nanda Vacana’mrtam Part 22. 1982. A’nanda Ma’rga Praca’raka Sam’gha. p. 20.
[vii] Ibid. p. 19.
[viii] Ibid. p.22.