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Marriott has suggested that dharma can be an ethnosociological category to
study and analyze the Indic world that frequently transgresses the world
of religion, environmental ethics, and human social order, as is evident
from my case studies of Swadhyayis. Swadhyayis, like other Hindus, use
dharma to mean both their religious practices and their social duties.
Thus, I suggest that the concept of dharma can function as a bridge
between the ecological notions and environmental ethics of local Hindu
communities and the ecological message related to the planet earth. The
word dharma can be effectively used to translate the ecological awareness
to reach out to the local communities of Hindus based on its meanings
related to duties, ecological order, sustenance, virtues, righteousness, and
Athavale, Pandurang Shastri. Discourses in Hindi and Gujarati on the RV the Upanishad,
and the BhG. Mumbai: Sat Vichar Dariana, 1990-2000.
Bazaz, Abir and Meena Gaur. Swadhyaya. New Delhi: Public Service Broadcasting Trust,
Benegal, Shyam. Antarnaad Inner Voice. India: Suhetu Films, 1992.
Books and Articles in Hindi
Tattwadeep. Mumbai: Sat Vichar Dariana Trust, 1997.
Esa Pantha Etat Karma. Mumbai: Sat Vichar Dariana Trust, 1999.
Vora, Rajiv. Gandhi Marg Vol. 41, No. 2. March-April 1996.
Vyasa Vicara. Mumbai: Sat Vichar Dariana Trust, 1999.
Books and Articles in English
Chapple, Christopher Key and Mary Evelyn Tucker. Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersec-
tion ofEarth, Sky and Water Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.
Dharampal-Frick, Gita. "Swadhyaya and the 'Stream' of Religious Revitalization', in
Vasudha Dalamia, Angelika Malinar and Martin Christof (ed.), Charisma and Canon:
Essays on the Religious History ofthe Indian Subcontinent New Delhi: Oxford University
Giri, Ananta Kumar. Self-Development and Social Transformations? The Vision and Practice
of the Self-Study Mobilization of Swadhyaya. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2009.
Gold, Ann G. and Bhoju Ram Gujar. In the Time of Trees and Sorrows: Nature, Power, and
Memory in Rajasthan. London: Duke University Press, 2002.
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Jain, Pankaj. Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners, article, 2009; [Leiden, Netherlands]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38896/m1/15/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.