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- Main Title Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners
Author: Jain, PankajCreator Type: PersonalCreator Info: University of North Texas
Name: Brill Academic PublishersPlace of Publication: [Leiden, Netherlands]
- Creation: 2009
- Content Description: Article on dharmic ecology and perspectives from the Swadhyaya practitioners.
- Physical Description: 16 p.
- Keyword: dharma
- Keyword: Hinduism
- Keyword: ecology
- Keyword: tree-temples
- Keyword: religion and environmental ethics
- Keyword: Athavale
- Keyword: Swadhyaya
- Journal: Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, 2009, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 305-320
- Publication Title: Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology
- Volume: 13
- Page Start: 305
- Page End: 320
- Peer Reviewed: True
Name: UNT Scholarly WorksCode: UNTSW
Name: UNT College of Public Affairs and Community ServiceCode: UNTCPA
- Rights Access: public
- DOI: 10.1163/136352409X12535203555795
- Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc38896
- Academic Department: Anthropology
- Academic Department: Philosophy and Religion Studies
- Display Note: Abstract: This is an article about the lives of the Swadhyayis, Swadhyaya practitioners, in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The Swadhyaya movement arose in the mid-twentieth century in Gujarat as a new religious movement led by its founder, the late Pandurang Shastri Athavale. In the author's research, he discovered that there is no category of "environmentalism" in the "way of life" of Swadhyayis living in the villages. Following Weightman and Pandey (1978), the author argues that the concept of dharma can be successfully applied as an overarching term for the sustainability of the ecology, environmental ethics, and the religious lives of Swadhyayis. Dharma synthesizes their way of life with environmental ethics based on its multidimensional interpretations.