Celebrating and supporting Earth Day

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 Today April 22 2023, is the 53rd ‘Earth Day’, which was first held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated to demonstrate support to environmental protection.


May we be receptive to the wisdom of nature

and the knowledge that if her laws are

obeyed, our lands and people will flourish

May we bring back the natural harmony of

nature and restore to our souls the

richness which strengthens our bodies


May we treat the Earth and all that dwell

thereon; man, and animal, with

respect and kindness


May we save our planet from the present

practices of destruction and allow

the raw wounds of the earth to heal


May we give assistance and kindness

wherever needed, and work together

for the benefit of all


May we be brave enough to take a stand;

do only what we know to be right,

and take full responsibility for our actions


May we be courageous enough to make

a commitment and dedicate a share

of our efforts to the greater good


May we rid ourselves of intolerance and

prejudice and may we support true

balance between both the genders


May we practice mindfulness, and be more

connected –

to ourselves, to others,

and to the world around us


Many of these beautiful and profound lines are taken from various Native American prayers and statements. Whole lines have been adapted, paraphrased and put together to suit my purposes from ‘Native Commandments’, by Jasper Saunkeah, Cherokee. A couple of lines from ‘True Path Walkers’, ‘Obligations of the True Path Walkers’, and a line or two from ‘A Sioux Prayer’, Translated by Chief Yellow Lark – 1887. Also, from Thích Nhất Hạnh the Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, poet and teacher and Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. A few thoughts and lines of my own have been added only to connect and harmonise them respectfully.

Pratap Antony writes on ecology and environment, social justice and pluralism, corporate communications and music.  


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