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Read Vandana Shiva’s Annadana: The Gift of Food, pp. 103-105 in Spiritual Ecology
Read Satish Kumar’s Three Dimensions of Ecology: Soil, Soul and Society pp. 129- 141 of Spiritual Ecology
Listen to Dr. Mishra in The Sacred Balance - Science and Spirituality
Read O.P. Dwivedi’s Satyagraha for Conservation
Read Satish Kumar’s Jain Ecology

What are some specific contributions to ecological issues that Hinduism and Jainism offer?
How do these differ from the position of Western religion (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)?
How might they be used by environmentalists in the 21st century?
What aspects of Hindu and Jain teachings might work against a concern for the environment?
Support your answer with specific examples from the assignments.

Works Cited:
Dwivedi, O.P. Satyagraha for Conservation
Kumar, Satish. Jain Ecology
Kumar, Satish. Three Dimensions of Ecology: Soil, Soul and Society pp. 129- 141 of Spiritual Ecology
Dr. Mishra in The Sacred Balance- Science and Spirituality
Shiva, Vandana. Annadana: The Gift of Food, pp. 103-105 in Spiritual Ecology

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Hinduism and Jainism on Environmentalism
First, I want to discuss specific contributions to ecological issues that Hinduism and Jainism offer. One unique contribution is the idea that food is alive. The belief that food is a living being comes from this verse of the Upanishads: “From food (anna), verily, creatures are produced / Whatsoever (creatures) dwell on the earth. . . / For truly, food is the chief of beings” (Qtd. in Shiva 103). Food is connected to the cycle of life: we are born here on earth from food, when living we live by food, and when we die we become food....
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