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Environment ethics in Puranas and Manu Smriti

Dhananjay Vasudeo Dwivedi
Post Graduate Department of Sanskrit, Ranchi University

Received 16th June 2007; Revised 23rd August 2007

Abstract: Environmental degradation has now become a matter of great concern. Timely and positive efforts by the mankind are solutions for the problem. The ‘tonic8 of our rich cultural heritage could play a vital role to prepare them for the same. Puranas and Manusmriti talk about our rich cultural heritage. The research paper intends to bring our environment ethics as depicted in these sacred books. These books recognize that divinity prevails in all elements including plants and animals. They have also discussed various aspects of plantation of trees, trees having origin from Gods, punishments for felling trees and concepts of animal protection.

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