Hinduism has a definite code of environmental ethics. According to it, humans may not consider themselves above nature, nor can they claim to rule over other forms of life. Hence, traditionally, the Hindu attitude has been respectful towards nature. A man had to recognise what powers of nature he could not control and was thus compelled to resort to prayer to win the cooperation of the winds and rains to ensure the regularity of the monsoon; for the control of earthquakes, forest fires and all significant elements of nature.
Every aspect of nature is sacred for the Indic religions: forests and groves, gardens, rivers and other water bodies, plants and seeds, animals, mountains and pilgrimage centres. Listed below are five of the best practices for the environment, according to Hindu text.
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