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Buddhism: The notion of karma

Almost all religions address the issue of the creation of the universe, or universes, in different forms and with varying degrees of clarity or detail. However, all religions agree that the creation is an act of God and should be treated as such.   

Spiritual leaders at all levels are critical to the success of the global solidarity for an ethical, moral and spiritual commitment to protect the environment and God’s creation. These leaders can become observers, make public commitments, share the story of their commitments and the challenges and joys of keeping them, and invite others to join them. In addition, they can display their sustainable behaviors, serving as role models for their followers and the public. The following is a reflection on how religions have addressed religious commitments towards the environment.

Baha’i Faith: The Baha’i faith is based upon the world citizenship and it proclaims the unity of humankind. In this order of idea, it defends the environment so that the whole humanity (including future generation) can live happily in harmony with nature (ARC, n.d.).

Baha’i Connections and Reflection on Environment: “Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world.” (Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 142)

 “By nature is meant those inherent properties and necessary relations derived from the realities of things. And these realities of things, though in the utmost diversity, are yet intimately connected one with the other.” (Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Bahá’í Revelation, p. 223)

 “…to man God has given such wonderful power that he can guide, control and overcome nature…. What ignorance and stupidity it is to worship and adore nature, when God in His goodness has made us masters thereof.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 122-123)