"Humanity does not face many problems all the problems are facets of the same single one. It is the lack of full understanding what human fulfilment is.
"The contemplatives get a sense of fullness from within themselves. Others seek fulfilment by conquest and gathering of objects. This results in few people over-milking of the cow called the Earth. This results in the unitary problem of faux wealth, poverty and hunger, wars.
"We would not be taking frrm the Earth 137% of what the Earth could produce if we found an inner fulfilment through contemplation and meditation because then we would declare the Spirit’s independence from material objects and our ethics would be “I shall not desire what I do not need” and “I shall not exploit the Earth or the people beyond what she and they can produce.
"This shall be because 'I have found fullness within me so that no emptiness needs to be filled with over acquisition of material goods.'
"The economy that this will produce will not be a volatile one with peaks and valleys, but a median and a stable one leading to a greater sense of security among the citizens.“
Swami Veda Bharati
7 December 2009 - Kobenhavn
Addressing Climate Change by Awakening to Oneness
Swami Veda is one of nearly 50 spiritual delegates participating in the “Addressing Climate Change By Awakening to Oneness” gathering of World Spiritual Leaders for the COP15-The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (http://en.cop15.dk/), organized by the Global Peace Initiative of Women . The spiritual delegates have gathered here to create a positive, spiritual energy field during these important discussions.
The gathering’s focus is:
Climate change poses an unprecedented challenge and opportunity for the human community. Much will depend on how we respond over the next few years. We cannot afford to leave these decisions to governments and business interests. Too much is at stake. What is perhaps most greatly needed is the guidance of our spiritual traditions, the wisdom and the love that comes from deep prayer and contemplative practice. Throughout our time together we will seek to access this inner spiritual guidance, leaving time for silence and communion. Climate change, more than any other issue, has the potential to unite us as a human community. It also has the potential to divide us. We will succeed in responding to the unfolding climate scenarios only if we are able to tap into that which unifies so that we can come to know more deeply our Oneness, the underlying source from which all life is drawn.
Swami Veda was a discussant on the “Sacred Activism” panel along with Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine nun, author, prominent voice in interfaith affairs; Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Theravadin Buddhist monk and scholar, co-author of A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change; Richard Cizik, Fellow at the Open Society, Founder of New Evangelicals; and Andrew Harvey, spiritual teacher and author, an architect of sacred activism. Panel moderator was Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, former Sec. General, The National Council of Churches, USA; Co-founder, Religious Partnership for the Environment; Chair, Global Peace Initiative of Women
The GPIW described this panel topic as: “Mobilizing Spiritual Communities to Address Climate Change. Action without wisdom will not lead to long term positive outcomes. Wisdom without action also will not yield the needed results. The environmental crises demands that we join wisdom with action, that we tap our collective wisdom, innate in all the spiritual traditions, and work together to develop concrete steps to reverse the damage we have caused our earth and life systems. What are the guiding spiritual principles to help create life sustaining societies?”
The GPIW team invites everyone to visit Odyssey Networks, http://www.odysseynetworks.org/ , to see video clips and photos of the GPIW spiritual delegation.