10 Spiritual Principles for Climate Repentance

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Principle 3:

Within creation, and between humans and other parts of creation, as well as among religious communities, there is interdependence. All are part of a greater whole wherein each element both receives and gives influence, impact, love, and growth.


Buddhist rendition: Humans and other parts of creation are part of a greater whole wherein impact, influence, love and growth flow continuously with interdependence.


Source 1:  Master Tsui Yen Ling T’san (9th-10th century) of the Flower Garland (Hua Yen = Avatamsaka) School on the teachings of the Flower Garland Sutra:

“Dharma Nature is complete and non-dual… One contains everything and everything contains One. One particle of dust contains the entire universe.”


Source 2: Venerable Sanghasena writes:

Planet earth is our source of life so, in a way it is like our mother and father, we cannot live without a mother or a father in a similar way we just cannot survive without them. Moreover, planet earth is even more important than mother and father. We can go on living without them once we’re all grownups but no one can survive without mother earth. It is simply impossible. Therefore, we all must seriously think and contemplate the issues which are threatening the environment which is the source of our life. We must think and collectively work together against all the negative aspects that are harming our environment, and bringing climate change



Source 1: 1 Corinthians 12 vs 4:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good..


Source 2: Energieversorgung, (1980), II, 2. [43] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 339.

“Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection… Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things”.



Source 1: Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, Kedushat Levi, Purim, third holiness

The main thing that brings a person to the fear of God is when he recalls constantly that the entire world depends on his deeds, as the sages said – every person must say, for my sake the world was created. And a person should always see himself as if  he is half righteous and half unrighteous and with one single deed he can tip the scales, for himself and for the entire world (Bavli Kiddushin 40b). So, when he reflects on how the entire world depends on him and on his actions, and for him the entire world was created, he will be heartbroken for his sins and will engage with enthusiasm in God’s commandments and his Torah, so as to bring bounty to all the worlds, all the angels,  all souls and to the lower (physical) world.


Source 2: Rabbi Shlomo Rabinovitch, Tif’eret Shlomo, Moadim – Shabbat Kodesh

When the sages say a person must say for my sake the world was created, the purpose of such saying is that he should recall and instill in his heart that since for my sake the world was created, and all of the cosmos depends on me, I must engage in Torah and commandment corresponding to the entire world, so that it does not collapse…and this is why Sabbath is a memorial of creation, because on the Sabbath a person remembers the act of creation that was made for his own sake, in goodness.




Source 1: Quran Sura 6 v 38:

“There is not an animal in the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, except that they are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book (of our decrees). Then, unto their Lord they will be gathered.”


Source 2: Nursî, Bediüzzaman Said, Lem’alar, (Istanbul: Sözler Yayınevi, 1995) 333 / The Flashes Collection [Eng. trans.] (Istanbul: Sözler Publications, 1995) 415.

“Yes, all flowers, all fruits, all grasses, and all animals even, and all trees are seals of Divine Oneness and stamps of Divine Unity, which, together with the places they are found which take the form of missives, are like signatures showing the one who wrote the place. For example, a buttercup in a garden is like a seal of the garden’s inscriber. Whosever seal the flower is, all the flowers of that sort on the face of the earth indicate clearly that they are his words and that the garden too is his writing. This means that all things ascribe everything to the One Who created them, indicating a maximum affirmation of Divine Unity.”



Religions of India


यस्मिन्सर्वाणि भूतान्यात्मैवाभूद्विजानतः ।
तत्र को मोहः कः शोक एकत्वमनुपश्यतः ॥ ७ ॥

yasminsarvāṇi bhūtānyātmaivābhūdvijānataḥ |
tatra ko mohaḥ kaḥ śoka ekatvamanupaśyataḥ

“That Supreme Self in whom all beings exist, has existed indeed within all beings (from eternity.)”—How can he who knows this have delusion or sorrow? For he realises the unity; (by which the Supreme is in all, and all in Him.)


Source 2: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 6, Verse 32

आत्मौपम्येन सर्वत्र समं पश्यति योऽर्जुन |
सुखं वा यदि वा दु:खं स योगी परमो मत: || 32||

ātmaupamyena sarvatra samaṁ paśhyati yo ’rjuna
sukhaṁ vā yadi vā duḥkhaṁ sa yogī paramo mataḥ

I regard them to be perfect yogis who see the true equality of all living beings and respond to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were their own.


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