was told by some geologists that if we don’t start changing our policies, within fifty years, as far as energy is concerned, there will be no Ganges and no Yamuna because of global warming. Now, how many hundreds of people are depending on those rivers for survival? Geologists also say that in the future there will be wars fought over water. If we exploit the environment, we are going to get the reactions. But if we serve the environment, we are going to create prosperity. It’s all a matter of consciousness—do we want to serve or do we want to exploit?
That is why the concept of evolution, the concept of evolution from matter, is such a dangerous concept. Because, how does this concept impel us to improve our character? If we forget our souls and we think we are just matter, ultimately, nothing but our selfishness will matter to us. But if we are actually conscious of our true identity, our relationship with God, our relationship with the environment, and our relationship with every living being, we can actually start creating real prosperity because that prosperity will be based on the truth—that our relationship with everything and everyone is one of selfless service.
By Radhanath Swami
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