ADI-SHANKARACHARYA’S ADVAITA-VEDANTA PHILOSOPHY: A VIABLE SOLUTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL DISHARMONY WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ANIMAL CRUELTY

VANDANA SHARMA

Abstract


Mahatma Gandhi,  said:

“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being… I hold that the more helpless a creature is, the more entitled it is to protection… ”1

George Angell, who walked this planet in the 18th-century was an animal advocate. Once, the media asked him as to why he focuses so much of his time, attention and energies on animals when so much of human barbarism existed. George Angell replied, "I am working at the roots." This statement concludes the effect that animal savagery has on our environment. Animal cruelty includes a wide range of behaviors including animal hoarding, neglect, abandonment, animal fights, animal rapes and deliberate acts of cruelty. Whatever form it takes, animal cruelty tends to be the starting point for a much wider range of problems from domestic violence, environmental issues, dipping morals and spiritual values to terrorism, social unrest, rapes and a variety of social evils.


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