Spirituality As a Panacea for the Ecological Crisis in Kashmir Region, India
The study hypothesizes that the age old tradition of spirituality within the Kashmiri Community is panacea for the current ecological crisis in the region. This paper, therefore, aims at bringing out the relationship between the ecology and the spirituality within the valley. Also the current ecological crisis, through which this fragile eco-setting is going, has been analyzed and the need for revival of the old traditions of sacred ecology is explored. As such, exploratory and descriptive methods are utilized, along with the narrative analysis. Narratives have been collected through in-depth interviews of the septuagenarian and octogenarian members of the Kashmiri community.
Preliminary analysis points towards the dramatic change in environmental practices due to changes in the spiritual and religious practices within the community. The paper ends with a note that spiritual ecology needs to be revived in the region to protect its fragile environment from the current crisis and for its sustainability for a longer period in future.