If Indians do worship the earth, what effect does it have? It can’t be measured in any scientific way, of course. Everywhere across the globe, the earth is being over-exploited, and particularly in developing countries. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be affected one iota by praying to the earth… that is a superstition prolonged by religionists like Sai Baba from the era when there was no natural science and one could only believe that deities like Indra ruled the rain and thunder… and so forth. It is the government and many Indian corporations which control of major industry, agriculture and the whole environment in India. They cannot be “worshipping the earth” in any appreciable way (or praying to the ‘earth mother’ (Bhoomidev), for the land is being raped and polluted on a huge scale by the activities under their regime. The situation has doubtless not improved since international companies were allowed to engage in the Indian economy, but then the economy has improved beyond recognition since the Narasimha Rao government opened the country up more. It is material need and corporate greed that drive over-exploitation and the destruction of eco-systems.
Sathya Sai Baba’s contribution to raising awareness of ecological issues is minimal and mostly as ill-informed as the above quotation – claiming that the inner significance is lost on “foolish scientists”. What kind of illumined inner significance has his vague prattle about “reflection, reaction and resound” and example of echoes in mountains? Sheer empty talk, compared to the knowledge science now has of the inner workings of genes, the origins and causes of nearly all natural phenomena, of stars billions of light years away. Science alone has traced ‘natural reactions’ in a comprehensible way… not Sai Baba, who continues to flaunt his ‘otherworldly’ vaguenesses and his ignorance of science, as already shown here (and more to come!).