- Gopal Patel: Sensitivity to the environment is an inherent part of the Hindu spiritual worldview
- As Diwali, the festival of lights, approaches, faith leaders have come together to advocate the benefits of solar power, he writes
Gopal Patel is the director of the Bhumi Project, based at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in the UK. The project works with Hindu communities globally to encourage good environmental practice, based on Hinduism's core teachings. The project also facilitates partnerships between Hindu and non-Hindu groups which have a common purpose to protect the environment. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)At the end of this month, Hindus in India and around the globe will adorn their houses with lamps, share feasts and exchange gifts to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. For Hindus, light symbolizes the triumph of good over darkness, or of knowledge over ignorance.