This year, Earth Day marks its 50th anniversary. The event is a day of global environmental awareness, but it aims to make every day ‘Earth Day’. One in which we become proactive in caring for our Mother Earth. How can we make a difference during this time in which many of us are confined to our homes?

For Australia in particular, the last 12 months have been one of climate catastrophe. An extended drought which has affected much of the country was coupled with a season of devasting bush fires that impacted on millions of lives and their livelihoods, destroying in the process countless wildlife and livestock. This was followed in many areas by flooding rains.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is ‘Climate Action’.

The SSIO in Australia this year is reminding its members of the teachings of its founder and guide, Sathya Sai Baba and encouraging them to greater application of the program of ‘Ceiling on Desires’.

Sai Baba has expounded on the benefits to our Mother Earth of actively considering our desires and placing limitations on them and their fulfilment as many of them are unnecessary, wasteful, exploitive and often only give temporary pleasure.

        • Do not waste food.
        • Do not waste money.
        • Do not waste time.
        • Do not waste energy.
        • Do not exploit Nature.

Practice of limiting our desires has positive consequences for our planet, but also emotional and spiritual benefits to the person as well as a simpler life is happier, calmer, less stressful and more focused.

Ceiling on desires is a must for leading a peaceful and meaningful life. You must curb the desire to seek more and more wealth and turn your effort to realise the Reality within. In pursuing this effort, you must avoid waste of food, money, time, energy and knowledge…

Sathya Sai Baba August 1994