Living Entities

“The hills are alive with the sound of music, with songs they have sung for a thousand years…”, sang Julie Andrews in the 1959 Rogers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music”. And if the hills of Austria could live and sing, why not Indian rivers and glaciers? According to news reports, that has indeed happened just recently. The rivers Ganga and Yamuna and the glaciers associated with them have now become living entities and they are henceforth to be regarded as persons having human rights.

But this concept of life is not new. In the Bible, the author of Psalm 148 had exhorted not only human beings but all creation to express praise for God’s universal glory.

Praise the Lord!
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!
Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
Praise the Lord!

For God Almighty, all things created by him are living entities. They not only have rights but also responsibilities, one of which is to praise God!

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