The Vedas, the ancient scriptures of India, describe how our planet is perfectly created to meet the needs of all its denizens if they live in a spirit of cooperation and interdependence. Unlike the modern anthropocentric models (the belief that human beings are the central or most significant species on the planet), the Vedas present an eco-centric (nature-centred) model of creation where there is a natural symbiotic relationship between humans, animals, birds, insects, trees, rivers, mountains and all the other elements of nature. In other words, Vedic wisdom refers to the delicate balance of eco-systems.
For example, the sun’s rays purify, enliven and contribute to growth on this planet, while water rains nurtures, cleanses and sustains life on earth. Certain organisms are capable of degenerating matter, while others enhance it by adding nutrition. By aligning our developmental patterns with this symbiotic system, we can ensure a sustainable future. Govardhan Ecovillage is based on this Symbiotic Development Model. By blending the wisdom from traditional practices and the practicality of modern science, GEV serves as a living model for sustainable and eco-friendly development.