Himalayan Green Values
Mon Mar 13 2023
- Nature and human beings are the same. Unlike those who believe that nature is something to be tamed so that human civilization can exert power over for the benefit of humanity, or those who believe nature is to be left untouched without any human intervention, we believe that humans and nature are manifestations of the same wave energy, the Om. We therefore adhere to the principles of symbiotic relationship with nature.
- Karma (Dutiful action) is more important than knowledge. We take inspiration from and interpret the Bhagavad Gita, as the book of Karma Yog. We believe that one's supreme duty as a human being is to act, to live, to breathe, and to engage with the earth. When even those who reached the pinnacle of enlightenment, the Buddha or the divine energy, Krishna himself didn't stop fulfilling their personal, familial, and societal responsibilities till their last breath, who are we to forsake our duty? Knowledge is important, but it only serves the purpose of guiding one to walk on the right path. If you don't walk at all, knowledge serves no purpose and is useless.
- We aspire to control our actions and no more. We do what we are supposed to do, no matter what.
- Inequality exists, and awareness of its existence is the first step to take to solve it. We don't have a strong viewpoint on whether we ever lived in a society without inequality, or ever will, but we are sure that we can do better than where we are at today and will take selfless action to build a more just society.
- Always Local. At the time of writing this document, Himalayan Green facilitates buying and selling goods produced in Nepal within Nepal. It might therefore convey the false impression that anything produced within your own country is local. This definition is fallacious because some countries are large in area, some small; furthermore national boundaries are political. What we mean by local is that you should be involved in the production of your consumption as much as possible. Producers and consumers should be the same people, more or less. This forces one to become aware of what they are consuming, contributing to strengthening one's symbiotic relationship with nature mentioned in (1) and to live with vitality as implicitly emphasized in (2).
- Non corporate success. Our definition of success in Himalayan Green is non corporate, non capitalistic. By (5), if everything becomes truly local, Himalayan Green as an online marketplace has no value. People can just walk to their farm or their neighbor's and get what they want. In such a situation, Himalayan Green as a company may happily take its last breath reckoning that its objective has been fulfilled.
- Regenerative sustainability. We define sustainability as an act that is not merely harmless for the entity on which it is acted upon but also something that adds value to the entity. For example, for farming to be sustainable, it has to not only be harmless to the soil and the environment, but also helpful to it and to microorganisms in it and the ecosystem around the plot. We want relationships with nature to be symbiotic.
- Slow is faster than fast.
- "Pay the worker his dues before his sweat has dried up". Quoted from Hadith. It follows from (2) that we value Karma Yog as the highest of all ideals and therefore revere the Karma Yogis.