The Purāṇas recommend a sustainable, agrarian lifestyle, centered around purifying our hearts by hearing and chanting about Śrī Viṣṇu. In recent years, progressive scientists have been pushing for a local and Eco-friendly lifestyle. Although everyone knows that this is the right thing to do, few have actually done it. Most people are living in a dream world of inexhaustible oil reserves and, consequently, don’t see anything wrong with commuting 80 Kms a day to work. What’s stopping most people from adopting a sane lifestyle? According to the ancient knowledge of the Purāṇas, it is simply greed. The exploitation of nature follows inevitably from this greed. Therefore, the ancient sages recommend that, along with a sustainable lifestyle, one must seriously take up the practice of hearing and chanting about Śrī Viṣṇu, which has the power to remove the pollution of greed from the heart:
kaler doṣa-nidhe rājann asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ /Bhāgavata Purāṇa 12.3.51
kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya mukta-sangaḥ paraṃ vrajet //
Although Kali Yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by hearing and chanting about Śrī Kṛṣṇa [Śrī Viṣṇu], one can become free of faults and reach self-realization.
Thus, the comprehensive solution to all the anomalies of Kali Yuga is a sustainable lifestyle centered around hearing and chanting about Śrī Viṣṇu. Śrī Viṣṇu includes all names used to address the Supreme. The Purāṇas, being non-sectarian, encourage the reader to utilize sounds in their own languages and cultures for addressing the Supreme. Thus, one may address the Supreme as Śrī Viṣṇu, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, Allah, Christ, Yahweh, or any other name by which one intends to address the Supreme (Bhāgavata Purāṇa, 8.3.30). The essential point here is the intention of the seeker, as opposed to an impersonal manipulation of sound for the purpose of neurobiological reorientation. In other words, the practice of addressing Śrī Viṣṇu by various names is not primarily intended to enhance the efficacy of one’s physical situation:
sa vai puṃsāṃ paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokṣaje /Bhāgavata Purāṇa 1.2.6
ahaituky apratihatā yayātmā suprasīdati //
The best occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which people can attain to loving devotional service unto Adhokṣaja [Śrī Viṣṇu]. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.
Thus, the intention of the seeker should be to render loving service to Śrī Viṣṇu. Although the seeker may gain physical benefits from such service, these benefits are not the actual goal. This is the essence of the Purāṇic cure for today’s social and environmental anomalies. The more one advances on the path of self-realization, the less one is driven by greed and envy to exploit others and the environment. In fact, self-realization is the primary topic of the Purāṇas.