In the very ancient scriptures of India, Mother
Earth is mentioned again and again as the loving
care-giver for all her diverse residents. She
supplies all our needs in great abundance; the
earth itself with its bountiful produce, the air,
fire, the many other beautiful elements that make
up this amazing planet and of course she supplies
us with water-the liquid of life.
Such is the essential role of water to every level
of a follower of Hindu dharma, that in the foundational
book, the Bhagavad–gita, Lord Krishna states
in chapter 7 “raso ’ham apsu kaunteya”,
that by simply appreciating the taste of pure
water, one can perceive the presence of the Lord
in a very tangible way. And from the beauty of
clean, fresh, pure water we can understand that
this purity is one of the energies of the Lord.
But as members on the spiritual path we don’t
stop there at simply perceiving the Lord and His
energies but we go on then to thank the Lord and
feel obliged to glorify the Lord for supplying
us with the water upon which we live.
Every religion across the globe has the concept
of water, not only as one of the building blocks
upon which all life exists, but as one of the
key integral elements of our spiritual practices
in the form of ‘Holy water’. And for
every Hindu, an annual trip to one of the multitude
of sacred bathing places and rivers, is firmly
established as an essential element of worship.
The Ganges, the Godavari, the Yamuna and many,
many other such sacred rivers all have central
roles in Hindu dharma.
Therefore, beyond any shadow of doubt, there is
a great need to do what we can to protect the
waters of Mother Earth for ourselves and the future
generations which yet have to walk upon her.