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Is Ganga water really special? Myth or reality?


This would have been the argument about 10 years ago, that people would say water is water. How can one water be different from another? If water is cleaned off impurities, all water is same. This would have been the argument 10 years ago, but not anymore. Modern science is clearly saying that depending upon what the water has been in touch with, accordingly it behaves differently. This is an established fact now because water has memory. Now, when we say Ganga jal, why it’s been important is, it is flowing through certain lands. It is flowing through certain terrain which has a certain impact. And it is not for one or two generations, for hundreds of generations people have been doing spiritual sadhana and they have been in touch with this water. The quality of that is there in the water. Sunderlal Bahuguna went about proving this to people. Nothing much happened unfortunately. But his own health got transformed tremendously, just living on the Ganga bank. Now, is this just emotion? No. But at the same time, is the water what it used to be before in Ganga? No, because the water that you’re drinking today is held in a dam in two, three different places and one dam which holds it there for a long period of time and then let out. It is not the same thing anymore unfortunately. This is one thing we should have not done. If you want electricity, there are so many other ways to do it. This is one thing we should have not done because Ganga had a special quality. Now we put a dam across this, in Himalayas, which is absolutely unnecessary. So I think it was a sacrilege that we put a dam on Ganga for electricity. We could have generated it in so many different ways. Well it is the necessity of the people. On the planes, we do it. But that one river, which is the consciousness of this country, we could have left it alone. Most of the water that’s coming in Ganga river today flows through tunnels, it’s going through turbines and then coming. So I cannot assure you that it’s the same quality now, but still whether you believe or you don’t believe, if you touch the water you will see it’s very different. Because I’ve trekked in Himalayas for 27 years. Continuously, 27 years I tekked, every year I went back. Many times I have seen, just a glass of water I drink, I don’t have to eat anything. Whole day I’m walking with just one glass of water. You drink a stomach full of water, it just keeps you going. That won’t happen anywhere else. If you go to the upper regions, if you go towards, you know, Gomukh and those areas, the water is definitely special. As it comes down with all these turbines and stuff, it’s not the same. But still it is different from what you would find elsewhere. So this is not an emotional aspect, there is a scientific basis to it. Unfortunately, we are not maintaining that atmosphere. We are destroying the atmosphere and expect the water to be same. It won’t be after some time.

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