Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spirit of Ganga Putri - Kalpana Patowary.

Kalpana Patowary in river Ganga Haridwar.

Everyone born in Ganga river basin is a Gangaputra, however it is only through one’s own karma that he actually becomes a Gangaputra.

- From the upcoming book of Kaushal Kishore, author of The Holy Ganga

Many times a river speaks of a civilization. River civilizations are civilizations based around rivers. The Nile River Valley Civilization started at the northern most peak of the Nile River. Protected by the water and desert, the civilization was able to grow into Egypt and surrounding colonies. Around 4000 B.C the Yellow (Hueng He) River valley Civilization began in China, in which a vast area populated by diverse ethnic groups became, over time, a more or less single culture.The Indus River Valley Civilization started about 2500 B.C.E. along the south-western part of the Indus River. Mesopotamia ,an area geographically located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers,  began as urban societies in southern Iraq in 5000 BC.Such a mighty one is river GANGA, the heart of Indian civilization. For thousands of years, this river has been essential to sustain millions of people, perhaps even billions. The Ganges Valley is 200-400 miles wide, and includes some of the most fertile soil in the world. For this reason, the river makes possible the livelihood of 450 million people. 

The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus and it is worshiped as the goddess Ganga Ma or "Mother Ganges. According to the Myth of the Ganges the goddess Ganga descended from heaven to dwell in the waters of the Ganges River to protect, purify and bring to heaven those who touch it. Devout Hindus visit the river daily to offer flowers and food to Ganga. They also drink the water and bathe in the river to cleanse and purify their sins. In addition, Hindus believe that upon death the waters of the Ganges River are needed to reach the World of the Ancestors, Pitriloka. As a result, Hindus bring their dead to the river for cremation along its banks and afterward their ashes are spread in the river.  The city of Haridwar, Varanasi,Allahabad are the holiest of cities along the Ganges River and many Hindus travel there to place ashes of their dead in the river. Many Hindu families keep a vial of Ganges water in their homes. This gives the family prestige. If anyone is dying in the home, they can drink from this vial of water. They believe that act will either cure them or cleanse their souls of all past sins. Sadly, the water is so badly polluted that it most likely speeds their death. Along with daily baths in the Ganges River and offerings to the goddess Ganga there are large religious festivals that occur in the river throughout the year where millions of people travel to the river to bathe so that they can be purified of their sins. The Kumbh Mela is celebrated every three years in one of four locations.
Kalpana near the bank of river Ganga in Haridwar.
Despite the religious significance and daily importance of the Ganges River for the people of India, it is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The Ganges was ranked as the fifth most polluted river of the world in 2007. Pollution of the Ganges is caused by both human and industrial waste due to India's rapid growth as well as religious events. India currently has a population of over one billion people and 400 million of them live in the Ganges River basin. As a result much of their waste, including raw sewage is dumped into the river. In addition, many people bathe and use the river to clean their laundry. Fecal coliform bacteria levels near Varanasi are at least 3,000 times higher than the what is established by the World Health Organization as safe (Hammer, 2007).
In the late 1980s India's prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi began the Ganga Action Plan, an environmental initiative to clean up the river, has been a major failure thus far, due to corruption, lack of technical expertise, good environmental planning, and support from religious authorities. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi again expressing grief over the situation of Ganga has sworn to clean it.
Kalpana near the bank of river Ganga in Haridwar.
Personally I see Ganga as a pious water element and not only Ganga.We have to respect every water element. From the Shakespeare of Bhojpuri literature Bhikhari Thakur to The bard of Brahmaputra Bhupen Hazarika, many artistes wrote and sang their feeling towards it. As an artiste I also tried to bring awareness through many of my songs. Such a one is-
Kis liye Jogi Bne #Video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFUBE814Qo8
Kalpana Patowary recently launched her latest Kanwar album (Songs on Shiva) Kis liye Jogi Bane......!! from Wave music. But this time Kalpana has a strong message about Pollution of River Ganga. The album is produced in Nautanki style. 

In this song river GANGA herself pleads to Kanwariyas - "mat chadhaiha hamke bholenath pe…". 
Says Kalpana, we worship rivers in this great land, and yet there isn’t a single river that is free of industrial and urban pollution. Ganga has long been considered a holy river by Hindus and worshiped as the goddess Ganga. This is the most wondrous river of life, wherever it flows, and supports life. 
In Sultanganj, the Ganga flows to the North. It is from this place that the kanwarias collect water in their kanwars and carry the holy Ganga water, with the kanwars on their shoulders. They walk 109 km up to Baba Baidyanath temple at Babadham reciting Bol Bam.
This year the album Kis liye Jogi Bane......!! Has a very strong message for all Kanwarias. Says Kalpana, ‘Sabhi kanwaria bhai - behen, jinka atma me Shiv Bhakti prabal hai,unke liye ek gohaar hai Kalpana ke taraf se. Is saal shraavan me baba ko gangajal arpan karte waqt ye zaroor sochiye ki kya ye gangajal utnihi pawitra rahi jaise wo aayi thi is dharti pe? Ganga pradushan ki jimmedar humlog hi hai aur hum logon ko hi iska pratikaar dhundhna hoga. Humlog jagruk honge to sarkar bhi jagruk hone ke liye majboor honge.’
Translation in English # 
(Dear Kanwaria brothers and sisters, all those of you who have devotion towards Lord Shiva, here is a request from Bhojpuri singer Kalpana Patowary. Please think whether the Gangajal you are going to offer to Lord Shiva is as pure as it was when it came on Earth? We ourselves are reponsible for polluting this river and we have to look for remedial measures as well. Only then the government of the day will be forced to adt towards cleaning it.)
Kis Liye Jogi Bane
                                                          Kanwariyas, Ganga Bachao!

At this juncture we would like to pause and understand what drives Ganga Putras or Putris the vision to actually fight for.

                                                                Legend of Ganga

That end which a creature is capable of attaining by penances, by Brahmacharya, by sacrifices, or by practicing renunciation,one is sure to attain by only living by the side of Bhagirathi(Ganga) and bathing in her sacred waters.
- Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva, Chapter 27, Verse 26

Once King Sagar – the ruler of Ayodhya and an ancestor of Lord Rama successfully performed the Ashwamedha Yagya for 99 times. Each time, he sent the horse around the earth it returned to the kingdom unchallenged. However, Indra – the King of God’s became jealous of King Sagar’s success. So when King Sagar performed the sacrifice of the 100th time, Indra kidnapped and hid the Yagya horse in the hermitage of Kapila Muni

In search of the horse, sixty thousand princes from Ayodhya reached Kapil Muni’s hermitage. They mistook the sage to be the abductor and attacked him. An enraged Kapila Muni burnt the 60,000 princes to ashes. On hearing about the plight of his father and uncles, King Bhagiratha – one of the grandchildren of King Sagar requested Kapila Muni to grant a solution to the problem. Kapila Muni advised that the waters of the river Ganga would miraculously bring back the dead princes to life.
King Bhagirath left his kingdom and began to mediate for the salvation of the souls of his ancestors. It is said that Bhagirath observed a penance to Brahma for a thousand years, requesting Ganga to come down to earth from heaven and wash over his ancestor’s ashes to release them from a curse and allow them to go to heaven. Pleased with the devotion, Brahma granted Bhagirath’s wish but told him to pray to Lord Shiva, as he alone could sustain the weight of her descent.
Accordingly, Lord Shiva held out his thick matted hair to catch the river as she descended. The meandering through Shiva’s lock softened Ganga’s journey to the earth and the holy waters of river Ganga thus washed away the ashes of Bhagirath’s ancestors. A modified version of the legend says, what reached the earth were just sprinkles from Lord Shiva’s hair. The Ganga, thus, became an attribute of Shiva. This manifestation of Shiva is known as Gangadhara.
The legend is re-enacted by devotees of Lord Shiva as they give a bath to the linga during worship. And for this reason, many devotees prefer to take a dip in the holy water of river Ganga on a Shivaratri day.

    River of Life

                                          Maano to hai Ganga Mata, Na maano to behta pani.

                                                 One may, by putting forth one’s best powers,
                                         count the stones that occur in the mountains of Meru
                                                or measure the waters that occur in the ocean,
                                                       but one cannot count all the merits
                                                      which belong to the waters of Ganga.

                                       - Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva, Chapter 27, Verse 97

There is no scripture in our vast body of spiritual literature from the Vedas, Mahabharat and Ramayan to the eighteen puranas to even the Holy Quran and Shri Guru Granth Sahib that do not mention the purity and glory of the Mother Ganga and several have elaborate hymns in her praise.
Yet in our ‘modern’ age we seem to be forgetting this uniqueness and considering this holy river no more than a flow of water to be harnessed for hydro power.
Ernest Hanbury Hankins
Around last decade of eighteenth century a British bacteriologist, aeronautical theorist and naturalist Ernest Hanbury Hankins carried out research on the water of the divine river Ganga.
His research was interesting! He found that ‘vibrio choleri’, the virus causing the epidemic cholera, dies out within three hours when treated with the water of the Ganga. The results were published in Annales De Institute Pasteur, No 10, pg 511-523 in the year 1896. Earlier, such types of researches were performed by different researchers on a number of rivers in Europe and America. Prof. Krylov earlier recorded that vibrio choleri lived for nearly 568 days in water of the Russian river Volga, Prof. Smitowich reported that it lives for several months in the wells of Russia. Japanese scientist Yano found that the vibrio remained alive in sterilized water for 245 days! But, Prof. Hankin’s research was a complete surprise as he reported that the vibrio in no case lives more than three hours in the water of the river Ganga!
Prof. Felix D'Herelle

The British government in India invited Prof. Felix D’Herelle, who was nominated for Nobel Prize eight times during his life, to study cholera. It was 1927. He was accompanied by Dr. Malone, from McGill University, and Dr. Lahiri. He repeated the experiment of Prof. Hankin extensively in terms of time and number of samples. He found that not only vibrio choleri but also B. Coli, which causes dysentery, dies out within four hours when comes in contact with the water of the river Ganga! His findings were published in Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Vol 1(4), pg 195-219. From Prof. Felix to Prof. C S. Nautial many researchers studied the virus/bacteriophage nature of the water of the Ganga and published the results in different high impact journals.

Double-Blind Test of the Effects of Distant Intention on Water Crystal Formation

Dr Masaru Emoto
Dr Masaru Emoto, the Japanese scientist and water researcher, revealed the true nature of water and how thoughts and vibrations affect the molecular structure of water. In his years of water research, through high speed photography of thousands of water crystals, Dr Emoto has shown how our thoughts and intentions can alter physical reality.
Experiments over the past four decades have investigated whether intention affects properties of water. This question is of interest to complementary and alternative medicine research, and especially for therapies involving intention, because the adult human body consists of approximately 70% water. The question has been studied by comparing the effects of intentionally “treated” water versus untreated control water on the germination and growth of plants, including barley, wheat, rye, beans, cress, radishes, and lettuce. Other properties of water that have been examined include rate of cooling, molecular bonding as reflected by infrared spectra alterations, Raman spectroscopy, scattered laser light, and pH level. Although formal metaanalyses have not been performed on these studies, overall, the experiments provide evidence suggesting that various properties of water may be influenced by intention.

Interest in this topic has been rekindled recently by claims suggesting that intentionally influenced water can be detected by examining ice crystals formed from samples of that water. The specific claims that positive intentions tend to produce symmetric, well-formed, aesthetically pleasing crystals, and negative intentions tend to produce asymmetric, poorly formed, unattractive crystals.


Microphotographic Analysis

Using a new method of investigation called ‘microphotographic analysis’ tests were carried out on 9 samples of Gangajal from Gangotri to Haridwar taken during the ongoing Kumbh. These were sent to Switzerland, Acquaviva where the Ganga crystals were photographed by people totally unconnected and unaware of our traditions and cultures.
Frozen river Ganga water crystal photographed by Dr  Masaru
What followed was astounding not only to them but also to us. The Ganga crystals form a hexagonal structure that is found mainly in pure spring water. The beautiful hexagonal structure of the crystals remained largely unaltered over the large stretch of approx. 300km despite being dammed and polluted. It is also important to note that usually rivers or waters with hexagonal structures get altered once they come in touch with contamination.
In Tehri dam one can see the contracted almost suffocated image of the crystal and then it manages to expand again at Haridwar where Acquaviva investigators felt it takes the form of a ‘crown’ – through their own intuition. It is no coincidence in our mind that at Har ki Pauri where indeed she is most worshipped as a Goddess especially during the Kumbh the crystal reveals itself like a crown.

The researchers reach the same conclusion that our scriptures speak of – ‘polluting substances or other negative energies do not contaminate it due to the great amount of worship and prayer of which it is recipient.’

Even if thousands and thousands of sinners
touch the dead bodies and bathe in thee,
all those will be destroyed
when devotees and worshippers will come and touch thee.
- Devi Bhagvatam, Skanda 9

Introduction and Explanation of Micro-Photographic Analysis of Water
by Tiziano Paolini, Aqua Viva

The pictures of the water crystal are taken examining a droplet of frozen water under the microscope. The crystal appears on the tip of the droplet and one must have the ability to choose the right spot and moment to take the picture. The dimensions we work with are in thousandth of a millimeter therefore precision is a very important factor.
The shape of the crystal is given by the union of molecules through the hydrogen bond. Molecules receive an ‘order from above’ to arrange themselves in a certain way and this ‘order’ is a high-frequency wave which no scientific device can perceive while water can.
If we expose grains of sand lying on a metal plate to the vibration of a violin bow we will observe the grains arranging themselves in a specific geometrical form (more on this in later articles, see video to understand the concept).

If by analogy we substitute the grains of sand with the molecules, and the sound vibration with a ‘vibration from above’ (a super-sensory/celestial vibration), we will have the pictures you are looking at. In fact water has the ability to make visible a dimension of reality which has been upto now unknown.

Excerpt from the letter by the Aquaviva lab that carried out the study:

On our side there was a bias when we began this work, as previous information had described the Ganges as one of the most polluted rivers in the Planet.
It was therefore a surprise and a wonder that in nearly all these tests the water has manifested the shape of an hexagonal crystal that is normally found only in pure spring waters. The presence of this hexagonal shape means that this water maintains its original characteristics through contact with its source and that polluting substances or other negative energies do not contaminate it due to the great amount of worship and prayer of which it is recipient.

It is therefore evident that the positive thoughts sent to it by those who love the Ganges prevail over the negative chemical and physical characteristics that occur when the river is mistakenly seen as only matter.

The history of the Maha Kumbha Mela is associated with the story of creation of amrit (the divine nectar) and vish (poison). The water of the river Ganga is like amrit, which is capable of providing a disease-free long and healthy life, as laboratory experiments revealed in recent days. Hence, it is a necessity not only for the four million people of the eleven states situated on the Ganga- Jamuna doab but also for every India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari irrespective of their religion and language. It is our national need. The Ganga was declared the national river in the year 2009. Perhaps, it is the only river that has got such a status. But, we the advocate of mechanical life theory are turning the divine nectar into deadly poison through our passion of making heavy industries.
In view of this it is absolutely vital that the river be allowed to flow undiverted and untrammeled, so that this profound and subtle interchange between her devotees and herself is carried on as it has been for centuries and she can maintain the essential energy and spiritual force that is her gift to humanity. In fact the very word Ganga comes from the Sanskrit root verb ‘gam’ which means ‘to flow’.

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