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Yahoo! News - Mon 12 Feb 2007 - TIM SULLIVAN, Associated Press writer India's great river is awash in filth
Scientists say sewage has devastated the 1,550-mile river, which spills from a Himalayan glacier and cuts through India's plains before flowing into the Bay of Bengal. Scientists have found places near here with a fecal bacteria count nearly 4,000 times the World Health Organization standard for bathing.
"We all have faith in our rivers, we all worship them. But at the end of the day there's a reality: India's cities are growing, its population is growing, and we don't have a proper sewage strategy," said Suresh Babu, a river specialist with the Center for Science and Environment, a prominent environmental group.
The medical effects are clear: millions of cases of disease, from amebic dysentery to hepatitis. By some estimates, one person dies every minute of waterborne disease in the Ganges river basin.
In the late 1980s, the Indian government vowed to clean it, launching its Ganges Action Plan and spending $300 million since then. Its failures are famous. The federal environment minister noted recently the program had achieved very little — but said $1.5 billion more was needed.
Repeatedly, the government has left promises unfilled, including to a group of sadhus who launched an anti-pollution hunger strike during the last Allahabad festival. go to story
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excerpt from conversation with guest and disciples, Hrishikesh, May 15, 1977
Prabhupada: This tirtha-sthana [holy place], this is recommended. General
recommended to go to the tirtha-sthana so that he may have some
spiritual atmosphere, saintly person. If somebody thinks that tirtha-sthana
means—just like this Hrishikesh—to take bath in the Ganges and go away,
that is also good, but that is not the purpose. Yat-tirtha-buddhih
salile na karhichij janeshv abhijneshu sa eva go-kharah [Srimad-Bhagavatam
buddhih salile. In every pilgrim, pilgrimage... there is Ganga,
there is Yamuna. At least in India we have got so many holy places on
the bank of the pious rivers. But if we take simply the advantage of
the pious river, yat-tirtha-buddhih salile, but we don't
care for the persons who are living
there, very experienced, spiritually advanced persons, then we remain
animals. "So we have gone to such holy place. I have taken bath in the
Ganges and Yamuna. Bas [finished].
My business is finished." Then go to the shop, purchase some plate,
toys, go back home. Sa eva go-kharah [SB 10.84.13].
ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
Krishna also says, bahunam janmanam ante jnanavan mam prapadyate [Bg. 7.19]. To approach Krishna is not so easy thing. After many, many births... We are rotating... [break] Brahmanda... Brahma is the superintendent of this egglike anda, universe. It is all Brahma's. And there are innumerable planets. That we can see. So we are wandering in all these places, sometimes down, sometimes up, sometimes in the middle, according to our karma, in different species of life, in different planets, in different position. So we are rotating. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, "Out of these innumerable living entities who are entrapped with this brahmanda and janma-mrityu-jara-vyadhi... [Bg. 13.9]." Mrityu-samsara-vartmani [Bg. 9.3]. Life after life, life after life, they are... That we do not know. This is called mrityu-samsara-vartmani. You die, accept another body, another place, another situation, another position. This is going on. Brahmanda-bhramana. And Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, "In this way, rotating, and in course of our rotation, if we are fortunate enough, then we come to Krishna consciousness." Ei rupe brahmanda bhramite.... Ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan. So to come to Krishna consciousness, it is meant for persons who are very, very fortunate, kona bhagyavan. Guru-krishna-kripaya paya bhakti-lata-bija [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. When one is very much eager, serious, that "I want to see God..." Nobody's serious. But if one becomes serious, then Krishna gives him charge. He sends him to the proper guru. Krishna is there within the core of heart of everyone.
1. Titikshavah karunikah suhridah sarva-dehinam ajata-shatravah shantah sadhavah sadhu-bhushanah:
"The symptoms of a sadhu are that he is tolerant, merciful and friendly to all living entities. He has no enemies, he is peaceful, he abides by the scriptures, and all his characteristics are sublime. " Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.21 Back to text
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