Suds in the
A small contingent of us from
met with Mother Ganga (the
river of course), to enjoy the cooling effects of her holy waters and to pay
homage at the same time. Every year when
you go for her darshan (sacred viewing) you will notice a slight shift in her
course. The main concern for us as we
approached her eastern bank was, "Will she be safe?" Canada
Every year a person is losing their life to the
Ganges; her water are swift. Eddies swirl in any direction. The incredible
silty mud underneath can pull you in and cause you to sink into its depths,
leaving you unable to pull away.
Fortunately there is a designated "safe" area. Other bathers were there. My good friend, Ghosh Thakur, from
, and I
observed that the world is there. We met
people from British Columbia Brazil, Argentina, Europe, America,
Russia, , and
of course locals. Despite the signage
giving clear directions not to "soap up" in the sacred waters, people
do it anyways. This became a cause for
concern and irritation. Australia
"No soap! No soap!" I cautioned two middle-age men who lathered up from waist to head. "Big aparadha!" Aparadha means offence. I pointed to the Brazilians who had smeared themselves with mud as they were standing by the shore. "This is the way. No chemicals. Ganga Mata doesn't want."
To manufacturers of smelly formulas for a so-called cleanse, all I can say is "look what you've done. You’ve convinced simple people that this is a standard. When will you become environmentally responsible?"
May the Source be with you!