Blog Action Day 2010 – Water – Wisdom from Vedas on Saving Water

Today is Blog Action Day 2010 – a day when thousands of bloggers commit to blog (write) on a topic to create awareness around an issue. This year’s topic is water. Internet is full of articles regarding the need to save water and modern man realized the importance of the need to save water only recently. But ancient teachers of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism or Hindu religion) had realized the importance of water and had mentioned about in the Vedas and Upanishads. What is striking is that the Vedas asks us to preserve water for future generations.
Here is a collection of quotes on the importance water and the need to preserve it from Vedas.
  • There was only water in the beginning. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad v-5-1)
  • Plants and waters are treasures for generations. (Rig Veda Samhita vii-70-4)
  • Waters as friends of man give full protection to his progenies. (Rig Veda Samhita vi-50-7)
  • Waters represent splendor. (Atharva Veda Samhita iii-13-5)
  • Waters and herbs should have no poison. (Rig Veda Samhita vi-39-5)
  • Waters bear off all defilements and cleanse people. (Vajasaneya Samhita iv-2)
  • Waters are to be freed from defilement. (Atharva Veda Samhita x-5-24)
  • Waters cleanse humanity from the evil of pollution committed by it. (Atharva Veda Samhita xii-2-40)
  • Waters are healing and they strengthen one to see great joy. (Taittiriya Samhita vii-4-19)
  • Offerings are dedicated to waters of wells, pools, clefts, holes, lakes, morasses, ponds, tanks, marshes, rains, rime, streams, rivers and ocean. (Taittiriya Samhita vii-4-13)
  • Earth, in which lie the sea, the river and other waters, in which food and cornfields have come to be, in which lives all that breathes and that moves, may she confer on us the finest of her yield. (From the Atharva Veda - Hymn to the Earth - Bhumi-Sukta)
  • Earth, in which the waters, common to all, moving on all sides, flow unfailingly, day and night, may she pour on us milk in many streams, and endow us with luster. (From the Atharva Veda - Hymn to the Earth - Bhumi-Sukta)
Hinduism has always stressed the need for living in harmony with nature and almost all the elements in Nature are part of worship in Hindu religion. Among them water and sun are given prime importance and are included in the daily worship of Hindus. Our ancient teachers included them in our daily worship to make us realize the importance of it.
But have we realized the importance of water?
Next time when we leave the water tap unnecessarily open remember that every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water.