It’s a miracle.
Our planet is 3/4th water.
Our body is 3/4th water.
It’s the sacred alchemy between fire, air, ether and water on planet earth which endows us with life.
Ancient civilizations were highly advanced because they understood that water is not a “resource’’ to be used but a sacred, living element which sustains and nourishes life.
We had the World Water Day a few days back.
What needs to be altered is not only the habit of wastefulness but our approach to the gifts and miracles that we are endowed with.
In fact, all religions across the world consider water sacred and water is also used symbolically in all rituals.
Sikhs consider water as an elixir (amrit). They use it as a holy water in their religious places (gurudwaras) and also sprinkle it on their head, eyes and face for blessings. Not only this, they respect water so much that they put up free booths on a sunny day to provide water to people in heavy traffic for free. They even consider giving water as a huge service (seva) to the people. The region of Punjab, which itself stands for a state with 5 water bodies. They respect their water bodies so much that they believe in immersing the ashes of a dead body into the sea after burning it. For Sikhs water is a symbol of life, for cleanliness, and for purity.
Hinduism talks about the 5 element so life - including fire, earth, air, sky and most importantly water. It believes in water being the building block of life and all living beings being at the mercy of God for the same. Panchamahabhuta, a graphical depiction of water by the Hindus recognises water as a symbol of fullness. Regarded as jal, water has always been an object of worship. The two main rivers for the Hindus, Ganga and Yamuna are depicted as Goddesses on the backs of crocodile and tortoise respectively. They regard water as akshitam or imperishable and regard it as a life - preserving source par excellence.
The Holy Quran states that “From Water Every Living Creature Was Created”. Prophet Mohammed has also declared that everyone must have free access to water and Islam believed in protecting its wells. General Islamic Principles that concern water laws are also based on facts which provide the right to irrigation of lands and plants and also to quench thirst of animals or humans. Muslims are also required to be clean with water before all their religious ceremonies and prayers.
Holy water figures in Roman Catholic rituals of exorcism and blessings also the usual water used in baptisms that occur in a church; however, the use of specifically consecrated water is not required for a valid baptism under Roman Catholic religious law. It is also the usual water used in baptisms that occur in a church; however, the use of specifically consecrated water is not required.
In Judaism ritual washing is intended to restore or maintain a state of ritual purity and its origins can be found in the Torah. These ablutions can be washing the hands, the hands and the feet, or total immersion which must done in 'living water', i.e. the sea, a river, a spring or in a mikveh.
For Buddhists symbolism and ritual is pointless because they seek spiritual enlightenment that comes from seeing the reality of unreality. Water does however feature in Buddhist funerals where water is poured into a bowl placed before the monks and the dead body. Religions teach us how to respect and judiciously use the water. They regard it nothing less than god itself. We, as humans must learn not only to use it judiciously but also to protect it. Water is the most important resource one can use. It is necessary for survival, for daily chores and for sustenance.
I guess, it’s time to alter our attitude.
Nature does not gives us resources to only develop materialistically and expand trade and commerce and increase our GDP’s and “develop”.
Nature with all its intelligence gives us the gift of life.