Indian soul at Gangas River

Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 22, 2007

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

We checked out of our guest house and went to find some North going transportation. Zach were going South to Bangalore and we needed to go towards Hydarabad. So our roads were splitting and at midnight we caught a bus going halfway and in the middle of the night we had a bus transfer before we went back to sleep and woke up in Hydarabad next morning.

We wanted to move as quick as we could, but that train we wanted to take was departing 2 days later. So there not much else to do than wait and in the meanwhile it was now the girls turn to have stomach battles. We found a hotel in the old part of town and that was the same time the Islamic part of town - so they had some nice spicy meat - all ways good with changes once in a while. I had a lot of that.
The two days went fast and on January 29th we took (want turned out to be) a 36 hour train ride to Varanasi and the Ganga River, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The train had sleepers inside and that were the beds for two nights. There were a lot of people on the train so you got to watch out if you want to keep your seat - cause the Indians are not shy when it comes to that point. Also there were a lot of people selling (and yelling what they were selling) stuff as well. Ecxept but that the ride went pretty easy and January 31st we reached the holy city; Varanasi.

In deed it's one of the most touristy places in the country - but it was still the most special place I saw in India.
The holy river of Ganga runs through town and that's sort of where all the spirituality comes from.
From the bank they burn corpse and throw the ashes into the river and if it's a pregnant woman or if they people don't have to money to effort the expensive wood, which are used for quick burning - they just throw the dead body in the water anyhow.
People are bathing in the river to get clean souls (or something like that), even though the water is septic due to all the dead bodies and other kinds of stuff inside the water. These spiritual events happens mostly in the mornings, where the Hindus also put floating candles on the water to make good karma.
The bank was stuffed sadhus and babbas, which is the holy men, that smoke marijuana all the time are either in orange clothing and naked and white painted.
Especially one of them looked SO strange. He had a very big mole or tumor-looking thing covering the half of his face and connecting the flesh from his eyebrows to his nose on the half side, which made it look like the nose of an elephant. I had never seen anything like that and then he was praised as the fortune god, Ganesh, - a man with an elephant head. I couldn't believe it.

It was a nice place and we stayed there for 4 nights and went boat sailing the one early morning to see the people wash and launder in the river. Besides that not to mention a good Nepali (Western food) restaurant, where we spent a whole lot of time to get a little break from the very heavy Indian food.
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Sub: A plan to clean and stop pollution in Yamuna within 7 months.

aims to serve the nation in various ways. You must be aware of the pollution being caused due to the disposal of used flowers and other worship materials in our Holy River Yamuna , and carried by all the rivers of India. Our organization, YFF, has undertaken a project to clean the rivers of INDIA starting with The YAMUNA, which will be starting from Delhi .

I Gopi Dutt want to draw your attention to problem that Delhi has been facing since as long as 10 yrs now. I am talking about the pollution in Yamuna caused by devotional material, Polybags, Flowers etc. Our govt., NDTV , different NGOs and now Maharaja Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji have put their best efforts to clean up the river.

Sri Sri Maharaja Ji is a spiritual guru he has no desire or want for money or fame. From South Africa to America, Iraq to Kashmir people worship him and follow him. Whole world wants to meet him, seem him and Seek his blessings, still he took over the charge to clean the Yamuna in Delhi from various disposed things. Maharaja Sri did the work with his own hands, he tried cleaning up the river by picking up the disposal on his own. He is the first spiritual guru in the world who left popularity and still tried to clean the Life Line of Delhi - The Yamuna. Do you know why? He did this to awaken Delhi. But did we WAKE UP?

24/4/10 Maharaja Ji finished up his tasks and camps associated with the river and cleaning up river banks. And on 25/4/10 people of Delhi disposed approx. 3,50,000kgs of used hawan samagri, flowers etc. I have some pictures to show this.

The same way other NGOs, NDTV, the CM of Delhi (Yamuna Mei Jaan Dalo) with various programmes and camps have been trying to clean up the Yamuna but due to lack of a disposal sytempeople still turn to Yamuna for disposing the used materials during pujas into the Yamuna. We need a Disposal System that stops people from throwing these materials in the River. Even though Sri Ravi Shankar Ji Maharaj tried his best to clean up the river but people still dispose off the samagri and flowers into the river which results that the efforst put in by all the people associated with the cleaning up the River in Vain.

We all have been trying to clean it up for the past 10 yrs but it hasn't stopped yet. Does anyone have a plan to stop this that here is no further need to clean n re-clean the river? The problem is that we only create awareness that people should not pollute the river but there are no measures taken to stop this pollution.

Very soon Delhi is conducting the Common Wealth Games and people from all over the globe are going to travel the city. They talk about Indian Culture which fascinates them, but what are they going to think when they see the flowers used in worshipping God 10 minutes back are in the garbage can or in the river polluting it? What message are we delivering to them? We have to stop this pollution before other nationals start noticing.

I have researched about the whole polluting issues for the past 7 years; have also noticed it in 22 different states. I have found the cause and the Solution of the problem. During my research I have met CM's of different states and 162 MP's and have brought their attention to the issue. I have also met the religious heads of different religions and they have all agreed upon the solution I have now. According to the time limits and need of the hour. They have found my solution to be the best possible way as there is no other option that stops pollution in as soon as 7 months after being implemented.

In 2006, I met the President APJ Abdul Kalam and the Vice President B.S. Shekhawat and discussed the whole plan with them. The president initiated the project and promised to keep it running believing that this is the only way to save Yamuna.

I have run the plan in small yet different places to check if what I had researched and concluded can be done practically. Thankfully, it was successful everywhere it was implemented.

Now I want to implement the whole plan in the region of Delhi so that we can clean Yamuna and stop it from polluting further in future.
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I need your support Madam.

Thanking you.
Kind Regards,
Gopi Dutt Akash
President - Youth Fraternity Foundation

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