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Honoring Water: Understanding Traditional Wisdom

Honoring Water: Understanding Traditional Wisdom

Reverence towards water is universal. This stems from the belief that all life is related to water.

Whether it was the first human settlement or the first cradle of a culture, one determining factor for their birth and growth was constant access to water. It is no wonder that all the great civilizations of the world came upon the banks of great rivers.

The Life Source

Water's centrality to life and its origins have never been in question. And this was not lost to the wise men and women of yore. As the ancient Indian text of Rig Veda puts it, "The waters listen as they flow along: they know the origin of heaven and earth." (Rig Veda, Book 7, Hymn 34).

The Rig Veda considers water as the first shelter or ayana of Nara, the Eternal Being. Water is pratishtha, the underlying principle, or the very foundation of the universe.

Another ancient text, Chandogya Upanishad succinctly sums up the value of water: 'Prithiviya Apo Rasah' (The water is the essence of earth.)

This reverence is not limited to ancient Hindu civilization alone. Almost all the major faiths of the world, recognizing water's centrality to life.

While the Bible says that God created water on Earth, the Quran says that God sent down water from outer space to Earth.

It is because of this that all the major religions have knitted the concept of "holy water" into religious ceremonies.

Weaved into tradition

Many ancient traditions and cultures see water as not only a purifier of objects for ritual use but also as something that adds sanctity to any occasion.

Several tribes of Native Americans have a unique ritual that epitomizes their reverence for water. And it’s a tradition that has lasted centuries. Quite often, ceremonial dinners start and end with the ritual of drinking water. The designated person pouring water into each cup during the event is expected to be praying and nursing only good thoughts so that water is undisturbed by any negative energy around it.

When people refer to 'sacred waters,' it is not limited to symbols and rituals that are linked with the term. It is the recognition of water as a sustainer of life and a source that is pure with the power to cleanse.

Purity and Spirituality

Almost every Vedic text bestows reverence and extols the sacredness of water, no matter where it is found in its natural form. Water is linked to the attainment of spiritual enlightenment.

The wisdom on water, as mentioned in weighty tomes of the past, has three common threads--understanding of it as a source of life, maintenance of its purity, and its conservation.

Restoring Water to Its Purest Form

This raw creation of nature holds many secrets that we, modern humans, are yet to unlock. Its hidden, intricate patterns are yet to be fully comprehended.

We at JIVA have combined the wisdom of our ancient sages and leveraged modern technology to come up with devices that can restore water to its original happy state.

When the water is at peace, it does not just quench the thirst, it nourishes, helps the body and the soil to heal, and puts you on the path of good health and happiness.

In fact, the Mantra Pushpam of the Yajur Veda, which says, “Yo pam ayatanam Veda Ayatanavan bhavati” – He who knows the source of water, becomes established in himself – is the inspiration behind all JIVA products.