Ganga – the waters of purification and transformation
The Himalayan journey offers many opportunities for bathing and silent contemplation as we become increasingly attuned to the magic of Ganga, making our way from where she emerges onto the plains of India at Rishikesh, to her scource at Tapovan.
Ganga is born on the slopes of the sacred mountain Shivaling. The Akash, or Sky Ganga emerges from the mountain in a pure stream that then merges with the Gangotri glacier. From an ice cave that runs deep under the glacier, Ganga is born. The stories of Ganga talk of her being the daughter of Himavan, the lord of the mountains. She is born of the purity of the snows of the Himalayas, chiefly the great mountains that surround the glacier itself and her unique spiritual qualities arise from her birth at Tapovan, where there is a quantum ability to carry energy from the subtle dimensions, so they are accessible in the physical.
To sit beside Ganga is to enter a timeless space wherein we become one with that flow.
Ganga brings with her a special energy that is unique to her alone, the purifying flow that carries the subtle energy of the prana, the life force and the wisdom of the oneness. This oneness manifests as a river, which we call Ganga, but its subtle flow crosses all dimensions and carries within her flow the potential for humans to reach that dimension wherein there is no separation. To sit beside Ganga is to enter a timeless space wherein we become one with that flow.
Ganga embodies the path of devoted servitude. She has the role of purifying, giving life to the land, and liberating those who can release themselves fully to her love.
Ganga flows from Shivaling, the hands of the world, the karma energy that serves. Ganga is karma yoga itself, just as Yamuna is the manifestation of bhakti yoga (devotion) and the underground flowing Saraswati is jnana yoga (wisdom). So Ganga embodies the path of devoted servitude. She has the role of purifying, giving life to the land, and liberating those who can release themselves fully to her love.
It is a scientific fact that the waters of Ganga are self-purifying. Its higher oxygen levels contain a bacteriophage (a bacteria killing molecule) that has been identified within the icy waters that emerge from the glacier at Gaumukh. A great master has stated:
"When you immerse yourself in the waters of Grace you become purified. What does that mean? It is the process of letting go. For many, they state that Ganga takes away their sin. But, unless you let go of that which binds you, Ganga cannot purify you. This is the same with Grace. Grace is always there. Love is always there. Therefore, if you let go of the obstruction, then Grace will flow. They have dammed Ganga. This is an obstruction. This has affected its ability to serve the people. It has affected its purity.
Grace must flow freely from your heart, but your ignorance obstructs. Let the ignorance be released by the flow of Grace and you will see your lives transformed. People are connected to the Ganga within and without. A bath in Ganga is an invitation to let go of all attachments and live in Grace."
Written by Savitri (Jenny Gottingham)
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