The Elixir of Life
Water – the sustainer of much of life
on earth. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia,
and the Indus Valley all grew and flourished around rivers.
The Vedas hail the element water as the very basis of existence.
The evolutionary tree has at its roots, life forms that originated
out of water. Thus, water is a gift of God to this world.
Water covers three-fourths of the surface
of earth. But surprisingly, in spite of such an abundance
of this gift of God, in our present times, pure drinking water
has become a scarce commodity. Rampant pollution by industries
has contaminated our rivers and groundwater. An ever-burgeoning
human population is depleting even the available water resources
by being wasteful in its use. Man is today staring in the
face of a water crisis that perils his very existence. The
need of the hour is a system of water management that optimizes
the utilization and allocation of the available water resources
so that adequate water is available to all.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, through His
mammoth drinking water supply projects, has shown a beleaguered
humanity the way out of the crisis. In His own words,
“river water flows into the sea and is thus wasted.
If this water can be harnessed so as to be available to even
to water scarce regions…..” Under His
Divine guidance, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust has executed
a number of projects that have brought this elixir of life
into the parched throats of millions in Andhra Pradesh in
Anantapur district in 1995, Medak
and Mahabubnagar in 2001 and in the metropolitan city
of Chennai in 2004. A project to
ameliorate the situation of water scarcity in upland areas
of East Godavari and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh
was completed and handed over to the Goverment in the year 2007.
Read on to learn more about this wonderful saga of God’s
Love and Compassion.