Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
15th June 2018
A human being takes life for granted. He or she also takes water for granted and does not realise the significance of water as regards life, because every living entity is dependenton water for life.
Earth in nature depends on water in rain. If rain does not happen in nature, rivers dry up and the earth is destroyed. The many organisms within the earth too are destroyed and their presence in earth is vital for food to grow.
Vegetation depends on water in nature. If vegetation is deprived of water, they fail to grow. Vegetation grows well when adequate water is available to them or given to them by man.
Animal kingdom in nature is dependent on water to survive. Animals in nature instinctively go to water and sometimes trek for miles to reach water. Animals as pets get water to live from their owners.
Humans too are dependenton water to live life. Without water humans cannot live life. They dry up just as earth in nature dries up when rivers do not flow for lack of rain.
Water not only quenches thirst in humans, but it also dissolves ingested food. The dissolved food is digested, which enables the nutrients present in the digested food to be taken up by every human cell to live.
Similarly, water quenches thirst in animals and also dissolves ingested food. The dissolved food is digested, which enables the nutrients present in the digested food to be taken up by every animal cell to live.
Likewise, water dissolves in earth. The nutrients dissolved by water in earth are taken up by the roots in vegetation. The nutrients present are taken up by the roots and enable vegetation to grow.
Now water is made up of two elements, hydrogen and oxygen. Two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen combine to form water. Due to the presence of the oxygen molecule in water, living entities are able to live life in water.
This further signifies that water is in every moment in life, because life is in every moment in life. The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that water is present in every moment of life.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
©Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
The elements combine with nature to provide and sustain a beautiful balance for life to live on and in earth. Man is blessed with the care of this remarkable gift for every creature on awakening each day from the rest of each night. In every moment of life there is water, the element essential for existence. Such is the intelligence of life that the essential constituents of water appear on earth before man himself appears on earth and then provides the science to name and to identify the essential constituents of water. Isn’t that remarkable? Notwithstanding this, man is prone to disregard his stewardship to gain benefit for himself without consideration for the welfare of creation. In this way water may become contaminated and unfit for purpose. Isn’t that remarkable?
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
Water reflects the cycle of life in and on earth, in and on the water. Wherever life is, there is water. The sages understand the cycle of water in every moment of earthly life, as it is gifted ubiquitously spontaneously to feed all living beings, through the omnipresent love of Mother Earth. It is therefore wise to be thankful for the water in life.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.