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We must learn to live and mingle selflessly like water

Can we inherit the qualities of water - of purification, mingling and losing itself to give life to others?

columns Updated: Sep 17, 2015 12:38 IST
Sumit Dhanraj
Sumit Dhanraj

We all know that life is like water. Evolution took place in water. Water, his creation and his gift, is as marvellous as God. Water gives itself to others. It channels itself in any direction, moves up and down, runs deep or shallow, it can rage and swell, it can be silent or talkative, creative or destructive, but above all, it’s a provider of everybody’s needs.

Water refreshes nature and cools the atmosphere during the scorching summer. Monsoon showers soothe the minds and the hearts of all living beings. New life sprouts from seeds and the feeling of rejuvenation awakens all and sundry. Autumn buds the bushes and ivy, marigold and balsam smile, and the onset of seasonal change arrives with beauty. Winter brings the dance of the water as dew, snow, frost, and ice. In spring, trees and plants flower to romance.

Water also has a different significance for various religions. In the sacred waters of holy rivers, sins of people get washed away. It is the unifying force for all religions, as rivers and seas accept everybody, irrespective of their caste and creed. It binds different cultures and traditions in one knot. It’s a source of harmony, relationship, interaction and peace.

We must learn to mingle with people just as water mingles selflessly and gives itself for the sake of others, without discriminating one from the other. Water teaches us how to live in this world, face the hurdles of life and how not to run away from problems. Amid great obstacles water makes way for itself. It may wander, but is sure to reach its goal. It heals, soothes, absorbs, softens, dissolves, nourishes, cleanses the lives of every being. Even in moments of despair, water inspires musicians, leads lovers and delights hearts.
Can we inherit its qualities: Of purification, mingling and losing itself to give life to others?

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