Swami Nigamanand sacrifice to save the Ganga

on Monday, June 27, 2011

    Swami Nigamanand

  After four months of fasting for saving River Ganga (गंगा), Swami Nigamananda Saraswati died at around 2 pm on 13 June 2011 at the Jolly Grant Himalayan Institute Hospital, Dehradun. Swami Nigamananda, 34, had been fasting for 115 days in Haridwar.
  The 34-year-old Swami, a member of Matri Sadan, was protesting against the illegal mining that is polluting the river Ganges. He had started his fasting on February 19 this year. On April 27, his health started deteriorating and forced the authorities to admit him at the district hospital. The Swami went into coma and had to be admitted in a very critical condition to the Jolly Grant Hospital in Dehradun on April 27, 2011.

Swami Nigamananda battle against illegal Mining

  Swami Nigamananda Saraswati was a member of Matri Sadan who has been struggling to save Ganga from illegal mining for the past 12 years. Swami Nigmanand Saraswati had earlier done fast from Jan 20, 2008 till April 1, 2008 which resulted in success and Stone mining was banned, but after some
months it again started and then another activist Dayanand did 30 days fast in March 2009 to shun the Large scale illegal mining. It was closed for sometime and again restarted from Oct 2009.
    Illegal mining at Ganga river bed
 The Himalaya Stone Crusher is destroying the bed of Holy Ganga and Kumbh area of Haridwar  
  Matri Sadan never gave up its struggle and this was shown when Dayanand started his Satyagrah from 15th October 2009 which lasted for 163 days. According to Matri Sadan blog, the Himalaya Stone Crusher is destroying the bed of Holy Ganga and Kumbh area of Haridwar continuously for the last 10 years by extensive rampant mining of stone and sand. The Blog claims that the illegal mining is running in complete co-operation with the Government of Uttarakhand and its bureaucrats. (Reference: www.dailybhaskar.in   June 15, 2011

   On June 18, 2011 Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has asked the Uttarakhand government to take action to stop illegal river bed mining in Ganga, particularly around Haridwar. This latest missive comes on the heels of the death of Swami Nigamanand, who was protesting against mining in the Ganga. Ramesh's strongly worded letter to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank refers to inaction by the state government in tackling illegal riverbed mining.


The demands included as such:

1) Stop Government supported conspiracy against the Sadhus of Matri Sadan. Becuase they were consistently agitating against the BJP Government ruling Uttaranchal at that time.

2) Stone Crushers must be shifted from the residential area of Kankhal. Stone Crushers were operating from the residential areas of Kankhal which was also very close to the Ashram.

3) Illegal mining in the Ganga river bed.

4) To stop running trucks directly through the water flowing in the Ganga river. It was spreading oil in the holy water. The sadhus used to take bath in the river. Since water used to become oily due to the trucks loaded with illegally mined stones directly from the river bed ran all through the day, it had become tough to take every day bath in the Ganga. 

 Allegations that Swami Nigamanand was poisoned
   Amid allegations that Swami Nigamanand was poisoned, authorities today ordered a second viscera test of the seer who died after a four-month fast against quarrying in Ganga bed, even as Congress stepped up attack on the Chief Minister demanding his resignation. District Magistrate Meenakshi Sundaram has decided that another sample of viscera of Nigamanand be taken after the founder head of Matri Sadan ashram and his guru, Shivanand, gave a written request in this regard, said  (SSP) Kewal Khurana, a day after the Uttarakhand Government recommended a CBI probe into the circumstances of his death.
 Waterman Rajendra Singh blames Uttrakhand

  Waterman and Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh has termed the death of Swami Nigamanand of Matri Sadan, Haridwar on June 13 at the end of a prolonged fast protesting against mining on the Ganga river bed and
its surroundings, a “sacrifice” for the cause of environment. Mr. Singh, who too has been campaigning for the past one decade for the protection of the river, blamed the Uttrakhand Government for the tragedy. “When it comes to protests, those by genuine people for genuine causes get ignored and the fakes get all the attention,” he said. 

It is a pity on Indian Media that on the one hand they cover the fast of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev so extensively but they don't care if some Swami Nigamanand dies fighting for the purity of Ganga and against corruption so rampant in Uttarakhand. Illegal mining is rampant, relation between the Government and illegal miners goes deep down and Government Authorities receive bribes from criminals and shunt the yogis and sanyasis.

Conversations With Swami Vivekananda

Q: Swami, if all things are one, what is the difference between a cabbage and a man?

Swami Vivekananda: Stick a knife into your leg, and you will see the line of demarcation.

Q: Then, Swami, what you claim is that all is good?

Swami Vivekananda: By no means. My claim is that all is not ” only God is! That makes all the difference.

WOMAN STUDENT: Well, Swami, what would become of the world if everyone renounced?

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: Madam, why do you come to me with that lie on your lips? You have never considered anything in this world but your own pleasure!

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: I am the disciple of a man who could not write his own name, and I am not worthy to undo his shoes. How often have I wished I could take my intellect and throw it into the Ganges!

STUDENT: But, Swami, that is the part of you I like best.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: That is because you are a fool, Madam ” like I am.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: I have to come back once more. The Master said I am to come back once more with him.

MRS. ALLAN: You have to come back because Shri Ramakrishna says so?

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: Souls like that have great power, Madam.

WOMAN STUDENT: Oh, if I had only lived earlier, I could have seen Shri Ramakrishna!

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (turning quietly to her): You say that, and you have seen me?

MISS BELL: This world is an old schoolhouse where we come to learn our lessons.

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: Who told you that? [Miss Bell could not remember.] Well, I don't think so. I think this world is a circus ring in which we are the clowns tumbling.

MISS BELL: Why do we tumble, Swami?

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: Because we like to tumble. When we get tired, we will quit. 

Swami Vivekananda on the true spirit of a Sannyasin

"I saw many great men in Hrishikesh. One case that I remember was that of a man who seemed to be mad. He was coming nude down the street, with boys pursuing and throwing stones at him. The whole man was bubbling over with laughter while blood was streaming down his face and neck. I took him and bathed the wound, putting ashes on it to stop the bleeding. And all the time with peals of laughter he told me of the fun the boys and he had been having, throwing the stones. 'So the Father plays', he said.

"Many of these men hide, in order to guard themselves against intrusion. People are a trouble to them. One had human bones strewn about his cave and gave it out that he lived on corpses. Another threw stones. And so on. . . .

"Sometimes the thing comes upon them in a flash. There was a boy, for instance, who used to come to read the Upanishads with Abhedananda. One day he turned and said, 'Sir, is all this really true?'

"'Oh yes!' said Abhedananda, 'It may be difficult to realize, but it is certainly true'.

"And next day, that boy was a silent Sannyasin, nude, on his way to Kedarnath!

"What happened to him? you ask. He became silent!

"But the Sannyasin needs no longer to worship or to go on pilgrimage or perform austerities. What then is the motive of all this going from pilgrimage to pilgrimage, shrine to shrine, and austerity to austerity? He is acquiring merit and giving it to the world!"

Sri Sarda Devi- The Motherhood Of God

Mother Speaks...

"I tell you one thing—if you want peace, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own."

"God is one's very own. It is the eternal relationship. He is everyone's own. One realizes him in proportion to the intensity of one's feelings for him."

"If you practice spiritual discipline for some time in a solitary place, you will find that your mind has become strong, and then you can live in any place or society without being in the least affected by it. When the plant is tender, it should be hedged around. But when it has grown big, not even cows and goats can injure it. Spiritual practices in a solitary place are essential."

"Whatever you yearn for, that you will get."

"Everyone can break down something, but how many can build it up?"

"I am the mother of the wicked, and I am the mother of the virtuous. Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself, 'I have a mother'".

"Forbearance is a great virtue; there is no other like it."

"The purpose of one's life is fulfilled only when one is able to give joy to another."

"As wind removes the cloud, so the name of God destroys the cloud of worldliness."

Spiritual Progress

Devotee: "Revered sir, one man quickly succeeds in spiritual life, and another doesn't succeed at all. How do you explain that?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "The truth is that a man succeeds to a great extent because of tendencies inherited from his previous births. People think he has attained the goal all of a sudden. A man drank a glass of wine in the morning. It made him completely drunk. He began to behave improperly. People were amazed to see that he could be so drunk after one glass. But another man said, 'Why, he has been drinking all night.'

"Hanuman burnt down the golden city of Lanka. People were amazed that a mere monkey could burn the whole, city. But then they said, 'The truth is that the city was burnt by the sighs of Sita and the wrath of Rama.'

"Look at Lala Babu. He had so much wealth. Could he have renounced it all so suddenly without the good tendencies of his previous births? And Rani Bhavani. So much knowledge and devotion in a woman!

"In his last birth a man is endowed with sattva. His mind is directed to God. He longs for God. He withdraws his mind from worldly things."

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