Chakra Living

A Mystery in Need of a Solution

by Parasurama das

Posted April 22, 2011

Where on Planet Earth is this scene? Is it, perhaps, the Arctic circle?

Answer: This is the toxic river Yamuna in Noida Delhi. There is no river in the world as polluted as the most sacred river in the world. It is a long way from the crystal-clear Yamuna river in the Himalayas, with the cool delicious water that can purify anyone of all sins and give pure bhakti.

On the 26 March a team of seven international devotees followed the course of the Yamuna river by raft from 50km south of Yamunotri and ending in Vrindavan. We held press conferences in Yamuna Nagar and Delhi resulting in dozens of newspaper articles and TV coverage. It is very important to raise awareness of the plight of the most sacred river in the world, and to bring about a change in consciousness to those who live near the Yamuna or who visit her.

The rushing, oxygenated, still-clean waters of the Yamuna as it should be, in the hill country near the river's origin.

"Meditate on Vrndavana's Yamuna river, which is dear to Lord Hari, which flows with a great flood of transcendental bliss, which has shores studded with jewels, waves chanting the Sama Veda, and swans, cranes, karandavas, datyuhas and other birds chanting the Rg veda."

The team consisted of HH Mahavishnu Swami, Sanak Sanatana das prabhu, Arjuna das prabhu, Krishna Mayi dasi prabhu, Taruna das prabhu, Bhakta Richard, and myself, Parasuram das.

Devotees plough their Zodiac raft through the poisonous phosphate-contaminated Yamuna near Delhi.

The adventure movie will follow soon, and what an adventure! We feel lucky to be alive to tell the tale.

We have a brief video trailer at

Cows emerge from the once-pristine Yamuna river swathed in a layer of detergent runoff from raw, untreated residential and industrial sewage dumped recklessly into the river.

See related article: Yamuna River Now Toxic, Unfit Even for Bathing in Chakra, 28 February 2010.

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