The Magh Mela festival in India. Washing away sins in one of the most polluted rivers in the world, in one of the most overpopulated countries in the world, in one of the most violent regions of the world. . .
From Wikipedia: “Many Hindus also believe life is incomplete without taking a bath in the Ganges at least once in their lives. Many Hindu families keep a vial of water from the Ganges in their house. This is done because it is auspicious to have water of the Holy Ganges in the house, and also so that if someone is dying, that person will be able to drink its water. Many Hindus believe that the water from the Ganges can cleanse a person’s soul of all past sins, and that it can also cure the ill.”
“The Ganges River has been considered one of the dirtiest rivers in the world. The extreme pollution of the Ganges affects 400 million people who live close to the river. The river waters start getting polluted right at the source. The commercial exploitation of the river has risen in proportion to the rise of population.”
Feel like taking a shower right now? How about a mental bath?
A leap into a mountain stream?
Sadly, some streams never seem to wash away the “sins” of “spiritualizing” the earth while we destroy it.
Are we ready to move “beyond God (Religion, Faith)” yet?