At Jal House this year our theme has been “Conservation”
Jal (water) is one of the most important substances that are needed for humans, animals and plants. Without water, all organisms in the world would die. Water is necessary not only for drinking but also for our day to day life activities such as bathing, cooking, cleaning, and washing. We cannot think of a life without water.
Water is an inherent part of most spiritual beliefs:
- In Christianity, water is intrinsically linked to baptism, which in itself is a public declaration of faith and a sign of welcome into the church of God. In baptism, water symbolizes purification and the cleansing of the original sin.
- The lotus-stream of the Buddha (Bodhisattva) rises up from the waters of the soul, in the same way the spirit, illumined by knowledge, frees itself from passive existence.
- For Hindus, water aids spiritual purification. Morning ablutions with water are an everyday duty. All Hindu temples are located near a water source, as followers are under strict obligation to bathe before entering the temple.
- Water in Islam is considered as a gift belonging to all equally, which has to be managed and distributed with equity among all living beings, humans, animals and plant life
- When the prophet Mohamed was asked what the most praiseworthy deed was, he answered, "To give water to drink...” Hadith – Koran
- On a very mundane level water is essential for major transportation of goods, as pleasure in water sports and in cooling and heating.
Today we are living precariously with imminent threats to our natural resources and we at Jal House aim to serve as role models for others in respecting and practicing conservation of water and other elements of nature.
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