Ganga Quotes

गंगा की अविरलता मेरे जीवन का लक्ष्य है। अब एक मात्र उद्देश्य है देश भर के गंगा प्रेमियों, भक्तों, पर्यावरणविदों की राय से गंगा को बांधों से मुक्त कराया जाए। - प्रोफेसर जीडी अग्रवाल

"I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganga – astronomy, astrology, spiritualism, etc. It is very important to note that some 2500 years ago at the least Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganga to learn geometry."

                                                                                             - Francis M. Voltaire

"I will lay my bones by the Ganges that India might know there is one who cares."

                                                                                                          - Alexander Duff

"The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga."

                                       - Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India

"A bath in Ganges undoubtedly absolves one of all sins; but what does that avail?  They say that the sins perch on trees along the banks of the Ganges.  No sooner does the man come back from the holy waters that the old sins jump on his shoulders from the trees.  The same old sins take possession of him again.  He is hardly out of the waters before they fall upon him."

                                                                                Ramakrishna Paramhansa


"The Ganga to me is the symbol of India's memorable past which has been flowing into the present and continues to flow towards the ocean of the future."

                                                                   - Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India

As stated in "Travel in India" by Jean Tavernier, "The land where the Ganges does not flow is likened in one hymn to the sky without the sun, a home without a lamp, a brahmin without a Vedas" (Tavernier 236).

Eck states:

"There are few things on which Hindu India, diverse as it is, might agree. But of the Ganges, India speaks with one voice. The Ganges carries an immense cultural and religious meaning for Hindus of every region and every sectarian persuasion." (214)

I am the shark among the fishes, and the Ganges among the rivers

- Krishna in Bhagavadgita

A river sings a holy song conveying the mysterious truth that we are a river, and if we are ignorant of this natural law, we are lost."    

     Thomas Moore - From The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

 

         

The bad news is that if the drought keeps up, within a few years we'll all be drinking reclaimed sewer water. The good news is that there won't be enough to go around.
Bill Miller, quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, 4 March 1977

Nothing alters a river as totally as a dam. A reservoir is the antithesis of a river - the essence of a river is that it
flows, the essence of a reservoir is that it is still." A symbiotic relationship cannot exist when the essential character
of one of the organisms is denied.
Patrick McCully, Silenced Rivers

The Mississippi, the Ganges, and the Nile,... the Rocky Mountains, the Himmaleh, and Mountains of the Moon, have a kind of personal importance... - MORE The Mississippi, the Ganges, and the Nile,... the Rocky Mountains, the Himmaleh, and Mountains of the Moon, have a kind of personal importance in the annals of the world.

Henry David Thoreau

"The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga."

“Those who bathe at Ganga at least once in its pure water are protected from thousands of dangers forever and get rid of sins of generations and are purified immediately” 

Brahmanandpuranam

  • What need of expensive sacrifices, Or of difficult penances? Worship Ganga, asking for happiness and good fortune and she will bring you heaven and salvation.

          Padma Purana v.60.39

  • Yaa sri Padmavane Kadambha shikare Raja Gruhe Kunjare,
    Swethe cha aswa yuthe, vrushe cha yugale cha yoopa sthithe,
    Shanke deva kule Narendra bhavane Ganga thate Gokule,
    Ya Sri Thishtathi sarvadha mama gruhe bhooyad sada nischala.

  • Vasudevam parithyajya, Yo anya devam upasathe, Trushitho jahnavi theere koopam vanchathi durbhaga.