From Mohini Priya Dasi. 2011.09.27 (VT): Freshly returned from a worldwide tour in which he spread the message of Yamuna Devi’s polluted state, Brajraj Sharan Baba is now turning his attention to India, where he says, “the real work is to be done.”
“We have had a great deal of success spreading information about the Save Yamuna Movement in many countries around the world,” says Brajraj Sharan Baba Ji, “now we are focusing on Delhi, the capital, and Uttar Pradesh, where the Yamuna is most affected.”
“Our next step,” he says, “is to take advantage of the large influx of pilgrims to Braj in the Karttik month to increase awareness of the situation and to attract activists to take part in the ‘Bring Yamuna Back to Braj-Vrindavan’ campaign.”
Returning to Maan Mandir in Barsana after a hectic day of meetings in Delhi on 23rd September, Babaji Maharaj spoke of the many large scale local awareness programs that were held around Uttar Pradesh on Thursday last week.
“By Shrimati Radharani’s mercy, we arranged for more than eighty rallies last Thursday in all districts of Uttar Pradesh, including of course Mathura, with very successful results. Thousands of people showed their unhappiness with the current state of affairs. Everywhere local media covered the events. There is now so much more awareness than before. More and more local people are participating and the result is that it is beginning to have an impact on local government authorities than before.”
In Delhi, Babaji Maharaj appeared on the popular national news channel Aaj Tak and had several coordination meetings in which plans were made to bring the “Save Yamuna Campaign” to every college and university in the capital. The main goal of the meetings, however, was to plan the upcoming awareness campaign in Vrindavan that will be conducted in a big way this upcoming Karttik, or Niyam Seva, which begins on Oct. 11.
The campaign’s nerve center will be the Krishna Balaram temple, where ISKCON will provide a booth for the entire month in order to reach out to the masses of pilgrims and tourists that visit the temple during that month. Volunteers of the “Save Yamuna Movement” from Germany as well as local devotees will explain to everyone the realities of the holy river and simultaneously conduct a signature campaign.
Many other devotees from ISKCON Delhi (Garhi and Punjabi Bagh temples) have already promised their support and will come to Vrindavan during this month o support the campaign by running Sankirtan Harinam Feris (Nagar Sankirtan) with banners, brochures and placards to spread awareness among the millions of devotees and visitors.
“We don’t want to be stuck in only one place, because millions of devotees from all over India and abroad will visit Yamuna Ji in Vrindavan-Gokul-Mathura during Karttik, and we need many more local volunteers who can speak English as well as Hindi in order to explain the matter and collect signatures. Russian and English speaking volunteers are also welcome, as we also expect thousands of Russians to be there,” says Brajraj Sharan Babaji, who is the initiator of the campaign.
“So we shall be installing many booths everywhere in Vrindavan with banners and brochures in different languages and conducting Sankirtan Harinam Feris (Nagar Sankirtan) with banners and placards to spread awareness.
“We would be also very much happy if other local temples support this campaign by their sincere prayers and well wishes and also extend their hands to become instruments to serve this noble cause. We need to come together to serve Sri Yamuna Ji. She is our goddess and very dear to Krishna.”
Brajraj Sharanji goes on: “This is very important now as in six months state elections are due and this will give us an opportunity to send a strong message to the Government that will compel them to implement Supreme Court’s recommendation of a minimum flow of fresh natural water in the river.”
He adds, “We shall provide all important materials to anyone who comes forward. All you need is to let us know.”
India’s liquid icon, proudly sung of even in its national anthem, is at present a black spot on the country’s image. The River Yamuna, one of the most sacred rivers on earth, has now also become one of the most polluted.
An overload of domestic and industrial sewage, coupled with the lack of any fresh water due to the Hathini-Kund Barrage diversions of 97% of total waters, the river is not only gravely endangered but beyond Delhi, factually dead. The goddess Yamuna Ji has been deprived of her dignity by being reduced to a mere shadow of her former glory. She has merely become the sewage carrier of Delhi.
The ecological death of that river is not only becoming a shameful symbol of the environmental problems India faces today but furthermore the dying goddess is becoming a symbol of the dying of India’s culture and spirituality as millions of faithful pilgrims are deceived in their sacred bath in this most holy river while Authorities simply look the other way.
Thank God, the “Bring Yamuna River Back to Braj” movement is spreading around the world like a huge forest fire, engaging large numbers of people in India as well as non-resident Indians. This is the result of Shri Ramesh Baba Ji’s disciple Brajraj Sharan Baba Ji and his tireless efforts to spread the word.
Brajraj Sharan is igniting many hearts with inspiration and zeal to be instrumental in the service of that most holy river. His endeavors are bearing many fruits as the campaign gathers momentum.
While traveling through various cities in India as well as abroad like USA, UK, UAE, Bahrain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland etc., he is conducting awareness programs by countless presentations and meetings with locals, politicians, environmental groups, social activists, various spiritual groups from Indian communities as well as representatives of many media houses.
Apart from presenting the problems that river faces, he also displays a well scientific researched solution that is already approved by the Supreme Court of India and urges people everywhere to write emails and send faxes to the Ministries, as well as signing the on-line petitions that can be found on the “Bring Yamuna River Back to Braj” movement’s website http://SaveYamuna.org/ in order to put pressure on India to take action to create a positive change in the future of the Yamuna River.
As a result thousands of local Indians as well as Indian emigrants living in Britain, America and around the world have started to send huge numbers of emails and faxes to the Union Government Ministers in charge of this matter. Yet not only people of Indian background are becoming more and more aware of the condition of the Yamuna River and agitating for its reversal but also a worldwide massive support to the campaign has come from people who are concerned about Braj cullture, Shri Krishna, ShriVrindavanDham and Yamuna River.
By the selfless efforts of ISKCON’s Radha Jivan Poddar, a leading member of the “Save Yamuna Movement” as well as Brajraj Sharan Babaji from MaanMandir, Barsana, the international Vaishnava organization ISKCON took up the issue very seriously and is making a healthy statement of unity to the entire Hindu community. Many well-known ISKCON centers around the world ( http://saveyamuna.org/node/35 and http://saveyamuna.org/news ) have already made serious commitments to supporting the campaign. As a result, ISKCON has itself become a driving force in the movement, successfully using public programs and the media to propagate the message.
If you wish to express your concern and hence bring about a change in the future of Yamuna River and in doing so make a statement on the great culture and spirituality of the most holy Land – Braj / Vrindavan, please support the “Bring Yamuna Back to Braj ” Campaign in Vrindavan during Karttik month.
To express your support please contact:
Maan Mandir Seva Sansthan Trust.
Gahvarvan, Barsana, Dist. Mathura,
Uttar Pradesh, INDIA, Pin-281405
Ph. ( India ) 91-975-627-2554, 801-0176-801