Why are the rivers revered so much in India? Sri Sri Ravishankar answers this question in his satsang at Art of Living.
Well, in all ancient cultures around the world rivers, mountains and trees were all revered. There were considered sacred.
Not just rivers, even trees are very holy. Like Peepal tree (or banyan tree) which gives oxygen all the time, is considered very holy. Though it doesn’t give any fruit or vegetable for consumption, it is considered very holy. People in the ancient days knew it gives us more oxygen. It helps to clean up the environment. So, rivers, trees, mountains are considered very sacred.
In the ancient tradition, before one put their foot on the ground, they would honor the Earth and then move on. It’s a very good culture. People were very environmentally sensitive in those days. I think we should continue this tradition.
Note – Its an excerpt of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji’s Art of Living satsang.