Nama Article 14th April 2012
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The Ganga refused to come down to the earth. Though the Ganga flows on the earth she is not a river of the earth. It was Bhagirata who, through his stubbornness and effort made the Ganga of Devaloka come down to the earth. When he invited the Ganga to the earth, she said, "On the earth people, commit all kinds of sins. All of them would come to me and drop all their sins into me. How can I bear all the sins of all people? On the earth all people are sinners. When all of them come to me and bathe would not their sins come to me? So, I will not come to 'Bhooloka' (earth)."
In reply to this, Bhagirata told her, "You are looking at it from this angle. Look at it from another angle. Since you are a Holy river all Sădhus would come to bathe in you. All Mahăns would come. Bhăgavatăs who perform Nămasankirtan would all come. All those who do 'tapas' (spiritual austerities) would come. Those who have 'Realized' God, those who have seen God, Jnănis would all come. They bathe in you not for earning any merit. It is said that all the sins that were unburdened by all the people till then would leave you once a true Mahătma bathes in you."
It is only with the desire that Sădhus would come to her and bathe that Ganga came down to the earth. While explaining the reason for bathing in each 'teerta' (Holy river) like the Ganga, Godaavari, Saraswati, Sindhu, Cauvery, Pennaiyar, Garudanadhi, Krishna, Tungabhadra they (the Sădhus) would only say, 'by bathing in these rivers let us earn merits.' No Mahătma would say, 'the river earns merit because of my bathing here.' The reason for this is that they are Mahătmas! If they possessed any ego they cannot be Mahătmas. But the truth is that the river is purified by their bathing in it.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji