Holy, but Dirty Water


 

Holy, but Dirty Water

Holy, but dirty water can kill believers

When they emerge themselves

In the Jordan River to be baptized

Or, take a dip in the Ganges River

As part of a ceremonial rite

 

Many people might be unaware

That these waters are polluted

They are filled with human waste, and chemicals

From agricultural, and industrial waste

This is the case of the Jordan River

That flows southward through northern Israel

Where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ

 

The same is true for India’s Ganges River

That flows from the Himalayas

With raw sewage,

And remains of cremated corpses,

Chemical dyes from tanneries,

And animal carcasses

Yet Hindus fulfill their religious duties

By emerging themselves in this water

 

Infectious diseases could be spread

Through contaminated water

Like typhoid, cholera, paratyphoid fever,

Dysentery, jaundice, and malaria,

From chemicals and pesticides

These pollutants are dangerous

To believers’ nervous systems

And could even cause cancer

 

“Eternal One, help believers to be wise in safeguarding their health, for God or Brahma might bless them, but won’t prevent illness, or death.”

Amen


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