But the most gruesome challenge was the lack of water; we were living on rain water that collected in the ground. By summer the water well would run dry, changing the entire landscape – trees would loose their leaves or they look all shriveled up, the only time we would hear a bird would be early in the morning or at the time of sunset.
We would eagerly await the arrival of monsoons, as that drastically changed the barren landscape to a spectrum of luscious green. Birds display their best shades and sing their finest tunes to attract mates, flowers blossom, butterflies chase each other while dragonflies dart about. The vibration changed completely with the onset of the rains, every plant and animal moves from survival mode to growth and reproduction, love is in the air.
When we were young it was natural for us to go out and get wet in the first rains, the cure for the prickly heat. Although today in any major city, the pollution brings down acid rain that isn’t good at all. In the days gone by, almost all Indian healers specializing in the treatment of cancer recommend the use of rain water.
A research conducted on traditional medicinal knowledge with regards to rain water by Pankaj Oudhia, states, “The healers prefer the water from first rains, but in case of poor collection, they collect water from subsequent rains. For collection of rain water, they prefer Tamra Patra (Copper vessels). The traditional healers in interior regions having not enough purchasing capacity to buy Tamra Patra, use earthen pots (Ghada) to collect rain water.
According to them, the water must be collected before it reaches the ground, although the rain water coming down through plants are also collected but they have specific list of plants that can be used for this purpose.”
Ayurveda or ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. Here’s an ayurvedic weight loss recipe that uses rain water as one of its ingredients.
But don’t you think that water dropping from the sky at a point of time when there is so much of positivity will have some kind of change in its molecular structure? It will only seem familiar if you have heard of Masaru Emoto’s work, that talks about how water adapts according to the environment it is in.
Back to my story, in a week after the rains start, the ground water is replenished. We would then be bathing and drinking this water straight from the ground without any boiling or filtering. There is a feeling of being charged when you consume this water and even a bath with it without altering its natural temperature is most refreshing. People who have lived long life spans have often had one thing in common, access to high quality clean water.
Not to forget the calming feeling evoked by the sound of rain water, it’s supposed to open up the fourth or the heart chakra. On a personal note I feel that this is one of the reasons that my hair loss stopped and I actually regained some lost growth while living there.
One also needs to consider the magic of the holiest river in India, the Ganga. Although the river is heavily polluted in a number of spots, there is an unknown factor (science cannot explain) as to how the Ganga heals itself. We think its the faith of thousands of people who come and bathe into the river each day; their beliefs of the water being holy and that it is not only pure but has the power to purify them!
Do you know any other benefits of rain water? Do you think the health benefits of rainwater could be the reason that its collection was/is banned by some states in the USA?