World Happiness Day: Happy Water is Key to a Happy World
A group of young high school students from Princeton School, New Jersey, USA, led by David and Maria Freedholm, celebrated World Happiness Day at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh). They were deeply touched by their meeting with HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji as well as the gorgeous Ganga Aarti and havan ceremony.
Pujya Swamiji shared, “Water is life. Water is health and happiness. Therefore, it is crucial to preserve and protect our sacred water bodies and fresh water resources as they are the key to our sustainable happiness and well-being. Today on World Happiness Day, let us pledge to make our water happy by honouring, conserving and preserving our water resources as well as committing to work for improved WASH for all. Let us realize that when our water is happy, our Earth is happy, our farmers are happy, our air and all of the environment is happy, this in turn ensures our own happiness.”
Sadhvi Bhagawatiji shared “Let us realize on World Happiness Day, especially while we are here on the banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the sacred Himalayas, that we are inherently connected. So how can we be truly happy when our brothers and sisters are suffering from lack of WASH. Therefore, let us take this day to reaffirm our commitment to ensure global and individual happiness by pledging ourselves to improved WASH for all.”
As a symbol of their commitment, the students came together for a beautiful Water Blessing Ceremony, praying and pledging for improved WASH for all.
During their visit David and Maria Freedholm were glad to celebrate their Wedding Anniversary on the holy banks of Mother Ganga and were blessed by Pujya Swamiji to continue to inspire and encourage more young people to understand the importance of WASH as well as the vital need to work together to preserve our planet for future generations.