Kashi, Varanasi, The City of Lights and Learning.  It’s the oldest lived-in city in India, one of the most important stops on both the Hindu and tourist pilgrimage maps.  Poets have found their muse in these alleys, and yogis meet their masters.  According to the great Mark Twain,

Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

And that was in the 19th century!

For all the ancient beauty this city holds, for all its history, teeming from the walls, there is only one thing tainting its status and a world-class city of culture: the layers of trash scattering the streets and river.  How many of us visitors have wondered, if Ma Ganga is so sacred, the very hair of Shiva, how could we possibly allow it to remain so littered?

As a seva to this magical place, Project Surya is organizing Samaj Seva: Kashi Ganga Cleanup on November 20th, 2011.

We’ll be starting at the Dasaswamedh Ghat, picking up all trash along the river and alleys, until finally making our way up to the Kedar Ghat.  Hundreds of participants are scheduled to join us in a day of joyful civic duty, ending with a relaxing yoga class, taught by the instructors of Om Shanti Yoga Niketan.

If you’d like to join these pioneers in India’s green revolution, please contact us: kashigangalcleanup<at>gmail.com

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