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Listen to what the ocean is saying

The degradation of our oceans has reached proportions which threaten to upset the ecological balance

Shyam Saran

The ancient myth of sagar manthan (churning of the ocean) contains a profound message of the indispensability of the oceans to all existence. In the myth, the ocean is a receptacle of both the poison, halahal, which can wipe out all existence as well as amrita, or divine nectar, which can bestow immortality. If Lord Shiva had not swallowed the poison and held it in his throat (thus becoming Neelkantha or the blue-throated one), all the amazing treasures which were yielded by the ocean, such as Kamadhenu, the sacred cow, which grants all wishes and kalpavriksha, or the tree which could ...