...Wasser – Eau – Aqua – Agua – Neró - Su
Water is one of the elements, the classic four
elements being earth, water, air and fire and sometimes a fifth called Aether
in ancient times. Sciences are built upon the basis of these elements,
especially philosophy and we find them in Hinduism, Buddhism and other Asian
beliefs and sciences with other elements added such as wood or metal, for
It is said that people - or even their grandparents -
born near the sea would always try to get back to it just as people born near
mountains feel lost when their eyes cannot rest upon a rocky skyline.
Water: it gives peace to my eyes and my soul. I have
lived on a sailing boat for six years and know its moods, know of the longing
to let oneself fall into the depths of deep blue when the sea is quiet and you
can observe the patterns that light and water are knitting; and you ask the
animals living in that fascinating eternity, unknown to you, what is it like
down there? But I also know the sea in bad moods and what I learnt from it is a
holy respect for its all governing power. Many countries are in constant fear
of disasters caused by water. Water the life saver, water the killer.
Water in Poetry.
Cypriot Turkish poet Mehmet Kansu is proud of the fact that part of his
name is -su/water …..
Ode to Mesarya –
valley where I knelt down so often
I saw two small
so close to the
‘su’ I am the second part of my name
I wished I could
flow in this white pebbled stream bed.
I was told that
the sea is also 'su'
but life in the
sea is different.
My dreams went to
the west of this island
watermoths were making love.
As a child I knew
the colour of their bodies,
now I have nothing
but wind left in the palm of my hand.
You were a marshy
valley and I knelt down beside you
and in your lap
trees grew by themselves.
I was the salt in
And here the excerpt of a poem by Gajanan Mishra
Water is a lover
Water is a fighter
Water is a crusader.
The Ganges and the Yamuna
And the Saraswati and
All the streams and rivers
Of the world give
Water to purify us
And we in return pollute them
Care not to answer…..
Water is regarded holy in many religions, was
definitely so in the ancient times: Remember we came from water, it is our
mother, so to speak. Our body consists of about more than 65% of fluid matter.
75% of our globe is covered with water. Therefore in philosophy and all health
matters water plays a vital part. Water the healer. Even horses are taken into
a basin of water for healing purposes. The first question a doctor asks you
when you have
a problem is whether you have drunk enough water. Water birth is becoming very
in the fine arts, in sculpture, there is even an art discipline called water
sculpture; fountains in parks or as I remember in the 1950s and 60s we had
water fountain concerts in cinemas before the show. Water as entertainment.
in Cyprus. Water is a constant hot topic in North Cyprus. Especially in summer
in the true meaning of the word. Having seen the ambitious plans of Turkey to
become one of the mightiest industrial states by cutting mountains apart I am
having second thoughts about the water line laid to the island of Cyprus but we
are in bitter need of that water. The legend of underground connections between
Cyprus and Turkey is becoming true. There was the story of a girl in Turkey who
went out to the river with a silver bowl and when she bent down to scoop some
water from the river the bowl fell into the water and disappeared. When the family some time later went to visit
relatives living in Cyprus they saw the silver bowl so precious to them on the
plate board, and they were told the story that the relatives’ girl had gone out
to the brook in the valley and bending down found the silver bowl and they
thought that finally luck has come to them.
on board of a ship we knew how precious water, here drinking water is; we only
had 700 l on board and had to be very careful with the use of it; we washed
ourselves in seawater with a special soap and I washed the dishes with sea
water; perfectly clean, you just had to dry your body or the plates
respectively very well. We made sweet water from sea water for drinking and
cooking, it tasted very good, slightly salty which is good when you sweat a lot
living in the open air. Ever since, now on land, I have continued to save
water: I collect all water, incl. my dishwashing water in a big bowl in the
sink and water my plants around the house with it, they love slightly soapy
water; we soap our body first before we open the water tap in the shower; we
have installed a pump in the third chamber of our septic tanks in the garden
and water trees with the grey water. When I really have to wash my car, I use a
broom or hand brush first to take the dust off, then wash the car by hand and
only at the end I give it a short rinse.
flower beds are covered with mulch from tree branches and plant cuttings
shredded in the winter months; it keeps the soil moist a little longer.
saving water makes you aware of life as such, of the luxury of having what we
have and it makes us happier to live with all senses awake.
have many times visited the African bush and desert and have seen the wonders
that happen after a downpour of rain, the carpets of flowers that suddenly
cover the dusty brown plains, animals that awake and rush out from their holes.
means life. And we do love life, don’t we?