Everything on this cosmos is simply a play of five elements–earth, fire, wind, water and ether. Water is believed to be the first creation among these elements. The Rigveda says, “In the beginning, everything was an ocean.” The Genesis of Judeo-Christian tradition explains, “The breath of God moves on the face of waters” and a verse from the Quran says, “Water creates every living thing.”
Water is also believed to be the most powerful for its supremacy over the other elements. Roman author and natural philosopher Gaius Plinius Secundus writes, “Water swallows up the earth, extinguishes the flame, ascends on the winds, and by stretching forth as clouds, challenges the heavens.”
Most faiths consider water holy and it is an intrinsic component in several rituals. Ritual purification or spiritual cleansing is a common rite found in many religions. It symbolises rebirth. During these rituals, removal of clothing represents shedding of the sinful self and immersion in the water body signifies the emergence of a pure being. Later, one may also sip consecrated water after reciting a prayer. Although water from any source is considered sacred across religions, spring water has a special connotation in the spiritual realm.
Just like life itself, the spring water knows not of its beginning or ending. Without a care for its destination, it strives for an extraordinary journey during its lifetime. It gushes out from the depths of an abyss and has the potential to reach the zenith. It is almost as if spring water is a messenger from the universe to mankind. Thus, spring waters are revered in several parts of the world. One such place is Bali.
The drinking of spring water is said to purify the body and especially energise the throat chakra. Soaking the head in water cleanses and invigorates the crown chakra.
“Water is capable of thinking, fathoming, feeling, getting excited, and expressing itself.”