2 Days to Go - Cauvery Diaries: Of Motorcycles and a Mystic
With just two days to go before Sadhguru rides from Talacauvery to Thiruvarur from 3-16 September, we bring you up to date with all the Cauvery Calling buzz that has happened over the last two months for this massive campaign. Let’s gear up for a dizzying two-week ride!
9:30pm - Joyfully Lost in Search of Cauvery
Bus 1 left the Isha Yoga Center with the plan of reaching Bhagamandala in the evening. Alas, it was not to be.
“We started the Cauvery Calling journey at 6:30 in the morning in search of Cauvery. Right now it is 9:30 in the night and we are still searching for Cauvery. We can’t find anything. Our driver got lost. But the excitement is still there. Since we are all lost, we will skip Cauvery tonight and stay in a hotel. And tomorrow morning when the rain stops and the driver is well-rested, he will find Cauvery for us!” - Hanine
Watch Sadhguru on Dance Karnataka Dance, on Zee Kannada at 9pm today!
Keep your eyes peeled for a vibrant Isha Samskriti performance and Sadhguru's interaction with actress Sumalatha Ambareesh. A separate one hour show will be telecast at 10am tomorrow (Mon Sep 2) with the full conversation between Sadhguru and Sumalatha and their appeal for Cauvery Calling.
5:30pm - 60 Mysoreans - 30 of them students - stood up for Cauvery in a Standathon.
Whether it was Ramaswamy circle, Metropole circle, Big Bazaar, RTO circle, Fire brigade or Kukkarahalli Lake, they made sure passersby don’t forget that Cauvery is calling.
4:30pm The Army Officers posed heartfelt questions to Sadhguru, who greeted them with utmost gratitude for their dedication and sacrifice for the nation. Immediately afterwards, Sadhguru shot off to Gnana Shala (Isha Home School) for an interview on Cauvery Calling.
Sanketh’s journal: unfolding the experiences from the Farmer Outreach campaign.
When experiences strike a chord, no amount of words are good enough! Something similar happened to our volunteer Sanketh D Hegde. His enthusiasm is visible in the way he has knitted his whole experience together. Relive the moments with him in his unique Twitter thread.
I am very happy that I was a part of #CauveryCalling Farmer Outreach Program that happened in Karnataka, where Isha Volunteers split into various teams, each headed by Nadiveeras, and reach out to farmers in hundreads of villages in Cauvery Basin. 1/n@rallyforrivers— Sanketh D Hegde (@SankethHutgar) August 31, 2019
Suyash’s heart beat for mother Cauvery, even at the heights of Mt. Kailash. He and his wife decided to skip on paying for a porter and carried their 2 backpacks on their own. They donated the saved amount towards Cauvery Calling.
“The call of Mahadeva was strong enough, but I started the trek with an added determination of also doing it for Cauvery Ma. It turned out to be the most beautiful trek of my life...” he shares.
Inspired by their devotion, 4 people from his Kailash yatra group donated for 100 trees each. And when other Kailash groups heard about it, the domino effect continued!
People have been donating Rs. 42 per tree for Cauvery Calling. Others have started their own online fundraising campaign, getting their friends and family to contribute. To make it more interesting, Indian states (and even countries around the world) are in a friendly competition to plant the most number of trees! Every fundraiser’s tally will count towards their state or nation’s total. This is where we stand till date:
- 29 lakh trees donated by
- 1 lakh supporters
- 8,000 fundraisers and
- 13 celebrity partners
2:00pm Before Sadhguru sets off on Cauvery Calling to inspire all to protect our rivers, he sets aside time for the protectors of the nation. A group of 55, comprising officers from the Indian Armed Forces and their spouses, are eagerly awaiting a session with Sadhguru, that is about to begin shortly at the Isha Yoga Center. There is a crackling air of anticipation. This group of senior officers includes a Lieutenant General, Major Generals, Brigadiers and Colonels from various formations, institutions and headquarters of the Indian Army. They were initiated into the powerful Shambhavi Mahamudra kriya and also taught Upa-Yoga and Yoga Namaskar.
9:30am 60 Mysore motorcyclists are whirring around the city roads on a mini ride, preparing for their upcoming travels across Karnataka. They will be joining the campaign on the 5th of September. The excitement has just begun for this zealous group. If you see them around, don’t forget to shout out with them- “Tàayi Cauvery deergha kaala baalali!” (Long live Mother Cauvery!)
Welcome to Cauvery Diaries - Of Motorcycles and a Mystic!
At Isha, we have just kicked into full on campaign mode. Volunteers in the ashram, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are gearing up for Sadhguru’s ride from Talacauvery to Thiruvarur for Cauvery Calling. If you’re wondering what Cauvery Calling is, it’s a movement to revitalize Cauvery River by supporting farmers to plant 242 crore trees through agroforestry, covering 1/3 of the Cauvery Basin.
When a Mystic takes to his motorcycle, no river can remain dry! Sadhguru will be riding across the region from 3-16 September to activate farmer participation and inspire everyone to act now to save Cauvery. Along the way, he will be visiting some spiritually significant places along this sacred river.
We will be capturing all the live updates from the ground here! From Sadhguru’s personal updates to bikers’ experiences, farmer stories, interesting facts about the places along the way, daily recap videos, media coverage and celebrity promotions – and much more – this blog has all you need to know about the campaign.
To help you get caught up, we have put together a timeline below of what’s been happening over the last two months. While you check that out, stay tuned for new updates!
- Cauvery Calling Blog Team
20 July 2019
The launch of Cauvery Calling took place at the 5th Rally for Rivers Board meeting on July 20, 2019. The Board comprises of eminent members like: Justice Arijit Pasayat, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Ravi Singh, Shashi Shekar, Pravesh Sharma, B Muthuraman, Dr. AS Kiran Kumar and DN Narsimha Raju.
Forever Cauvery has embraced & nourished us. A time has come when we have to embrace & nourish Cauvery. Cauvery is calling; do you have a heart to hear? -Sg #CauveryCalling @kiranshaw @hasinimani #rallyforrivers pic.twitter.com/g0Nb7ccUyp— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) July 20, 2019
Key decisions regarding #CauveryCalling movement were taken in the fifth @rallyforrivers board meeting. Enthusiasm of this eminent & wonderful group of people gives us confidence that revitalization of Cauvery will become a reality in our lifetime. -Sg @kiranshaw @hasinimani pic.twitter.com/kA9DVcSAUE— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) July 21, 2019
Indian media spreads the word
Deccan Chronicle: Isha Foundation launches 'Cauvery Calling' to protect river Cauvery
21 July 2019
Cricketer KL Rahul of KPL was “In Conversation” with Sadhguru on 21 July to support Cauvery Calling.
During the opening ceremony of KPL in Bengaluru, Isha volunteers joined in large numbers with Cauvery Calling placards to spread awareness, which was covered on Star Sports network. Most importantly, it was announced that 100 trees would be donated for every sixer and 50 trees for every four!
Revitalization of our rivers is not the work of a particular person or organisation; it's a generational work. May the cricketing world stand up for #CauveryCalling. -Sg @klrahul11 #RallyForRivers pic.twitter.com/ZOzef1aaKw— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) July 22, 2019
KL Rahul In Conversation With Sadhguru | Cauvery Calling
KPL Partners With Cauvery Calling to Save Cauvery
KPL fans cheer Cauvery Calling
23 July 2019
Matthew Hayden batted for Cauvery Calling from Down Under. The Australian cricketer, cricket commentator and former player in the Indian Premier League Chennai Super Kings, had a conversation with Sadhguru about “Beyond Boundaries.”
The stellar opener that you are, why don't you open this plantation innings as well for your fans in #Chennai? We expect nothing less than a century from you for Cauvery! -Sg @HaydosTweets#CauveryCalling#watercrisis https://t.co/DuuaKvxHKe— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) July 23, 2019
Happy Independence Day India? Please make a conscious effort to conserve our most valuable global commodity #water by supporting #rallyforrivers Join me in donating to https://t.co/0DVUv7Tgh8 an end India’s water crisis @SadhguruJV pic.twitter.com/h9o6esGIU3— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) August 15, 2019
.@HaydosTweets's concern for Chennai’s water situation is touching and laudable. One who entertained CSK fans with his bat, willing to roll up his sleeves for solutions. -Sg @ChennaiIPL #CauveryCalling #RallyForRivers pic.twitter.com/Oyi2XAlEUh— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) July 27, 2019
24 July 2019
Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan joins hands with Sadhguru for Cauvery Calling.
31 July 2019
The Farmers’ Outreach Campaign of Cauvery Calling was flagged off by Sadhguru on 31 July 2019. This game-changer initiative has 28 trucks along with hundreds of volunteers driving to various districts in the two states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and meeting thousands of farmers to educate them about the profitable benefits of agroforestry. Volunteers share painful glimpses into the heartbreaking situations our farmers live in, as well as the hope and joy of farmers as they finally find a solution to their woes.
#CauveryCalling vehicles flagged off yesterday will traverse across 4000 Tamil Nadu & 940 Karnataka villages in Cauvery Basin to educate the farmers in the region regarding agroforesty & the many benefits they can derive in terms of economic wellbeing. -Sg (1/2) @rallyforrivers pic.twitter.com/yNNAHCRTaX— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) August 1, 2019
This is a game changer in farmers' income & at the same time it will revitalize the entire Cauvery basin's water holding capacity both in terms of groundwater & the flow of water in the Cauvery river itself. -Sg (2/2) @rallyforrivers #rallyforrivers #CauveryCalling pic.twitter.com/4cPJ116zFO— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) August 1, 2019
August 2, 2019
Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, met with Sadhguru and pledged his support for Cauvery Calling. Mr. Venkaiah Naidu also supported Rally for Rivers in 2017.
Sadhguru also launched the #FREEINDIAofWaterCrisis campaign, which led up to India’s 73rd Independence Day celebrations and ended on August 17, 2019.
Heartening to see beloved Vice President of India’s support to #CauveryCalling & his efforts to bring together all stakeholders, especially legislators & policymakers, to Free India of water crisis. -Sg @VPSecretariat @rallyforrivers https://t.co/tI4G2CeyWA pic.twitter.com/YtNBlZShqa— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) August 2, 2019
Our seven decades of political freedom will go in vain if we don’t leave abundant water & a rich soil for future generations. On India’s 73rd Independence Day, it's time to Free India of water crisis. Let's make it happen-Sg#FreeIndiaOfWaterCrisis #CauveryCalling @VPSecretariat pic.twitter.com/x6PrXshY6q
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) August 2, 2019
This #RakshaBandhan you have the rare opportunity to give your sister a gift that will last a lifetime. Your commitment to plant trees today will protect her and the nation from water crisis. Plant trees at https://t.co/fy2D9DG8PY#FREEINDIAofWaterCrisis #CauveryCalling pic.twitter.com/22oaJNrQSr— Isha Foundation (@ishafoundation) August 15, 2019
Delighted to have hosted 'Samvad with Sadhguru'at Uparashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today.Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev gave an insightful & stimulating discourse on happiness, positivity & wellbeing. @SadhguruJV #Sadhguru pic.twitter.com/Awp1fyfpvi— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 2, 2019
I applaud #Sadhguru jee's idea of out-of-box solutions to solve water crisis. #rallyforrivers is a one-of-its-kind initiative for water conservation, centred around agro-forestry & animal husbandry.His vision balances #ecology & #economy & places special emphasis on #foodsecurity pic.twitter.com/fBo8z2HZKf— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 2, 2019
August 7, 2019
Sadhguru accepted the TNWaterWise challenge started by MLA SP Velumani.
Whether through rainwater harvesting or with more tree cover, whichever way, we need to retain rainwater in the soil. I would like to congratulate Shri @SPVelumanicbe for taking up the #TNWATERWISE initiative. -Sg #RainWaterChallenge @tnwaterwise #CauveryCalling pic.twitter.com/ZCpCA80VMH— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) August 7, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Celebrities from across India and around the globe began lending their enthusiastic support to Cauvery Calling.
Tamil Nadu Celebrities Stand Behind Cauvery Calling
For how many more years should we hear farmers' poor plight in news and in tea shop talks? Reviving Cauvery by planting trees is the only known solution. Come and join hands in this ambitious project! #AllItTakesIs42— Prasanna (@Prasanna_actor) August 25, 2019
Plant trees: https://t.co/BZx8CQyzhf
Let’s donate.— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) August 25, 2019
Water Scarcity' is a real problem now. It has hit the streets. What are we going to do? Only this generation can solve this problem. We all MUST come together to revive the largest river of the state - CAUVERY! #AllItTakesIs42
Plant trees at https://t.co/njgYLvcEKl
தண்ணீர் பிரச்சனை இன்று வீதியில் சண்டை போடும் அளவு வளர்ந்து விட்டது. இதற்கு நாம் என்ன செய்ய போகிறோம்? இதற்கான தீர்வு இந்த தலைமுறையில் மட்டுமே சாத்தியம்! காவேரி எனும் மிக பெரிய ஆற்றை மீட்க அனைவரும் ஒன்றாக செயல் படுவோம்! #CauveryCalling— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) August 25, 2019
மரம் நட: https://t.co/YIGk0sTrOO
time to get together to save our rivers pic.twitter.com/Aj6OPELaLH— Suhasini Maniratnam (@hasinimani) August 25, 2019
Should Water Scarcity be the gift we give our future generations? We were given a flourishing and a full-flowing Cauvery by our parents. Let us all work together to plant trees and restore Cauvery to its full glory. #AllItTakesIs42— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 25, 2019
Plant trees at https://t.co/hQB0TnDNTR
What we sow today our children will reap. Cauvery River that has fed us for long, is rapidly dying in last few years. I am standing up to save cauvery for our children. Will you?— Suhasini Maniratnam (@hasinimani) August 25, 2019
Plant trees at https://t.co/LV1pHn3BdI#AllItTakesIs42.
#CAUVERY - Once a mighty river is now depleting at an alarming rate. What can we do to revive it? The Cauvery Calling campaign calls us out to plant more trees and restore the river. Join hands and make it happen. #AllItTakesIs42— Vikram Prabhu (@iamVikramPrabhu) August 25, 2019
Plant trees at https://t.co/LVU0nD0OAU
Had the pleasure of meeting @SadhguruJV had an amazing session about #CauveryCalling an amazing initiative..I think we all should lend a hand in saving our rivers n mainly for humanity in general..we need to act now in order to save our future generation..thank you @hasinimani pic.twitter.com/ucUmP8D6P9— varalaxmi sarathkumar (@varusarath) August 29, 2019
Karnataka Celebrities Spread the Message of Cauvery Calling
Let us come together and help save our Precious River Cauvery..by donating Rs.42 you can help plant a tree..A tremendous initiative by #Isha Foundation, which we are supporting and you must too?????? #CauveryCalling #FREEINDIAOfWaterCrisis @nimmaupendra @ishafoundation pic.twitter.com/W8jrsO7Noe— Priyanka Upendra (@priyankauppi) August 21, 2019
Proud to be associated with #CauveryCalling campaign ?I am supporting this campaign by donating 600 trees ☺ I request u all to be a part of it and donate trees as much as u can ?? To take part please log onto https://t.co/7s3TmsCZ8g or call 8000980009. @SadhguruJV #SaveCauvery pic.twitter.com/69wHX0FNkL— HariPrriya (@HariPrriya6) August 18, 2019
Cauvery is Calling, answer her call now!!— Srinidhi Shetty (@SrinidhiShetty7) August 25, 2019
All you have to do is just donate Rs 42 per tree..
We can make it happen together ??#CauveryCalling #AllItTakesIs42 #FREEINDIAOfWaterCrisis https://t.co/yqttZwvGZX@ishafoundation @rallyforrivers @SadhguruJV
Happy to be associated with #CauveryCalling campaign. A river that has flown for thousands of years has been destroyed in a span of two generations. We need to act now; to be part of the initiative log onto https://t.co/Dp6ng9c2Ka or call 8000980009 pic.twitter.com/nx2nVdInZk— Rakshit Shetty (@rakshitshetty) August 15, 2019
Happy to be associated with #CauveryCalling campaign. A river that has flown for thousands of years has been destroyed in a span of two generations let’s take that step to protect her now before it’s too late log onto https://t.co/Kvul1Ebwuw or call 8000980009 #rallyforrivers pic.twitter.com/Uo3YvlOPH3— Ragini Dwivedi (@raginidwivedi24) August 15, 2019
Cauvery river has been our mother for ages, but now, she needs our care.Let's all be part of #CauveryCalling and help revive the river. All you have to do is log on to https://t.co/d5JNVL17e1 or call 8000980009 to donate . I'm with this campaign, are you? #FREEINDIAOfWaterCrisis pic.twitter.com/CGkUkw8lYh— Veda Krishnamurthy (@vedakmurthy08) August 21, 2019
ಕರುನಾಡ ಜೀವನದಿ ಕಾವೇರಿಯ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆಗಾಗಿ ‘ಈಶ ಫೌಂಡೇಷನ್’ ಆರಂಭಿಸಿರುವ “ಕಾವೇರಿ ಕೂಗು” ಅಭಿಯಾನವನ್ನು ನಾನು ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ.— Nirup Bhandari (@nirupbhandari) August 26, 2019
Cauvery is calling, let’s do our bit. To donate trees logon to https://t.co/d8Au4Z0n0t or call 8000980009#CauveryCalling #FREEINDIAofWaterCrisis pic.twitter.com/hxa0t1T8g1
Act now, save Cauvery..— Ashika Ranganath (@AshikaRanganath) August 25, 2019
Cauvery is Calling, answer her call now! All you have to do is just donate Rs 42 per tree. We can make it happen together. We can, right? https://t.co/MVjRqomOvU#CauveryCalling #AllItTakesIs42
ಕಾವೇರಿ ಉಳಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸದ್ಗುರು ಅವರ ಇಶಾ ಫೌಂಡೇಶನ್, ಒಂದು ಅದ್ಭುತ ಅಭಿಯಾನ ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ....ಅದೇ ಕಾವೇರಿ ಕೂಗು... ಬನ್ನಿ ಕೈ ಜೋಡಿಸೋಣ... ನಮ್ಮ ತಾಯಿ ಕಾವೇರಮ್ಮನ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳೋಣ... #CauveryCalling @ishafoundation @SadhguruJVhttps://t.co/CV4xrOLugr— ಕಿರಿಕ್ ಕೀರ್ತಿ (@KirikKeerthi) August 29, 2019
A great initiative by @isha.foundation.our river cauvery which is our blood line needs our attention and help..share and show concern..do what u can to help cauvery??? #CauveryCalling #freeindiaofwatercrisis #sadhguru #cauverykoogu #watercrisis pic.twitter.com/jOcsAxkT5n— Akul Balaji (@AkulBalaji) August 21, 2019
31 August 2019
The Karnataka Premier League is planting 55,800 trees for Cauvery Calling! They had pledged to plant 100 trees for every sixer and 50 trees for every four. Yesterday was the KPL final and the grand total was 537 fours and 291 sixers.