The Mahanadi River, almost parallel to the
Ganges, is an example of nature’s force. No bridge can withstand the surges proved
by the monsoon. So we have tried
to control that force. In the Gita, the chapter on the philosophy
of life in the sacred book the Mahabarata, it is said that each word pronounced and
each action taken remain here
in front of us like in a mirror. With action we’ll get a result,
and judgement won’t come till afterwards. It is also said that he who has knowledge
and who has not are the happy ones. The unhappy ones are the mediocre. For the truth is in everything and even
partially in what’s not true. Karma – action – is man’s task. A dam has been built at Hirakud,
43 kms long. Access roads are being laid out. An immense artificial lake
has been formed. Its level rises each day. The tops of trees remind us that the jungle
once reached this far. There were 35,000 of us at the worksite. It was quite a job. Hard, but we got it done. For me, the time seemed
to pass so quickly. One pick stroke after another. One basket of earth after another. One stone after another. We excavated, bored, planed, and built. What a lot of things we did! It’s crazy how much stuff was needed. All those trucks, earth movers. Crazy! Yes, I think it’s a privilege
to have built a dam like this. As though it were nothing, people say,
“They built a dam.” They have no idea what it was like! I understand my wife. Yes, it’s difficult to go away
and leave all this. But she doesn’t think about
the tasks still ahead of us. There’s notjust one dam to build in life. 175 dead. That’s not many for such a job. Before, with the floods, a monument to the
flood victims would have had to be as long
as this dam… …to inscribe all the names. Electricity. Mystery. Magic. One can understand everything. One must try. No more mystery.
No more magic. Knowledge. No more mystery.
No more magic. One certainly has
the right to feel proud. It was with nothing. One basket of earth after another. One stone after another. And heart! Yes. We put heart into it.