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My work was inspired in 1992 by Smt. LATA SHRIKHANDE, who is a LIVING
EMBODIMENT of this precious healing knowledge, which was revealed
by UDAY BHAWALKAR and extensively researched by Dr. H.S. SHANKAR
of I.I.T., Mumbai. Later, Dr. SHANKAR guided UDAY for his PHD thesis
and he was awarded his Doctorate in philosophy recently. The work
of these three pioneers is invaluable and must be taken advantage
of immediately. Of course, all of us are just articulating what
the spirit of the DEEP BURROWING EARTHWORM is trying so hard to
tell us, which is actually DIVINE KNOWLEDGE revealed through these
extremely sensitive people.
A DEEP BURROWING EARTHWORM STORY
In the early period of the earth's history, when OXYGEN was a rare
commodity, plant and animal life forms were very simple and usually
based in water. Their chemical systems were anaerobic. Then, when
OXYGEN became available in reasonable quantities, a paradigm shift
took place in these CARBON- NITROGEN life forms and some of the
simple living life forms transformed their chemical systems into
aerobic systems. A great change took place, after the creation of
what we recognise to be soil today, and which is simply defined
as that which can support complex plant life and thus animal life
too, as we know it today.
Soil started being made in quantities only with the appearance of
the miracle worker, the DEEP BURROWING EARTHWORM, who had such a
tough gizzard that she was able to crush rock particles to the size
of 1 micron, thus releasing valuable minerals, which when added
to organic matter, inside her gut, helped in synthesizing vitamins,
growth hormones and anti-biotics, besides other products which we
have not even begun to understand. The basic movers and shakers
here were aerobic bacteria, which worked in the perfect environment
inside the gut of the earthworm. The desirable' bacteria are very
comfortable in the gut of the earthworm and multiply rapidly, and
work on the minerals and organics which repeatedly passes through
till it is `SOILED'. The chemical conditions inside the gut of the
earthworm with its extremely high haemoglobin content, is a marvel,
to be appreciated. So, whatever real progress in plant and animal
life that we recognise to be organic, in our forests and our farmlands
began with the earthworm, about 600 million years ago.
the forest, 1 cm of topsoil takes about 200 years to `manufacture'.
But Mother nature has taught us new tricks, such that today, we
have a technical tool, to utilise our organics, produced from city
life, into a miracle and extremely valuable bio-fertiliser/topsoil
itself with magical properties that can be utilised in city sanitation,
city toilets, recycling of sewage, and restoration of saline soils
and degraded lands, besides the conversion of chemical farmed land
into organic farmed land, without loss in yield. It must be repeated
that it is just marvellous to observe that the pH and conditions
inside the gut of the earthworm are just right for this miraculous
In the endeavour to produce soil, Mother Nature has scavenger creatures,
which act as an elaborate nitrate recovery mechanism, which is essential
to the creation of topsoil. Once this is understood, the role of
rats, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, street dogs, crows, ants,
vultures, and VIRUS becomes self-evident. Cockroaches multiply inside
the sewage chambers in our buildings, due to the lack of oxygen,
and they are actually pH correction creatures. And they can be made
to almost disappear by just changing the way we understand, handle
and treat excreta. The sewage system was designed by a plumber and
improved by hydraulic engineers. Today, it needs to be urgently
worked out with the input of a microbiologist too. It cannot be
left to an engineering department. All these waste handling systems
need to be urgently re-engineered. Even mosquitoes pick up organics
from water and transfer them to the land by dying near plants.
It has been revealed that there is a comfort zone for each of these
creatures in terms of pH and moisture. A VIRUS is a scavenger creature
that is inside our body (as a simplistic explanation) Hence, for
the first time in human history, we have understood the mechanism
of altering these conditions to prevent hurt to ourselves and ensure
that the organic nitrogen chemical chains are diverted instead into
the creation of SOIL. The same can be done inside our body and VIRUS
attacks easily brought under control. Therefore, the importance
of controlling conditions in our city environment, which is what
the new definition of CITY SANITATION should be instead of poisoning
the environment, in the present effort to control undesirable bacterial
activity. With this reference, it is possible to explain any VIRAL
epidemic in human history and also control and prevent VIRAL epidemics
altogether. Any act of CONTROLLING has to be done in harmony with
existing natural chemical processes. A simple way to rapidly correct
the pH imbalance is to use LIME.
Plants like water hyacinth and even algae grow in water where organics
have been introduced, thus locking up the nitrates, which automatically
reduce the need for mosquitoes. If these plants are removed from
water, the mosquitoes will actually multiply, and bring diseases
to us. MALARIA & DENGUE can be very easily understood and even
conventional and contemporary sewage treatment plants only aerate
the sewage but do not remove/extract the nitrates and phosphates,
and is being poured into our seas and rivers, in a manner that is
wrecking the eco-systems, for all time to come. POMFRET and BOMBAY
DUCK, which Mumbaikar's took for granted are almost extinct (Studies
exist). The way we use our fresh water is appalling, when we have
so little of it. (See Chitale Commission report for Mumbai's water
use) Never has there been such damage to this planet as in the last
50 years. And the tragedy is that there was no need for this. It
was thought that this was `THE PRICE TO PAY' but today, we understand
that it was not necessary. By just obeying a few simple rules of
Mother Nature, it would have been so easily possible to live in
HARMONY, DIGNITY and PROSPERITY.
We warn of a `FAMINE' as it will soon be accepted that food grown
with `CHEMICAL FARMING TECHNIQUES' is not suitable for human consumption
and that while we are restoring our soils and need the sea for safe
food for protein requirement, it will not be available! It must
be comprehended that ECO-SYSTEMS are fragile and can be triggered
to self-destruct quite easily and we seem to be working to make
this happen with a vengeance.
The role of NITRATES has to be understood with relevance to the
fact that inorganic nitrogen compounds are toxic to higher animal
life, especially to human forms. This can be demonstrated in many
ways to understand even without complex studies. For example, dipping
half of a MARIE BISCUIT in Potassium Nitrate, will demonstrate how
ants nibble and eat just the dipped portion, leaving the rest untouched.
Hence, this demonstrates that there are huge gaps in our present
understanding of such natural mechanisms.
Hence, for pest control in the city or rather pest harmonising,
balances can be so easily restored by altering pH (using LIME for
rapid effect) and other mineral bearing rock powders from stone
crushing quarries. The way sanitation is carried out has to be reworked
keeping in mind NITRATE BALANCE, pH, and moisture. Using pesticides
does not work out in the end because pesticides do not know when
to stop killing and continues its damage down the plant and animal
chain. Eventually, humans bear the brunt as they are on top of the
Valuable topsoil near cities is being lost due to brick making.
Hence, the cultivable farmland is rapidly reducing. The deep burrowing
earthworm vermiculture techniques is the only solution to recover
from the brink of disaster and start anew.
Some key learning's from this story are:
- RESPECT NATURAL ECO_SYSTEMS and take them into account in your
- RECOVERY OF ORGANICS and its conversion to topsoil IS A MUST.
SOIL IS THE BASIS OF OUR LIFE.
- A healthy soil sustains life. Hence, we must sustain soil.
AT present, our Municipal Corporation spends approximately Rs.1.50
per kilo of waste that it collects, transports and disposes in a
manner that threatens our environment and us. The strategy of UTILISATION,
if encouraged, will plummet this expense and result in incalculable
wealth and harmony for life in our rural areas and good health for
our urbanites. Life can become a celebration! Is it not worth looking
at what the Divine Deep Burrowing Earthworm has to say?
October 2002 PRESS NOTE
FROM PLAGUE, DENGUE, LEPTOSPIROSIS AND NOW FALCIPARIUM MALARIA.
All this happens as a result of the official policy of allowing
GARBAGE to be created, by default, due to a disincentive offered
to citizens, who would have otherwise had to process their waste,
to the benefit of the environment and public health.
CREDITS TO Dr. H.S.Shankar, I.I.T Powai & Dr. Uday Bhawalkar
All this work was inspired by the Living embodiment of deep burrowing
earthworm vermiculture, Shrimati LATA SHRIKHANDE, of Kanchan Gully,
Pune and is dedicated to my Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar (
ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION)
EPIDEMICS reflect an ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY. Mother Nature first
gives warnings before any epidemic, which have been ignored by us,
probably due to a lack of understanding between our own actions
and events unfolding before us. Worm vision reveals that it is due
to the misplacement of organic matter, which has led to these epidemics.
These epidemics are part of MOTHER NATURE'S execution policy, to
eliminate the source of the problems namely Human beings who seem
to be on such a destructive path which will cause the distortion
and end of all life on this planet, as we know it. The best way
to solve a problem is to prevent it, because it is simpler, cheaper,
effective and logical. For all the problems that we are causing
ourselves, MOTHER NATURE is gracious enough to reveal to us the
The problems caused by 'GARBAGE' can be easily solved by introducing
new and technically correct attitudes towards the creation of 'GARBAGE'.
'GARBAGE' is caused by a deliberate mix of NATURAL & MANMADE
wasted matter due to force of habit. Our recommended approach is
to adopt a new habit where NATURAL WASTED MATTER is NOT MIXED with
MANMADE WASTED MATTER. This becomes easily possible once we begin
to accept the concept of 'NO MORE WASTE'. Better understanding will
lead to new attitudes which will eventually lead to new habits.
Hence, to begin with, the words that we use with the problem need
to be addressed. Hence, the evolution of the use of terminology
of 'GARBAGE' which became 'WET & DRY' GARBAGE, then 'NATURAL'
& 'MANMADE' WASTE. That got further converted into 'WASTED NATURAL
MATTER' & 'WASTED MANMADE MATTER', implying that the person
who performed the act of 'WASTING' was responsible. Finally, after
becoming conscious of the subliminal images that words create, the
logical and politically correct terms chosen and presently used
by us today are 'YOUR NOT USEFUL NATURAL MATTER' & 'YOUR NOT
USEFUL MANMADE MATTER', implying that what you may not need would
be useful to others, in some form. This dispels negative images
associated with words like 'GARBAGE' & 'WASTE'. Also, when you
talk of cleaning up, it means that you accept that you or someone
else will first dirty. Hence, to 'CLEAN UP' is an 'END OF THE PIPE
SOLUTION'. Rather, if we began with the concept that we would not
dirty, then would there be any need to clean?. Albert Einstein had
said, "CLEVER MEN SOLVE PROBLEMS BUT WISE MEN AVOID THEM".
Nature has very simple & perfect solutions on handling organic
matter which is NOT USEFUL ANYMORE. The problems begin with the
creation of MANMADE WASTES by modern civilisation. These MANMADE
WASTES are getting more and more sophisticated and complicated,
and by the fact that we carelessly mix them with organic wastes
and dispose them with a NIMBY attitude, (NOT IN MY BACK-YARD attitude),
end up polluting the air, land and sea. This attitude extends from
the individual to even national levels and internationally where
the U.S.A. and GERMANY disposes off its nuclear, plastic, metal
and other wastes in African and Asian countries, causing unimaginable
environmental pollution. This is happening under the guise of recycling
and is attempted to be controlled by the Basel convention which
takes effect in 1998.
latest concern in the West are problems created by even the most
superior incinerators with million dollar air pollution control
devices. In the attempt to destroy infected medical wastes, medical
waste incineration converts a 'BIOLOGICAL PROBLEM' into a set of
formidable 'CHEMICAL PROBLEMS'
It generates acid gases.
It liberates toxic metals like lead, cadmium, chromium and mercury
from otherwise stable MANMADE products like plastics.
creates toxic by-products like dioxins and furans from chlorinated
plastics which are endocrine disruptors.
Pollution control devices that employ dry scrubbing techniques generate
toxic ash while wet scrubbing generates toxic effluents.
Dioxins content in breast milk in European women is as high as 30
to 40 parts per trillion, 17 to 18 parts per trillion in American
women and 6 parts per trillion in Indian women according to WHO
studies. H.J.Pluim writes in 'THE LANCET', May 23rd 1992, page 1303
that exposure to increased concentrations of dioxins, both intra-uterine
and via breast milk, seems to modulate the hypothalmic-pituitary-thyroid
regulatory system in new born babies. Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum from
the U.S. Environmental protection agency, office of research and
development, health effects research laboratory, research triangle
park, North Carolina states " (DIOXIN) affects binding proteins.
It affects hormones, including thyroid hormone, estrogens, androgens,
glucocorticoids, gastrin and insulin. This in turn changes homeostasis
in the organism. Dioxin affects growth factors, leading to changes
in the proliferation and differentiation of cells in culture.
DIOXINS ARE GROWTH DYSREGULATORS- THE MOST POTENT ONES WE KNOW."
The conclusion is that there is no acceptable 'SAFE LIMIT' of dioxin
in our bodies..
All this results in subtle changes in enzyme activity indicating
liver changes, in levels of circulating reproductive hormones in
males, in reduced glucose tolerance, and in cellular changes related
to immune function. The adverse impacts on human metabolism, reproductive
biology and immune competence is tenfold. (This information is derived
from leaked EPA re-assessment draft dated July 5th 1994 from the
office of Research & Development, Washington DC 20460)
The question that is arising from these revelations is 'WHY ARE
WE ALLOWING MANNERS OF DISPOSAL OF PRODUCTS THAT CREATE SUCH HORRIFIC
PROBLEMS ONCE WE HAVE FINISHED WITH THEIR USE?' Hence, we need Ecotechnologies
which destroys the pathogens without attempting to destroy the materials
on which they are sitting. DEEP BURROWING EARTHWORM ECOTECHNOLOGY
has answers to deal with infectious wastes.
We are extremely short sighted in our practices of disposal of organic
wastes and can see one bad effect bouncing back on us with the seemingly
uncontrollable outbreak of PLAGUE, MALARIA & DENGUE FEVER. Organic
wastes can be burnt, with the intent to dispose. This leads to global
warming. Also, it is a tragic waste of a potential resource. Then,
there are traditional and modern composting techniques. But here
too, there is a tremendous loss of organic by-products. Worm vision
has demonstrated that there is a 600 million year old process, which
can create magical bio fertiliser, and it happens to be coincidentally,
the fastest process. Any economist would tell you to choose the
fastest, simplest and the cheapest process, which created the highest
value product. And this Eco-technology can be even operated by individuals,
thus empowering them against enslavement by anybody. Further, the
use of this bio fertiliser ensures chemical and pesticide free crops,
fruits and vegetables, which gives us good nutrition and is the
foundation to good health.
It is absolutely simple to treat organic wastes locally at source
by looking at it, as a very valuable resource to make badly needed
bio-fertilizer with magical properties. We can show how we can deal
with NOT USEFUL ORGANIC MATTER without any foul smell and scavenger
creatures like flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, crows, particularly
RATS, using the e incredible power of VERMICULTURE ECO-TECHNOLOGY.
An individual, a housing society, on a community level and a municipal
level, can handle this sustainable system. The rewards are extremely
appealing, and also resulting in vegetables and fruits grown in
the city itself on balconies, ledges, terraces and other available
spaces. Hence, since misplaced organic matter does not end up polluting
the environment, the health of the community can be thus maintained
at very low cost.
The M.C.G.B. has recently stopped picking up stray dogs for elimination.
This was because it was proved that the dog population on the roads
was static despite of their collection and destruction. The population
of any creature of nature depends on two factors namely FOOD SUPPLY
and NATURAL PREDATORS. There was no natural predator for the dog
but an artificial one created by the dog squad. However, the population
was maintained by the constant supply of food available to the stray
dogs namely organic food supplied from overflowing garbage bins.
Thus, the only method possible to reduce the number of stray dogs
is to reduce the amount of food which is possible if we take a decision
NOT TO CREATE GARBAGE and bio-process NOT USEFUL ORGANIC MATTER
into bio fertiliser. (Which does not require effort and much expenditure)
Similarly, no amount of poisoning and fumigation will make much
of a significant dent on the population of scavenger creatures like
rats, flies, mosquitoes, crows, pigs and vultures unless the food
supply namely acidic food caused by putrefying garbage is dealt
with by you in so simple a manner. These are Mother Nature's ways
of shock treatment of our shocking handling of our own wastes and
instead of vainly fighting the forces of Mother Nature, it is better
to understand what exactly is happening and choose to flow with
her and solve the problem. There is no need to cause irreversible
damage to the Environment, which eventually hurts us.
Citizens insist on mixing NOT USEFUL NATURAL MATTER with NOT USEFUL
MANMADE MATTER, thus, forcing the rag pickers to separate and salvage
some USEFUL MANMADE MATTER to earn a little money. Please realise
that the rag pickers are not a nuisance as generally perceived but
are coincidentally Environment friendly and are operating without
being paid by the M.C.G.B. or by society.
If people DO NOT TAKE THE TROUBLE TO MIX 'NOT USEFUL NATURAL MATTER'
with 'NOT USEFUL MANMADE MATTER', automatically a sustainable industry
will blossom and most of the unsoiled 'NOT USEFUL MANMADE WASTES'
which is recyclable will be removed without cost by the rag pickers
who form the first link in recycling. NOT USEFUL NATURAL MATTER
can be easily bio processed, aerobically with the help of simple
DEEP BURROWING EARTHWORM VERMICULTURE techniques. Hence, creating
Garbage implies that RESOURCES are being wasted and pollution is
the result. The sooner we realise this, we will see solutions staring
at us in the face.
We have accumulated wisdom of 8 years of our own practical work
on various strategies of implementing waste management programs,
which work with citizen 's participation. All we did was taking
a decision not to break our links with our NOT USEFUL MATTER and
teaching the same to others. It was a logical decision and emotionally
very satisfying. If decisions are not taken now, posterity will
never forgive us for our callousness as it amounts to not taking
action when simple solutions exist as offered by indigenous DEEP
BURROWING EARTHWORM ECO-TECHNOLOGY. We have also VERMI SOLUTIONS
for the treatment of SEWAGE and EXCRETA. We hold seminars and demonstrations
on how to implement these programs and offer to train, at cost,
concerned citizens, municipal officials and their staff. We can
also design specific solutions for specific problems. Please contact
us for details.
CROSS SOCIETY FOUNDATION
Training center (opened in 2000 - closed in 2009)
Vag Shantharam Shenai
Plot 60 Mhada Malwani,
Mumbai 400 095
to Smt. Lata Shrikhande (Pune), Dr. H.S.Shankar, Dept of Chemical
Engineering, I.I.T. Powai and Dr. Uday Bhawalkar Phd (B.E.R.I.),
NOTE: I am indebted to my colleague and fellow trustee of Green
Cross Society Foundation, Mumbai, , Mrs. Fatima Vengurlekar for
her support in the past few years without which I would not have
My parents late Vag Umanath & Prema Shenai had supported me
through thick and thin, for this I am ever grateful!
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