Dowsing - science or magic?
Palapatti, a village in Tamil Nadu was starving
for water. They had neither rains nor tubewells. Finally the villagers decided to take the
help of Brother James Kimpton , a monk who has the rare ability of predicting the presence
of groundwater in a particular area, with out any sophisticated instrument. He visited the
site and successfully predicted water at a depth of seventy feet! Like Brother Kimpton,
there are many who can locate underground water sources and can say how deep one should
dig to tap them. In many villages of India this art is in practice.
The question however remains. What is this art
all about? Known as dowsing, it is an ancient art of searching for hidden things (water,
precious metals, etc). Reportedly, 80 per cent of people have this special gift - an
ability to sense things not perceptible to others.
The basic dowsing tools include L-rods,
pendulums, Y-rods commonly known as "Swiss" rods. When above water, the rods
respond indicating the presence of water. It has been suggested that some emanation from
below ground affect the diviner so that the muscles twitch and thus cause movement of the
twig or other divining tool.
Does dowsing work? Thousands of dowsers practice
their art every day in all parts of the world. There are large societies of dowsers in
America and Europe. Of particular interest is a report by University of Munich physicist
Hans-Dieter Betz, Water Dowsing in Arid Regions: Report on a ten-year German government
project, covering over 2,000 successful examples from Zaire, Kenya and other
What do you think about dowsing is
it science or magic ?
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With inputs from: Lalit Gambhir
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