In recent days, many Sikh parcharaks have started to question the Sakhis or stories of Sikh Gurus and Sikh history claiming that “practically” certain events are impossible. The logic behind this new sect of Sikhs appears to be understanding nature in a “practical” and “logical” way.
One such Sakhi has been at the center of the controversy which is that of Guru Nanak Dev Ji finding underground springs at various places throughout India, notably Guru Dongmar Sahib, Sri Panja Sahib, and Sri Manikaran Sahib. The parcharaks claim that the Sakhis are inaccurate and that it’s not reasonably possible to find water with a stick.
However, science has debunked this theory and proven that it is indeed possible to find underground water with a stick.
The dowsing is defined as “a technique for searching for underground water, minerals, or anything invisible, by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally a forked stick, now often paired bent wires) or the changes in direction of a pendulum, supposedly in response to unseen influences. “
Excerpt from Popular Mechanics Magazine: The reference of dowsing means the use of a forked stick to find water.
” Usually, the boundary between science and science fiction is as distinct as the difference between the 6 o’clock news and “The Simpsons.” Wherever the line blurs, you’re bound to find contentious debates. One of the longest-running of these disagreements centers on dowsing, a supposed sixth sense that enables people to find underground water using a forked branch, pendulum or pair of bent wires. “
“Now comes a massive set of data that suggests there may be some validity to dowsers’ claims. The encouraging words are contained in a study financed by the German government and published in the Journal Of Scientific Exploration, http://www.jse.com/betz_toc.html, which is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published at Stanford University.
The project was conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit in the hope of finding cheaper and more reliable ways of locating drinking water supplies in Third World countries.
Researchers analyzed the successes and failures of dowsers in attempting to locate water at more than 2000 sites in arid regions of Sri Lanka, Zaire, Kenya, Namibia and Yemen over a 10-year period. To do this, researchers teamed geological experts with experienced dowsers and then set up a scientific study group to evaluate the results. Drill crews guided by dowsers didn’t hit water every time, but their success rate was impressive. In Sri Lanka, for example, they drilled 691 holes and had an overall success rate of 96 percent.
“In hundreds of cases the dowsers were able to predict the depth of the water source and the yield of the well to within 10 percent or 20 percent,” says Hans-Dieter Betz, a physicist at the University of Munich, who headed the research group.
“We carefully considered the statistics of these correlations, and they far exceeded lucky guesses,” he says. What’s more, virtually all of the sites in Sri Lanka were in regions where the odds of finding water by random drilling were extremely low. As for a USGS notion that dowsers get subtle clues from the landscape and geology, Betz points out that the underground sources were often more than 100 ft. deep and so narrow that misplacing the drill only a few feet would mean digging a dry hole.”
Read the rest: Popular Mechanics