Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 14:53:27 -0400
Reply-To: "Erik A. Talley" <ert2002**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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From: "Erik A. Talley" <ert2002**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: FW: Mercury Hazard

I received the email below, which I originally thought was a spam message. Looking at it closer, I now see it is a legitimate complaint. The organization’s info about their use of mercury is at:



Has anyone else heard of this practice? They are apparently located in McMinnville, Tennessee.


Regards,< /o:p>





From: vln**At_Symbol_Here** [mailto:vln**At_Symbol_Here**]
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:02 AM
To: ert2002**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: Mercury Hazard

Dear sir,


I am giving below a mail sent to Chairman of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board,T Nadu,India which is self explanatory.


Founder of this unit is a leading personality,who gives talk on environment and society at leading forums as per their website(Spoke in four panels at the 2007 World Economic Forum, addressing issues ranging from diplomacy to economic development, education and the environment. In 2006, he addressed the World Economic Forum, the T=E4llberg Forum in Sweden, and the Australian Leadership Retreat. He has also served as a delegate to the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and the World Peace Congress. He is the only speaker to have been invited to the World Economic Forum three years in a row.Sadhguru has had interviews with the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNNfn, and Newsweek International.He was a delegate to the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit and a participant at the World Economic Forum in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Project Green Hands and initiative to increase the green cover of Tamil Nadu State by 33% in the next 15-25 years is spearheaded by Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev. The project entered the Guinness Book of world records for planting maximum number of tree saplings on a single day. In January 2007, he participated in four panels at the World Economic Forum and spoke on issues ranging from diplomacy and economic development, to education and the environment).Their name has come in Guiness Book of World Record for planting maximum number of tree saplings on a single day.


They have recently opened a centre in USA and he has promised to have similar Mercury pond there also ( refer their website: S-US and www.atlantadunia .com/dunia/News/N403.htm ). 


In public and forums these people speak of society and environment,whereas what they do in reality is more danger to society and environment by having Mercury pond for spiritual receptivity,which are unscientific and barbaric in nature.That too done by a leading personality.There may be many others doing such things,which are unnoticed.  


As an organisation for Mercury Free Environment, I would request you to take up with World Econimic Forum/goverment/Health departments for taking necessary action.You can also publish in your journal/wesite so that people are awrae of problem assocaited with Mercury.


Please confirm receipt of this mail and looking forward to receiving your favourable reply.


Should you need any further information,please let me know.


Thanking you,

V.L.Natarajan ,

BMP No : 61, Behind Chinmaya Flats,

S G Palaya, C V Raman Nagar Post,

Bangalore : 560093.

Ph : 25248595,Telefax : 25248597,Mob : 09886748595,e-Mail : vln**At_Symbol_Here**




----- Original Message -----

From: V.L.Natarajan

To: tnpcb**At_Symbol_Here** ; tnpcb**At_Symbol_Here**

Sent:< /b> Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:21 PM

Subject: Mercury Hazard


26.3.09< /o:p>



Shri.R.Balakr ishnan,IAS,


Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board,

100, Anna salai,

Chennai : 600032,India.


Dear sir,

Sub : Mercury Hazard.


I am writing this in the larger interest of the people.


Isha Foundation in Velliangiri Hills,Coimbatore has a pond at their ashram "Theerthkund"in which 700 Kg Mercury Idol is immersed in water for better spiritual receptivity and spiritual enhancement.Refer their website : theerthakund.htm and www.dhyanalinga.o rg/theerthakund_qa.htm ,wherein they give relevance of Mercury idol and how it helps them to get spiritual receptivity.Even their main idol Dhyanalinga has mercury in it.


Mercury in water can easily react with bacteria and form Methyl Mercury and is  most dangerous to human and environment.Mercury in any form is dangerous and is highly polluting to environment.


In March,2001 your organisation Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board did take action by closing down Ponds India Ltd, Kodaikanal,T Nadu,manufacturer of Thermometer for polluting the environment and health problem to workers and neighbourhood due to Mercury hazard.In fact TNPCB ordered the company to send back the inventory of mercury and broken glass pieces to the recycler in USA for safe disposal.I believe still litigation process is going on for compensation for affected people.


Having known the consequences of Mercury hazard, I write this letter to you to take necessary action against Isha Foundation, Coimbatore for safe disposal of mercury,where Mercury is used for unscientific and barbaric methods.


If you need detailed information on Mercury poisoning or any further information, please let me know.


I request you to confirm receipt of this letter.


Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

V.L.Natarajan ,

BMP No : 61, Behind Chinmaya Flats,

S G Palaya, C V Raman Nagar Post,

Bangalore : 560093,India.

Ph : +91 80 25248595,Telefax :+91-80 25248597,Mob : +919886748595,e-Mail : vln**At_Symbol_Here**













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