Here is a little information about the Kumbh Mela that has been going on this week of the new moon in India. Every year in Allahabad, India at this time a Aardh/Half Kumbh Mela takes places at the sacred convergence of three rivers. The Ganges, Jamuna and the no longer visible Saraswati rivers converge in Allahabad. People come together to take a dip in the place where the waters meet to wash away any and all the things they want to be rid of, then start new and afresh blessed to move on their life journey. It is such a magical experience. If you are interested to do further investigation you will find videos on Youtube and lots of sites with detailed information. All of this will not go in vain as January 2013 is the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India and you may follow it live online or choose to get your bones to the actual site. Once a few years ago I visited just before the actual event began. We rode a bicycle rickshaw down to the riverbanks and witnessed hundreds of people setting up campsites for lodging, canteen, puja/ritual, medical services, markets and more. It seemed as if there were no administrators organizing but everyone had a mission that was spewing from within and joyfully went about their tasks. Even though there are probably legitimate contests from other religion driven mass events such as the Haj as to which is actually the largest gathering of humans there is something special when masses of people meet to share sacred times and experiences. My hope is that this is all practice for us together to rise above our differences and make time to celebrate our collective humanity. As I am at a loss to use words to describe what magic felt like walking and riding through Allahabad for me I now share quotes from others who do better justice than me.
“In religion, India is the only millionaire…the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” Mark Twain
“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.” Albert Einstein
“Our present knowledge of the nervous system fits in so accurately with the internal description of the human body given in the Vedas (5000 years ago). Then the question arises whether the Vedas are really religious books or books on anatomy of the nervous system and medicine.” Rele (Jewish writer)
I hope you do become a little curious and see what this “churning” is about!!!! Thanks for stopping by here and checking out this post. Thanks to my friend Lalit Kumar who got me to remember being in Allahabad via his Facebook posts. Namaste
n.b. if you haven’t already, do click on the first highlighted text above, first sentence below the title, to hear the story. If you’d like to see a pix of me on the boat at Allahabad check out my Facebook page- Omlink: The Studio for Yoga Synthesis