Listen to the story of “The Churning of the Ocean” its about the Kumbh Mela in India

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Listen to the story of ‘The churning of the Ocean’

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

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  1. The Kumbh Mela is such an exciting, intriguing, and inspirational gathering I have ever heard of. Kumb Mela is a holy gathering, the largest in the world, in India that brings together Hindus from all over the country and the world together. They rid of all aspects of themselves such as social class, race, religion, etc. and come with only faith in mind. It amazes me that it takes place in four different places in India and each one has a similar outcome of individuals that attend. It would definitely be an experience to be able to watch this occur and I am fascinated that you were able to be there a little before the Maha Kumb Mela and people were already setting up campsites for lodging in order to take place in this holy gathering. It is inspirational that they can come together as one human body as opposed to separate entities, as this is rare to find happening in the United States. The story, The Churning of the Ocean, was a very interesting story. I have never heard of it before and I had actually looked up the image of Shiva with a blue throat. The images were of a god-like woman who seemed to be heroic for her task. I also came across images of all of the other Gods and items involved in this story which gave me a better idea of what was going on in this story. The story coincides with the Kumbh Mela because where Janet dropped the spellings became the four places where people gather for this event. It was fascinating to learn the background behind this event and I would love to have the opportunity to see this event in the making. India is such an honorable country for religion and would definitely take the time in a trip to India to experience this inspirational gathering of Hindus. Namaste.

    -Caitlin McCarthy

    • Thanks for your comments…however I made an error when listing the readings it was for 7/16/12, if ever you have time to review please do, but, I have given you credit as normal, thanks, OM

  2. The Kumbh Mela sounds like a very beautiful gathering. I love that for this pilgrimage everyone forgets their caste and religion to come together. In some ways I feel that this is a step towards world peace. It sounds very similar to this story where gods and demons who clearly are not amicable mates join together towards a common goal, even though in this story they still end up quarreling. I find these stories to be very interesting and definitely will read up more on how things came to be in Hindu Culture!

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