Zamir Dhanji: Dharma Journeys – Kumbh Mela, Part 1

Zamir Dhanji: Dharma Journeys - Kumbh Mela, Part 1
Kumbh Mela, Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

The Burning Man of the East

The largest gathering of yogis on earth occurs at the Kumbh Mela, where I have spent over a month in residence and research.

The Kumbh Mela is an ancient hindu festival who’s ancient origins are a mystery to the annals of history. In contrast to Burning man, the Kumbh Mela represents a living mythology, theology and philosophy that has drawn adherents of faith in burgeoning numbers. The Maha Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years in the ancient city of Ujjain, attended by over 70 million people, who converge at one of India’s sacred rivers – the kshipra – to celebrate the life-giving waters that are believed to purify the karma of all who plunge themselves with unquestioned devotion.

zamir-dhanjiThe symbol of this Kumbh Mela is the pot, analagous to the western grail, from which the immortal nectar of life is churned. It is based on an origin myth that connects the individual to the source of cosmic creation, embedded with clues for the initiate that would seek beyond the surface to use this story as a yogic map for personal transformation.

Read more at the source: zamirdhanji.com – Dharma Journeys : India

 

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