Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Nandinatha have reached Rishikesh where millions are gathered for the once-every-12-years Kumbha Mela on the River Ganges.
They are staying at several major ashrams, having been invited by the swamis as special guests.
In two days they will cross the river and stay at Parmath Niketan, to be with Swami Chidananda Saraswati, shown here in red shawl.
After visiting the Kumbh mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote:
"It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining."
" It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites."
Wonderful to see our dear Gurudeva gracing the largest gathering of humanity on earth. May the Maha Kumbha Mela attract more media attention for sheer numbers and peacefulness, than the current media obsession on the relatively few frustrated souls scrapping in the desert.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras