by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Republished from the Kumbha Mela Times
It is wonderful to walk through the Kumbha Mela and see people from all corners of the world and from all walks of life. Never in the history of the kumbha mela has there been participation of people from such diverse cultures, traditions, and nationalities. People within and outside of India have previously treated the kumbha mela as a Hindu event. It is a matter of joy that this time, the kumbha mela has taken an international flavor, although certain groups of sadhus are discussing agendas which are unique to Indian society and culture.
Today humanity is standing at the crossroads. The best of the best and the worst of the worst is awaiting us. I pray to the collective consciousness generated by this grandest congregation to illuminate our minds and hearts. I pray that we rise above petty issues, so that we can work for the higher welfare of human kind.
My heart says the hundreds of rudra yagas being performed by thousands of saints, sages and aspirants will detoxify, heal, and rejuvenate nature. People living in the world of nature will receive the bounty inherent in our creation, and society in the 21st century will experience unprecedented peace and prosperity. I am happy that 500 seekers from the west are studying the dynamics of this exalted practice, the rudra yaga, and so lovingly and sincerely participating in it. On behalf of these aspirants and the entire Institute family throughout the world, we pray that you may receive the benefit of this practice, regardless of where you are.