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"The process of transformation that begins here [at Kumbha Mela] will continue its work long after you have returned home."
- Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Advice From the Times of India

One of the charming aspects of the Times of India, a daily newspaper in English, is a regular section on the editorial page dedicated to spiritual subjects. Here are some favorites culled from mid-January to the end of February: Eradicate self-justification. Then alone can you annihilate your ego. Swami Sivananda   The ego isn’t wrong; […]

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On the Road

February 27, 2013 We left Allahabad early this morning; Gangaji rolling like quicksilver  punctuated with yellow and gold marigolds, and the moon an orange button low in the sky. A pair of songbirds sat on the wire outside the gate and bid us goodbye. From the Shastri Bridge across the Ganga, smoke drifted over soggy […]

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A Sri Vidya Puja

  We were invited to visit Sri Vidya Sadhana Peetha at the Mela, whose headquarters are located in Varanasi (Banaras). They are a not part of the organization of swamis, but instead a group of practitioners of Sri Vidya, an exalted philosophy as well as various practices. They are conducting a unique puja that includes […]

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Radhe Shyam and the Village People

Radhe Shyam belongs to a village of fishermen a few kilometers down river from our campus. He may be a boatman by birth, but he is a bard by nature and profession, and makes his living recreating local folk tales in music and story-telling. He never fails to visit our campus whenever we come, and […]

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A Fortune-Telling Bird and Jam on the Sangam Route

With one more major bathing day coming up, pilgrims are still streaming into the Mela, even as many are leaving. We pass by some camps which are pulling up stakes, battered by last week’s storm and perhaps ready to move on as two major bathing days are past. But our favorite mala merchant is still […]

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A Fortune Telling Bird and Jam on the Sangam Route

With one more major bathing day coming up, pilgrims are still streaming into the Mela, even as many are leaving. We pass by some camps which are pulling up stakes, battered by last week’s storm and perhaps ready to move on as two major bathing days are past. But our favorite mala merchant is still […]

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A Quiet Day

  This morning we are treated to a unique form of kirtan from somewhere up the river, the exuberant call and response accompanied by tabla and harmonium. Spirits are lifting after two days of rain and high wind, and a stampede in the crowded Allahabad train station that resulted in 36 deaths. Two days ago, […]

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A Mela Day

Photo Courtesy of Carl Kerridge The Mela is in full swing. Basant Panchami, the first day of spring by the lunar Indian calendar, and one of the major bathing days, is just past. The roads in and out of the Mela and Allahabad are periodically closed to stem the overwhelming influx of pilgrims—the infrastructure is […]

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Mela Photos! and Blogs….

Ace photographer Carl Kerridge has been documenting his pilgrimage with us to the Kumbha Mela and Khajuraho on Facebook. If you haven’t already, see (https://www.facebook.com/himalayaninstitute) or (https://www.facebook.com/Carl.Kerridge.photographer.artist?fref=ts) for images and posts from boat rides,Vedic wedding ceremonies, havans, candid shots of Group 2, fabulous photos of Ganga, the Allahabad and Khajuraho campuses, and of course, the […]

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Pilgrimage Wedding

Everybody loves a wedding! The community here at the Himalayan Institute in Allahabad, on pilgrimage to the Kumbha Mela, is delighted to discover they are invited to the Vedic wedding of two of our fellow pilgrims. Samantha Schiavitti and Corey Cudney study with the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, New York; and asked Rolf Sovik, the […]

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