Kumbh Melas are spiritual congregations which unite mankind under one banner of faith and devotion. But that is only the tip of the iceberg.
Kumbh Melas have been happening on the planet for thousands of years. The stone inscriptions of different akhadas refer to more than 1000 Kumbh Melas. Times have changed, technologies have changed, yet one thing about the Kumbh Melas remains: they are the epicenters of cosmic energy.
Every enlightened being that has happened on the planet, or is happening on the planet, attends the Kumbh Mela. One enlightened being is equivalent in energy to nine million people. The Kumbh Mela is the time and the place where all the enlightened masters’ energies are centered to bless and heal the entire planet.
According to the hundreds of experiments by Dr Masaru Emoto, our thoughts and emotions have a distinct effect on our environment. Dr Emoto exposed many samples of the same water to people carrying different emotions and thoughts; some with anger, violence, pain and some with love, gratitude, joy. The effect of the thoughts on the water is unmistakable. It has been proved, beyond all doubt, that thoughts affect water, and hence anything that is fluid. If one person’s thoughts can affect one glass of water, then the effect of millions of sadhus, devotees and enlightened beings on the sacred rivers can not even be imagined.
Deities energised by enlightened masters who have left the body are immersed in water throughout the snaan period of the Kumbh Mela. The healing power of this water is immense. Not only the water, the entire space or kshetra becomes vibrant with their energy.
This water, sanctified by these positive energies, becomes amrit or nectar. ‘Kumbh’ is the place where the nectar happens. Kumbh Mela is the place where amrit is distributed. The best possibilities of a human being become available in the Kumbh Melas by partaking of this amrit.
Followers of Hinduism of all paths, paramparas (traditions), sects and castes unite under one banner of devotion in the Kumbh Melas. The Kumbh Mela is attended by all sadhus and gurus, of all paths. All the major belief sects, sampradayas of Hinduism: Ganapathya – Ganapathi worshippers, Kumara – Skanda worshippers, Shakta – Devi worshippers, Shaiva – Shiva worshippers, Saura – Surya worshippers, Vaisnava – Vishnu worshippers, and Guru – the worshippers of the Guru. The gods of all the traditions are brought here. Also, all the other traditions, Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission and many other missions representing their gods and gurus also take part in the Kumbh Mela.
The dust from the feet of many great enlightened masters and sages is found in this land. Masters like Shankara, Gnanasambandar, Ramanuja, Swami Narayan, Vivekananda, Kapil Muni, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna walked there.
The Kumbh Mela is not just a gathering of humanity, it is a grand spiritual festival. It is the place and the time when human beings can visualize and actualize their highest possibilities of achieving the Ultimate. Not only enlightenment, even the path to enlightenment leads to bliss and liberation. A Kumbh Mela is a microcosm of all the dimensions of Hinduism, giving the world an opportunity to explore the higher Self.