Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Update on Worlds Largest Spiritual Festival

Once every 12 years, tens of millions of pilgrims stream to the small northern city of Allahabad from across India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, at the point where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet with a third, mythical river.
Officials believe that over the next two months as many as 100 million people will pass through the temporary city that covers an area larger than Athens on a wide sandy river bank. That would make it larger even than previous festivals.
After a slow start, police chief Alok Sharma said 1.5 million people had gathered by 8 a.m. (0230 GMT) on Monday, with more on their way.
Two dreadlocked men riding horses emerged from thick camp smoke before dawn, followed by a crowd of ash-smeared and naked holy men, or sadhus, one incongruously wearing a suit jacket. At exactly five minutes past six (0035 GMT), they yelled and dashed dancing into the river.

Click on the link to see gorgeous photos from the religious festival
Millions Plunge Into Ganges as Worlds Largest Religious Festival Begins

More than 2,000 years old, the festival is a meeting point for the Hindu sadhus, some who live in forests or Himalayan caves, and who belong to dozens of inter-related congregations. The sects have their own administration and elect leaders, but are also known for violent clashes with each other.
Some naked, some wrapped in saffron or leopard-print cloth and smoking cannabis pipes, the holy men hold court by fire pits in sprawling camps decorated with colored neon lights, where they are visited by pilgrims who proffer alms and get blessings.

Click here to read more about the festival with lots of photos
Photos and Information From Worlds Largest Religious Festival

Despite their asceticism, the sects, known as akharas, are moving with the times. Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji, who leads one of the main groups, has a Facebook page. Some gurus advertise on billboards and posters to attract followers, others drive trucks and chat on cellphones.
At the riverbank, men with dreadlocked beards to their feet vied for media attention with yogis supporting heavy weights with their genitals, while others holding golden umbrellas, flags and swords rubbed sand on their bodies after the dip.
"I feel pleasure," grinned Digambar Navraman Giri," who said he had not sat down for a year, even sleeping on foot. "This is why I became a sadhu," he said, steam rising from his body in the cold air and wearing nothing but two rings on his fingers.

The festival attracts global followers too, with a number of foreigners ordained in the hierarchy of sadhus, including Baba Mangalannand, who is also a popular trance music DJ under the name Goa Gil. He first came to the festival in 1971.
To cope with the flow of people, authorities in the state of Uttar Pradesh have installed 35,000 toilets, laid 550 km (340 miles) of water pipes and 155 km (95 miles) of temporary roads at the riverbank site.
Mostly, though, the festival's spirit does not change. Pilgrims make their way there without advertising, announcements or buying tickets. The sadhus show off yogic feats, catch up with old friends and discuss scripture, just as they always have.
"The Indian people don't change their attitude to spirituality overnight, we're not like the West," Ram Puri said, laughing. "That's why in India the spirit is strong."

All photos and text from  HuffPost Religion

Monday, January 14, 2013

My 7 Favorite Inspirational Blogs

My seven favorite inspiration blogs start out with Angels on Your Shoulder, a blog by Susan Gregg the author of The Encyclopedia of Angels, Ascended Masters and Spirit Guides and seven other books.
Susan offers a daily dose of angelic hope and guidance. I love Susan's blog because she is so loving, inspiring, and helpful with her advice on connecting with the angels and how to work with them.
Angels on Your Shoulder

Susan Gregg

I've learned so much from Joe Vitale about attracting money and abundance into my life, based on spiritual and real-world principles that work. I highly recommend all his work, but my all-time favorite is Attract Money Now. Follow the 7 steps outlined in this CD set and that's exactly what you'll do.
Joe Vitale Mr Fire

Joe Vitale

Planting trees and reforestation efforts are very important to me. The Arbor Foundation can't be beat for their amazing efforts to plant trees. Check out their various tree planting programs, including their gift tree programs like planting a tree in memory of a loved one, and their Rain Forest Rescue programs.
Arbor Day

Mary Ellen, or Angelscribe as she likes to be known, has written two books about miracles; Expect Miracles and A Christmas Filled With Miracles, and her blog/newsletter is filled with miracle stories, angel stories and information and much more. Mary Ellen is also a pet columnist with inspirational pet columns and helpful pet tips..
Mary Ellen Angelscribe's Angels on Earth

Mary Ellen/Angelscribe

Golden Age of Gaia is a wonderful blog with interesting, inspiring, and often mind-boggling posts about everything from Ascension to Disclosure, and everything in between. There are channeled posts from high quality channels, as well as political and societal updates on matters affecting us all.
Golden Age of Gaia

Steve Beckow of Golden Age of Gaia

Pwoje Espwa is a place of hope for over 600 of Haiti's many orphans and this blog, written by Father Marc Boisvert  the founder of Free the Kids and Pwoje Espwa, details the daily life and the trials and tribulations of trying to make miracles in a country of little hope and few miracles. There are lots of stories about the children, the many projects and programs going on, stories of volunteers who come for awhile to help, and heartbreaking photos of some of the many beautiful orphans.
Pwoje Espwa 

Father Marc with one of the children

Another mind-expanding and heart-opening blog by a wonderful teacher, healer, writer, and musician, Dieter Braun, a Cree, German, French man from Canada, is Indian in the Machine. The blog contains articles about heavy-duty detoxing ( a must nowadays), spirituality and ascension, what 2012 means, and much, much more.
Indian in the Machine

Dieter Braun

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Largest Spiritual Gathering EVER Monday January 14 2013

About Kumbh Mela, India

Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of people for a religious purpose in the world. Millions of people gather on different places for this auspicious occasion. Kumbha is a Sanskrit word for Pitcher, sometimes referred to as the Kalasha.
Kumbh Mela is celebrated four times every 12 years, the site of the observance rotating between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers: at Haridwar on the Ganges river, atUjjain on the Shipra, at Nasik on the Godavari, and at Allahabad on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical river Sarasvati.

Devout Hindus believe bathing in the Ganges during the festival can cleanse their sins and free them from the cycle of death and rebirth.
More than 100 million pilgrims from India and abroad are expected to attend the 55-day Maha Kumbh festival, said Devesh Chaturvedi, an official of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.
The festival derives its name from a Hindu belief that gods and demons fought over a pitcher, or "kumbh," of nectar that would give them immortality. The myth says one of the gods ran off with the pot, spilling four drops of nectar. Every three years, festivals are rotated among the four spots where nectar was said to have spilled. The Allahabad festival is considered the most blessed because it is near the confluence of the three rivers sacred to Hindus.
The festival area, covering 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres), has been turned into a tented township of green, blue and saffron-colored tarpaulins. More than 30,000 makeshift toilets have been set up.

Allahabad 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela

According to astrologers, the 'Kumbh Mela Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbh (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage.
In 2013 from 27th January the Purna Kumbh Mela will be held on Allahabad which occurs after every 12th years.
Dates of Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad 2013
27 January to 25 February 2013

Click on the link to find out more about this huge gathering of spiritual seekers, teachers, and others. Largest Spiritual Gathering EVER Monday January 14 2013

All the photos are from Divine Revelation.