During the Maha Kumbha, city of Ujjain witnessed a gathering of 60 million people. I have had a longing to go to such places since 2013 when I was in bed dealing with cancer and uncertainty of my life loomed over me. My mother’s guru Sri Pilot Baba was present with his followers and my mother was constantly on phone during that time, there was so much talk happening, so, to see a grand event of unimaginable scale, I had made a promise to my self that I will experience it at least once..if life allowed me !!
It so happened this year mothers day coincided with it and my mom wished to go as she had prayed for my life…dwadash jyotirling trip was my promise to mom n her promise to god..
Here are some glimpses:
Would I do it again? Yes for sure !!!!! I love India’s rich tradition, millions of people coming together with devotion in their hearts and yearning for moksham.Where else can I see such a sight? In the rich company of naga sadhus, sages and saint..I was in bliss ! 🙂
Is it being religious or doing all the rituals mantras japas, kirtans or is it renouncing the world and going to the caves in the mountains or just sitting under tree and meditating? People have different definitions. Maybe spirituality is fusion of all of this things, but what resonates true to me is, a spiritual person is synonyms with being a person who’s highest priority is to be loving to oneself and others, as all are manifested from the same one source. We are interdependent and consciously honour this oneness. We know that everything and everybody is an extension of the divine. (As Quantum physics says that we are made of waves and particles of energy that makes up the grand universe).
How can it Benefit Us?
Better equipped to deal with challenges – Life is filled with unexpected challenges and we can never be fully prepared for them, but spirituality gives us a larger perspective of life. Because it gives us birds eye view rather than worms eye view. So once we are trained, we are better equipped to deal with challenges and we don’t get easily consumed by them.
It gives clarity – Since we are following directions from our heart and our paths are clear, a spiritual person rightly knows which battle to choose and that, is thoughtfully done.
It gives us Peace – Cancer provided me with the gift which was surrender to the divine’s will, after I had exhausted the human possibilities. I let go of inner conflicts, which ultimately gifted me with peace. I use this tool every time, even now.
Celebration – Once we are in tune with life’s flow, we are living more from out heart (love, compassion and oneness) rather than from the mind (worry, fear and anxiety), this term is called flowering of the heart. Life becomes a celebration.
When should it be practiced?
I am a firm believer that we should make our own rules. It must be aligned with your true nature, you must be mindful and commit to your own growth and ‘WHEN’ will automatically follow.