Stress and kumbha dr. shriniwas janardan kashalikar
The kumbha Mela takes place in four places
in India viz. Ujjain, Nashi, Haridwar and
Waranasi (Alahabad). The auspicious period
repeats itself every twelve years. Millions of
people collect and take bath in Ganga.
What is so special about this period?
The explanation of salvation from sins is
inexplicable in scientific terms, because
science does not conceive the meaning of
“paap and punya” i.e. “sin and good deed”
The alternative explanation is probably as
All paap or sin is that which takes us away
from our true self, i.e. disorients us from
ourselves. All punya is that, which enhances
our orientation to our true self.
The kumbha period, by virtue of the
characteristic constellation (The specific
constellation during this time is Sun enters
the Mesha rashi, Moon enters the Dhanu
rashi and Guru enters the Kumbha rashi)
according to Indian or the lunar calendar)
seems to influence certain and places and
rivers on the earth; beneficially; making
them conducive to orientation to the
universe to her cosmic self.
Since the human beings are subtly connected
with rest of the universe, these places and
rivers probably enhance the orientation of
human beings also; to their true self.
This is analogous to the help one gets from
the wind while sailing. The external and
internal environment when favorable, one
can get reoriented to the true self and
experiences self realization!
The kumbha period (parva) probably
signifies such a period full of benevolence!
It is essential to explore and appreciate the
subtle links between human being and the
universe and also the subtle changes in the
rivers and the places; responsible for
transcendental benefit; during this period.
The sociological, economic and other
explanations (such as microbiological)
offered are too simplistic and hence conceal
the most beneficial and enlightening truth
that can blossom the whole world!
Indian calendar is called panchang
[pancha = five anga= aspects or parts; viz.
tithi, war, nakshatra, karan and ayan].