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The Last Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela is a religious festival that takes place every twelve years in India. Designated by the great Hindu Sage, Sri Shankara Charya, it is a time for the peoples to purify and replenish their spirit.

The Kumbh Mela is currently taking place right now. Thousands, perhaps millions of people have traveled to the banks of Ganges to bath in its waters. The only problem is, the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, which India has been a hot bed of cases, is in full effect. It is feared that many will contract the virus and possibly die.

I really wanted to go to the Kumbh Mela. I know a lot/most of you people out there don’t get it. …To walk up to and into the Ganges surrounded by a sea of people. Sure, it would be great if there was no one, or at least very few people, like in the time of Sri Shankara Charya, but that is not the way it is and you have to accepted what is if you ever hope to understand the true meaning of life. And, of course, purification can take place anywhere, at anytime, but as it was heralded by the understandings of Sri Shankara Charya that seems to be the time and the place to be.

Anyway, due to the coronavirus, I couldn’t go. It made/makes me sad because this is more than likely the last Kumbh Mela I would have been able to attend. I mean, I’m old, I doubt that I will make it another twelve years and be alive for the next one. Even if I am still alive, I would be like seventy-four and that is really old. Too old to enjoy the process.

So, I guess I loose. Thank you COVID-19, you have cost the world and a lot of us a lot. A lot, that no one seems willing to pay back.