The greatest gathering

Everything in the universe is cyclical. Your body is also a product of this universe. So if it is not in sync with the larger cycle, you will head towards misery — physical, mental, and of other kinds. If you keep your body in sync, it will always be healthy. Most people do so unconsciously, but it can also be done consciously.
Wherever there is energy generated by water, the body can easily be in sync with it because water plays a big part in human life. Your body is a “water bottle” — 72 per cent of your body is water. So, places called sangams or prayags were identified where two or three rivers meet, which causes a certain vortex and energy, and rare possibilities become available on a particular day when the solar cycle is at a certain point. People would go there to make use of these situations.
If you know what to do with yourself, if you are on the spiritual path, you don’t have to go anywhere. This is for people who do not have the necessary know-how to do things with themselves; they want to make use of the planet to grow because the earth’s movement itself is generating energy — a centrifugal force. From 0 to 33 degrees North latitude, this force is largely working in a vertical manner in your system, which is best for your spiritual well-being. This is why we recognised this region as the punya bhumi. Particularly at 11 degree, the energies are shooting straight up. If you are a little conscious and do the right things, wonderful things can happen to you.
When you go to the Kumbh, it is one form of what is called bhuta shuddhi — the most fundamental aspect of yoga. Every aspect of yoga that you do is just a small extraction from this. “Bhuta” means “element”, and refers to the elements — earth, water, fire, air and space. Whether it is the individual human body or the larger cosmic body, essentially, they are made of these five elements. Whether you experience this body as a possibility or a barrier simply depends on the extent these five elements are cooperating. Bhuta shuddhi is the cleansing of the five elements within the system in such a way that they cooperate. If these five elements don’t cooperate, nothing good will happen to you. Only with their cooperation, your life from the basic to the highest aspect becomes a possibility.
Indian culture is the most complex, colourful culture on the planet, and the Kumbh Mela is one the most incredible sights in the world. This is India at its core — the rich, the poor, yogis, clothed, unclothed, all kinds — over 30 million people in one place.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, an internationally renowned spiritual leader, is a visionary, a humanitarian, author, poet and speaker.
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