This fascinating documentary on the Kumbh Mela provides a glimpse into the longest running religious festival, and the largest human gathering in history. We follow several western pilgrims as they visit the many gurus and babas gathered in their individual compounds and interact with a cheerful young swami who serves as a guide, interpreter and interviewer. The video footage and stills capture a pure, non-judgmental view into the heart of both the pilgrims and the gurus. And the exclusive footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama underscores the spirit of harmony, diversity and acceptance that pervades throughout the film. Overall, Short Cut To Nirvana is beautifully filmed, well produced and packaged with worth seeing bonus material: interviews with the western pilgrims four years after the Mela, extended conversations with five spiritual teachers, and an interview with the film-makers.
Timothy Burgin is a Kripalu & Pranakriya trained yoga instructor living and teaching in Asheville, NC. Timothy has studied and taught many styles of yoga and has completed a 500-hour Advanced Pranakriya Yoga training. Timothy has been serving as the Executive Director of YogaBasics.com since 2000. He has authored two yoga books and has written over 500 articles on the practice and philosophy of yoga. Timothy is also the creator of Japa Mala Beads and has been designing and importing mala beads since 2004.
Toggle the Widgetbar
New to Yoga?
To get the most out of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into the practice. Browse our yoga 101 section for general info on the history and types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a brief meditation. If you are new to yoga, please read our Yoga for Beginner's page
I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.
- The Dalai Lama