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.
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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.
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