FEATURED
Previous | Next  

Washing Sins off at the Kumbh Mela - Cinema of Religion sells Entry Tickets to Heaven - 23 Jan 13

23 Jan 2013  Vrindavan, India

Category: Religion

Sadhus taking a bath in the Ganges

Sadhus taking a bath in the Ganges

I was asked what I thought of the Kumbh Mela in general and would like to write in detail about this in the next days, just as I started yesterday. I think I should also explain a little bit what I think of the festival idea in general.

Hinduism tells its believers that you should go at the time of the Kumbh Mela and take a bath at that holy place. All your sins will be washed away and you can thus go to heaven once you die. You will not spend your time until the next life in hell but in heaven. How practical – no matter how many sins you do, you can wash them all off! So people won’t hesitate doing sins anymore, they can anyway wash it off! You won’t have sins anymore but all your virtues will show. These virtues, your good karma, will bring you to heaven.

religion thus tells you that virtues is like fictional money with which you can buy an entry ticket for heaven, just as you buy a ticket to see a movie in the cinema. The more money you have, the better your place will be. There are also those who sell the tickets and advertise the movies – and of course religion wants to have the house full and show only full shows! So these advertisers have been doing their best to get visitors and after many years, visitors are coming nearly on their own!

If you have a look at these advertisers – the Gurus, the religious leaders, the Sadhus and babas, the holy people, they all do their best to get you into that cinema hall and follow the show. If you have your eyes open however, you would notice that it is only an illusion, only fiction and only drama. On the Kumbh Mela, one can watch them all very nicely.

Those holy men are the main attraction at the Kumbh Mela and they walk around everywhere, give their lectures, perform ceremonies against money and of course make new followers. In a newspaper I saw a picture of a big crowd of these spiritual people, all dressed in saffron-coloured and orange robes and wearing arms, as if they were soldiers. And not only swords or weapons of old times, which could be explained that they are written about in the scriptures but also guns! Holding their firearms, they were shooting into the air, celebrating the beginning of the Kumbh Mela! Doesn’t that make you see another face of religion?

These gurus and sadhus, the advertisers, try everything to get you into their cinema, their show of illusion and fiction. For the next three years, until the next Kumbh Mela in another place, they will extract money in some way or another from their followers in that area, so they want as many people surrounding them as possible. The amount of people who go there does not change the fact however that it is only fiction.

So no, if you ask me, I don’t have any intention of going to Allahabad to join the show. I don’t believe in the concept of cleaning one’s sins in a polluted river and I can see that religion, the cinema, is only there for making money and maybe entertaining people. I thus don’t see any sense for anybody who is not caught in the illusion of religion to take part in this festival.

Shooting in the Air

Shooting in the Air

Share this post on: 

Tags:: Celebration, Religion, God, Hinduism, Scriptures, Kumbh Mela

0 Comments

Posted By Swami Balendu

Swami Balendu

Older Entries

Breakfast

Apra's German Grandparents in Vrindavan - 28 Oct 1...

Apra’s German Grandparents in Vrindavan - 28...

Distributing Workbooks

New Workbooks for our smallest School Children - 2...

It is Saturday, the weekend has started and for ou...

Fear

Caught in a Web of your own Fears? Here is what to...

Sometimes it is strange for me to see how much fea...

Shirodhara

Shirodhara - Ayurvedic Treatment against Stress, D...

A whole lot is going on, as always, and we are bus...

Peaceful Conversation

A Call for open Communication - because it helps! ...

I have always been a believer in open communicatio...

atheist meeting vrindavan

Thanks to religious Leaders, a cancelled Event mad...

So yesterday was my 45th birthday and definitely a...

Ewai Masti

National Convention on Atheism in religious Town V...

Until now, I have not told you yet about a program...

Balendu and Apra

Treasuring every precious Moment with my Baby - 5 ...

Today I woke up in the morning, as usual next to m...

Money

Please read if the Aim of your Life is all about M...

I yesterday wrote about parents who want to suppor...

Work and Money

Please read if the Aim of your Life is working to ...

I yesterday wrote that you should enjoy your work,...

Related Blogs

SEO and Spirituality

Is SEO Spiritual or Religious? - 26 Oct 10

When writing about spirituality and religion yeste...

Children at the Ashram

Is there an Alternative to Religion, Atheism and t...

Some time ago I had a counseling session and I tho...

Children at Lunch

A Person manipulated by Religion can do both, good...

It is, I believe, normal that everybody at some po...

Sadhus on golden Thrones

Showing off and making Money - Sadhus and Gurus on...

I yesterday said that I did not believe in the cle...

Penis Worship in Nepal, India and Japan

Let's go and worship the Penis - what's wrong with...

Yesterday I told you a story of Shiva and how Hind...

Churning the Ocean

How War, Corruption, Cheating, Greed and the Wish ...

At this very time, there is a big festival in Indi...

Hinduism and Christianity

Stupid Idea of Converting Poor People to Hindu or ...

It is not only politics that takes advantage of th...

Darshan with Swami Ji

Female Circumcision because of Tradition - 30 Sep ...

I said yesterday that the practice of female circu...

Landscape

My Friend who teaches Religion but doesn't believe...

I have a friend in Germany whom I meet each time w...

Happy Birthday HC

Women not allowed to recite Mantras - Female Impur...

As we are already talking about the topic of suppr...

Foreigners pretending to be Hindus

You cannot convert to Hinduism without disregardin...

When writing about temples in Vrindavan yesterday,...

Savita Halappanavar

Indian Woman dies in Irish Hospital - because it '...

The media, at least here in India, currently highl...

Women in Burqa

Suppression and Inequality of Women in the Religio...

Some time ago I was reading a few articles in the ...

Sightseeing in Cochin

Religion is Good in Museums and God is in Your Hea...

Yesterday night Ramona and I arrived in Cochin. Th...

Hindu Temple

Chanting for Money, not for Devotion - 7 Apr 14

We have completed the new admissions for our schoo...

Islam and Terrorism

Why saying that Islam is not a Religion of Peace i...

Yesterday I wrote a blog entry, appealing to Europ...

Swami Ji in Chakra Dance Party

Dharma - more than Religion - 16 Feb 08

As I said yesterday we went to Cologne to the Yoga...

Germany

When belief systems don't match, a lot more may no...

I believe in freedom and tolerance. I think that e...

Swami Ji

Sense of Sun Salutation, Pranayama and Meditation ...

Yesterday I wrote that rules can become empty if y...

Sound Pollution in Vrindavan

Showing off Holiness - Religious Sound-Pollution -...

To finish this week, in which my topic was religio...

Have something to say? Post your comment

Comments are moderated and will be allowed if they are about the topic and not abusive.

Get Swami Ji's Diary via Email


Enter your email-address to get news by email!

Feedburner
Blogs
2960
Comments
7383
Topics
83