Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This is one of the holiest sites in India. The confluence point of the Indian Ocean and the Ganga river, it's here where millions of pilgrims come to bathe, what's known as a holy dip. Many pilgrims will only come once in their lifetime, considering this geographic point so sacred that only one visit will absolve them of all their sins.
Millions of people dream of submerging themselves in these waters, believing that it is here where earth finds its most direct link to heaven.
I was here in mid-January. In short, it was an immense privilege.
The next day, I went to the Kali temple in Kolkata. In two short days, I had two of the most meaningful spiritual experiences of my life.
I know that I am lucky. I'm also grateful for the wisdom to have known that while I was there.