Flavours of Kashi, Varanasi Photo Journal
On the Banks of Ganga, Varanasi…
Saint Kabir Das maintained that enlightenment is unconditional.
Swayambhu Hanuman Temple
Vijaya Nagar Ghat
Audience for a current cricket match
Kashi – the ticket to Enlightenment
Kashi is Shiva’s eternal abode. There is a saying that even if a donkey dies in Kashi (Varanasi), he attains salvation. Saint Kabir defied this misinterpreted piece of wisdom and shifted to Magahar, about which there was a myth prevalent at that time that anyone who died in Magahar would be reborn as a donkey in the next life. Kabir maintained that enlightenment is unconditional. Spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains the deeper meaning of Kashi and attaining salvation: Kashi lies between Rivers Yamuna and Assi. These rivers correspond with the Ida and Pingla Nadis in humans. When a person is centered in wisdom, Kashi, the Sushumna Nadi which lies in the middle of Ida and Pingla Nadis, when he breathes his last, salvation is available.
The Enlightened One in Kashi
Photo credits: Naval Sharma