Thursday, March 24, 2005

OG Gurus In Their Native Habitat In New Doc

File under: Reference Library and Gurus Who Party

The original Burning Man began in India as the Kumbha Mela, a gathering of sadhus which began in at least the 13th century and possibly the 7th. Held every 12 years, the last one was in Allabahad, India in 2001 and was attended by over 70 million people.

Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day were there with cameras to catch a slice. Their film, "Shortcut to Nirvana," catches gurus of many varieties and factions. Some just show off while others quietly expose the world to the truth. Pretty much like the spectrum of gurus we find in the West, although most of them don't get to prance around naked, smoking hash (and loving it) all day long.

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