Short Cut To Nirvana
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- A special address by his holiness the Dalai Lama
- Additional conversations with five spiritual teachers at the Kumbh Mela
- Interview with the filmmakers, with the behind-the-scenes footage
- Slide show and gallery
- Four years later, western pilgrims reflect on their experiences
- Theatrical trailer
- In English and Hindi with English subtitles
Top Customer Reviews
No one seems to know for sure exactly how long this festival has been celebrated. Some sources say the Kumbh Mela has an unbroken history going back to 200 B.C. while others push the date back as far as 500 B.C. Whatever the case one thing is certain, it's the longest running religious festival in history. The most recent addition of the festival occurred in 2001 and an estimated crowd of over 70 million pilgrims attended making this event the largest gathering of mankind in the history of the world!
Considering the immense history and the staggering logistics involved in attempting to encapsulate the heart and soul of such an event into one film, the filmmakers certainly faced an absolutely mind-boggling task. Yet somehow, someway Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day have accomplished the impossible with the release of their masterpiece, 'Short Cut to Nirvana!'
There is so much going on in this film that it's difficult to decide where to begin and what to focus on. Witnessing such an incredible mass of humanity gathered in one place at one time is enough to take your breath away.Read more ›
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A glimpse into the biggest spiritual gathering on Earth in terms of numbers of participants. I came to the film as an eggheady Christian looking for common ground with other spiritual corners of the globe. Shortcut to Nirvana is a superb vehicle for such connection.
As others have stated, Kumbh Mela is too vast a festival to be crammed into a nutshell, and the filmmakers have not tried to do so. What they give us is a warm, enthusiastic overview of an event that moves a rich variety of people to community and vitality in their quest for godly energy. This westerner felt moved and encouraged to see Hindus of widely differing practices, as well as the Dalai Lama, and all seekers who attended, peacefully embracing each other's humanity and expressing their faith or searching for understanding. Shortcut to Nirvana will not tell you all you never knew about the Hindu world, nor the other worlds it touches. It may well inspire you to seek more understanding about those realms.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great video. Had been watching this on PBS and other channels whenever I could find, now can watch whenever I want.Published 15 months ago by Susan Engelmann
This meeting of the masses at the mouth of the Ganges is the mother of all pilgrimages. "Burners" (repeat participants at Burning Man) will appreciate the huge scale of... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Juan Sanchez-Ramos
This film takes the viewer into an up-close and personal encounter with the varieties of Hindu religious practice that exist in India today through a visit to the most recent Kumbh... Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Arnold Lelis
Wonderful movie, totally worth watching. A must watch to learn more about the Kumba Mela. Would love to see this great festival in person one day.Published on March 26, 2013 by Bree Martone
If you would like to know more about India's Kumbh Mela, a religious festival that happens every 12 years, is about 5000 years old and draws 70 million people worldwide, this is... Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by stitchwoman
An amazing window into a different culture. There are a lot more things happening on this planet than what we would find on television. I highly recommend this movie...Published on July 7, 2012 by J. Dunn
If you are interested in viewing a documentary on an intercultural experience, this is the film for you. Read morePublished on December 5, 2010 by One Tall Dan
This film has no depth. It barely skims the surface of Kumbh Mela--and that, from a naive, outsider's perspective. Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Constance
India has a glorious history of Spiritual traditions. Its spiritual culture has given rise to numerous saints and sages since the beginning of time, through millenia, down to the... Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by Seeker