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SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA takes a voyage of discovery through a vivid and vibrant world, accompanied by an irrepressible young Hindu monk, Swami Krishnanand, and several Westerners, each on their own spiritual quest. We encounter some of the Kumbh Mela’s wisest and most fascinating characters, including an ascetic sadhu who has held his arm in the air for over twenty years, another who sits on a throne of nails, a Japanese devotee who is buried in a pit for three days and a guru who proposes that Americans would do well to start meditating for three hours each day. We also spend moments in the company of an honored guest, the Dalai Lama, as senior leaders of Hinduism and Buddhism join together in an historic moment of unity. More than a simple account of the Kumbh Mela, this film is a sensory experience of an ancient, grand occasion, a swirl of color and motion, song and cacophony, the sacred and the surreal, spiritual India exactly as anyone would hope to find it. From this ancient tradition comes a powerful and uplifting message of harmony, unity and peace for all humanity.

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