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Source: A man meditates on the Yamuna River at Keshi Ghat in Vrindavan, India. Krishna is believed to have bathed here after killing the demon Keshi, who symbolizes vanity, ego, and pride. Bhakti yogis curtail such tendencies through chanting and humble service.

Sunrise on the Ganges River during Mauni Amavasya Snan—the primary bathing day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage to the confluence of India’s three holy rivers in Allahabad.

A sadhu, or five-fire austerity, symbolically sacrificing himself to the fire in meditation during the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. The intensity of the heat develops physical and mental stamina and helps draw consciousness inward. The senses become extremely sensitive, and the whole body acts like an antenna for divine energy.

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