Away from the din, these ‘yogis’ spread message of love...
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Located on Tulsi Marg in Sector-7 of Kumbh Mela, there are no roads, power or water supply to "Rainbow Love Camp"— the name of the nomadic community.
The appeal through Facebook, through which the members of this community remain connected, is to bring some tents and other essentials, when they reach the camp. The Facebook page also has clear instructions: "No drugs, no alcohol and no meat".
The camp, currently having only a couple of tents with no fencing, is a little over 300 metres from the last point till which the water and power pipelines have been laid on Tulsi Marg. Beyond the camp, there is only the barren flood plain of River Ganga stretching far and wide. "We wanted to be away from the din. Therefore, we chose this place. We wanted everything natural," says Panama Baba, who is from Panama in North America and is one of the camp's organisers.
"We just need more and more tents. There are only four to five days left and, by January 27, we are expecting around 500 members from different parts of the world. The number may go up to 1,000. Apart from other things, we will be cleaning the Mela area and doing any other service we feel like till March 10," he says.
So far, the few camp members are just about managing with some help from policemen and a Naga Baba. "I arranged the quilts on the evening two of the members of the camp arrived," says Constable Yashpal Singh.
Drawn from various countries of the West and the Americas, the members of the "Rainbow Love Camp" do not believe in any hierarchy or organisation. Anybody who believes in their core values of non-violence, peace and spirituality can join the community. They spend most of their time playing music, without the mikes, meditating and welcome everybody with hug and affection. There are no charges for anything.
Chrystal, who was among the first ones to arrive along with her six-year-old daughter Ila, says: "We live like nomads. People think we are hippies. But the fact is that what started as hippie movement (in the 1970s in Americas) has now become a spiritual movement. We are yogis."
The community's local contact, B K Kashiap, says: "With so many people from so many countries gathered, they feel it would be good to spread their message of peace and unity to the world in their own unique way. At this point though, they need a lot of help from the administration, particularly with the tents." Mahendra Kumar, junior engineer of Sector-7 for the power department, said: "Our work of laying the power supply had been completed. After the Rainbow Camp began to be set up, we are now making arrangements on an urgent basis to extend the power lines by about 300 metres to 400 metres. Two street-lights near their camp have begun working by Monday evening."
Dinesh Singh Yadav, in-charge for PWD in Sector-7, said, "We have been told to extend the stretch of checkered plates for vehicular movement up to their camp. The work should be completed within a few days."