Once a poverty-stricken descendent of a once-prosperous clan went to a foreign land in search of better prospects in life. He struggled hard to succeed there. Meanwhile a resident of that foreign land heard about this person’s ancestral wealth, came to his family estate, found a vast treasure buried there and became a millionaire. This allegory illustrates the state of modern Indians vis-a-vis Westerners. Indians are going to the West in search of greener pastures and are struggling to make it big amidst cut-throat competition in the corporate jungles there. But Westerners are coming to India to understand the Vedic philosophy and culture. And by studying, assimilating and adopting the Vedic principles, they are finding deep fulfilment in their lives.
Pilgrimages help you break free from your daily routine and mundane problems, and perform devotional service to God. While for the wandering monks, life itself is a long pilgrimage to the abode of Brahman, for the householders it is an opportunity to practice temporary renunciation.
Pilgrim places are powerful energy centers. They are filled with sacred presence and aura of the deities as well as the strong vibrations caused by the prayers and supplications of devotees. When you visit them, you become soaked in that positive energy and feel refreshed and uplifted.
As a pilgrim, will find many opportunities to engage in purification practices such as charity and selfless service and cultivate virtue. In Hinduism, many rituals and sacraments are customarily performed at religious places so that devotees can benefit from the visit by engaging in good actions.
Many spiritual people, sadhus and holy men regularly visit them and make them the centers of their activities. Hence, when you go on a pilgrimage, you will come across many spiritual people with whom you can benefit from the satsang, seeking their advice, knowledge or blessings.
Lord Krishna lives everywhere, but still its easy to approach Him in holy places because these places are inhabited by great sages. The holy places are meant for purifying the polluted consciousness surcharged with the presence of the Lord’s pure devotees.
To visit pilgrimage means to attain emancipation from material bondage. After attaining this liberated stage, one has to become engaged in devotional service to the Lord. So this attainment of transcendental loving devotional service to the Lord is the goal of life.
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