Every person should go on at least one pilgrimage in life
The sacred ceremonies and its different stages conducted in holy places are meant to convey the invisible part of the visible world.
By using consciousness it is still possible to experience rare and subtle effects in temples and natural places related to Siddhars.
The pilgrimage is an activity that frees you from karma.
The main purpose of the pilgrimage is to develop through conscious experience.
1. Read about Indian temples: Wikipedia
2. Read about Indian murtis: Wikipedia
Development through purification and experience
A pilgrimage is a journey to a place of worship or place of spiritual meaning that has been undertaken for the purpose of praying. This may be the place of birth or death of some saints. It can also be a place associated with some important life events of the saint, such as the place of his/her spiritual awakening or place for performing spiritual practices. The destination can also be various places associated with divine expression or presence (churches, temples, special buildings, natural places, etc.). When you go on a pilgrimage, you give up your daily life and retreat from the so-called “ordinary world” to cleanse, pray, gain knowledge and experience, becoming aware of their impact. On the pilgrimage, you will also come face to face with many questions about yourself and others, as well as with your own obstacles and limitations.
Everything that comes into your life is a consequence
The pilgrimage is an activity that changes and frees you from karma. If you go along with the automatic emotions that daily and repeatedly arise, these forces grow into the leading habits of life – karmic forces. The world in which you live will constantly turn to you, and you habitually react to it, which in turn creates more karma. You can recognize the presence of bad karma from the fact that you do not feel well in life – because of poor health, complex interpersonal relationships, or other similar problems.
The pilgrim understands that he/she has done something to create the karma, and that such a journey can be consciously used as a means of getting rid of karma and gaining new knowledge and opportunities.
A bridge between visible and invisible
Yatra or holy journey in Hinduism and other religions represented in India means a journey to holy places to do prayers. For example, to the rivers considered sacred in India, to the places mentioned in the scriptures, to the sanctuaries or temples, etc. Indian temples date back from a time when the world was seen as consciousness and energy. Various energies were illustrated through sculptures – statues of deities or murtis – that are in the temples. The statutes are symbols and express that what is otherwise impossible to express in the physical world. Murtis embody various forces of nature and are also in the communion with these forces, so turning to a murti with a prayer results in a specific effect.
Ceremonies and other activities conducted in temples are designed to influence the invisible in such a way that the result is reflected in a change in life. Looking at procedures in such a way, one could say that they are a kind of remedies, ways of “treatment” for your journey of life. This “remedy” is based on the knowledge that says: the visible world originates from the invisible one. As strange as it seems, it is based on the discovery of modern physics.
Why go to India?
It has become common practice to go to India on a pilgrimage with students. I have been going to India since 2001, but not because I find it fascinating. The main reason is the preserved ancient knowledge of man, nature, the universe and its laws. The legacy of knowledge has been preserved uninterrupted for thousands of years, which, of course, does not mean that all locals fully understand it. Even in India, it is no longer possible to find comprehensive knowledge in one place, but piece by piece, you can put the puzzle together, if you know what to look for.
It is not possible to implement ancient wisdom in a theoretical way, theory is of little practical use. There is a need for a link between ancient wisdom and the modern man. It is for these practical links that I go to India, as for they need to be fetched in person. I have been able to find missing links and restore the practical usability of theoretical wisdom. And to show the practical value of this wisdom to every person leading a modern regular life – I have worked on the skills to adapt and integrate knowledge.
While traveling in India, I have met Siddhars. These have been unique encounters. They are diamonds that can be seen in very few rare cases. When meeting a Siddhar, one can experience their other-worldliness, feel unlimited respect for the endless knowledge they express, and gain a glimpse of their abilities. In their example, it is possible to see a person’s development potential.
What do we do during the pilgrimage?
We mainly go to South India, because in this area links with the ancient Dravidian knowledge have been preserved. We visit old temples and places where Siddhars used to practice. The energies of their practices are still there today. In ancient times, a person was considered a Siddhar when, as a result of conscious yogic practice, one had achieved the full opening of his or her potential. According to the discoveries of the Siddhars, this is the sole purpose of life for every human being. Even today it is still possible to consciously experience rare and subtle effects in temples and natural places related to the Siddhars.
For a student, a pilgrimage is an opportunity to test the skills they have learned, to develop and adjust the ability to master consciousness, and to gain life-changing experiences and knowledge. While visiting the temples, we focus on the difficulties in our lives to ask for forgiveness for our deeds in these shrines; forgiveness can also be asked on behalf of others. It is also possible to ask for blessings in the holy places – to ask for something with the purpose of making life better. The main goal of a pilgrimage is to develop through conscious experience. When going on a pilgrimage, it is essential to have developed the skills to concentrate for a longer time and to remain in inner silence.
Places related to yoga masters – the Siddhars
During each trip to South India, we will also visit the Kolli Hills – a place known for its deep connection with the Tamil 18 Siddhar Tradition. Since the roots of my teaching are in the Tamil 18 Siddhar Tradition, Kolli Hills are also the place where my Indian branch ashram is located.