"Places of pilgriamage", degenerated into fairs and festivals.

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The sole purpose behind visiting the external places of pilgrimage is to understand their importance as to why these places gained importance. We should learn a lesson from the lives and teachings of those Saints because of whom these places became sacred. We should look for a holy Saint whose teachings may be helpful in controlling our mind and senses, and who can show us a path of God-realisation,But places have degenerated into fairs and festivals. People go their for enjoyment, sight seeing, merry making and meeting friends. Instead of benefiting from the spiritual discourses and practising worship and devotion, they come back to their homes after taking a dip in the sacred rivers. On the return journey, they buy goods for distribution amongst relatives and friends by way of gifts. Most of the people visit these places solely from the commercial angle of making money. They kill two birds with one stone i.e. they take bath at the places of pilgrimage and also make money. Thus the real purpose of visiting the sacred places has been lost sight of entirely. One cannot attain God-realisation and remove the impurities of the mind and soul simply by having a dip in water or by journeying through the world. The Lord cannot be pleased in this manner.

In fact, these places have become the centres of hypocrisy and cruelty. Irreligious activities and evil practices are gaining momentum at these places. The greatness and fame of these places is because of advertisement and propaganda launched by the irreligious, unrighteous and business cheats who get ample chance of robbing and fleecing the innocent pilgrims.

Bathing at the External Places of Pilgrimage cannot Wash Sins
It is pertinent to note that by washing the body at the sacred spots, the impurities of the mind and soul cannot be cleansed. If bathing could remove the filth of the mind, the fish which bathes constantly in water would have dispelled its foul smell. Similarly, man may bathe thousand times in icy cold waters and visit the holy places of pilgrimage but he cannot escape from the snares of the Negative Power unless he or she bathes in the internal pool of Nectar.

By bathing at the external places of pilgrimage man contracts the impurities of Egotism, instead of removing the dirt of sins. Only those people visit the places of pilgrimage whose mind if not inclined to worship, body shirks hard labour, mind is fickle and wanders hither and thither and concentration is not attained even for a moment. Such people after visiting pilgrim-stations, instead of washing the dirt of sins, make their minds more impure and egotistic. They boast of having been to the sacred places of pilgrimage and having performed `Haj.' They boast of having offered prayers, worship, bowing head in temples, and having made donations to certain sadhus and charitable asharams. There is no use of external bathing and visiting the holy places of pilgrimage if ego reigns in the mind.

The true pool of Nectar is inside the body and is situated at the mid-point of the forehead behind the two eye-brows which is the confluence of three veins i.e. Ira, Pingla and Sushmana. One gains real purity and cleanliness by having a dip in it.

A great folly,It is highly regrettable that people continue to visit the places of pilgrimage for the purification of the mind and God-realisation. They incur heavy expenditure and bear the hazards of long journeys. But they do not endeavour to bathe in the internal pool of nectar. They do not strive to seek the Lord inside the temple of the body. They waste their lives in vain. They have little faith in the bygone sages and seers and do not profit by their experience.