(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2nd Jan 2012, Simhachalan, Germany) Caitanya-caritāmṛta talk
Going on a pilgrimage is what we recently did, and something which by reading the Caitanya-caritāmṛta had inspired me to do that. Sometimes you read about past times in places and gradually you develop a picture of an area just like a map. When we are reading a map begins to form. The history takes shape; things that took place at certain points in time, such as the environment of which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement had appeared in. So we went on a pilgrimage to Bangladesh where there were many places that are related to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! For example, there is the birthplace of Advaita Acarya, which is in a remote northeastern corner where you have to cross two rivers, and then you get there to the remote place.
When going to such places then naturally one is receiving blessings within these places. But because of the austerities one performs by going there, it intensifies one’s meditation, which again brings about a deeper relationship!