While routines provide stability to our lives, they obscure the fact that life is a pilgrimage, that our life in this world is not our final destination, and that we are headed for a holy place not bound by time. Routine can cause us to become jaded with the dynamic energy at the heart of our personal and collective realities.
To enter into the dynamism of living in the eternal now, humans have made pilgrimages to special places on earth. The purpose of these “outer places” is to stimulate inner experiences in unusually powerful ways. And the reason for putting great distances between oneself and one’s routines is to create great expanses within the soul.
Time is a reflection of Eternity
Time is not an issue from the soul’s perspective. Yet chronological time can easily become “psychological time” that can fetter the soul when the ego is dominating our energy field. The purpose of pilgrimage is to free the soul from these fetters so it can rediscover its true purpose in this lifetime, a purpose that is blanketed by the ego’s preoccupations and concerns.
The ego is bound by chronological time and space; and routine causes the ego to feel cornered, restricted by time and space. As a result, the soul starts to feel suffocated. It is a type of multiple personality disorder, for we find it increasingly harder to accommodate both parts of ourselves—ego and soul—in the sacred space of the body/mind complex since both ego and soul share the same interior space!
The ego sees itself solely through the eyes of the body: aging constantly, and eventually dying and decaying. The soul sees the body as a vehicle towards higher consciousness, a greater purpose, a means towards realizing the mysteries of love and Spirit and Ultimate Reality.
The purpose of pilgrimage is to discover time as a reflection of the eternal now that is unfolding in space, matter and energy. Time becomes part of the expansion of the soul. It is no longer a thing that constricts and restricts, but something that stretches and expands.
Journey to Find the Other Half of the Soul
The main focus on our pilgrimages to India each year is the teaching on the mysteries of the soul and the awakening of the soul’s purpose in this lifetime. A part of our soul is meshed to our egos while another part of the soul extends into the divine spirit. It is this other half of the soul that we journey to discover.
While spiritual practice in the west can offer us glimpses into this deeper aspect of ourselves, our “divine image” so to speak, a pilgrimage to the far east offers us the opportunity to remain attuned to this depth for a much longer and uninterrupted period, for it is an extended and unencumbered gazing into our depths.
It is not so much that we don’t have superficial thoughts or images or strong feelings that come up during pilgrimage. It is simply that the eternal reality of who we are persists despite these superficial movements. This is the real gift of such a sacred journey.
Our upcoming pilgrimage in January 2016 will be our 18th. So many of our pilgrims keep returning on this journey with us, again and again and again because of the love and care we put into the experience and for the “newness” with which each pilgrimage unfolds.
We’d love to have you travel with us in 2016 so we can share this life-transforming experience with you, a journey that is akin to travelling with your best friends.