I thought I’d post this definition of a pilgrimage, which I read this morning in a newsletter from the Parmarth Niketan Mission, in Rishikesh, India.
To me, it beautifully encapsulates what it means to embark on a pilgrimage –
A yatra or sacred pilgrimage is a divine experience.
It is an internal journey as well as an outer journey; a true pilgrimage takes us not only to a Source of the Divine in the external world, but also to the Divine Source within ourselves.
In this way, every minute and every moment of a pilgrimage is puja (worship), not only that which we perform in the temple upon arrival.
The pilgrimage experience touches us so deeply that it transforms us and turns us into vessels and vehicles of transformation for the world.