About the Quiet Heart Pilgrimages to India!
A soul-etching, life-changing experience of Paramahansa Yogananda's India
The escorted semi-private Quiet Heart Pilgrimages to India! are recommended for those dedicated SRF/YSS Kriyaban devotees who wish to experience the spiritual side of India at it’s best. Focusing on reverential visits to the places associated with our great Guru, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda and His spiritual lineage, this journey of the heart takes you to northern India to visit many of the places described in His spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi.”
You will thrill at seeing the lofty Himalayan mountains and you will blissfully float on the ancient holy Ganges River, but even greater experiences await you! On this soul-etching pilgrimage, you will soar in gratitude as you take the dust of Babaji’s Cave or sit under the lychee tree where The Master taught on the sacred grounds of Ranchi.
Your heart will know the grandeur of immersion in lofty thoughts of The Great Ones as you visit the spots hallowed by Them, and you will be floating in joy each time you give your heart in stillness to the spiritual vibrations that abound in these holy places.
If you are wanting a spiritual boost or a new beginning, this journey of the heart is an experience of a lifetime. Many have said it gave them a new perspective on their spiritual life. The Quiet Heart Pilgrimages to India! are a dream fulfilled for those wanting to say with The Guru “…I am hallowed, my body touched that sod.”
In Divine Timing another select group of SRF/YSS Kriyabans will be submerged in the holy vibrations of reverently going on pilgrimage to the places sanctified by our sublime line of Gurus ~ unspeakable blessings await those devotees!
The Quiet Heart Pilgrimages to India! are like a living meditation; a spiritual retreat of highest magnitude; and for many, a soul-etching, life-changing experience. They are a kaleidoscope of inner and outer experiences ranging from fun and extreme joy and gratitude, to ego challenges and deep introspection, personal inner growth, and the profound peace that comes from a deeper understanding of self and the constant love and protection of our sublime Gurus. (See the Testimonials section and email for more.)
Your Quiet Heart Pilgrimage Coordinator and Escort in India will be Brenda Roberts, SRF Kriyaban disciple of Paramahansa Yoganandaji since 1972, veteran of over 40 India Pilgrimages, and lover of Bharata, the Vedic name for India. (See the section "Meet Brenda" for more details.)
We will be traveling by air, overnight train, car, boat, Indian taxi, rickshaw, and maybe even bullock cart!
Accommodations are usually in 3 to 5 YSS Ashrams, a family-operated hotel, an overnight train, and occasionally a YSS village school. On the way to our holy pilgrimage spots you will also have an opportunity to experience village India; much like it was in Guruji’s time.
The Joy of Pilgrimage begins when you make the decision to do it!
The many details of each semi-private Quiet Heart Pilgrimage to India! are thoughtfully coordinated by Brenda with Guruji's pilgrims in mind. Each pilgrimage is tailored to try to accommodate as many of the devotees personal desires as possible, while considering the group as a whole.
As soon as your participation is confirmed and your deposit is received, your Quiet Heart Pilgrimage to India! has begun! You may find that just getting to that step has been characterized by one of two situations that Master and your karma has orchestrated. Either everything came together magically to enable you to go ... or the pull was so strong that not going was not an option!
(Either way, you can be sure that in the preparational efforts there will be some "sweeping the balcony" of your consciousness before entering the realm of blessings in the long-held dream of being there!)
The Quiet Heart Pilgrimage Preparation Period
The weeks and months before departure are a very important part of your Quiet Heart pilgrimage experience. There are many things in the Quiet Heart pilgrimage preparation period to help you physically, mentally, and spiritually prepare yourself for the journey, and to help you get the best from your time in India.
On the physical level, you will have 24/7 access to Brenda via email to get unlimited personalized help with your planning questions and concerns about the pilgrimage ~ including help with the best airline cost and itinerary, and guidance on passport and Indian Visa procurement.
In addition, many packing and other helpful preparation, cultural, and travel tips will be provided to you over the ensuing months to help make your pilgrimage come alive right away - and to help you make the most of your precious time in India!! Early commitments will allow for a richer preparational experience.
Here is what one devotee wrote: "I am very grateful how closely you follow up on every - little or big - detail. And for your comments on Guru's guidance and the - almost inevitable - transition before going to Guruji’s beloved India. It's good for me to be reminded of the greatness of it all..... I'm already so pleased for being signed up with you and your trip. "
Getting Ready For A Closer Walk
When you have stepped on the path of pilgrimage preparation, you have made an inner determination to deepen your spiritual life, to draw ever closer to the love for, and the love of, Guruji; to leave the day-to-day routines behind and just hold Guruji's hand and let your heart melt in His. That is the joyous, exciting part. Hang on to it!
But there is so much more to this preparation period. Like life and Kriya, there is much being worked out for our highest good without our awareness of the big picture as we do our best on our 25 percent! The preparation period usually holds challenges for the devotee, and can be likened to a cleansing; a working out of karma, or clearing of the karmic slate so that when you get to India you will be able to be flexible and take everything as coming from Guruji.
Life in India can be difficult for Westerners who are used to having a lot, and having it their way. In the preparation period you will no doubt get to practice those spiritual attributes that Guruji feels are necessary to prepare you for a closer walk with Him in India. And, you will have that closer walk if you remember to take it! Here, and there!
The preparation process is a wonderful time to practice entering the Quiet Heart; this is the time to start your pilgrimage now by practicing Guruji’s Presence in every pilgrimage related instance; to practice unruffled patience, perseverance, faith, and peace. And, to practice Sister Gyanamataji’s admonition to our beloved Ma: “See nothing, look at nothing but your goal, ever shining before you. The things that happen to us do not matter; what we become through them does. Each day, accept everything as coming to you from God. At night, give everything back into His hands.” (Knowing that you are ever and assuredly in His perfect care!)
Jai Guru! Jai Ma!
In Their service and yours,
Coordinator and Escort
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© Brenda Roberts 2021