First you must decide in which level you are present. If you are in the beginning preliminary ignorant state, you can proceed to the pilgrimage because that will satisfy your psychology. There is no use of analyzing the psychology in the preliminary level. At this preliminary level the devotee feels that the Lord exists in a particular place only and it must be visited to see the Lord. The Lord does not dwell in any statue or does not stay in a particular place. The priests belonging to those places for commercial gains only do such advertisements.
In such preliminary level, even if the psychology is wrong it has to be satisfied in its own way. But if you have traveled up to certain point in the spiritual path, you can analyze the psychology and then only satisfy it, if it is found to be correct. I can advise you assuming that you are a developed soul in the spiritual journey. The main aim of the pilgrimage is to change the place in which you are present. You require fresh atmosphere on a hill or in a forest or on the bank of a river. The change of the place is essential because the mind desires always a change. You must satisfy the mind for such small things. You should not force the mind in every point like your child. If you force in every point it will not obey you in the major point. The fresh atmosphere is thus congenial for the mind to concentrate on the Lord. In such place you can sing devotional songs and conduct spiritual discussions about the Lord. But you need not do a long journey for such fresh atmosphere. The long journey has several disadvantages like improper food, absence of movements of the body in the train or bus, etc. Such bad food and inconvenience leads to illness. The freshness you got in the distant place is lost in your return journey. The illness you acquired in the forward journey to reach that place also will not allow you to receive that fresh atmosphere to your best capacity. Instead of such long journey, you can make short journey in the end of every week to get such atmosphere in the near most places.
The short journey will not disturb you in any way. Sitting always in the house is also not good from the point of the psychology of the mind. Both extremities must be avoided. Therefore do not stay continuously in your house only. At the same time, you should avoid the long journey. Both the draught and flood must be avoided. Similarly in the case of food also both fasting and over eating in one meal only should be avoided. You should not fast on the whole day. At the same time you must not over eat once in a day and remain fasting for the rest of the time. You must eat limited food with more frequency in a day. The over eating at a time releases lot of sugar into the blood, which will damage the vital organs. Thus, both the food and the journey must be in limited quanta, avoiding both the extremities. This will maintain a good health, which will be helpful not only to your worldly work but also to the spiritual effort. Gita says the same (Yurktahaara Vihaarasya… etc.,). You can make long journey to visit the Satguru to receive the special divine knowledge from Him. You can also travel long in propagating the divine knowledge. Sankara travelled long distances to meet the Satguru called Govinda Bhagavatpada and also to propagate the true knowledge. But now such long journey is not necessary in such case also because electronic media at present are well developed to meet such needs without any journey.
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