HH Romapada Swami in Mayapur Oct 2008
December 6, 2010

How does one take up pilgrimages? We sometimes go to holy places. They are not like Niagara Falls or Disney Land. They are places where saintly people reside, or where the Personality of Godhead made appearances, or where the Lord exhibited some pastimes with His great devotees. Thus, such places become sanctified. In the 1930s, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura took a tour of South India, following the path which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu travelled. He established a little shrine with the imprint of Mahaprabhu’s lotus feet in those places, because wherever a saintly person places their feet, it is sacred.

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2009
August 18, 2014

Wherever Krishna’s name is being chanted, that place becomes fully spiritualized, that place becomes Vaikuntha. Prabhupada spoke like that: This temple, that temple, they are not in this city; it is Vaikuntha. Where there is Krishna, worship of Krishna, the chanting of Krishna’s name, and everything centered on service to Krishna, that is Vaikuntha. He didn’t say it poetically; he said it literally. That place becomes Vaikuntha by invoking the spiritual atmosphere.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.29-32, given on June 30, 2008 in Palatine.