One's dormant Krishna consciousness is awakened and nurtured through constant association of Lord Krishna (through chanting His names and hearing about His uncommon activities) and His pure devotees. To facilitate this in our lives, Srila Romapada Swami regularly organizes pilgrimages to the holy places of Vrindavan, Jagannath Puri, and Mayapur.
It is said that, these Holy places, being non-different from the spiritual realms, are filled with immense transcendental potencies. However, just like, one cannot see the water covered by an oil film, the potencies of these holy places remain inaccessible to a person clouded by material consciousness. To gain access, one must hear from bonafide teachers in disciplic succession. Thus, these opportunities provided by Srila Romapada Swami are truly invaluable and indispensable.
For the benefit of everyone, especially those that cannot join the yatras, devotees have written journals of their visits to various transcendental places. Please click the links to the journals on the left to read these wonderful texts full of nectarean understanding and realizations of Lord's pastimes in these special places and His wonderful loving exchanges with pure devotees. Please feel free to send your comments on Yatra Journals at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja takes devotees on transcendental journey to Sri Mayapur Dham, the place of pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
It was here in 1486 that Sri Chaitanya appeared. Based on Vedic scriptural references, He was recognized by His followers not only as a saint, but,
as a divine incarnation of Krishna (or Krishna Himself in the mood of His devotee), the Golden Avatar. His exuberant egalitarianism inspired people
from all walks of life to experience the highest spiritual state, pure love of God, and to share it freely with others, regardless of caste, race,
or creed. Thus, began India's great devotional renaissance - the widespread chanting of the names of God, a non-sectarian practice that makes
spirituality the central goal of human life, and is easy, joyous, and accessible to everyone.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the visionary Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur embarked on an organized effort to bring Mayapur and Sri Chaitanya's teachings to the rest of the world. His son, Srila Bhaktisiddhantha Saraswati Thakur, continued to develop Mayapur and instructed his followers to share the teachings of Lord Chaitanya with the Western world as well. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, later known as Srila Prabhupada, within a decade brought Sri Mayapur to the attention of the world, establishing Krishna Consciousness in cities on virtually every continent. He is the inspiration behind the proposed magnificent Temple of Vedic Planetarium.
His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja takes so many fortunate souls, to dive deeply into the lila (pastimes) of Lord Chaitanya, to hear about Lord Chaitanya, to take the dust of the holy Dham, to take darshan of Deities and to absorb our consciousness in Lord Chaitanya.
In Brahma Samhita, the transcendental land of Vrindavan is described as being always spiritual. That spiritual land is populated by thousands of
Goddesses of fortune, who are known as gopis. The trees of that land are Kalpa vrksa, wish-fulfilling trees, and one can have anything one wants
from them. The land is made of touchstone and the water of nectar. In that land, all speech is song, and all walking is dancing.
An expansion of this Vrindavan, which is the supreme abode of Krishna, is also present on this earth, and exalted devotees worship this place as the supreme abode. However, no one can appreciate Vrindavan without being highly elevated in spiritual knowledge. According to our ordinary experience, Vrindavan appears to be just like an ordinary village, but in the eyes of a highly elevated devotee, it is as good as the original Vrindavan. The human form of life is meant for understanding this transcendental land of Vrindavan, and one who is fortunate should cultivate knowledge of Vrindavan and its residents.
Devotees are causelessly favored by the descending mercy to be able to hear the glories of Krishna, His devotees, His abode (Vrindavan) and His pure representatives from the mouth of a pure devotee (Srila Romapada Swami) in the association of numerous like-minded devotees aspiring to become pure.
Jagannath Puri is the abode of Lord Jagannath or Purushottama, the Lord of the Universe. Lord Krishna, as Lord Jagannath,
manifests fullness of His opulence here. Lord Chaitanya spent the last 18 years of His lila here.
Sri Jagannatha Puri Yatra gives an opportunity to go to the places of the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya, His followers and the acharyas of our disciplic succession. These great devotees and acharyas have fully realized that Lord Chaitanya is the most magnanimous form of Krishna. They experienced His loving reciprocations in every breath and every moment of their lives. Their lives were an expression of the message of pure devotional service. They preserved and carried the message of pure devotional service to the subsequent generations. In the course of the yatra, Srila Romapada Swami Maharaja gives sublime descriptions about the lives of our exalted acharyas, so that by hearing one may also be able to carry a drop of deep humility and eagerness to serve Lord Chaitanya and His associates.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has declared that by constant chanting of the holy name and humbly serving the Vaishnavas, a deep mood of devotion can awaken within one's heart. Srila Romapada Swami Maharaja expertly plans the yatra so that everyone gets many opportunities to internalize this mood of devotion.
The organizers led my Maharaja himself take into account each and every minute detail so that everyone gets the maximum out of these wonderful yatras. If you would like to join this year's yatra, please contact us. We need basic information about you and referrals from senior devotees, local temple presidents or congregation leaders that know you well.