Mayapur-Ganga-Sagara Jal Yatra
Posted March 30, 2008
Posted March 30, 2008
"I then passed alone through many forests of rushes, bamboo, reeds, sharp grass, weeds and caves, which were very difficult to go through alone. I visited deep, dark and dangerously fearful forests, which were the play yards of snakes, owls and jackals."
PURPORT BY SRILA PRABHUPADA:
It is the duty of a mendicant (parivrajakacarya) to experience all varieties
of God's creation by traveling alone through all forests, hills, towns,
villages, etc., to gain faith in God and strength of mind as well as to
enlighten the inhabitants with the message of God. A sannyasi is duty-bound
to take all these risks without fear, and the most typical sannyasi of the
present age is Lord Caitanya, who traveled in the same manner through the
central Indian jungles, enlightening even the tigers, bears, snakes, deer,
elephants and many other jungle animals.
"We are continuing our journey, and will end at Ganga Sagara Mela, later we may go on by sea on to Jagannath Puri, and from there to Rameshvaram in the south, then across the Arabian Sea and finally all the way to New York, in the footsteps of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who kindly taught us to be free from material miseries by full surrender to Krishna......" he said.
"Right now we will visit many Holy places along the way, such as Panihati, Isvara Puri's Appearance Place and others, and then do many programs in Calcutta before continuing to Ganga Sagara, where the Ganges flows into the Bay of Bengal" he continued.
Devotees looked on with mixed feelings of encouragement, joy, skepticism and feelings of separation as the five crew members boarded the small raft and floated off in the hot sun with Maharaja playing sweetly on his accordion. It will not be an easy journey - closer to the sea side the river becomes really wild and difficult to navigate as the tide rises, parts of the journey will be along forest areas where tigers still live, and the last part of the journey also includes the famous and vicious flesh-eating Bay of Bengal piranhas in the river!
We all pray that Mother Ganga will safely carry these devotees along on their journey, which is also a journey in glorification of this great and sacred river.