Baba says, ‘Our pilgrimage is unique. When you stay in remembrance of the Father on this pilgrimage you will become like deities.’
The Father explains that there are two pilgrimages. Devotees go on pilgrimages and go to what they consider to be the four main pilgrimage places. They go on a pilgrimage to have their sins forgiven, to attain salvation. For the duration of their pilgrimage, they don’t indulge in vice; they don’t drink alcohol or eat anything impure. Sometimes, they go to Badrinath, sometimes to Kashi. They worship God. God is only One- one would think that would make it easy to find Him and yet they wander so much to find Him. The greatest pilgrimage remembered in bhakti is that to Benares, which they also call the place of Shiva. They go in all directions, but no one knows the biography or the occupation of the One they go to have a vision of or the One they worship. This, Baba explains, is blind-faith.
Devotees also worship the goddesses so much at home and celebrate various festivals. They make the idols out of clay and decorate them a great deal. For instance they make an image of Lakshmi and worship that image. When asked: ‘what is her biography?’, they reply that she was an empress of the golden age and that Sita was the empress of the silver age. But for how long did they rule? From when till when did the kingdom of Lakshmi and Narayan last? No one knows this. Devotees go on pilgrimages- they take those journeys to meet God. They also study the scriptures to meet God. However, when you ask them about Him, they say He is omnipresent! Well if He is in everyone, then why study the scriptures or take the pilgrimages? They don’t really know or understand.
No one can really meet God or know Him until He Himself comes at His time to give His own introduction. He comes once every cycle at this most auspicious confluence of the cycles and re-introduces Himself. He gives me the knowledge of who I am, of Himself and of the beginning, middle and end of the cycle. Through imbibing this knowledge, I now change from a human-being into a deity. The Father Himself comes and becomes my Teacher.
I learn from Him that Shri Lakshmi and Shri Narayan were the original, eternal deities of Bharat; they
were the masters of the golden age. Before marriage, Shri Lakshmi and Shri Narayan were Shri Radhe and Shri Krishna. In their kingdom, all were virtuous, 16 celestial degrees pure, completely viceless,
righteous and completely non-violent. There was everlasting purity, peace and prosperity. They are all-round actors and take all 84 births through the cycle. Now at the confluence, when Shri Narayan in his last 84th birth is an ordinary man, God descends into his body and names him ‘Prajapita Brahma’. Shri Lakshmi in her 84th birth is the mouth-born daughter of Prajapita Brahma and is named ‘Jagadamba
Saraswati’. Now, by teaching Rajayoga through Prajapita Brahma, God re-establishes the golden aged deity world sovereignty or heaven. Through this study, Prajapita Brahma and Jagadamba Saraswati will once again attain the status of worship-worthy world sovereigns Shri Narayan and Shri Lakshmi, in their next life.
This isn’t the story of just two souls, explains Baba; this is not just Brahma’s story but rather the story of all Brahmins. To the extent that I make the same effort as Prajapita Brahma, I too can become Narayan. This is what Jagadamba Saraswati did; she followed in the footsteps of Father Brahma and she became like Him. I too can follow her example and become Lakshmi and Narayan. Like them, I too have the Father with me, to help me reach my destination. He teaches me the unlimited pilgrimage of remembrance: ‘Consider yourself a soul and remember Me alone and I will make you into the masters of heaven. This is a guarantee.’ While devotees believe that they will become pure at the destination of their pilgrimage, I become pure along the pilgrimage in order to get to my destination. Mine is a pilgrimage of remembrance and my Guide is the Supreme Father Himself. There is no physical place He takes me to, this is an internal pilgrimage. I take it right where I am, while eating, sitting and moving around. I remember. God becomes my Guide by becoming my reference; when I remember Him, I remember my true self. I remember how to be- how to think, speak, act in the right way, in the divine way. His love is the only alchemy that dissolves the alloy of impurity and returns me to my state of pure gold.
Everyone calls out to Him: ‘O Purifier, O Resident of the faraway land, come and purify us! Come into the impure world, in an impure body and purify us!’ It is now, on my pilgrimage of remembrance, that I understand the meaning of this. He is now taking me on this journey back home and then I will come into the land of happiness. Those who were once the masters of heaven are now the masters of hell. I am now doing tapasya, that is taking this pilgrimage of remembrance, in order to once again become Lakshmi and Narayan. This is therefore a unique pilgrimage. Through this pilgrimage, I am purified, I am absolved of all sins, I transform into a different kind of human-being, one with divine virtues. I therefore never come back to this land of sorrow; it’s a one-way trip.
Today there are many memorials, there are many temples built of Lakshmi and Narayan that attempt to show their grandeur, their divinity. Those are non-living memorials. When I become the living form of that, all those temples will no longer exist; then new ones will once again be created on the path of devotion. ‘You are once again establishing heaven by following shrimat‘, He explains, ‘when you transform, the world transforms.‘ People believe that heaven is a place up above and that deities are someone else. I now understand, through being on this unique pilgrimage of remembrance, that Bharat was heaven and that is now hell. It was I who was once the deity and am now becoming that once again.