Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: All scriptures state that sādhu-saṅga – only sādhu-saṅga, only sādhu-saṅga – will save us from the endless pain of birth and death, and give kṛṣṇa-prema. Without sādhu-saṅga, pure nāma will not come. By continual hearing, our heart will be cleared, and then pure bhakti will manifest in our hearts. Whether one is a doctor, engineer, advocate, the president or prime minister of a country, or anyone else – he will suffer. On the other hand, anyone who is somehow maintaining his life and at the same time chanting and remembering and weeping, that person will very soon realize kṛṣṇa-prema.
Navadvīpa parikramā is coming again. About 10,000 devotees will be gathered there, and hari-kathā, kīrtana, and dancing, will take place. Even if an ignorant person goes to Vṛndāvana-dhāma, Navadvīpa-dhāma, or Purī-dhāma – and especially to Vṛndāvana and Navadvīpa – the dhāma, being very powerful, will shower its profuse mercy upon him.
In our past births we committed many offenses, such as nāma-aparādha, sevā-aparādha, and vaiṣṇava-aparādha, and that is why we don’t experience prema while chanting. When we go to Navadvīpa-dhāma, chanting and weeping, “O Gaura, O Nityānanda Prabhu, O Dhāma Prabhu, I surrender to you. Please be merciful to me,” the dhāma will shower its compassion. In fact, although they are the same tattva (truth), Navadvīpa-dhāma is even more merciful than Vṛndāvana-dhāma. Perhaps you have been there many times?
Govinda dāsī (of Hawaii): Yes, many years ago. I’ve been there several times, and I was there when Śrīla Prabhupāda was there. The last time I saw Prabhupāda in this world was in Māyāpura.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: In a village of Bengal, there was a lady* who was a very, very good devotee. She used to go to Navadvīpa-dhāma every year. Her husband and sons told her, “Each year you go to Navadvīpa-dhāma, so this year you need not go. Why are you going? One time is enough.” She told her husband, “We take prasādam, food, every day. Why do we need to take it every day? One day will suffice.” Saying this, she at once left for Navadvīpa.
If you cannot physically go to the dhāma, then be there by mind. If you are here, send your mind to Navadvīpa with us, and your mind will do parikramā.
Govinda dāsī: I have no use for this mind. It gives me trouble day and night, so please take it to Navadvīpa.
Vṛndā-devī dāsī: Will that give the same benefit?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Not the same, but some benefit will be there.
Walking with a Saint – Morning Walks and Conversations 2007
*Somebody came to Gurudeva and told him about a lady and her sons who attend Navadvīpa parikramā every year in spite of the conditions. She and her family live in a comfortable house equipped with all facilities. Someone had asked her “Why do you go there every year when there is so much difficulty for you?” She replied, “You take your meals every day. Why don’t you stop doing this? This parikramā is the food for my soul. I have to go.” After Gurudeva heard this story, he repeated it in his class. ―Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja