ksetrany arhasritany uta
naimisam phalgunam setuh
prabhaso ’tha kusa-sthali
pampa bindu-saras tatha
sarve kulacala rajan
ete punyatama desa
harer arcasritas ca ye
etan desan niseveta
sreyas-kamo hy abhiksnasah
dharmo hy atrehitah pumsam
saramsi—lakes; puskara-adini—such as Puskara; ksetrani—sacred places (like Kuruksetra, Gayaksetra and Jagannatha Puri); arha—for worshipable, saintly persons; asritani—places of shelter; uta—celebrated; kuruksetram—a particular sacred place (dharma-ksetra); gaya-sirah—the place known as Gaya, where Gayasura took shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Visnu; prayagah—Allahabad, at the confluence of the two sacred rivers Ganges and Yamuna; pulaha-asramah—the residence of Pulaha Muni; naimisam—the place known as Naimisaranya (near Lucknow); phalgunam—the place where the Phalgu River flows; setuh—Setubandha, where Lord Ramacandra constructed a bridge between India and Lanka; prabhasah—Prabhasaksetra; atha—as well as; kusa-sthali—Dvaravati, or Dvaraka; varanasi—Benares; madhu-puri—Mathura; pampa—a place where there is a lake called Pampa; bindu-sarah—the place where Bindu-sarovara is situated; tatha—there; narayana-asramah—known as Badarikasrama; nanda—the place where the Nanda River flows; sita-rama—of Lord Ramacandra and mother Sita; asrama-adayah—places of shelter like Citrakuta; sarve—all (such places); kulacalah—hilly tracts of land; rajan—O King; mahendra—known as Mahendra; malaya-adayah—and others, like Malayacala; ete—all of them; punya-tamah—extremely sacred; desah—places; hareh—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; arca-asritah—places where the Deity of Radha-Krsna is worshiped (such as big American cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and European cities like London and Paris, or wherever there are centers of Krsna consciousness); ca—as well as; ye—those which; etan desan—all these countries; niseveta—should worship or visit; sreyah-kamah—one who desires auspiciousness; hi—indeed; abhiksnasah—again and again; dharmah—religious activities; hi—from which; atra—in these places; ihitah—performed; pumsam—of the persons; sahasra-adhi—more than a thousand times; phala-udayah—effective.
The sacred lakes like Puskara and places where saintly persons live, like Kuruksetra, Gaya, Prayaga, Pulahasrama, Naimisaranya, the banks of the Phalgu River, Setubandha, Prabhasa, Dvaraka, Varanasi, Mathura, Pampa, Bindu-sarovara, Badarikasrama [Narayanasrama], the places where the Nanda River flows, the places where Lord Ramacandra and mother Sita took shelter, such as Citrakuta, and also the hilly tracts of land known as Mahendra and Malaya—all of these are to be considered most pious and sacred. Similarly, places outside India where there are centers of the Krsna consciousness movement and where Radha-Krsna Deities are worshiped must all be visited and worshiped by those who want to be spiritually advanced. One who intends to advance in spiritual life may visit all these places and perform ritualistic ceremonies to get results a thousand times better than the results of the same activities performed in any other place.
In these verses and in verse twenty-nine, stress is given to one point: harer arcasritas ca ye or harer arca. In other words, any place where the Deity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is worshiped by devotees is most significant. The Krsna consciousness movement is giving the population of the entire world a chance to take advantage of Krsna consciousness through the ISKCON centers, where one may perform Deity worship and chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra and in this way obtain results with effectiveness increased a thousand times. This constitutes the best welfare activity for human society. This was Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission as it was predicted by Him in the Caitanya-bhagavata (Antya 4.126):
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted the Hare Krsna movement, with installed Deities, to spread to every village and town in the world, so that everyone in the world might take advantage of this movement and become all-auspicious in spiritual life. Without spiritual life, nothing is auspicious. Moghasa mogha-karmano mogha jnana vicetasah (Bg. 9.12). No one can become successful in fruitive activities or speculative knowledge without being Krsna conscious. As recommended in the sastras, everyone should be very eagerly interested in taking part in the Krsna consciousness movement and understanding the value of spiritual life.
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