Burnt offerings, sacred feasts, intense meditations with the body upside-down, pooja, and taking millions of cleansing baths at sacred shrines of pilgrimage: the merits of all these can be obtained by enshrining Lord within your heart for a fraction of a second (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1349).
The Brahmins observe twenty-four fasts during the year, and the Muslims fast during the month of Ramadaan. The Muslims set aside eleven months, and claim that the treasure is only in one month. What is the use of bathing at Orissa? Why do the Muslims bow their heads in the mosque? If someone has deception in his heart, what good is it for him to utter prayers? And what good is it for him to go on pilgrimage to Mecca? (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1349).
Be kind to all beings, this is more meritorious than bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage and donating money (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 136).
Kabeer says, I was going on a pilgrimage to Mecca and God met me on the way. He scolded me and asked, 'Who told you that I am only there?' (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1375).
I meditate on God within my mind. This is my cleansing bath at all sacred shrines and pilgrimages (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 195).
He washes outwardly but his mind is filthy inside; thus he loses his place in both worlds. Here, he is engrossed in sexual desire, anger and emotional attachment; hereafter, he shall sigh and weep (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 381).
Even if one takes cleansing baths at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, wanders over the whole planet, and performs all the rituals of purification day and night, still, without the true Guru, darkness still prevails (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 495).
When the mind is filthy, everything is filthy; by washing the body, the mind is not cleaned. This world is deluded by doubt; how rare are those who understand this (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 558).
What is the use of bathing at sacred shrines or pilgrimages, when the filth of stubborn arrogance is within the mind? (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 60).
Why should I bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimages? The Naam, the Name of the Lord, is the sacred shrine of pilgrimage. Contemplation on the Shabad gives me spiritual wisdom, which makes it the sacred shrine of pilgrimage (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 687).
People may recite by heart the Shaastras, the Simritees and the four Vedas. They may be ascetics, great, self-disciplined yogis; they may visit sacred shrines of pilgrimages and perform the six ceremonial rituals, pooja services and ritual bathings. However, if they have not embraced love for the Supreme God, they will be destined to hell (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 70).
Pilgrimages, fasts, purification and setting limits are of no use, nor are rituals, religious ceremonies or empty worship. O Nanak, emancipation comes only by loving devotional worship; through duality, people are engrossed in duality (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 75).
Wisdom and stability cannot be attained without the Guru, and the filth of greed does not depart from within. If the Lord's Name abides within the mind even for an instant, it is like bathing at all sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. Filth does not stick to those who are true, however filth attaches itself to those who love duality. This filth cannot be washed off even by bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. Manmukh does deeds in egotism and earns sheer pain. O Nanak, the filthy ones become clean only when they meet and surrender to the true Guru (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 87).
I do not go to see sacred shrines of pilgrimage, or bathe in the sacred waters; I do not bother any beings or creatures. The Guru has shown me the sixty-eight places of pilgrimage within my own heart, where I now take my cleansing bath (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 972).
Someone may go to Ganges, Godaavari, Kumbha festival, or bathe at Kaydaar Naat'h, or make donations of thousands of cows at Gomti; he may make millions of pilgrimages to sacred shrines, or freeze his body in the Himalayas; still, none of these is equal to the worship of God (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 973).