• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

True pilgrimage involves a journey of the heart, not a physical journey

Extracts from this document...


"True pilgrimage involves a journey of the heart, not a physical journey." To what extent is this a valid comment on pilgrimage and how might someone who has completed a pilgrimage respond to this comment? (15 marks) This is in some ways a valid comment and in others not a valid comment. On the one hand it is valid as much of religion is spiritual and concerning the heart but on the other hand there are also many physical parts to religion, the actual act of pilgrimage being one. I think that it is not a valid comment as it should be up to the pilgrim to decide how they see the act of pilgrimage Some pilgrims believe that pilgrimage is a journey of the heart while others would believe that it is instead a physical journey. ...read more.


Often pilgrims are looking for confirmation of their faith. This means they are looking for something to prove to them that their faith and believe has not been in vain. Visions or enlightenment are often searched for and these are divine things rather than material objects. To achieve moksha Hindus to on a pilgrimage to bathe in the Ganges at the time of the Kumba Mela and as Moksha is not a physical thing pilgrimage could be thought to be of the heart. Hindus may also go on a pilgrimage to receive good Karma or to do their Dharma that is their duty so pilgrimage to some Hindu's is a journey of the heart. There are also some pilgrims who feel that pilgrimage is a journey that is physical rather than being from the heart. ...read more.


There are also some points that could be used on both sides depending on the way they are looked upon. The act of walking to the pilgrimage site is not only a physical journey but also needs the devotion of he heart for it to succeed. At places of Hindu pilgrimage there are many sacred people who keep themselves in uncomfortable and unnatural positions for long periods of time to get good Karma and show their devotion. This not only a physical procedure but also need spiritual strength for this to be achieved. Christian pilgrims often fast before, after or during pilgrimage which although food is a material object it is necessary to have enough will power to carry out the fast to its end and not to break it half way through. Pilgrims may go to be physically healed of wounds of disabilities for example but some pilgrims also journey to be mentally or spiritually healed or cleansed. Re Coursework Pilgrimage ~ Question 3 Katy Sethna 11W ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hajj section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hajj essays

  1. Religious Education Hajj Coursework

    It is placed in Mecca, the holy city where Muhammad was born. Muhammad also saw his first revelation here, so it is a vitally important symbol for all Muslims worldwide. The Ka'bah is a large, black and cube shaped, and has a huge embodied cloth hung over it.

  2. Hajj - Pilgrimage to Mecca

    doesn't mean they will never be able to successfully perform Hajj, they can simply ask somebody else to do it on there behalf. If a person doesn't do a physical journey, he can simply pray at home more sincerely to become closer to God.

  1. Describe why a Muslim might take part in Hajj and what this involves?

    Muslim must do, but to do it a second time, if possible, may change the life of a believer. When the Hajj is finished, a Muslim may take some water from the Zamzam, to take home for their families. It is believed that the water cures Muslims from disease; this

  2. b) Explain why some Christians go ...

    However there are many disadvantages to this physical place of worship which may provide reason to believe that there are more important things for Christians to do than go on a pilgrimage. People may become too attached to the materialism of physical value.

  1. On pilgrimage. Explain the significance and the symbolic meanings of what you did.

    I was reading my Qu'ran because mum had given me strict orders to do so. I prayed to Allah so that I would be forgiven for any sins that I have committed. 10th Dhu-el-Hijja Day 10: I did not sleep much last night, and this morning we had to leave Muzdallifah before sunrise.

  2. Hajj Coursework

    Each pilgrim spends the time in meditation, self-examination and repentance. They then walk 5 miles to Muzdalifah to spend the night in prayer. Eid-ul-Adha is the feast of sacrifice. The pilgrims travel to the village of Mina, where they throw stones at 3 stone pillars.

  1. What is Pilgrimage?

    In front of the candles, set into the marble, there is a large Silver Star. Written around the star in Latin are the words, "Here Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary". All this isn't exactly everyone's cup of tea - and the place can be disappointing.

  2. Marriage and divorce in Christianity and Islam.

    Instead bring them up with Christian discipline and instruction." Because children are a central part of a marriage, what about sex without children being conceived? What about the joy of sex? Well the answer is obviously contraception however for many centuries the Church was opposed to this. Contraception was considered to be interfering with God's plan.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work