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Ekadasi Alert:*Pasankusha Ekadasi* Tue, 19th Oct 2010


*Pasankusha Ekadasi*
from *Brahma-vaivarta Puran*
*Date of fasting: **Tue, 19th Oct 2010*
*Breakfast : * *06:10 AM – 10:06* *AM Next day* ***

Yudhishthira maharaj said, Oh MadhusUdana, what is the name of the EkAdasii
that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina (September –
October)? Please be merciful and disclose this truth to me."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna replied, "Oh king, please
listen as I explain the glories of this EkAdasii – PApankusha EkAdasii –
which removes all sins. On this day one should worship the Deity of
Padmanabha, the lotus naveled Lord Vishnu, according to the rules of archana
viddhi (regulations). By so doing, one achieves whatever heavenly pleasures
one may want in this world, and at last attains liberation from this world
thereafter. Simply by offering one's humble obeisances unto Lord Vishnu, the
rider of GaruDa, one can achieve the same merit as is gained by performing
great penances for a long time restraining and controlling the senses.
Although a person might have committed unlimited and abominable sins, he can
still escape hellish punishment just by paying his obeisances to Lord Sri
Hari, the taker away of all sin."

"The merits gained by going on pilgrimage to the Holy Tirthas of this
earthly planet can also be achieved simply by chanting the Holy names of
Lord Vishnu. Whosoever chants these sacred names – such as RAma, Vishnu,
Janardana or Krishna – especially on EkAdasii, never sees YamarAj, the king
of death's punishing abode. Nor does such a devotee who fasts on PApankusha
EkAdasii, which is very dear to Me, see that plutonic abode."

"Both the Vaishnava who criticizes Lord Shiva and the Shaivite (Saivite) who
criticizes Me certainly go to hell. The merit obtained by performing one
hundred horse sacrifices and one hundred Rajasurya sacrifices is not even
equal to one sixteenth of the merit a devotee is able to attain by fasting
on EkAdasii. There is no higher merit one can achieve than that attained by
fasting on EkAdasii. Indeed, nothing in all the three worlds is as pleasing
or as able to purify one of accumulated sin as EkAdasii, the day of the
lotus-naveled Lord, Padmanabha.

"O king, until a person observes a fast on the day of Lord Padmanabha named
PApANkusha EkAdasii, he remains sinful, and the reactions of his past sinful
activities never leave him like a chaste wife. There is no merit in all the
three worlds that can match the merit that one gains by observing a fast on
this EkAdasii. Whosoever observes it faithfully never has to see death
personified, Lord YamarAj. One who desires liberation, elevation to the
heavens, good health, beautiful women, wealth, and food grains should simply
fast on this PAshunkushA EkAdasii. O king, neither the Ganges, Gaya, Kashi,
nor Pushkara, nor even the Holy site of Kurukshetra, can grant as much
auspicious merit as this PApankusha EkAdasi.

"O MaharAj Yudhishthira, protector of the earth, after observing ekadasi
during the daytime, the devotee should remain awake through the night,
absorbed in hearing, chanting and serving the lord – for by so doing he
easily attains to the Supreme abode of Lord Vishnu. Not only that, but ten
generations of ancestors on his mother's side, ten generations on his
father's side, and ten generations on his wife's side are all liberated by a
single observance of a fast on this EkAdasii. All these ancestors attain
their original, four armed transcendental Vaikuntha forms. Wearing yellow
garments and beautiful garlands, they ride to the spiritual realm on the
back of GaruDa, the renown great enemy of the snakes. This is the
benediction My devotee earns simply by observing one PApANkusha EkAdasii

"O best of kings, whether one is a child, a youth, or in old age, fasting on
PApankusha EkAdasii frees him from all sins and makes him immune to
suffering a hellish rebirth. Whosoever observes a fast on the PApankusha
EkAdasii becomes free of all his sins and returns to the spiritual abode of
Lord Sri Hari. Whosoever donates gold, sesame seeds, fertile land, cows,
grain, drinking water, an umbrella, or a pair of shoes on this most
auspicious of Holy days will never have to visit the abode of YamarAj, who
always punishes the sinners. But if a resident of earth fails to perform
spiritual deeds, especially the observance of a fast on days such as
EkAdasii, his breathing is said to be no better, or of as much use as the
breathing/puffing of a blacksmith's bellows.

"O best of the kings, especially on this PApAnkusha EkAdasii, even the poor
should first bathe and then give some charity according to their means, and
perform other auspicious activities in accordance with their ability.

"Whosoever performs sacrifices and benefits the people, or builds public
ponds, resting places, gardens, or houses does not suffer the punishments of
YamarAj. Indeed, one should understand that a person much have performed
such pious activities as these in the past life if he is long lived,
wealthy, of high birth, or free from all diseases. But a person who observes
PApANkusha EkAdasii goes to the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead,

Lord Sri Krishna then concluded, "Thus, Oh saintly Yudhishthira, I have
narrated to you the glories of the auspicious PApANkusha EkAdasii."

Thus ends the narration of the glories of the PApANkusha EkAdasii, or
Ashwina-shukla EkAdasii, from the Brahma-vaivarta PurANa.
*** Date and breakfast timing is mentioned for Bangalore city (India). *Please
visit nearest ISKCON temple for other places.


Chanting is a great service, when we chant we invite Krsna and Radha to our hearts and offer Them our service, our senses, our time, our voice and our love so They can take care of our whole life and engage us like They want to. This means we are surrended and we have complete faith the Lord will be there for us, to protect us any time in any situation we are in and we accept anything They give us. When we achieve this stage of complete faith we may understand our position as eternal servants and advance to pure chanting as our goal of life.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

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