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Ekadasi Alert: Fri 3rd Feb, 2012

Bhaimi Ekadasi (Jaya Ekadasi)
from Bhavisya-uttara Puran
Date  –  Fri 3rd Feb, 2012
Breakfast:  06:42 AM – 10:36 AM  Next day ***
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Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "Oh Lord of the lords, Sri Krishna, all
glories unto You! Oh Master othe universe, You alone are the source of
the four types of living entities

   *
     those born from eggs,

   *
     those born from perspiration,

   *
     those born from seeds and
   *

     those born from embryos.

You alone are the root cause of all, Oh Lord, and therefore You are
the creator, maintainer and destroyer.

"My Lord, You have so kindly explained to me the auspicious day known
as Sat-tilA EkAdasi, which occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna
paksha) of the month of MAgha (January – February). Now please explain
to me the EkAdasii that occurs in the light fortnight (shukla or Gaura
paksha) of this month. By what name is it known, and what is the
process for observing it? Who is the presiding Deity that is to be
worshipped on this sublime day, which is so very dear to You?

Lord Sri Krishna replied, "Oh Yudhisthira, I shall gladly tell you
about the EkAdasii that occurs during the light half of this month of
MAgha. This EkAdasii obliterates all kinds of sinful reactions and
demoniac influences that may be affecting the spirit soul. It is known
as JayA Ekaadasii, and the fortunate soul who observes a fast on this
sacred day is relieved of the great burden of ghostly existence. Thus
there is no better Ekaadasii than this, for it truly bestows freedom
from birth and death. It is to be honoured very carefully and
diligently. So you to listen to Me very attentively, Oh Pandava, as I
explain a wonderful historic episode regarding this Ekaadasii, an
episode that I have already related in the Padma Purana.

"Long, long ago in the heavenly planets, Lord Indra ruled his
celestial kingdom very nicely, and all the devas (demigods) living
there were very happy and content. In Nandana Forest, which was
beautifully graced with Parijata Flowers, Indra drank ambrosia
whenever he liked and enjoyed the service of fifty million celestial
maidens, the Apsaras, who danced in ecstasy for his pleasure.

"Many singers, led by Pushpadanta, sang in sweet voices beyond
compare. Chitrasena, Indra's chief musician was there in the company
of his wife MAlini and his handsome son MAlyavAn. An Apsara named
Pushpavati became very much attracted to MAlyavAn; indeed Cupid's
sharp arrows pierced the core of her heart. Her beautiful body and
complexion, along with the enchanting movements of her eyebrows,
captivated MAlayavAn.

"Oh King, listen as I describe the splendid beauty of Pushpavati: She
has incomparably graceful arms with which to embrace a man like a fine
silken noose; her face resembles the Moon; her lotus eyes reached
almost to her lovely ears, which were adorned with wonderful and
costly ear-rings; her thin, ornamented neck looked like a conch,
having three lines; her waist was very slender, the size of a fist;
her hips were broad, and her thighs like the trunks of banana trees;
her naturally beautiful features were complemented by gorgeous
ornaments and garments; her breasts were highly raised emphasizing her
prime of youth; and to look upon her feet was to behold newly grown
red lotuses.

"Seeing Pushpavati in all her heavenly beauty, MAlyavAn was bewitched
at once. They had come with the other performers to please Lord Indra
by singing and dancing enchantingly, but because they had become so
enamored of each other, pierced through the heart by the arrows of
Cupid, lust personified, they were utterly unable to sing or dance
properly before the lord and master of the heavenly realms.

Their pronunciation was wrong and their rhythm careless. Lord Indra
understood the source of the errors at once. Offended at the discord
in the musical performance, he became very angry and screamed, "You
useless fools! You pretend to sing for me while in a stupour of
infatuation with each other! You are mocking me! I curse you both to
suffer henceforth as pisAchas (hobgoblins). As husband and wife, go to
the earthly regions and reap the reactions of your offenses.'

"Struck dumb by these harsh words, MAlyavAn and Pushpavati at once
became morose and fell from the beautiful Nandana Forest in the
kingdom of heaven to a Himalayan peak here on planet Earth.

Immeasurably distressed, and their celestial intelligence vastly
diminished by the effects of lord Indra's fierce curse, they lost
their sense of taste and smell, and even their sense of touch. It was
so cold and miserable high on the Himalayan wastes of snow and ice
that they could not even enjoy the oblivion of sleep.

"Roaming aimlessly hither and thither in those harsh altitudes,
MAlyavAn and Pushpavati suffered more and more, from one moment to the
next. Even though they were situated in a cave, because of the
snowfall and cold their teeth chattered ceaselessly, and their hair
stood on end because of their fright and bewilderment.

"In this utterly desperate situation, MAlyavAn said to Pushpavati,
'What abominable sins did we commit to have to suffer in these pisAcha
bodies, in this impossible environment? This is absolutely hellish!
Though hell is very ferocious, the suffering we are undergoing here is
even more abominable. Therefore it is abundantly clear that one should
never commit sins".

"And so the forlorn lovers trudged onward in the snow and ice. By
their great good fortune, however, it so happened that very day was
the all auspicious JayA (Bhaimi) Ekaadasii, the Ekaadasii of the light
fortnight of the month of MAgha. Because of their misery they
neglected to drink any water, kill any game, or even eat whatever
fruits and leaves were available at that altitude, they unknowingly
observed Ekaadasii by fasting completely from all food and drink. Sunk
in misery MAlyavAn and Pushpavati collapsed beneath a Pipal tree and
did not even try to get up. The Sun had set by that time.

"The night was even colder and more miserable than the day. They
shivered in the frigid snowfall as their teeth chattered in unison,
and when they became numb, they embraced just to keep warm. Locked in
each other's arms, they could enjoy neither sleep nor sex. Thus they
suffered through the whole night under the powerful curse of the deva
Indra.

"Still, Oh Yudhisthira, by the mercy of the fast they had by chance
(unknowingly) observed on JayA EkAdasii, and because they had remained
awake all night, they were blessed.

Please hear what happened on the next day. As DwAdasii dawned,
MAlyavAn and Pushpavati had given up their demoniac forms and were
once again beautiful heavenly beings wearing lustrous ornaments and
exquisite garments. As they both looked at each other in amazement, a
celestial airplane (vimana) arrived on the spot for them. A chorus of
heavenly denizens sang their praises as the reformed couple stepped
into the beautiful aircraft and proceeded directly to the heavenly
regions, buoyed up by the good wishes of everyone. Soon MAlyavAn and
Pushpavati arrived at AmarAvati, Lord Indra's capital city, and then
they immediately went before their lord (Indradev) and offered him
their cheerful obeisances.

"Lord Indra was astonished to see that they had been transformed,
restored to their original status and forms so soon after he had
cursed them to suffer as demons far, far below his celestial kingdom.
Indradev ask of them, 'What extraordinary meritorious deeds have you
performed so that you could give up your pisAcha bodies so quickly
after I cursed you? Who released you from my irresistible curse?

"MAlyavAn replied, 'Oh lord, it was by the extreme mercy of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna (VAsudeva) and also
by the powerful influence of the JayA EkAdasii, that we were released
from our suffering condition as pisAchas. This is the truth, Oh
master: Because we executed devotional service to Lord Vishnu (even
performed unknowingly – by ajnAta sukriti) by observing the day most
dear to Him, we have happily been restored to our former status."

"Indradev then said, 'Because you served the Supreme Lord Sri Keshava
by observing EkAdasii, you have become worshippable even by me, and I
can see that you are now completely purified of sin. Whosoever engages
in devotional service to Lord Sri Hari or Lord Shiva becomes
praiseworthy and worshippable even by me. Of this there is no doubt.'
Lord Indradev then gave MAlyavAn and Pushpavati free rein to enjoy
each other and wander about his heavenly planet as they wished.

"Therefore, Oh Maharaj Yudhisthira, one should strictly observe a fast
on the sacred day of Lord Hari, especially on this JayA EkAdasii,
which frees one from the sin of killing even a twice born brahmin. A
great soul who observes this fast with full faith and devotion has in
effect given all kinds of charity, performed all kinds of sacrifice,
and bathed in all the Holy places of pilgrimage. Fasting on JayA
EkAdasii qualifies one to reside in Vaikuntha and enjoy unending
happiness for billions of yugas – indeed, forever as the soul is
eternal. Oh great king, Lord Sri Krishna continued, one who even hears
or reads these wonderful glories of JayA EkAdasii achieves the blessed
merit attained by performing an Agnistoma fire sacrifice, during which
the hymns from the Sama-veda are recited."

Note on Cupid: KAmadeva, lust personified, has five names according to
the Amara-kosha dictionary: kandarpa darpako 'nanga kAmah
pancha-sharaih smarah "Cupid has five names; (1) Cupid; (2) Darpaka,
'he who prevents future events'; (3) Ananga, 'he who has no physical
body'; (4) KAma, 'lust personified'; and (5) Pancha-sharaih, 'he who
holds five arrows' ".

   Kandarpa: In the tenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita (BG 10:28.)
Lord Sri Krishna says, prajanash cAsmi kandarpah; "Of causes for
procreation, I am Kandarpa". The word Kandarpa also means "very
beautiful". Kandarpa appeared as Lord Krishna's son Pradyumna in
DwArakA.

   Darpaka: This name indicates that Cupid can perceive what is to
take place and prevent it from happening. Specifically, he tries to
impede pure spiritual activity by alluring one's mind and forcibly
engaging one in material sense enjoyment.

   Ananga: Once, when Cupid disturbed the meditation of Lord Shiva,
that powerful deva (demigod) burned him (Cupid) to ashes. Still, Shiva
gave Cupid the benediction that he would act in the world even without
a physical body – like a ghost.

   KAma: In Bhagavad Gita BG 7:11.) Lord Sri Krishna says,
dharmAviruddho bhuteshu kAmo'smi: "I am sex life which is not contrary
to religious principles."

   Pancha-sharaih: The five arrows with which Cupid pierces the mind
of the living entities are taste, touch, sound, smell, and sight.

These are the five names of the empowered deva Cupid, who enchants all
living entities and makes them do whatever he wants. Without receiving
the mercy of Guru and Krishna one cannot resist his power.

Thus ends the narration of the glories of MAgha-shukla EkAdasii, or
JayA EkAdasii, from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana.

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*** Date and breakfast timing is mentioned for Bangalore city (India).
Please visit nearest ISKCON temple for date and breakfast timing or visit  http://vaisnavacalendar.com/ 

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