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Apara Ekadasi Reminder for 16th May 2012

Reminder for Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Full day fasting for “Apara Ekadasi”.

AparA EkAdasii: from the BrahmANDa PurANa

Sri Yudhishthira MahArAj said, “Oh JanArdana, what is the name of the
EkAdasii that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the
month of Jyeshtha (May-June) ? I wish to hear from You the glories of
this sacred day of Hari. Please narrate everything to me”

Lord Sri Krishna said, “Oh king, your inquiry is wonderful because the
answer will benefit the whole human society. This EkAdasii is so
sublime and meritorious that even the greatest sins can be erased by
its purity.

“Oh great saintly king, the name of this unlimitedly meritorious
EkAdasii is AparA EkAdasii. Whoever fasts on this holy day becomes
famous all over the universe. Even such sins as killing a brAhmana, a
cow, or an embryo; blasphemy; or having sex with another man’s wife
are completely eradicated by observing AparA EkAdasii.

“Oh king people who bear false witness are most sinful. A person who
falsely or sarcastically glorifies another; one who cheats while
weighing something on a scale; one who fails to execute the duties of
his varna or Ashrama (an unqualified man’s posing as a brahmin, for
example, or a person’s reciting the Vedas wrongly); one who invents
his own scriptures; one who cheats others; one who is a charlatan
astrologer, a cheating accountant, or a false Ayurvedik doctor – all
these are surely as bad as persons who bears false witness, and they
are all destined for hellish punishments. But simply by observing
AparA EkAdasii, all such sinners become completely free of their
sinful reactions.

“Warriors who fall from their kshatriya-dharma and flee the
battlefield go to a ferocious hell. But, Oh Yudhishthira, even such a
fallen kshatriya, if he observes fasting on the AparA EkAdasii, is
freed of that great sinful reaction and goes to heaven.

“That disciple is the greatest sinner who, after receiving a proper
spiritual education from his spiritual master, turns around and
blasphemes him. Such a so-called disciple suffers unlimitedly. But
even he, rascal though he be, if he simply observes AparA EkAdasii,
can attain to the spiritual world. Listen, Oh king, as I describe to
you further glories of this amazing EkAdasii.

“The merit attained by one who performs all of the following acts of
piety is equal to the merit achieved by one who observes AparA
EkAdasii: bathing three times daily in Pushkara-kshetra during Kartika
(October-November); bathing at Prayag in the month of Magh
(January-February) when the sun is in the zodiac of Capricorn;
rendering service to Lord Shiva at VarANasi (Benares) during
Shiva-ratri; offering oblations to one’s forefathers at GayA; bathing
in the sacred Gautami River when Jupiter transits Leo (Simha); having
darshan of Lord Shiva at KedArnAtha; seeing Lord BadrinAth when the
Sun transits the sign of Aquarius (Kumbha); and bathing at the time of
a solar eclipse at Kurukshetra and giving cows, elephants, and gold
there in charity. All the merit one gets from performing these pious
acts is gained by a person who observes the AparA EkAdasii fast. Also,
the merit attained by one who donates a pregnant cow, along with gold
and fertile land, is attained by one who fasts on this day.

“In other words, AparA EkAdasii is an axe that cuts down the fully
matured forest full of trees of sinful deeds, it is a forest fire that
burns sins as if they were kindling firewood, it is the sun blazing
before one’s dark misdeeds, and it is a lion stalking the meek deer of
impiety.

“Therefore, Oh Yudhishthira, whoever truly fears his past and present
sins must observe AparA EkAdasii very strictly. One who does not
observe this fast must be born again in the material world, like one
bubble among millions in a huge body of water, or like a small ant
among all other species. NOTE

“Therefore one must faithfully observe the sacred AparA EkAdasii and
worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Trivikrama. One who
does so is freed of all his sins and promoted to the abode of Lord
Vishnu.

“Oh BhArata, for the benefit of all humanity I have thus described to
you this the importance of the holy AparA EkAdasii.

“Anyone who hears or reads this description is certainly freed from
all kinds of sins, oh best of saintly kings, Yudhishthira.

Braek Fasting timings shall be get from the below link
http://www.vaisnavacalendar.info/calendar-file-downloads/html-calendar-files

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