Next Ekadashi is Pandav Nirjal Ekadashi – Thursday, 5/31

My dear devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam, Jai Srila Prabhupad

Just wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow is Pandav Nirjal Ekadashi or Bhima Ekadashi. It is an humble request to all devotees to see if they can observe the Nirjal fast on this coming Ekadashi. If you are not able to due to some reason, pls try to consume minimum for the needs of the body and try to utilize most of the time in devotional service to SriSri Radha Sharadbihariji. Also, when we break the fast, pls slowly intake charnamritam or water offer to Sri Krsna…then after some time drink so juice and then slowly start back eating (light prasadam). Even if we are not able to fast nirjal tomorrow, we should atleast not take any grains and honor only Ekadashi prasadam tomorrow.

(pls see attached note for additional info on Pandav Nirjal Ekadashi)

Attached is a small copy paste from Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam about how Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu requested His mother to always observe Ekadashi (it is more for instructing us than for His mother as Mother Sachi is eternal devotee of Sri Krsna).

Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam, Adi-lila, Chapter 15

Text 8
eka dina matara pade kariya pranama
prabhu kahe, mata, more deha eka dana

Translation
One day Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu fell down at the feet of His mother and requested her to give Him one thing in charity.

Text 9
mata bale,tai diba, ya tumi magibe
prabhu kahe, ekadasite anna na khaibe

Translation
His mother replied, "My dear son, I will give You whatever You ask." Then the Lord said, "My dear mother, please do not eat grains on the Ekadasi day."

Text 10
saci kahe, na khaiba, bhala-i kahila
sei haite ekadasi karite lagila

Translation
Mother Saci said, "You have spoken very nicely. I shall not eat grains on Ekadasi." From that day, she began to observe fasting on Ekadasi.

your servant,
Padmanabh das

Prashant Patel
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One Response to “Next Ekadashi is Pandav Nirjal Ekadashi – Thursday, 5/31”

  1. ‘Fasting on this Sayana Ekadasi purifies one of all sins and fulfills all ones desires. Therefore, whoever neglects to observe this sacred fast day is a good candidate for entering into hell. Ashadha-shukla Ekadasi is also famous as Padma Ekadasi. Just to please the Supreme Lord Hrishikesha, the master of the senses, one should fast on this day. Listen carefully, Oh Narad, as I relate to you a wonderful historical event that was recorded in the scriptures regarding this Ekadasi. Just hearing this account destroys all kinds of sins, along with all obstacles on the path to spiritual perfection. For more info : http://hareykrishna.com/ekadasi/

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