Parasuram das: Each night the Kartika Moon grows, when the moon becomes full, the Purnima, another 6 days to go, that will be a sad day, as it means the end of the Vraj Mandala Padayatra and the team will be heading back to their respective countries.
There are so many benefits to be had during the month of Kartika, in the Hari-bhakti-vilas of Sanatan Goswami, we find these statements:
“The result one obtains by giving ten thousand cows in charity can be obtained by offering only one tulasi leaf to the Supreme Lord during the month of Karttika.” (7.335)
“Those who worship Lord Hari with an offering of one hundred thousand tulasi leaves during the month of Karttika certainly advance on the path of pure devotional service, which includes liberation, with each leaf offered.
It is also recommended to offer malati (very fragrant white jasmine-like flowers) to Krishna, and here’s what Hari-bhakti-vilasa says about malati offerings during Karttika:
“It is better to offer malati flowers to Lord Kesava in the month of Karttika than to donate gold, cows, or land to worthy recipients.
Malati flowers are pleasing to Lord Kesava (Krishna) in whatever month they are offered. In the month of Karttika, the offering of malati flowers awards one the merit of performing a horse sacrifice.”
As far as I’m concerned there is far more spiritual blessings available by simply attempting to please Srila Prabhupada by the performance of Sankirtan, Book Distribution and Prasad Distribution.
This Kartika so far we have distributed 25,000 small books, 6 hours daily Harinam Sankirtan and distributed tonnes of Prasad. And we have had the best time ever.
Srila Prabhupada said it was so simple that you’ll miss it.
Next year we have room for another 3 devotees, need to be fairly physically fit.
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