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I don’t see why the statement about Ramesvara’s premise should be thought a mistake, misprint, or typo. (That’s rich: “missprint” IS a mistake or typo!) Ramesvara said, “I‚Äôve been told that if one fasts on Bhima-ekadasi, that it is like fasting on all the ekadasis. Is that true?” His premise is “if one fasts on Bhima-ekadasi, that it is like fasting on all the ekadasis.” There is some doubt that Prabhupada confirmed this premise. But even if he had, or even if it is true (and we do have confirmation from the Hari-bhakti-vilasa that it is true; see below), that is not wholly equivalent with saying that fasting on Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi will negate any ill effects from breaking previous Ekadasis. There’s a logical leap there.
To backtrack a bit: The only reason I have gotten involved here with posting about Nirjala Ekadasi is because I put together the BBT calendar every year and there was a firm injunction on there for Nirjala Ekadasi: “If you’ve broken ekadasi before, fast on this day, even from water.” Prabhupada never gave us that instruction; he said fast the next day if you break Ekadasi. So that injunction has to go from future calendars.
But . . . nirjala fast with more hearing and chanting IS recommended by Prabhupada, provided it doesn’t affect your preaching duties. I’m all for full fasting on Ekadasi, especially on Bhima Ekadasi. Great benefits. (See Lakshman Dasa’s excellent article on the glories of Nirjala Ekadasi, and Ekadasi in general, in this issue of Dandavats.com. Thanks, Lakshman Prabhu.) But my point was that the fasting should not be at the expense of your preaching service. That seems to be Prabhupada’s mood as far as I can tell.
Here’s the verse from the Hari-bhakti-vilasa about the glories of fasting on Nirjala Ekadasi:
samvatsarasya ya madhye
ekadasyo bhavanti hi
tasam phalam avapnoti
putra me na atra samsayah
iti mam kesavah praha
sankha cakra gadadharah
“Oh son, Lord Keshava, Who holds the club, disk, conch and lotus
flower in His hand, personally told me that all the merit
achieved by fasting on whatever Ekadasis fall in one year, can be
attained by fasting on this one Ekadasi (Nirjala Ekadasi). Of
this, there is no doubt.”
[ Padma Purana, quoted in Hari Bhakti Vilasa 15.25. Vyasadeva speaking to
Comment Posted By Dravida Dasa On 19.06.2010 @ 18:07
“According to a survey done by The Hindustan Times, an estimated 5 per cent of Indians can be classified as alcoholics which projects that at least five million people in India are addicted to alcohol.”
Assuming there are a billion people in India (the figure is actually greater) a 5% alcoholic rate means there are 50 million alcoholics, not 5.
Comment Posted By Dravida Dasa On 11.08.2008 @ 19:33
The Bhagavatam is unequivocal that sex is meant for procreation:
evam vyavayah prajaya na ratya
“Religious sex life is also permitted, but only in marriage for begetting children, and not for sensuous exploitation of the body.” (Translation by His Holiness Hridayananda dasa Goswami)
Comment Posted By Dravida Dasa On 25.01.2007 @ 03:19
What a great article. It would be nice, however, to explain to the readers that the article was written almost 30 years ago by a devotee who has disappeared without a trace.
Comment Posted By Dravida Dasa On 20.11.2006 @ 06:18
Thanks to Krishna Dharma Prabhu for these nice quotes from the Bhagavatam. One note: the second one (SB 10.14.8) was written by His Holiness Hridayananda Das Goswami.
Comment Posted By Dravida Dasa On 24.08.2006 @ 18:15
In reference to “Siksa or Diksa Sampradaya,” I have no argument with the thrust of the essay, but unfortunately the citation at the end is erroneous. You say:
Krishna says, evam parampara praptam‚Ä¶. and later goes on to say, upadeksyanti te jnanam. He could have said upasiksyanti.
But the fact is the word upadeksyanti derives from the root upadis, from which we get the wll-known word upadesa — instruction. In other words, upadeksyanti means “they will instruct,” which is more or less what we have in the translation. Krsna is not speaking of any process of formal diksa at 4.34. He is really speaking of siksa.
Srila Prabhupada’s use of “initiate” in the definition of upadeksyanti also doesn’t refer to formal diksa but to the imparting of knowledge, as in this quote from Chapter 80 of Krsna Book:
“Our next spiritual master is he who initiates us into transcendental knowledge, . . .
Also, in Srila Prabhupada’s purport to 4.34, you’ll find nothing about formal diksa but a lot about “convey[ing] the message” and “receiv[ing] the knowledge.”
Comment Posted By Dravida Dasa On 14.08.2006 @ 20:36