Krishnamruta Maharnava – XXII

  • Sloka 211: Lord Veda Vyasa said:: One who consumes food on Ekadashi, be it in Shukla Paksha or Krishna Paksha, will get the sins of Brahma Hatya, Go Hatya, thieving, Gurupatni Gamana, and others
  • Sloka 212: Sleeping with one’s own mother, consuming beef, killing a Brahmin, drinking alchohol – even these are ok when compared with consuming food on Ekadashi. Note: This comparison is only used for highlighting the importance of Ekadashi fasting and is not a judgement on those immoral activities in any way
  • Sloka 213: People who consume food on the auspicious day of Ekadashi are the lowest amongst humans. If one sees the inauspicious face of such people, one should watch the Sun (to cleanse oneself)
  • Sloka 214: All the big sins on this earth, such as Brahma Hatya and others, take shelter and reside in food on the day of Lord Hari (Ekadashi)
  • Sloka 215: Rugmangada said:: A person who is above eight years of age and less than eighty and consumes food on the day of Lord Vishnu, such a person is a big sinner!
  • Sloka 216: Be it one’s father, son, wife or friend, one who consumes food on the day of Lord Padmanabha (Ekadashi) is a criminal and qualifies for punishment
  • Sloka 217: Dharma Vibhushana said:: O devotees! Tomorrow morning is Ekadashi. Hence, today, do not consume any Kshara substances (cotyledons). Do not consume even salt. Stick to only Havish substances (milk, curds, fruits, amla, etc)
  • Sloka 218: Do not have physical intercourse with your wife today. Sleep on the floor and constantly think of HIM who is the Lord of Brahma and others, the one who has been ever-present, the one who is the best amongst Purushas!
  • Sloka 219: On Dashami, have food only once. On Ekadashi, observe complete fasting and do not perform rituals such as Shraddha, Tilodaka, Pinda Pradhana and Jala Tarpana
  • Slokas 220 and 221: Brahma and Vyasa said:: On the holy day of Dwadashi, the day that destroys all sins, the ones who perform Upavasa shall never see Yama or Naraka. Such people will never undergo suffering in hell!

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2 Responses to “Krishnamruta Maharnava – XXII”

  1. Ravi G Says:

    Dear Sri Hari,

    My humble salutations to for the great service you have done to Madhva and Madhva community by hosting these invaluable works for benifit of humanity in English.

    Sir, I would like to share and add some thoughts your post.

    Sloka 212: Sleeping with one’s own mother, consuming beef, killing a Brahmin, drinking alchohol – even these are ok when compared with consuming food on Ekadashi. Note: This comparison is only used for highlighting the importance of Ekadashi fasting and is not a judgement on those immoral activities in any way

    Above is one of the most intriguing, confusing, contradicting, prima facie controversial sloka made by our beloved Acharya, Beneath this tough of shell of paradox lies beautiful meaning hidden which yathamati, yathashakti I would like to share.

    Sloka 212: Sleeping with one’s own mother, consuming beef, killing a Brahmin, drinking alchohol – even these are ok when compared with consuming food on Ekadashi. Note: This comparison is only used for highlighting the importance of Ekadashi fasting and is not a judgement on those immoral activities in any way. What Madhva here means is that a Sadhaka might have committed above or similar sins innumerable times in current and past births. Observance of Hari’s beloved Ekadashi day holds the power to destroy countless number of such serious past and future sins committed saving oneself from Hell – such is the seriousness and efficacy of Ekadashi.


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