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March 10th Amalaki Ekadasi

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:04 am    Post subject: March 10th Amalaki Ekadasi Reply with quote

Jai Shri Krishna,

March 10th is Amalaki Ekadasi please put your comments or stories.
Vasant Punjabi.

"Shri Vallabh Shri Vithal Sukh-kari naa-me nishpap thai nur-nari,
------Nitya Lila nitya nautam shruti na pame par."----
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jai Shri KRishna,

Kavitaji received your email well here is the story

King Mandhata once said to Vasistha Muni, "O great sage, kindly be
merciful to me and tell me of a holy fast that will benefit me eternally."

Vasistha Muni replied, "O king, kindly listen as I describe the best of
all fast days, Amalaki Ekadasi. He who faithfully observes a fast on
this Ekadasi obtains enormous wealth, gets free of the effects of all
kinds of sins, and attains liberation. Fasting on this Ekadasi is more
purifying than donating one thousand cows in charity to a pure brahmana.
So please hear me attentively as I tell you the story of a hunter who,
though daily engaged in killing innocent animals for his living,
achieved liberation by observing a fast on Amalaki Ekadasi and following
the prescribed rules and regulations of worship."

There was once a kingdom named Vaidisa, where all the brahmanas,
ksatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras were equally endowed with Vedic
knowledge, great bodily strength, and fine intelligence. O lion among
kings, the whole kingdom was full of Vedic sounds, not a single person
was atheistic, and no one sinned. The ruler of this kingdom was King
Pabinduka, a member of the dynasty of Soma, the moon. He was also known
as Citraratha and was very religious and truthful. It is said that King
Citraratha had the strength of ten thousand elephants and that he was
very wealthy and knew the six branches of Vedic wisdom perfectly.

During the reign of Maharaja Citraratha, not a single person in his
kingdom attempted to practice another's dharma (duty), so perfectly
engaged in their own dharmas were all the brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas,
and sudras. Neither miser nor pauper was to be seen throughout the land,
nor was there ever drought or flood. Indeed, the kingdom was free of
disease, and everyone enjoyed good health. The people rendered loving
devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Visnu, as
did the king, who also rendered special service to Lord Shiva. Moreover,
twice a month everyone fasted on Ekadasi.

In this way, O best of kings, the citizens of Vaidisa lived many long
years in great happiness and prosperity. Giving up all varieties of
materialistic religion, they completely dedicated themselves to the
loving service of the Supreme Lord, Hari.

Once, in the month of Phalguna, the holy fast of Amalaki Ekadasi
arrived, conjoined with Dvadasi. King Citraratha realized that this
particular fast would bestow especially great benefit, and thus he and
all the citizens of Vaidisa observed this sacred Ekadasi very strictly,
carefully following all the rules and regulations.

After bathing in the river, the king and all his subjects went to the
temple of Lord Visnu, where an Amalaki tree grew. First the king and his
leading sages offered the tree a pot filled with water, as well as a
fine canopy, shoes, gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, sapphires, and
aromatic incense. Then they worshiped Lord Parasurama with these
prayers: "O Lord Parasurama, O son of Renuka, O all-pleasing one, O
liberator of the worlds, kindly come beneath this holy Amalaki tree and
accept our humble obeisances." Then they prayed to the Amalaki tree:
"OAmalaki, O offspring of Lord Brahma, you can destroy all kinds of
sinful reactions. Please accept our respectful obeisances and these
humble gifts. O Amalaki, you are actually the form of Brahman, and you
were once worshiped by Lord Ramacandra Himself. Whoever circumambulates
you is therefore immediately freed of all his sins."

After offering these excellent prayers, King Citraratha and his subjects
remained awake throughout the night, praying and worshiping according to
the regulations governing a sacred Ekadasi fast. It was during this
auspicious time of fasting and prayer that a very irreligious man
approached the assembly, a man who maintained himself and his family by
killing animals. Burdened with both fatigue and sin, the hunter saw the
king and the citizens of Vaidisa observing Amalaki Ekadasi by performing
an all-night vigil, fasting, and worshiping Lord Visnu in the beautiful
forest setting, which was brilliantly illuminated by many lamps. The
hunter hid nearby, wondering what this extraordinary sight before him
was. "What is going on here?" he thought. What he saw in that lovely
forest beneath the holy Amalaki tree was the Deity of Lord Damodara
being worshiped upon the asana of a waterpot, and what he heard were
devotees singing sacred songs describing Lord Shri Krishna's transcendental
forms and pastimes. Despite himself, that staunchly irreligious killer
of innocent birds and animals spent the entire night in great amazement
as he watched the Ekadasi celebration and listened to the glorification
of the Lord.

Soon after sunrise, the king and his royal retinue-including the court
sages and all the citizens-completed their observance of Ekadasi. and
returned to the city of Vaidisa. The hunter then returned to his hut and
happily ate his meal. In due time the hunter died, but the merit he had
gained by fasting on Amalaki Ekadasi and hearing the glorification of
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as well as by being forced to stay
awake all night, made him eligible to be reborn as a great king endowed
with many chariots, elephants, horses, and soldiers. His name was
Vasuratha, the son of King Viduratha, and he ruled over the kingdom of

King Vasuratha was strong and fearless, as effulgent as the sun, and as
handsome as the moon. In strength he was like Visnu, and in forgiveness
like the earth itself. Very charitable and ever truthful, King Vasuratha
always rendered loving devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Shri
Visnu. He therefore became very well versed in Vedic knowledge. Always
active in the affairs of state, he enjoyed taking excellent care of his
subjects, as though they were his own children. He disliked pride in
anyone and would smash it when he saw it. He performed many kinds of
sacrifices, and he always made certain that the needy in his kingdom
received enough charity.

One day, while hunting in the jungle, King Vasuratha strayed from the
footpath and lost his way. Wandering for some time and eventually
growing weary, he paused beneath a tree and, using his arms as a pillow,
fell asleep. As he slept, some barbarian tribesmen came upon him and,
remembering their longstanding enmity toward the king, began discussing
among themselves various ways to kill him. It is because he killed our
fathers, mothers, brothersin-law, grandsons; nephews, and uncles that we
are forced to aimlessly wander like so many madmen. So saying, they
prepared to kill King Vasuratha with various weapons, including spears,
swords, arrows, and mystic ropes.

But none of these deadly weapons could even touch the sleeping king, and
soon the uncivilized, dog-eating tribesmen grew frightened. Their fear
sapped their strength, and before long they lost what little
intelligence they had and became almost unconscious with bewilderment
and weakness. Suddenly a beautiful woman appeared from the king's body,
startling the aborigines. Decorated with many ornaments, emitting a
wonderful fragrance, wearing an excellent garland around her neck, her
eyebrows drawn in a mood of fierce anger, and her fiery red eyes ablaze,
she looked like death personified. With her blazing cakra she quickly
killed all the tribal hunters, who had tried to slay the sleeping king.

Just then the king awoke, and seeing all the dead tribesmen lying around
him, he was astonished. He wondered, "These are all great enemies of
mine! Who has slain them so violently? Who is my great benefactor?"

At that very moment he heard a voice from the sky: "You ask who helped
you. Well, who is that person who alone can help anyone in distress? He
is none other than Shri Krishna, He who saves all who take shelter of Him without any selfish motive."

Upon hearing these words, King Vasuratha became overwhelmed with love
for the Personality of Godhead. He returned to his capital city and
ruled there like a second Indra, without any obstacles at all.

Therefore, O King Mandhata, the venerable Vasistha Muni concluded,
"Anyone who observes holy Amalaki Ekadasi will undoubtedly attain the
supreme abode of Lord Visnu, so great is the religious merit earned from
the observance of this most sacred fast day."
Vasant Punjabi.

"Shri Vallabh Shri Vithal Sukh-kari naa-me nishpap thai nur-nari,
------Nitya Lila nitya nautam shruti na pame par."----
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jai sri krishna.

thanks for the nice story. with your help we are learning so much.

thankyou very much.
Jai Shree Krishna
Kavita Bhatia
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