रविवार, 7 जून 2009

EKADASHI ( एकादशी )

It falls on the 11th day of every lunar fortnight and thus there are two Ekadashi in a month. It is also known as ‘Harivasara’ and ‘Hari din.’ Several Puranas including Padma Purana and Skanda Purana detail about the significance of Ekadeshi.

Its observance is an astrological phenomenon and it is observed due to this relation we have with some of the planets in the system. In the Rig-veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual, the centre of our personality; hence the sun is called Atmakaraka.

On the Ekadashi day the sun and the moon influence the human mind to attain high levels of concentration and meditation. Hence, Seekers and Yogis take advantage of these two days and try to practise deep meditation. Vaishnavas treat Ekadasi as a very holy day and also observe a fast on that day

The special feature of Ekadasi is a fast, abstinence from diet. One should avoid eating rice on the night before Ekadashi as well.

Observance of Ekadasi has many advantages—physical, astral, spiritual—and because this day has connection with the relation of the mind with its abode together with the moon, you feel mysteriously helped in your meditation and contemplation,—mysteriously because you cannot know this consciously.

I strongly recommend fasting and meditation on Ekadashi day.

List of Ekadashi
1) Utpanna - उत्पन्ना
2) Mokshada - मोक्षदा
3) Safalaa - सफला
4) Putrada - पुत्रदा
5) Shattila - शत तिला
6) Jaya - ज्या
7) Vijaya - विजया
8) Amalki - आमलकी
9) Papmochini - पापमोचनी
10 ) Kamda - कामदा
11) Baruthni - बरुथानी
12) Mohini - मोहिनी
13) Apara - अपरा
14) Nirjala - निर्जला
15) Yogini - योगिनी
16) Devshyini - देवशयनी
17) Kamida - कमिदा
18) Putrada - पुत्रदा
19) Aja - अजा
20 ) Parivartini - परिवर्तिनी
21) Indrr - इन्द्र्र
22) Pashakunsha - पशाकुंषा
23) Rama - रमा
24) Devuthani - देवउठनी

Those fasting could also chant the following mantra -
ॐ लक्ष्मी पति वासुदेवाये नमः

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