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MOKSADA EKADASHI

Moksada Ekadashi

Moksadā Ekādaśī is very special as on this day Krsna imparted the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita to Arjun. This day is also known as the Birthday of the Holy Scripture – Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

In the Brahmānda Purāna, the history of this Ekādaśī is told, wherein Yudhiśtra Māhārāja asks Lord Krsna about this. Whenever a devotee raises a question to the Lord, their objective is to benefit all the living beings. Yudhiśtra Maharaja says, “O Lord of all the universes, you bestow pleasure and happiness upon the three worlds, I offer my humble obeisances to you. I want to ask something of you, please kindly answer.”

The first question Yudhiśtra Māhārāja raises is, “What is the name of that Ekādaśī, which occurs during the Shukla Paksha (light fortnight) of the month of Mārgashirsha (November-December) which is powerful enough to destroy all the sins of a person?“Secondly, he asks, “What is the proper way to observe Ekādaśī fast?”
Then, he asks, “Which deity should be worshipped on this holy day?
And lastly, he asks, “O Lord, please kindly tell me the history of this Ekādaśī.”

KRISHNA ENLIGHTENS THE DEVOTEES

Upon hearing the questions of Yudhiśtra, the Lord glorified him by saying, “O dear Yudhiśtra, your inquiry is significant and very auspicious in itself!

Regarding these questions, the Lord replied, “The name of this glorious Ekādaśī is Moksadā Ekādaśhi, it purifies the devotees of all sinful reactions and bestows liberation upon them. Lord Dāmodara is to be worshipped on this day with incense, a ghee lamp, fragrant flowers, and Tulasi Manjari’s (buds).”

The Lord answered three questions, and now on answering the fourth, He narrates the story related to this Moksada Ekādaśī. At the beginning of this narration, the Lord tells the benefits of hearing this so that the devotees listen attentively.The Lord says, “Please listen, as I narrate to you the ancient and auspicious history of this wonderful Ekādaśī. Simply by hearing this history, one can attain the merit earned by performing Aśvamedha Yagya (horse sacrifice), and by the influence of this merit, one’s forefathers, mothers, sons, and other relatives who may be suffering in the hellish planets, will reside in the heavenly planets. For this reason alone, O King, you should listen with rapt attention.”

Mokasada Ekadashi

STORY BEHIND THIS MOKSADA EKADASHI

Once, a beautiful city named ‘Champaka Nagara,’ was marvelously decorated, not with flowers, but with the Vaiśnavas (Devotees of the Lord). The ruling King over the city was King Vaikhānasa, who treated his citizens and the kingdom as if they were his very own dear sons and daughters. The Brahmins in that capital city were all Chaturvedi’s (experts in the 4 Vedās).

One night, the saintly King dreamed of seeing his father suffering the pangs of hellish torture in one of the hellish planets ruled over by Yamarāja. The King shed tears, being overwhelmed with compassion for his father.

He went straight to the Brahmins and described this dream to them as he woke up. He said, “O Brahmanas, in a dream last night, I saw my father suffering on a hellish planet, crying out in anguish, “O son, please deliver me from this hellish condition!”

King Vaikhānasa said, “Now my mind is anxious and restless, and even though I have this beautiful kingdom, horses, elephants, and chariots, I cannot find peace anywhere. My vast wealth in my treasury that formerly brought so much pleasure, gives me no pleasure at all. Everything, O best of the brahmins, even my own wife and sons, have become a source of unhappiness since I beheld my father suffering the tortures of that hellish condition so. Where can I go, and what can I do, O brahmins, to alleviate this misery? My body is burning with fear and sorrow!”He continued further, “Please tell me what kind of charity, what mode of fasting, what austerity, or what deep meditation, and in service upon which Deity I may have to perform to deliver my father from that agony and bestow liberation upon him. O best among the brahmins, what is the use of one being a powerful king if one cannot help his father? Truly, such a son’s life is utterly useless, to him and to his forefathers.”

The twice-born brahmins replied, “O King, in the mountains midst the forest not far from here is the āśrama (secluded dwelling) of a great saint called Parvata Muni. Please go to him, for he is tri-kāla-gyāni (knower of the Past, the Present, and the Future of Everything) and will surely help you in gaining relief from your misery.”

Upon hearing this advice, the distressed king immediately set out on a journey to the āśrama of the famous sage Parvata Muni. He saw thousands of learned sages in service upon reaching there, and the atmosphere was divine. The King offered their humble prostrated obeisances as soon as he saw them. Later, the great sage Parvata Muni asked the King, “What is the reason for your arrival? Is everything fine in your kingdom? Is there something which troubles your mind?”

The King replied, “Because of having a bad dream, I am in a very distressed condition, please give me a solution.”

As soon as Parvata Muni heard the King, he closed his eyes and recalled the incident to look for the cause of the King’s distress and perceive the past, present, and future of King Vaikhānasa. Parvata Muni opened his eyes and said that he had realized the reason for his misery and his father’s sufferings.

Parvata Muni told the King, “Your father had committed a heinous sin when he quarreled with his wife and forcibly made sexual contact with her during her menstrual period. She tried to protest and resist his advances and even yelled out for help and told her husband to not disturb her during this time but still, he did not stop or leave her alone. It is on account of this grievous sin that your father now has fallen into such a hellish condition of suffering.”

King Vaikhānasa then said, “O greatest among sages, by what process of fasting or charity may I liberate my dear father from such a condition? Please tell me how I can relieve and remove the burden of his sinful reactions?”

As soon as Parvata Muni heard the King, he closed his eyes and recalled the incident to look for the cause of the King’s distress and perceive the past, present, and future of King Vaikhānasa. Parvata Muni opened his eyes and said that he had realized the reason for his misery and his father’s sufferings.

Parvata Muni told the King, “Your father had committed a heinous sin when he quarreled with his wife and forcibly made sexual contact with her during her menstrual period. She tried to protest and resist his advances and even yelled out for help and told her husband to not disturb her during this time but still, he did not stop or leave her alone. It is on account of this grievous sin that your father now has fallen into such a hellish condition of suffering.”King Vaikhānasa then said, “O greatest among sages, by what process of fasting or charity may I liberate my dear father from such a condition? Please tell me how I can relieve and remove the burden of his sinful reactions?”

SIGNIFICANCE OF MOKSADA EKADASHI

Lord Krishna told Yudhiśtra Māhārāja, “O son of Pandu, whosoever strictly observes the sacred Mokshadā Ekādaśī, following the established rules and regulations, achieves full and perfect liberation after death. There is no better fasting day than this Moksada Ekadashi of the light fortnight of the month of Mārgashirsha, O Yudhishthira, for it is a crystal-clear and sinless day.”The Lord concludes, “Whoever faithfully observes this Moksada Ekadashi fast, which is like Chintā-Mani (a gem that fulfills all desires), obtains special merit that is very hard to calculate, for this day can elevate one from hellish life to the heavenly planets, and for one who observes Moksada Ekadashi for his own spiritual benefit, this elevates one to go back to Godhead, never to return to this material world.”

According to Visnu Purāna, this Mokshadā Ekādaśī bestows merit equal to those other 23 Ekādaśīs which occur throughout the year and whoever fasts on this auspicious day, even if their ancestors are suffering in the hellish regions, they get the opportunity to go to the planet of God, back home, back to Godhead.

Ekādaśī fast means “FASTING for the Body and FEASTING for the Soul.”

We must not only perform austerities on the physical level but also provide the soul with proper nourishment, which is Hari Nāma Sankirtana (Chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord) and one more important thing is that since it is the appearance day of the King of all holy scriptures, we must read, hear and preach the Bhagavad Gita to all.

Moksada Ekadashi ki Jai
Gita Jayanti Mahamahotsav ki Jai
Sri Sri Rukmani Dwarkadhish Ki jai

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