Kamika Ekadasi

About Kamika Ekadasi and the relation to Srimati Tulsi Devi

Oh Naradji, Lord Shri Hari Himself once said about this Ekadasi:

One who fasts on Kamika Ekadasi attains much more merit than one who studies all the spiritual literatures.

Anyone who fasts on this particular day remains awake throughout the night will never experience the anger of Yamaraja, the king of death personified.

It has been seen that whoever observes Kamika Ekadasi will not have to suffer future births, and in the past too, many Yogis of devotion who fasted on this day went to the spiritual world. One should therefore follow in their auspicious footsteps and strictly observe a fast on this most auspicious of Ekadasis.

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With love of life

Why you should not eat meat is also described in the oldest holy, religiose and philosophical scriptures that can be found on planet earth, like the vedic Manu-samhita and Mahabharata.

The self-created Manu has said that the man who does not eat meat, or who does not kill living creatures, or who does not cause them to be killed, is a friend of all creatures.

Manu-Samhita: Manu Smriti @ Wikipedia

“Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun the use of meat. Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh.”(Manu-samhita 5.48-49)

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Where do we come from

In the vedic scriptures you can find answers that are good to know. Where do we come from? Clear statement we can find also in the purports of the mantras 16. and 17. of the Śrī Īśopaniṣad given bei A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. That is a standard book and all Vaishnavas and truth-seeker should have read it and accept the philosophical points.

(from mantra 16.)

The all-pervading feature of the Lord – which exists in all circumstances of waking and sleeping as well as in potential states and from which the jīva-śakti (living force) is generated as both conditioned and liberated souls – is known as Brahman.

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Notes about Puranas

* (Sanskrit – ancient Indic language, classical literary language of India)

Lord Siva said: Oh beautiful lady (Parvati), know that the Visnu, Narada, Bhagavata, Garuda, Padma and Varaha Puranas are sattvika; the Brahmanda, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Bhavisya, Vamana and Brahma Puranas are rajasika; and the Matsya, Kurma, Linga, Siva, Skanda and Agni Puranas are tamasika.

Srila Prabhupada: Purāṇas are made just to complete Vedic knowledge, or supplementary addition to the Vedic literature. Because Vedic literature is very difficult to understand, therefore they have been expanded by the Purāṇas for different classes of men. So there are three divisions of the Purāṇas: sattvika Purāṇa, rājasika Purāṇa and tamasika Purāṇa.

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Holy Ganges River

In Hinduism, the river Ganga is considered sacred and is personified as a goddess Ganga. It is worshipped by Hindus who believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates Moksha (liberation from the cycle of life and death) the water of Ganga is considered very pure. Pilgrims immerse the ashes of their kin in the Ganges, which is considered by them to bring the spirits closer to moksha.

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Śrīmatī Tulasī-devī

In Indien kümmern sich alle Hindus in besonderer Weise um die Pflege des Tulasī-Strauches, selbst jene, die nicht der Vaiṣṇava-Tradition angehören. Sogar in den Großstädten, wo es sehr schwierig ist, eine Tulasī-Pflanze zu halten, trifft man Menschen, die sich mit großer Sorgfalt um diese Pflanze bemühen. Sie wässern sie und verneigen sich vor ihr, denn die Verehrung des Tulasī-Strauches ist für den hingebungsvollen Dienst von großer Bedeutung.

An anderer Stelle wird im Skanda-Purāṇa über Tulasī folgendes gesagt: „Tulasī ist in jeder Beziehung eine Glücksbringerin. Allein schon ihr Anblick, ihre Berührung oder Gedanken an sie, ihre Anbetung und die Verneigung vor ihr, das Hören von ihr oder auch nur das Aussäen ihrer Samen bewirkt nichts als Glück. Jeder Mensch, der in einer der erwähnten Weisen der Tulasī-Pflanze begegnet, wird für immer im Reich von Vaikuṇṭha leben.“

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