[Advaita-l] Ekadasi

Kaushik Chevendra chevendrakaushik at gmail.com
Sun Aug 7 12:28:51 EDT 2022

Tomorrow being the auspicious day of ekadashi,just wanted to share my
The lords compassion is well known. But as shri jagadguru vidyatirtha
swamin has told us, he is just as well. That is he awards the punishment
for the actions done in a just maner.
Its a well known fact that putana, kamsa etc attained the lord. Now there
might arise a question as to how can that be justified? Weren't they evil?
The Bhagavatha purana has given the answer for this as will-
ŚB 7.1.26
तस्माद्वैरानुबन्धेन निर्वैरेण भयेन वा ।
स्‍नेहात्कामेन वा युञ्‍ज्यात् कथञ्चिन्नेक्षते पृथक् ॥ २६ ॥

Therefore by enmity or by devotional service, by fear, by affection or by
lusty desire — by all of these or any one of them — if a conditioned soul
somehow or other concentrates his mind upon the Lord, the result is the
same, for the Lord, because of His blissful position, is never affected by
enmity or friendship.
ŚB 7.1.28-29
कीट: पेशस्कृता रुद्ध: कुड्यायां तमनुस्मरन् ।
संरम्भभययोगेन विन्दते तत्स्वरूपताम् ॥ २८ ॥
एवं कृष्णे भगवति मायामनुज ईश्वरे ।
वैरेण पूतपाप्मानस्तमापुरनुचिन्तया ॥ २९ ॥

*kīṭaḥ peśaskṛtā ruddhaḥkuḍyāyāṁ tam anusmaransaṁrambha-bhaya-yogenavindate

*evaṁ kṛṣṇe bhagavatimāyā-manuja īśvarevaireṇa pūta-pāpmānastam āpur

*A grassworm confined in a hole of a wall by a bee always thinks of the bee
in fear and enmity and later becomes a bee simply because of such
remembrance. Similarly, if the Jeeva somehow or other think of Narayana ,
who is sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha, they will become free from their sins.
Whether thinking of Him as their worshipable Lord or an enemy, because of
constantly thinking of Him they will gain swarupa with him.*
Ofcourse the commentators such as Sridhar swami have warned that hatred
shouldn't be a path chosen. But how can anyone hate such a lord who is
compassionate towards his enemies as well?
How many prayers or stotras can grasp the greatness of him?

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