Ekadashi fasting

 I am a student and due to family pressure not able to observe fast for whole day, so can I observe fast upto 12pm ? Is it okay until I convince my parents for it as this fast is not observed in our family ?

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  • Volunteer

    In Vrindavan, everyone of Krishna's devotees practices Nirjala fasting.

    We dont ask you to fast, beyond 12 pm anyways except on one Ekadasi, ie Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi.

    Ideally just eat fruits. However, we dont even have that austere fasting on fruit.

    You can eat any food except grains, dal and beans.

    No rice, wheat, corn, and other grains.

    No dal, channa, peagion peas, peas etc

    No beans, soy, red beans, or other beans.

    No store bought mithai because it may contain atta/wheat flour.

    You can eat everything else.with the exception of onion and garlic of course.

    Nuts are fine to eat. Tapioca/Sabudana is eaten but watch out for white flour contamination, if purchased at an Indian store.

    You can eat all roots, like carrots, beets. Potatoes not advisible to eat because human waste is used in growing them.

    Remember next time you relish potatoes. One should not consume any food grown with human waste. Even in the USA, they use sewage to grow potatoes.

    You can eat all vegetables.

    Eat yogurt. and milk products.

    Ok to eat quinoa, however, the skin of Quinoa contains toxic lectins, just like do beans.


    How To Cook Quinoa,

    Soak in water for 2 hours and throw away water. Repeat 3 times.

    Now add filtered water and let it sit for two days and let it ferment. 

    You can also add a spoon of yogurt to give the fermentation a head start.

    Fermentation bacteria eats up the toxic skin, of quinoa that contains lectins (which can cause leaky gut, which is source of 80-90% of the health problems)

    Now throw away the water and cook the quinoa in a pressure cooker to get rid of any remaining lectins in the skin of the quinoa.

    Humble request to the temple devotees: Please follow this procedure to cook quinoa, just the way followed by the Incas. Quinoa native to central America

  • Volunteer

    Hare Krsna Avish prabhuji,

    The way I see it, depending on your situation, time and place, Yes, you can fast upto 12pm. But make sure that you do this for every ekadashi though for the time being. Also pray to the Lord to help you observe a full day fast in the future and have that sincere desire.

    @ramachandra prabhu, there is nothing wrong in your questions but like Bharat prabhu and Radha DD mentioned, Krsna only sees the positive side in a devotee, Lord is happy even if you fast for an hour as long as it is done to PLEASE the lord. Observing Ekadashi is not just to project ourself as a great devotee or sadhaka and boasting about our achievement in completing the fast. If that is the mentality of a person who observes the fast, then that is a useless act (even though Lord is merciful to accept that) as it is not done to please the Lord. All activities (both spiritual and material) should be carried out to ONLY please the supreme Lord.

    More often, rules and restrictions are given prominence over our main goal and ability to please the Lord.

    If you fast for the sake of fasting without developing love for Krsna, what use there is in that activity?



    The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.



    O best among the twice-born, it is therefore concluded that the highest perfection one can achieve by discharging the duties prescribed for one’s own occupation according to caste divisions and orders of life is to please the Personality of Godhead.

    All glories to Srila Prabhupad, Guru and Gauranga!!!

    Hare krsna.

    ŚB 1.2.6
  • Krishna Loves you as much as He Loves the Gopis, Radha, and His family in Vrndaven. He Loves the whole movement this way, and in fact all of humanity. Even if you fall into the deepest darkest pit of non-devotion He will drag you back into His Presence by His Spiritual Energies. So don't focus on doubts. Instead, chant Hare Krishna and meditate on Krishna's Transcendental form. I am so honoured that you observe Ekadashi. It generates great merit in devotion, but what's most important is your happiness, wellbeing, and Love, and that's what Krishna is concerned about. You should take up the task of becoming fully Krishna Conscious for Eternity, and become overcome with Krishna-Prema to the point of a Spiritual Realization by which you will never stop Loving Krishna as much as He Loves you, and Loving all beings as much as He Loves them. Doing this for others was Prabhupada's mission, and the Purpose of our Krishna Consciousness movement. 

    Everything Prabhupada laid out for ISKCON is authorized Spiritually, but we must take care of the Society by being faithful devotees. You are a Pure Devotee because you are a devotee of Prabhupada. He once mentioned in a letter that all of His devotees were Pure Devotees. So come to the Paramahamsa platform, reach a stage of no regression, and like I said, Krishna-Prema is where it's at. It's in you, it's your very soul. If you can't follow this or that regulation, Krishna-Prema would still not be taken away. This is how we should feel as Pure Devotees. So help develop that kind of Consciousness. And, understand that any amount of progress of fasting on Ekadasi is good in Krishna's eyes. I believe most ISKCON Temples don't even require it, they leave it optional. We are here to Love eachother and God. But these rules are importsnt too, for a certain type of progress Spiritually as well. But the most important thing is the Mantra. So chant!

    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!

  • Sevak

    Hare Krsna

    So can I observe fast upto 12pm ?

    Krsna is not a fault finding God. He sees how much we are trying and endeavouring to move closer to him and please him. We try our best and leave the rest.

    Hare Krsna

  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,


    Obstacles in our path to devotion are merely to make our resolve stronger. So struggle on the path to Krsna, it is pleasing to Him. 

    Regarding fasting till 12 noon - try that and see. Keep the sincere desire in your heart that you would like to fast on ekadasi, lord will show the way.

    Pray to Nrisimhadev to remove the obstacles from your path of devotion.


    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

    • I wonder what would be the impact if he chose not to fast the whole day i.e. what would be the consequences?


      • Sevak

        Hare Krsna

         Keep wondering. While devotees try their best to please lord Sri Krsna and provress in Krsna consciousness.

        If anyone is here to discourage practice of Krsna consciousness then it is not welcome. Please wonder of consequences of that also. 

        Hare Krsna

        • It's a genuine question, why the unnecessary hostility?

          You have someone that is a devotee who cannot fast, so my question was clear.. What would be the consequences of that individual not being able to fast?

          And based on the response..

          b) If the answer to above is "no consequences" then that should be made clear but also this also questions the reason and motive for fasting.
          c) if the answer to above  is "there are consequences", then these consequences should be clearly explained.

          • Sevak

            Hare Krsna

            It's a genuine question

            No it is not. A genuine question would be - What would be the consequences of doing fasting on ekadashi ?

            Practice Krsna consciousness is not so mechanical like karma kanda. You do A then you get B.  If that is all what you are expecting then you will be disappointed . In Krsna consciousness what matters the most is consciousness. 

            Hare Krsna

            • That is not what I asked, by genuine I meant I am genuinely asking a question and not just commenting or being sarcastic, there's no such thing as a wrong or right question, if someone wants to know something, they will ask, it would be wrong to dictate what they can and cannot ask (as long it's a reasonable question) and in my view it is a perfectly reasonable question.

              In any case, your response doesn't answer his question or mine and therefore one has to assume there are no consequences.


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