Ekadasi and scripture reference

Hare krishna to all devotees,Dandvat pranam ,All glories to srila prabhupada .Can somebody help me out with the scripture reference where ekadasi observation is mentioned ?Also want to know the scripture which mentioned special kind of food intake during this observation.Krishna's servant ,Vimal

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  • Volunteer

    my humble obeisances Prabhu,

    we follow Ekadashi Vrata by fasting from grains on every Ekadashi days.

    We do eat grainy foods on Dvadashi and prior day to Ekadashi.

    Your servant,

  • Volunteer

    Also here are few quotes

    Vishnu puran

    Sarvavratanam Dwadashi Vrata Utamam

    Ekadashi is King of all the Vratas

     

    Vrah-Nardiya puran

     Ekadashi vrata nama Sarvakamaphal pradam

    Ekadashi fulfils all the desires

     

     Tattva Sagar

     Ekadashi manah kritva Sarva dukhad Vimuchayate

    Ekadashi relives us from all the pains and sufferings

     

    Brahma-Vaivart Purana

    Dhateyeva samastani Kalushani Harer dinam

    Ekadashi destroys all the sins committed by a person

     

    Vrah-Nardiya puran

    Mokashadam kurvataam bhaktaya

    Ekadashi easily gives liberation (going back of God after this life)

     

    Skandh Puran

     Muktam maya shatanand tesham tripurusham kulam

    One who fasts on Ekadashi, three generations of that person gets liberated (Mukti)

     

    Skandh Puran

     Na Ashvameda Saharasch tirth kotya avgahanah

    The fruit of Ekadashi fasting is far more than fruit of 1000 Ashva megha yagays and Crores of pilgrimages to holy tirthas.

     

    Vishnu Rahasya

     Vishnu Santoshnaya cha

    Ekadashi fasting pleases Krishna(Vishnu) very much

     

    Skandh Puran

     Na bhaven manasi pida rogashva Atayanta Dukhdah.Mahatamya pathatah pumso Dwadashi sambhavam kalau

    One is saved from mental and bodily diseases, just by listening to the glories of  Ekadashi

     Katyani Smriti

     Ashta Varshadhiko Martyo Apurna Shitivatsara. Ekadashyam Upvaset Pakshayor Ubhyorapi

    From the age of 8 to 80, one should fast on Ekadashi.

    ys,

  • As we follow our vedic scripture , we should aware about reference .

    Even spiritual master is preaching on the base of our scripture .

    Can, anyone refer me some scriptures mentioning the ekadashi 's observation along with diet .

    Regards ,
    Vimal
    • Volunteer


      Hare Krishna Prabhuji. Pamho. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

      Below are some reference from scriptures on Ekadashi fasting and as you correctly said a devotee should have academic integrity means He or she should always quote from Shastra and Guru also said nothing beyond shastra. 

      kasmad ekadasi srestha tasyah ko va vidhih smrtah
      kadaci kriyate kim va phalam tasya vadasva me
      ka va pujyatamat atra devata sad gunarnava
      akurvatah syat ko dosa etan me vaktum iharhasi

      "Oh Gurudeva! When did Ekadasi take birth and from whom did she appear? What are the rules of fasting on the Ekadasi? Please describe the benefits of following this vow and when it should be followed. Who is the utmost worshippable presiding deity of Sri Ekadasi? What are the faults in not following Ekadasi properly? Please bestow your mercy upon me and tell about these subjects, as you are the only personality able to do so." (Padma Purana 7.22.4-5)

      etac canyac ca viprendra
      vicintya karunamayah
      babhuva sahasa tatra
      svayam ekadasi tithih

      'After the merciful Supreme Lord thought over what He had previously considered, He suddenly manifested from His own form the deity of the lunar day Ekadasi.' (Padma Purana 7.22.27) 

      Caitanya-caritamrita 1.15.8-9:
      eka dina matara pade kariya pranama
      prabhu kahe, - mata, more deha eka dana
      mata bale, - tai diba, ya tumi magibe
      prabhu kahe, - ekadasite anna na khaibe

      "One day, Prabhu offered obeisances at His mother's feet and said: "Mother, please give me one thing." Mother said, "I shall give whatever you wish." Prabhu said, "On Ekadasi, do not eat any grains.

      "You should recommend the avoidance of mixed Ekadasi and the performance of pure Ekadasi. You should also describe the fault in not observing this. One should be very careful as far as these items are concerned. If one is not careful, one will be negligent in executing devotional service." (Sri Caitanya to Sanatana Gosvami, CC Madhya-lila 24.342)

      Purpose of fasting on Ekadasi

      Hari-bhakti-vilasa mentions four reasons for the observance of the Ekadasi-vrata (12.4):
      tac ca krsna-prinanatvad vidhi-praptatvatas tatha
      bhojanasya nisadhac cakarane pratyavayatah

      "It should be followed because it pleases Krsna, because doing it is observing the rules, because eating is forbidden at that time, and because its neglect would be a cause of sin."
      ekadasyam samayantyam prapunantyam jagattrayam
      sthatavyam annam asritya bhavata papa purusa
      sansare yani papani tany eva ekadasi dine
      annam asritya tisthanti sriman narayana ajnaya

      (Padma Purana, Kriya Yogasara 22.46,50)
      When Ekadasi arrives, at that time, all of the sins from the three worlds reside in grains in the form of a papapurusa.
      Whatever sins are available in this world, they all together reside in grains on Ekadasi day by the order of Lord Sri Narayana.

      By eating on Ekadasi one eats sin alone (HBV 12.23) and verily he eats the flesh of a cow (HBV 12.25). By indulging the tongue, a terrible result is attained (HBV 12.21 from Skanda Purana):
      matrha pitrha caiva bhratrha guruha tatha
      ekadasyam tu yo bhunkte visnu-loka-cyuto bhavet

      He is a killer of his mother and father, and indeed he is a killer of his brother and his guru. He, who eats on Ekadasi is barred from the abode of Visnu.

      Gautamiya-tantra cited in Bhakti-sandarbha, Raga-vartma-candrika and HBV 12.32:
      vaisnavo yadi bhunjita ekadasyam pramadatah
      visnv arcanam vrtha tasya narakam ghoram apnuyat

      If a Vaisnava becomes so insane as to eat on Ekadasi, his worship of Visnu becomes worthless and he attains a terrible hell.

      The 9th anga of sadhana is harivasara-sammana, "respecting the days of Hari". In illustration, Rupa Goswami quotes in BRS 1.2.109:
      hari-vasara-sammano yatha brahma-vaivarte -
      sarva-papa-prasamanam punyam atyantikam tatha
      govinda-smaranam nrnam ekadasy amuposanam

      Respecting the holy days of Hari, from Brahma-vaivarta Purana: "Ekadasi destroys all a person's sin, bestows limitless piety, and causes them to remember Govinda."

      Thus, there are three aspects mentioned here to following Ekadasi (1) removal of bad karma, (2) gain of good karma, and (3) remembrance of Govinda.

      ekadasi vrata samam vratam nasti jagattraye
      anicchaya'pi yat krtva gatir evam vidha 'vayoh
      ekadasi vratam ye tu bhakti bhavena kurvate
      na jane kim bhavet tesam vasudeva anukampaya

      (Padma Purana, Kriya Yogasara 23.172-174)
      In the three worlds, there is no kind of fasting which is even comparable to the Ekadasi fast. Even if one performs this fast without a proper attitude, he achieves the Supreme Abode. Anyone who fasts on Ekadasi day, with full devotion, what happens to him by the mercy of the Supreme Lord, I can not say (how much merit gets cannot be described).

      astavarsadhiko martyo apurnasitivatsarah
      ekadasyam upavaset paksayor ubhayor api

      From the age of eight to the age of eighty, a person should fast on all of the Ekadasis on both the light and the dark parts of the month. (HBV 12.75, from Katyayana smrti)

      eka bhuktena naktena bala vrddhaturah ksipet
      payomula phalair vapi na nirdvadasiko bhavet

      A child, an old man or a person unable to fast can take something to eat in the evening or once in the day, whether it be milk, fruit or water, but should properly follow the Ekadasi fast. One should not give up fasting on Ekadasi. (HBV 12.91, from Markandeya Purana)

      vyadhibhih paribhutanam pittadhika saririnam
      trimsad varsadhikanam ca naktadi parikalpanam

      Any person who is diseased, or who is dominated by bile (pitta) or who has aged more than thirty years (after householder life, i.e. 80 years of age), they are advised to eat in the evening on the Ekadasi day. (HBV 12.93, from Baudhayana smrti)

      ys,

  • Volunteer

    Prabhu, we follow what our Param Guru says.

    They are more important than the words of even Srila Rupa Goswami.

    If for the sake of preaching one eats grains on Ekadashi then that is better than eating anything and not preaching out of weakness.

    In other yugas people had very strong bodies. They could keep the air - prana within the bones. But in this age only source of daily prana we get from food. So bodies in Kali yuga are very weak.

    One should know his own condition, health situation and fast accordingly.

    If Vata dosa is prevalent in the body then one should eat fruits, milk but not to fast nirjal.

    Pitta dosa people can fast on juices, milk...

    Kapha dosa people can fast nirjal.

    So one should use his intelligence.

    Your servant in serving Srila Prabhupada!

  • Volunteer

    Dear Prabhu, please read more here http://www.iskcondesiretree.net/page/ekadashi-1 about Ekadashi.

    Within the texts You kind find titles of scripture from where the particular verse was taken.

    Your servant,

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