Hare Krishna, please accept my humble obeisances...

Can anyone tell me the complete rules for Papamochani Ekadasi fasting?

And yesterday, while fasting, I ate one tofu... I didn't know that it was made from soy bean... I also plucked some Tulsi leaves yesterday for offer to the Supreme Lord and the Supreme Personality of Godhead... Will the Supreme Personality of Godhead forgive me for eating it and plucking Tulsi leaves yesterday? 

I saw in a website that we should pluck Tulsi leaves a day before Papamochani Ekadasi to offer to the Supreme Lord... Please enlighten me with the knowledge of the rules of Papamochani Ekadasi... 

 

Your humble servant, 

Kavenesh 

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  • Hare Krishna,
    If you had to offer tulasi leaves you should pluck before day itself. As tulasi mata ji also would be doing vrata
    we shouldn't distrub her and hurt her. Next day after ekadashi thats dwadashi day. .. even that day you shouldn't pluck tulasi leaves you need to give her rest that day.
    And NEVER EAT TULASI leaves. If possible swallow them.
    Hare Krishna.
    • Hare Krishna mataji, I didn't know this earlier, when Ekadashi... Will Srimati Tulsi Devi forgive me for doing it?
      • Its okay we are all kids and in learning phase. We commit mistakes. To err is human. Try not to do a blunder... thats all we can say.
        Lord says in BG.-
        saha-jam karma kaunteya
        sa-dosam api na tyajet
        sarvarambha hi dosena
        dhumenagnir ivavrtah
        Every endeavor is covered by some sort of fault, just as fire is covered by smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work which is born of his nature, O son of Kunti, even if such work is full of fault.
        • Hare Krishna mataji, thank you for enlightening me, mataji!
  • Hare krishna hare ram kavenesh prabhuji,

    There are several rules to be followed while observing any Ekadashi, not just papamochani Ekadashi. There are different ways to observe Ekadashi fast and they are as follows:
    1. Nirjala: The one in which you do not even consume water. So no water, no fruits, no milk, and no grains. In short, you are consuming nothing when you are observing this fast. I think the only legit thing which you can consume is air!!
    2. Falari: This is where you can consume milk and fruits and nothing else. So you can consume solid as well as liquid food items but it shouldn't contain grains.
    3. Sajala: In this case, you are allowed to consume water, juices or anything liquid but nothing which contains grains. Also, you cannot consume fruits in this case.

    If you are unable to sustain the vrat in any of the above forms mentioned, then, in that case, you can consume water, milk, fruits, nuts, and potato.

    If you are initiated then, in that case, you cannot shave, neither cut your nails nor you can sleep during day time on ekadashi.

    There is no need, in particular, to pluck Tulasi leaves since you can pray to Tulasi Mata and give water and do puja since Tulasi also is a plant and it has life as well. Having said that, yes you can serve Tulasi leaf to Lord Vishnu but yes it should be done one to two days prior to Ekadashi.

    I might have missed some important points but I believe other devotees will answer and enlighten both of us regarding the same. Below is the complete list of foods that you can consume and what one needs to avoid.

    Foods you can consume on Ekadashi :
    All fruits (fresh and dried)
    All nuts
    Oils made from nuts - coconut, olives, etc.
    Potatoes
    Sweet Potatoes
    Pumpkin
    Cucumber
    Radish
    Squash
    Lemon
    Avocado
    Olives
    Coconut
    Buckwheat
    Sugar
    Black Pepper
    Fresh Salt
    Fresh Turmeric

    Foods which cannot be consumed :
    NOT Allowed Grains:

    Millet
    Barley
    Wheat
    Farina
    Dalia
    Pasta
    Rice
    Corn
    All Types of Dahl
    All types of flour made from grains and beans
    Idly, Chapati, Dosa, Macaroni
    Like Rice Flour, Chickpea Flour, Urad Dahl Flour, etc.
    Starches from Corn
    Products made from and mixed with these starches
    Like Baking Soda
    Baking Powder
    Certain Soft Drinks
    Custard
    Certain Yogurts
    Puddings
    Cream Cheese
    Sweets
    Candies
    Tapioca
    NOT Allowed Vegetables:

    Tomatoes
    Eggplants
    Cauliflower
    Lettuce
    Broccoli
    Bellpepper
    Peas
    Chickpeas
    Chia seeds
    All Types of Beans
    Including products made from beans

    Papadams, Tofu, Tempeh, Grain Beverages, etc.

    Honey


    NOT Allowed Leafy Vegetables:

    Spinach
    Salads
    Cabbages
    Leafy Herbs
    Like Parsley

    Curry Leaves

    Neem Leaves, etc.



    NOT Allowed Indian Vegetables:

    Karela (Bitter Lemon)
    Loki
    Parmal
    Toroi
    Kunli
    Drumsticks
    Okra (Lady Fingers)
    Banana Flower


    NOT Allowed Spices:

    Sesame Seeds
    Cumin Seeds
    Hing
    Fenugreek
    Mustard Seeds
    Tamarind
    Fennel
    Celery
    Poppy Seeds
    Kalonji Seeds
    Ajwain Seeds
    Cardamom
    Nutmeg
    Cloves

    NOT Allowed Oils:

    Corn Oil
    Mustard Oil
    Sesame Oil etc.


    NOT Allowed Products fried in these Oils:

    Nuts
    Potato Chips
    Certain Snack Foods


    NOT Allowed to eat FOREVER as they are extremely, extremely and extremely dangerous to Sadhana

    Onions
    Garlic
    Meat
    Fish
    Eggs
    Carrots or products thereof
    • Can understand meat and fish but how are onions, garlic and carrots dangerous ?? Even carrots on their own , how is that extremely dangerous??
      • all those veggies that grow under the ground like carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic and mushrooms are not exposed to sunlight and they have a tendency to make the person go into ignorance. They are avoided mostly by Pure devotees of lord.
        but onion and garlic and meat is strict no no for all devotees in general.
        • Hare Krishna mataji, thank you very much, mataji!
    • Hare Krishna, thank you very much for enlightening me prabhu!
      • Namaste
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