Festivals - Vaikuntha Ekadashi
Legend: Narada once asked Vishnu "Swami, I keep visiting you wherever
I am, but tell me your head office address, is it Kailasa or Vaikuntha
or Swarga that I should search for you when I need you urgently". To this
Lord Vishnu replied "Neither of the above is my headquarters. They are
only branch offices. I install myself wherever my glory is sung".
Ekadashi is a day of ritual fasting undertaken as a spiritual and mental
"Vaikuntha means, without any trace of grief or pain; the Place
where perfect Peace reigns, and there is no flutter of fear [as in the
abode of Vishnu]. Ekadashi means the eleventh day of the lunar fortnight.
The phases of the moon are numbered, and the day after the tenth, Dashami,
is referred to as the Eka-dashi. But the real meaning of Ekadashi, the
eleventh day, is this: When the senses - the five of action and the
five through which knowledge of the objective world is gained - are
all coordinated and turned towards God, - the 11th - then it becomes
genuine Ekadashi. This is also the meaning of Namaskar, where you fold
both palms together and hold them on your chest, near the heart region.
The ten senses surrendered to the person adored, with real sincerity
in the heart.
This is the day on which one has to transcend the lower impulses originating
from the Tamasic and the Rajasic natures and help the upsurge of Satwic
Last updated: Jul 17, 2000
Legend from Discourse: Sadhana with Love, Prashanthi Nilayam, Jul 5, 1996
Quote from Sadhana - The Inward Path, The Significance of the Hindu Festivals,
11-4, p 254