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Title: Ekadashi and shuddha Nityananda Gauranga Naam

User: Amiya  Date: 2007-09-23 09:30:52

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Dear Srila Gurudeva please accept my humble obeisances.  

 

I was reading a book on chanting Hare Krishna ("the art of chanting Hare Krishna" by Mahanidhi Swami) and I was wondering if shuddha naam and namabhasa stages apply to the chanting of  Nityananda Gauranga Naam as well? Please forgive me if this question has been answered before.

 

As today is Ekadashi, I was reading about it and I found these quotes:

 

(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 12/101,102 from KASYAPA PANCARATRA Supreme Lord speaks)

 

A devotee who is properly initiated and doing devotional service, if he eats on My awakening day, sleeping day, or turning side day, of Ekadasi days, whether he eats grains, or fruits or roots, I never forgive him for his offense and keep them in a ferocious hell until the end (annihilation) of this material world.

 

MAT SAYANE MAD UTTHANE MAT PARSVA-PARIVARTANE

PHALA-MULA-JALAHARI HRDI SALYAM MAMA ARPAYET

 

(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 12/103)

 

Whether one takes fruits, roots, or even water on My sleeping day, or My turning-over-on-My-side day of Ekadasis, he pierces My heart with a sharp spear.

 

I was a bit alarmed when I read this because I generally only do abstaining from grains on Ekadashi. I suppose this means that we should observe a total fast on all Ekadashis? I'm a bit confused because Lord Gauranga asked Srimati Sacimata to abstain from grains on Ekadashi as if this was enough to please Him.

 

Please could you mercifully remove my doubts Gurudeva.

 

Yours humbly,

 

Amiya Gauranga dasi.