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Date: Thu Mar 07 1996 - 22:39:11 PST
I read Anand's postings with interest and thought that a couple of comments were in order. (1) During the reign of King Muchukunda in the Satya Yuga, Ekadashi fasting was enforced on all human subjects as well as domesticated animals. (2) Ekadashi like Vishnu Sahasranama parayanam or anything else for that matter delivers both material and spiritual benefits. One of the benefits of observing Ekadashi is destruction of sins. I believe Kesava Prasad was referring to both Prapannas as well as jivatmas not surrendered to Sriman Narayana, while Anand is referring exclusively to the Prapanna. Even for the Prapanna, violation of Sriman Narayana's instructions occur because of the fruition of past sins. It is for this reason there is the intervening period between Prapatti and Moksha. Observences of Ekadashi, dwadashi parayanam, doing Sudarshana Homam etc helps in destruction of past sins. This reduces the possibility of offences due to past sins. (3) Sri Vedanta Desikar points out in the Rahasya Traya Sara, that there are 32 obstacles on the path of attaining Moksha (which is uninterrupted service). The chief obstale among these is Narayana's will to punish for wrong doing, which keeps a person eternally in illusion i.e. eternally until the jivatma does prapatti and asks for Moksha. It is only after that, that Sriman Narayana openly displays His daya, sneha and other qualities. Until then there is always the difference between Sriman Narayana's behaviour with Prahalada and Hiranyakasipu. (4) In an unrelated issue, Kesava Prasad while justifying use of Ramakrishna Mutt publications, mentioned as one of the advantages, getting an unbiased view. I am not sure what he meant. But in my reading of RTS today, Sri Vedanta Desikar makes it very clear that there are only two categories of people - those who realize that they exist for serving Sriman Narayana only and those who do not. As such there can be only friends or enemies of Narayana. A neutral category does not exist, since that is not in the nature of a jivatma. Jaganath.