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[From Brahmaand Puraan]
Yudhishthir said - "O Janaardan, What is the name of the Ekaadashee that occurs during the Krishn Paksh (dark fortnight) of the month of Jyeshth (May-June)? I wish to hear from you the glories of this sacred day of Hari. Please narrate everything to me." Krishn said - "O King, Your inquiry is wonderful because the answer will benefit the whole human society. This Ekaadashee is so sublime and meritorious that even the greatest sins can be erased by its purity. Oh great saintly King, the name of this unlimitedly meritorious Ekaadasheei is Aparaa Ekaadashee. Whoever fasts on this holy day becomes famous all over the universe. Even such sins as killing a Braahman, a cow, or an embryo; blasphemy; or having sex with another man's wife are completely eradicated by observing Aparaa Ekaadashee.
O King, people who bear false witness are most sinful. A person who falsely or sarcastically glorifies another; one who cheats while weighing something on a scale; one who fails to execute the duties of his Varn or Aashram (an unqualified man's posing as a Braahman, for example, or a person's reciting the Ved wrongly); one who invents his own scriptures; one who cheats others; one who is a charlatan astrologer, a cheating accountant, or a false Aayurvedik doctor. All these are surely as bad as persons who bears false witness, and they are all destined for hellish punishments. But simply by observing Aparaa Ekaadashee, all such sinners become completely free of their sinful reactions.
Warriors who fall from their Kshatriya Dharm and flee the battlefield go to a ferocious hell. But, O Yudhishthir, even such a fallen Kshatriya, if he observes fasting on the Aparaa Ekaadashee, is freed of that great sinful reaction and goes to heaven.
That disciple is the greatest sinner who, after receiving a proper spiritual education from his spiritual master, turns around and blasphemes him. Such a so-called disciple suffers unlimitedly. But even he, rascal though he may be, if he simply observes Aparaa Ekaadashee, can attain to the spiritual world. Listen O King, as I describe to you further glories of this amazing Ekaadashee.
The merit attained by one who performs all of the following acts of piety is equal to the merit achieved by one who observes Aparaa Ekaadashee: bathing three times daily in Pushkar Kshetra during Kaarttik Maas (October-November); bathing at Prayaag in the month of Maagh (January-February) when the Sun is in the zodiac of Capricorn; rendering service to Shiv at Vaaraanasee (Banaaras) during Shiv Raaatri; offering oblations to one's forefathers at Gayaa; bathing in the sacred Gautamee River when Jupiter transits Sinh Raashi (Leo); having Darshan of Shiv at Kedaar Naath; seeing Badaree Naath when the Sun transits the sign of Kumbh (Aquarius); and bathing at the time of a solar eclipse at Kurukshetra and giving cows, elephants, and gold there in charity. One gets all the merits by performing these pious acts mentioned above are gained by a person who just observes the Aparaa Ekaadashee fast. Also, the merit attained by one who donates a pregnant cow, along with gold and fertile land, is attained by one who fasts on this day.
In other words, Aparaa Ekaadashe is an axe that cuts down the fully matured forest full of trees of sinful deeds, it is a forest fire that burns sins as if they were kindling firewood, it is the Sun blazing before one's dark misdeeds, and it is a lion stalking the meek deer of impiety.
Therefore, O Yudhishthir, whoever truly fears his past and present sins must observe Aparaa Ekaadashee very strictly. One who does not observe this fast must be born again in the material world, like one bubble among millions in a huge body of water, or like a small ant among all other species. Therefore one must faithfully observe the sacred Aparaa Ekaadashe and worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Trivikram. One who does so is freed of all his sins and attains the abode of Vishnu. Oh Bhaarat, for the benefit of all humanity I have thus described to you this the importance of the holy Aparaa Ekaadashee."
"Anyone who hears or reads this description is certainly freed from all kinds of sins, O best of the saintly kings, Yudhishthir. Thus ends the narration of the glories of Jyeshth Krishn Ekaadashee, or Aparaa Ekaadashee, from the Brahmaand Puraan.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 04/06/13