Today on the 22nd August, when we are fasting for Aja Ekadasi, let us deep dive into the significance of Ekadasi and its effects.
Ekadasi is the 11th day of our lunar cycle. While describing the effects of this tithi while teaching panchang, I concluded that this is the tithi when the brain is not in a very active state, and that is why I called it a tithi for being absent mind. Still, why the energy of a particular tithi will be such that the brain will be absent-minded as every tithi there are specific tasks which are to be performed by humans to be in sync with the universe, but why the energy of a particular tithi will go absent and especially after dashmi tithi when all the energy from the universe is getting down poured a day before.
There are several reasons why Ekadasi is a tithi of absent-mindedness and not of high mental or physical activity. As if you read the rules of Ekadasi fasting, any kind of physical or mental excursion is prohibited, as what happens on dashmi is that when the energy downpours from Sky, this is the purest form of nectar which comes in the form of ether, and our body absorbs it but this being the element of sky body requires time to absorb this energy. Imagine travelling to mountains, and suddenly you will feel your head is getting heavy; the reason is the human body does not easily absorb the high energy of mountains and makes you dizzy.
Similarly, the energy of ether of dasami is not easily absorbed by the body, and the brain goes into the absent mode where even if you are working. However, your thought process is still elsewhere; you feel lost and wander around in your own world.
What happens astronomically is that Sun and Moon are 120 degrees apart, and this is the period when tithi starts and goes up to 132 degrees. This is an angle of harmony and support and shows that two lumanaries of this universe are in sync to help the universe; this is the period when Soul and Mind are supporting each other to overcome any problems or disputes which have happened over a while, As most of the time we are going through a tug fight between the Soul and Mind, but it is only the tithi of Ekadasi when these two come together to support each other so unresolved issues which are deeply embedded inside us starts getting resolved. This is also a tithi for resolution when two people come to a common agreement; I have seen many times when you are not getting a way out, try it on Ekadasi tithi; things will move in an extremely smooth manner in all cases of mediation.
Krishna deliberately skipped Ekadasi when visiting Hastinapur for mediation.
If you are looking to mediate for your court case, marriage, or business deals and want a way out of it, Please start a conversation on Ekadasi; you will definitely find a way out of this.
Ekadasi is the tithi to resolve internal conflicts and get healed, but why fast on this day, and how does it help us grow in life? You must have read many Ekadasi stories where a saint tells another person to fast on Ekadasi. You will get free from a certain problem – every story’s meanings are much deeper than what we read. Even before we read any story, we should have the context of why Ekadasi vrat is mentioned to a particular person in a particular condition and why Ekadasi of the particular month only is mentioned.
Since we know, this is the tithi of being absent-minded but what is meant by absent-minded is that we are so engrossed in one topic or person or place that we do not want to think about anything else in life. Due to this, we are in a state we ignore a lot of rules and bypass all the regulations as well, due to which we commit some kind of Sin which we do not perform intentionally. Still, by mistakes only, there are so many mistakes we commit in life which are done unintentionally when we are focusing on completing one task, we ignore some other rules; these sins are wiped off when we fast on Ekadasi tithi.
When soul and mind reach a mutual agreement and find a path which is compromising for both and getting the best of both worlds, healing is done, and a person finds a way out of the problem.
Shree Krishna clearing confusion of Arjun in battlefield as there should be no conflict of Mind and Soul while performing tasks.
Like in Aja Ekadasi is happening when Sun is in Leo- So story and sins are of King and mistakes you might have committed when you had power as you were focusing only one part of the life as the significator of mind Moon will be in Gemini showing that while being in power when you use give promises due to ego without thinking of consequences you suffer in this life without partner and power.
If you see stories related to this, Ekadasi is similar- the story is of King Harishchandra who was known for speaking only truth, but he made a mistake that when a person said that in my dream you promised me – King Harishchandra agreed to it and said that even if in your dream, I have promised I will complete it, this was nothing but the ego of King at that moment which made him commit this mistake. When Rishi Gautam suggested that King Harishchandra should fast on Aja Ekadasi to get free from this sin, only then could he only get his kingdom back.
King Harishchandra in his court.
The other stories of King Aja on whose name this Ekadasi has been named have similar stories, but the moral remains the same when you are in power, do not make promises only to satisfy the ego; otherwise, you need to go through misery. When we fast on this day, we get self-realisation of so many things which we were ignored due to our ego.
I will continue to write on each of Ekadasi and its significance and more about how to make the best of this day as a reader of Lunar astro; I would request you to spread the importance of Ekadasi and to heal your near and dear ones as the kind of peace and healing, I have seen in my life there is no other more fantastic remedy I can suggest you heal your soul and mind. I feel blessed that today I can share some portion of my views, and even if few of you can follow it, I would feel that work assigned by lord Vishnu to me is done as spreading the name of Lord Vishnu and giving peace to damaged souls and mind is the biggest Punya on this earth.
The picture below is of Narad Muni, who has access to lord Vishnu 24/7 and is free from every sin due to spreading the name of Lord Vishnu in three worlds.