Kartik month – guidelines to observe

25 October 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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(…) When Krishna is with sandhini and samvit, He is Paramatma. When He is only with sandhini, the same Krishna is Brahma. And if He is with sandhini, samvit and hladini, then He is Bhagavan.

What makes Krsna be Bhagavan is sri-hladini-sakti – Srimati Radhika.

A few points to follow daily with great care and attention during Kartik Vrata (the vow of this month of Kartik):

– wake up during brahma-muhurta at 4 in the morning (at least);
– recite personal mantras;
– perform Mangal Arati at 4am without fail (sing Gurvastakam);
– perform bhajans/astakams in the morning;
– sing, read or recite Damodarastakam;
– sing Śrī Rādhā-kṛpā-kaṭākṣa-stava-rāja and Śrī Nanda-nandanāṣṭakam;
– refrain from mundane conversations;
– sleep on the floor (if health permits);
– eat little (some people subsists on fruits only) or according to your health and bodily requirements, so much so not to impair one’s health that may have detrimental effect on devotional service;
– abstain from mustard oil, mustard seed, tomatoes, white pumpkin (Loki), eggplant / aubergine, urad-dahl and tor-dahl;
– do not use any kind of massage oil (unless for medical reasons) or perfume;
– chant 64 rounds of japamala (maha-mantra) daily; don’t waste time on mundane conversation. Only harinama and hari-katha;
– reside in the dham (Vrndavan, Mathura, Navadvip). If one is physically unable to do so then one should do it by mind such as listening to hari-katha and glorifying the pastimes of Krishna; Listen to Srila Gurudev singing Jaya Radha Jaya Krsna Jaya Vrindavan, by listening to this song we are automatically in Vrindavan, reminding us of the places of Krsna’s pastimes;
– read Srimad Bhagavatam, canto 10, specifically these five chapters of lila Katha (SB 10.29 to 33-chapters 29 to 33);
– abstain from watching TV except videos of Gurudev and parikrama;
– do not associate with people of different notions, gossipers, those who speak ill of other and criticizing others, especially those who criticize the vaisnavas – stay away from them;
– partake Mahaprasad;
– make a vow to read a specific grantha sequentially, there is one whole month to finish. Upadesamrta, Siksastaka (for more depth and advancement: Sri Radha-Rasa-Sudha-Nidhi, Bhakti Rasayan, Bhajan-Rahasya, Madhurya kadambini);
– associate with the sadhus, avoid people of whimsical thoughts and glorify the saints. (…)

Jay Gurudev!

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