Siddhas, Yogis & Rishis of India

The greatest contribution of India to the world is her material and spiritual science. No civilization, however old it be, has ever attained the level of sophistication, reached by the great ancient Siddhas, Yogis and Rishis of India in material and spiritual science.

What they had was not just intelligence but intuition. They could see, hear or feel beyond the realm of the five senses. They did not need telescopes, microscope or other scientific equipments to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos. They only relied on the most powerful instrument in the world the human soul which has it in a latent sense, omniscience and omnipotence.

The earth plane was actually designed as a laboratory for the evolution of souls, so the GOD send us His reprsentatives in the form of Siddhas, Yogis and Rishis to show us the way. This great souls are in every part of the world, but particularly in India and especially in Tamil Nadu, the land of the Mystics.

In India all scientific truths are imbibed in routine life, by explaining them through Puranic Stories. Through tradition or custom, all scientific truths are brought to the stage of implementation in day-to-day life

In this Blog im Decoding the Hindu Sacred Stories, Symbols, Myth, Rituals and Worships for Today`s Modern World Scientifically. Many doubts such as the connection between the Universal Soul, the One God and myriad gods and goddesses, Hindu rituals, practices and their symbolism, the caste system and concepts such as karma, dharma and reincarnation are explained in a simplified and scientific form.

"May Mother Earth and Father Heaven Bless You With Prosperity and Enlightenment"

- Vijayakumar Alagapan

Quotes about India

Some of the following facts were recently published in a German magazine, which deals with WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA and HINDUISM.

- India invented the Number system 0 to 9.

- The world's first University was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4 th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

- Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.

- Although western media portray modern images of India as poverty striken and underdeveloped through political corruption, India was once the richest empire on earth.

- The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.

- The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayana's works dates to the 6th Century which is long before the European mathematicians.

- Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India . Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11 th Century; the largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 1053.


- USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.

- Chess was invented in India .

- Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient India .

- When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley ( Indus Valley Civilisation) .


- The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.

QUOTES ABOUT INDIA

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. - Albert Einstein, 1879–1955 (German scientist and humanist)

India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grand mother of tradition. - Mark Twain.

The Indian way of life provides the vision of the natural, real way of life. On the face of India are the tender expressions, which carry the Creator’s hand. - George Bernard Shaw, 1856–1950 (Irish author and literary critic)

If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India . - French scholar Romain Rolland.


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VIDYA - EDUCATION
Education, which cannot give peace to the soul or cannot give the knowledge of the Self and the inner satisfaction, is not education. Education, which cannot wipe the tears of others, known or unknown, is not education. Education is understanding the situation - leading the life that can make the life, the Life Divine, where the ultimate goal of the life is the God-Realisation.

THREE STAGES OF HUMAN EVOLUTION

- Animal to Man ( Mooladhara to Anahata )
- Man to Man ( Anahata to Ajna )
- Man to Divine ( Ajna to Sahasrara )

GOLDEN AGE / SATYUGAM
During 2012, the Sun, Earth and Karthigai star, will be in alignment resulting in more of the grace light entering the Earth plane. Thereafter, it is predicted that the Karthigai - Lord Murugan energy will be responsible for the transformation of the planet and of the genetic evolution of the human species into Gods and Goddesses status. This energy will allow humans to return to their original blueprint. The most important thing to remember about these new energies is to stay conscious and match our frequency to receieve it through proper worships, rituals, yoga and mystical knowledge according to great siddha masters.

ANCIENT SIDDHA MASTERS
The Siddhas were scientists, particularly in their investigations into chemistry, astronomy, plants, human anatomy and physiology. They applied their extraordinary powers, developed through intensive yogis practices, to research these areas on atomic and universal levels without the use of sophisticated equipment. In the long linege of Siddhas, one does not know when they came into earth's existance. Whether they still exist or are they Ascended masters teaching humanity the various sciences and philosophy, will perhaps, be never known.


SIDDHAS TEACHINGS
In the teachings of the Siddhas the human body is a temple of God. Man is a miniature representation of Paramatma or Supreme Intelligence. The purpose of life is to realize God.To manifest that realization in all planes of existence.

SIDDHAS MEDICINE
Using special salts as well as herbal formulae the Siddhas developed the unique science of rejuvenation, known as "kaya kalpa", which allowed them to prolong their lives until the long term effects of Kriya Kundalini Pranayama and similar yogic practices could complete the process of transformation, bringing about physical immortality.

Siddhas followed the ancient Guru- disciple apprenticeship method. They revealed their secrets to those students whom they felt could be trusted not to misuse the science. The science of Kaya kalpa was limited to those great sages. who were prepared for the uplifting of humanity. Ayurveda came much later as discipline.

SIDDHAS SECRET KNOWLEDGE
The Siddhas had vast knowledge of human anatomy. Their single-minded concentration was unique. It was was achieved with perfection. Their literature on medicine was extensive. The Siddhas were a close-knit community and preferred to preserve their knowledge. They reduced this knowledge to codes and symbols and their literature was steeped in mysticism. Only a Siddha can decode the writings of a Siddha. A beginner could not gain any appreciable knowledge without the Siddha accepting him as a student.

THE SCIENCE OF YOGA
Siddhas such as Thirumoolar, Agastyar, Boganathar, and many more had realized their capacity for experiencing and manifesting the Divine. This was not only limited to the spiritual plane of existence. The Cosmic Spirit would descend into the more lower and gross planes of consciousness, the intellectual, mental, and physical bodies. This for us is a limiting thought as our yogic parasites are not as intense as the Siddha. With progressive surrender of their being , their ego and their very lives the Divine would indeed transform them. With intense practices of various Kriyas, hatha and bhakti yoga, meditation, mantras and Kriya Kundalini Pranayama they merged with the Cosmic Spirit . This was race against time as the natural breakdown of cells, catabolism, had to be reversed to anabolism to prolong the extent of their age. They had to complete the Divine transformation. With Kriya Kundalini yoga and using specific herbal and mineral salts they were able to prolong their youth for the Ultimate transformation.

SIDDHANTHAM
The Universe was created out of a Cosmic Thought . No civilization be it the Inca, Atlantis or Egyptian had such a precise knowledge as the Siddhas. They were proficient in the science of longevity or deathless state, alchemy, medicine and physics.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Goddess Saraswathi Birthday on 1st Feb 2017


                                       
PRAYERS WITH ENGLISH MEANING
Saraswathi Namasthubhyam, varade Kama roopini,

Vidhyarambham karishyami, sidhir bhavathu me sada.
My salutations to Goddess Saraswathi,

Who can take any form,

Who is the bestower of all boons,

And I start learning now,

With the prayer to her,

To make it very effective.
Worshipping Mother Saraswati on fifth date of Thai month, Shukla Paksha is of great importance. According to astrology, the fifth house of horoscope is called the house of education. Starting education from 5th date makes a person successful in fields of education. Mother Saraswati is the Goddess of 64 arts and knowledge. Her blessings bring consciousness in the life and our increased wisdom helps us in achieving wealth.

Children are taught their first words on this day (as an auspicious beginning to learning). Schools, colleges etc., (places of learning) organise special worship of Saraswathi.

With Her grace, the mute, it is believed, have been able to speak and people have been blessed with the ability to write or compose poems. Musicians sing here and many even choose to perform here first. Instrumentalists have puja performed for their instruments here. Apart from art and culture, Goddess Saraswathi also showers Her blessings for the education of children.

According to scriptures, Lord Brahma blessed Shri Krishna that he will be worshipped on the day of Thai Month Shukla Paksha Panchami.

Notebooks, pencils and pens are kept at the Devi's feet for blessings and then used by the students. A noticeboard asks the students to write their names, address and the roll number on a piece of paper and put it in the hundi after praying for success! It is believed the Goddess blesses them for good and positive results.


Goddess Mookambikai


The Auspicious Muhurtham to Start Education
The Birthday of Goddesses Saraswathi is also known as Vasanth Panchami. This day is also known as the Abujha Muhurutham (most auspicious day). On this day, starting of education is considered favorable. There is no need to apply any more rules of Muhurutham to perform this Sanskaram. Because of this reason Mystics in India started the custom of Saraswati Pujai on the day of Vasanth Panchami.

Lord Hayagriva

Goddess Saraswati is extremely pleased when you worship Her Guru, Lord Hayagriva. For learning, Hayagriva is the most important God to worship. Hayagriva is a horse-headed Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Hayagriva restores wisdom to its rightful place and is thus worshiped as the God of knowledge and wisdom. On this day worship Goddess Saraswathi and recite her mantra Hmmm Aim Saraswathiye Namaha and follow by with her Guru's mantra Hmmm Hayagriva, Hayagriva, Hayagriva Namaha.

                             
                             Vidya Arambam ritual at Kollur Mookambikai temple

Those who want to master the 64 arts need Goddess Saraswathi's blessings. How to receiver her blessings? By taking food not more then half stomach at a time. Drink water 1/4 stomach at a time so that the remaining 1/4 of stomach will be empty always. So to invoke Goddess Saraswathi you should not over load your stomach. In tamil we say ''athigama saptaka butthi manthama agum". Along with this diet system you can take 'vallarai' 2 times p/day and recite "Aim" 108 times by placing your palm on your stomach after shower every morning. ~ Vijayakumar Alagappan www.iksacademy.com

Shakti Worship During Month of Thai



Rise of Goddess Consciousness: Shakti Worship

The Sanskrit term 'Shakti' means 'power'. There is a supreme power behind this universe that is expressed in many varied ways. Heat, light, lightning - all these are expressions of just that power.

Shakti is the creator of the universe. The universe is her form. She is the foundation of the world and forms of the body. Shakti is the form of all things that live and move in the world. There is no jewel rarer than her, no condition superior to her!

Not many people have the grace to perform true Shakti worship. Shakti has manifested in various forms like Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati and so on. Shakti represents 3 potencies and they are Itcha Shakti, Kriya Shakti and Jnana Shakti.

As the whole world is under the influences of these energies, every human possesses these 3 Shaktis or powers:
1. Itcha Shakti is the will power, the desire or motivation which relates to the Mind.
2. Kriya Shakti is the power of action, the ability to act for the fulfillment of the desire that relates to physical body
3. Jnana Shakti is the power of knowledge, the capacity to know and recognize, which relates to the soul (Atma)


These 3 powers esoterically manifest in yourself as follows. There is the one you think you are (physical body), the one others think you are (mind) and the one you really are (principle of the soul or 'atma'). Everyone is essentially divine, but is unable to understand this by the very nature of being human.

The concept of Shakti is also connected with Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali. Durga represents the power of the Supreme Being that preserves moral order and righteousness in the creation. Durga, also called Divine Mother, protects mankind from evil and misery by destroying evil forces such as selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger and ego. Kali is the fierce form of Parvati. She is a fierce protector and upholder of Dharma, although seemingly cruel at times.

The Tamil month of Thai (Mid January to Mid February) has a great significance for Shakti worship especially the 4 Fridays that falls during this month.

Transform your ltcha Shakti into longing for God.
Convert Kriya Shakti into a force for doing divine actions.
Sublimate your Jnana Shakti into divinity itself.

Thai Masam Amavasai Tharpanam - 27th Jan 2017

The secret of overcoming your problems!
~ By Vijayakumar Alagappan


All human beings on this earth are born with three Rinas (Debts) such as Deva Rina (Gods & Goddesses), Rishi Rina(12 level of Gurus) and Pitru Rina(departed ancestors).  Deva Rina is a kind of debt owed to Lord that can be paid off by leading Dharmic way of living, visiting temples and doing self-less service to Lord and following customs and rituals.  Rishi Rinas are the debt owed to Rishis which can be cleared by living a life of morality and following the rules prescribed in the Siddhantam and sacred scriptures.  Finally, Pitru Runas are the debt owed to ancestors can be well paid off by performing homage to ancestors in the form of Tharpanam rituals.


According to Siddhas (South Indian Mystics) another main reason for all of our everyday problems besides planets is the departed spirits of our ancestors. Our role is that we should constantly connect to the departed ancestors to live a peaceful life.


Our departed forefathers / ancestors cannot come to this world whenever they think, except on Amavasai ( New Moon ), the starting day of every month and during Mahalaya Paksha. So they all will come in sookshma (means not visible to naked eyes) dehas and if we offer them the sesame (gingili) and water they accept that, and bless us directly.

The best blessings and worst curses come from your departed parents, grandparents and ancestors. If your ancestors decide to help you, they can change your life instantaneously.


There are only three times a year that we can strongly influence and help our departed ancestors elevate to higher plane where in return they will bless us for our well being.

- Thai Masam Amavasya :New Moon (15 Jan to 15 feb)

- Adi Masam Amavasya : New Moon (15 July to 15 Aug)

- Purattasi Masam Amavasya : New Moon (15 Sept to 15 Oct)



This coming Thai Masam Amavasai (New Moon) on 27th January 2017 the departed souls will visit the earth plane to bless their relations. Performing tantric rituals for them on this special day is very important for both our material and spiritual enhancement. They can bless us with greater health, wealth, prosperity and enlightenment. Tarpanam on Thai Masam Amavasai is best performed by trained priests.


The blessings of your deceased ancestors, both maternal as well as paternal, are a major reason why you do or do not succeed in this life. 


To perform the daily (Nithya Tharpanam) and monthly Tantric Tarpanam ritual by yourself you can learn in our Tantric Astrology Consultation - for appointment call +6012 910 7301

Clarifications
Tharpanam is done only for departed beings, that is, those who have passed on. Tharpanam is not done for those who are alive. If you don't know the name of an ancestor, that is fine. Just state the relationship alone and offer tharpanam for that ancestor.

Can one do tharpanam for more than 12 departed ancestors?
The answer is yes. But that is a more advanced procedure.



When to do Tharpanam?
Tharpanam should be done at sunrise. There is a tradition that says that tharpanam should be done at noon. If this is your tradition, please do follow that.

Where to do Tharpanam?
You can do tharpanam right in the comfort of your home.
But it is that much more effective to do it in temples and on the banks of sacred rivers.

If you can do tharpanam in the Pitru Moksha temples and sacred spots, that would be the best.(Rameswaram Temple is one of the most powerful spot for tarpanam ritual)

If your ancestors are not resting peacefully, then they can cause much disruption and hardship in your life.

Can the son do tharpanam if the father is alive?
The most serious misconception regarding tharpanam is the idea that if the father is alive, the son should not do tharpanam. The son has a pitru debt just as the father does. So it is important to shed this misconception rightaway. The father can do pitru tharpanam and so can the son and the son's son. In fact, if all three do it together, the pitrus will be very pleased!



Can women do tharpanam?
Women can do pitru tharpanam just as well as men. Think of this key point: If there are no sons in a family, does that mean the ancestors should be starved of tharpanam? The answer is NO. The daughters can certainly do tharpanam. Preferably women should use white sesame seeds in their tharpanam.

The Process of Rebirth and The Cycle of Birth and Death

The ancestors must always be worshipped first…Hell and Heaven is right here among the species…we all must account for our actions-if you bark at people you will become a dog in the next life or gossip a lot will become a frog…when these ancestors are caught up in the lower levels of life then the cycle of birth and death ceased, and women in the family are unable to give birth to babies…causing extinction of the family.


TO AVOID CHILDLESS COUPLES AND GUARANTEE SUCCESSFUL LIFE THE ANCESTORS MUST BE WORSHIPPED AND REMEMBERED BY PERFORMING PITRU PUJA OR HONOURING OF THE PAST SOULS DURING THE TIME OF PITRU PAKSHA. ( MUCH LIKE THE CHINESE HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL AND AMERICAN HALOWEEN FESTIVAL )



Perform Tharpanam rituals with IKS Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 


- Limited to 90 people only
- Rm 71 ( Moksha Vilaku, Thachanai to priest, Annadhanam + Vastradhanam + Thachanai at old folks and Children homes are included)
- Dress code : Saree and Veshti
- Bring along your family members to the ritual so that they also will get your departed ancestors blessings

You can call and confirm with us to take part in this special tantric ritual with Indian Knowledge System Academy @ 013 350 5903 

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PLEASE READ THESE POINTS CAREFULLY BEFORE DOING THE PITRU THARPANAM 

1. Pithru Tharpanamis done only for departed beings, that is, those who are dead. Pithru Tharpanam is not done for those who are alive.

2. If you don't know the name of an ancestor, that is fine. Just state the relationship alone and offer
Tharpanam for that ancestor.

3. If you know the gotra lineage of a person, say it just before you mention the relationship, e.g., Sri Vatsa Gotra great grandfather Muruga or Vadhoola Gotra friend Suresh in the examples above. If you do not know the gotra of the person or you do not know what gotra is, just ignore this step.

4. For those who wear the sacred thread, change it to your right shoulder at the beginning of the Pithru Tharpanam ceremony and back to the left shoulder at the end of the ceremony. There are special mantras for this step. If you don't wear the sacred thread, ignore this step.

5. Can also do Pitra Tharpanam for more than 12 departed ancestors.

6. There are special mantras for each specific ancestor. These special mantras will have their special effect for sure.

7. The Pithru Tharpanam has to be done at the Sunrise; some people follow the procedure of doing this around noon.

8. The Pitra Tharpanams could be done in the comfort of your house. It is very wonderful to do in the designated temples or on the banks of sacred rivers. It gives very good results, if it is done at Pithru Moksha temples or sacred spots.


9. Pithru Tharpanam or Pitra Tharpanam can be performed by the following peoples. Elder Son/ other Son/ Wife/ Daughter/ Second wife/ Son or daughter of the Second wife/ Son or boy born out of wedlock.

Do's and Dont's while doing Pithru Tharpanam:

1. Never do this Pithru Tharpanam without taking head bath and your body & mind should be clean and calm.

2. Must do this Pithru Tharpanam on empty stomach (no coffee/water too)

3. Never eat Non Vegetarian foods on the day that you do this ritual.

4. It is highly sinful to offer Non Vegetarian foods / alcohol to the departed souls.

5. It is highly damaging to mix sesame seeds with any non vegetarian foods.

6. Should not take bath (for the whole day) after completing Pithru Tharpanam / Pujas.

7. It is always good to offer foods to those who are in really need of it.

8. Never do Pithru Tharpanam on your Jenma Nakshatras.

9. It is good to visit temples after completing the Pithru Tharpanam.


Regards,
IKS ACADEMY TEAM

May Your Ancestors Bless You with Good Health, Wealth, Prosperity and Enlightenment

The Significance of Thai Poosam Festival : 9th Feb 2017

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Significance of Thai Poosam
The Month of 'Thai", is very famous for 'Thai Poosam' or 'Day of Light'. This event/festival occurs on the full moon day of the "Poosam" Nakshatra Day. Thai Poosam is the most powerful day to pray to the Vel and Muruga for destruction of all enemies, diseases and debts. This is a time for ascension from a material to pure spiritual domain. It is one of the best opportunities to enhance our thought patterns so that we are holistically much better than before.

Why Should I Participate?
It is the day when Lord Muruga was given the powerful 'Lance' or 'Vel,' (Divine Spear Weapon) by Mother Goddess Parvathi to assist in His battle with the demon Surapadma. The vel has a lot of significance in the transition from the physical into a life beyond, or in other words attaining a 'light body'.

- Pushya means "nurture". Pushya is in the sign Cancer owned by the Moon, the Mother. The deity associated with Pushya is Brihaspati, the 'Guru'/ Teacher. Brihaspati has a property of enlightening spiritual growth. "Poosam" or "Pushya" is considered by many to be the most auspicious star for spiritual development.

The Story of Lord Muruga:
This is the story of the birth of Muruga or Kumara and the fulfillment of the purpose of His divine incarnation. "Tormented by the asura (demon/anti God) Sura padma, the devas with Indra as the leader, went to the world of the creator" (dated back to the history of Kumara Sambhava 2.1) The creator said “only the spark of Shiva can produce the hero who will defeat the powers of the evil" Unfortunately, Shiva The king of the yogis was lost in a deep state of meditation. None of the Devas dared to disturb him... least of all convince him to create a progeny.

The deity associated with Pushya is also Brihaspati, the 'Guru' or teacher and so it has a property of enlightening spiritual growth.

Upon Brahma's suggestion, they sought the help of Parvathi and Kama (the god of love). Parvathi agreed to help and engaged herself in severe penance to attract Shiva's attention. Kama also agreed to help and engaged himself in the suicidal mission of arousing Shiva from His state of Samadhi.
The penance of Parvathi and the sacrifice of Kama paid off. Shiva was aroused from his Samadhi. However, none could bear the sparks of His fiery seed. Thus Saravanabava was born. He was also Skanda - Shiva's power of chastity preserved through penance. Skanda was raised by the six mothers of the divine constellation of Krithika (Pleiades). Karthikeya divided himself into six babies to be nursed by six mothers. When Parvathi gathered all the six babies, He became Shanmukha - the one with the six faces and one body. Shanmukha became Kumara - the powerful virile adolescent who was also the beautiful and the handsome (Muruga). Indra was restored to his kingdom and gave his daughter Devayanai or Devasena in marriage to Skanda.

Who is Lord Muruga?
Lord Muruga, the younger brother of Lord Ganesha, is the protector of our earth plane. He has always been concerned about the progression of human beings and the planet earth we live in. Muruga is also the Lord of the Pleiades (A star cluster in the constellation Taurus). Lord Muruga is associated with the birth star Krithika; a very precious birth star. Thus, he is an epitome. He represents the primordial energy and force in its own imagery. Muruga is also addressed as "Lord Subramanian/ Aarumugam (the six faced deity), Karthikeyan, Muthu Kumaran" and so on. As per the myths and Indian epics, he is well known for having played a major role in taming the humans towards a higher life. He is basically a celestial warrior, constantly involved in killing demons that prevent good things (the grace of light) from entering the earth plane.

The Significance of the Vel/Lance:
It is believed that in every Yuga, only one incarnation is the most powerful. Muruga is one such incarnation who is currently powerful. His main role is to diffuse bad karma, whether it is money, health or relationship. One can access the energy of Lord Muruga through his weapon called the Vel (spear/ lance). The Vel is not just a killer weapon; it also destroys ignorance and bad karma. Worshipping the Vel will keep away one’s bad karma; a great device towards the righteous path of life, which is matchless in power.

Why you should pray to Lord Muruga?
Lord Muruga (Nyana Kadavul), as an ascetic reminds us to control the demonic mind and its tricks, thereby guarding oneself against jealousy, anger, lust and other undesirable qualities. He is known to bestow both material and spiritual abundance to His devotees.

It is believed that during the Nine Nights of the Goddess (Navaratri), the three goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi get involved in destroying the dark forces; and from the start of October, Lord Muruga takes over - Lord Muruga the Protector and Guardian Angel for our peaceful living!

Secrets of Murugan’s Worship
Modern science divides the dormant area of the brain into ten parts, whereas in kundalini yoga we divide it into six. The qualities or manifestations of the brain are also six fold, e.g. the psychic powers, These manifest in different individuals according to the degree of awakening in the corresponding areas of the brain. Lord Murugan is also known as Shanmukha because He has six heads which represents the 6 parts of our brain. With the right Murugan’s worships you can invoke Him in the form of Vel ( the spear) which symbolizing the ascension of Kundalini energy along spinal column and activate the whole brain (naturally by birth we will only use 1 / 6 of the brain, the rest 5 / 6 part of the brain can be activated only through chakras activation ).

In Kundalini yoga it was discovered that the different parts of the brain are connected with the chakras. Certain areas are connected with mooladhara chakra, others with swadhisthana, manipuraka, and so on. When you want to turn on a electric lamp, you don't have to touch the lamp itself, you operate it by means of the switch on the wall. Likewise, when you want to awaken the brain, you can't deal with it directly, you have to flick the switches which are located in the chakras. Sa Ra Va Na Ba Va is one of the mantra to invoke our six chakras. You need to close your eyes and consciously concentrate on mooladhara chakra while reciting ‘Sa’ for 4 seconds / counts, then concentrate swadhisthana and recite Ra for 4 seconds, and so on. You can ask your Guru to reveal further on the secrets of Mururugan’s worships.


The Shatkonam's Significance of Lord Murugan
The Shatkonam or the 6-konam of Murugan denotes the merging of Shiva chakra and Shakti chakra. The bless of the goddess Shakti comes down from the sky and is denoted by the triangle which is coming down. The mind of sadhaka which always wants to get the higher things (thinking of the grace of Devi) (i.e., always in nishta) denotes the Shiva chakra (the triangle which goes up), when both these triangles merges the Shiva-Shakti aikyam (union ) happens and where lord Murugan appears. This is what the Somaskandhan Thatvam also explains. The sadhaka who gets the grace of both Shakti and Shiva remains always young as Kumaran and beautiful like a star like Karthigeya.

On this day Lord Muruga showers his divine grace to his devotees on the earth plane, abundantly. One is advices to chant the mantra “Hmmm / Om Saravanabava” to help facilitate his divine blessings!

~ By Vijayakumar Alagappan

Surya Jeyanthi 3rd Feb 2017 - The Birthday of Sun God

Surya Jayanti is the birthday of Lord Surya, festival of Sun-God. This festival is also known as Ratha Sapthami which means the seventh tithi after the Ammavasai (new moon) tithi in the month of Thai (mid January - mid February). This year it falls on 3rd Feb 2017. On this day Arogya Saptami vratam is observed to get relief from major health problems and disorders.


Lord Surya
The Sun is the God – whom everyone can see, perceive and pray. The Sun in astrology called Ravi or Surya. He is the life-giver and time-giver. He is the lord of Leo in the zodiac. He stays one month in each rasi and takes 365 days or 12 months to complete a round of Rasis. Worship of this God on Sunday is supposed to bring in manifold benefits to the worshippers.

There are innumerable references to sun worship in the Puranas. The Ramayana speaks of Sage Agastyar initiating Rama into sun worship through the Aditya Hridayam mantra.

He has two wives, Sanjana and Chhaya. The first one is the daughter of Vishwakarma. After her marriage she found that she could not bear the power of this god’s rays. She therefore, made an image of her own, imparted life to it and left it with Surya the Sun god. Later on she turned into mare and was adopted by Surya again.

Surya has several sons. The lawgiver, Manu, the lord of death, Yama and the river Yamuna were born of Sanjana. According to Mahabharata, the great warior Karna was this god’s illegitimate son by Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. Surya is also the father of the monkey chief, Sugriva, who was the ally of Lord Rama.

As per the scriptures one who performs the Surya Namaskaram daily does not get poor in a thousand births

click below for more about Lord Surya and Surya Namaskaram Practices :


Ratha Sapthami day ritual bath ~ IKS Academy students










If widow fast on this day, they get rid of the widowhood from next birth on wards..
How to Fast
Observe the fasting from Thursday day night and you can break the fasting with light food on Friday after Sun set. If you are not fit to take fast then you can observe water fasting or fruit fasting. Tender coconut water for water fasting and banana for fruit fasting is highly recomended. Avoid taking citric acid fruits like orange or apple if you want to take fruit fasting since it can ignite your hidrocloric acid and disturb your stomach and fasting.

This day is also powerful to offer Tharpanam to departed Ancestors.

Tantric Ritual
The center piece of worship procedure on Ratha Sapthami day is the ritual bath. The leaves of the erukku (Calotropis gigantea) form an important part of the Ratha Sapthami ritual bath. Siddhar Agasthiar says that these leaves have an innate spiritual force that is similar to the one derived from the energy knots on the head and thus they can be used to achieve spiritual effects similar to those obtained from the kundalini activation. The erukku leaves are arranged one on top of the other in seven layers. On Ratha Sapthami day, devotees wake up before sunrise and seat facing east. Placing the seven layer erukku leaf arrangement on their heads, they have their ritual bath with their minds fixed on Surya the Sun God. After the ritual bath, they perform Soorya Namaskaram and recite Agasthiar’s Aditya Hrudayam hymn.

Watch the video below and read hymn that will appear in English translation to understand the mystical powers of Lord Surya :



Lord Surya is also Hanuman's Guru
Hanuman sought to educate himself and for this purpose he chose Surya the sun god as his guru saying: "You see everything there is to see in the universe and you know everything there is to know. Please accept me as your pupil." Surya hesitated. "I don't have the time," he said. "During the day I ride across the sky, and at night I am too tired to do anything."

He who takes a bath at the time of sunrise on Ratha Sapthami is purified like Mother Ganges.

"Then teach me as you ride across the sky during the day. I will fly in front of your chariot, facing you from dawn to dusk." Impressed by Hanuman's zeal and determination, Surya accepted him as his pupil. Thus Hanuman flew before the chariot of the sun god, withstanding the awesome glare, until he became well versed in the four books of knowledge (the Vedas), the six systems of philosophies (darshanas), the sixty-four arts or kalas and the one hundred and eight occult mysteries of the Tantras.

Daily Tantric Practices
Wake up every day at least 1 hour before Sun rise and take cold bath to wake up your senses and regulate blood flow through out your whole body and practice Surya namaskaram during Sun rise (Sun salutation exercise) follow by 'Hmmm Suryaye Namaha' or Gayathri manthra for 18 / 108 times or listen to Aditya Hridayam mantra  if you want more success in every sphere of your life, showers of material comforts and builds your reputation in career. The best time to observe this practices is one hour from Sunrise time at place. You can ask your guru to disclose the secret of Aditya Hridayam to achieve greater prosperity or enlightenment and he will give the guarded secrets of this mantra when you are ready.

~ By Vijayakumar Alagappan


14 January 2017 - Pongal day is the Actual New Year of Solar Calendar.

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Pongal day is the New Year festival of Solar Calendar in Siddha tradition of South India.The modern science has made it clear that without the Sun, no life can exist on the Earth. In India, the Sun-worship is prevalent from time immemorial. In traditional Indian calendar, there are 2 solstices. One is the northward movement of the Sun and the other is the southward movement. The north movement starts somewhere in January, hence the most important one as per as the renewal of the world is concerned. It is called the dawn for the God and Goddesses.


With the end of the wet month of Margazhi (mid December to mid January) the new month of Thai (mid January to mid February) heralds a series of festivals. The first day of this month is a festival day known as "Pongal Day". Pongal means the "boiling over" of milk and rice during the month of Thai. This year it starts from January 15th.

The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future prosperity for the family.

People celebrating Pongal should be aware of the meaning & significance of the important rituals associated with this harvest festival. Pongal or Thai Pongal is also called Makara Sankaranthi, since it is celebrated on the first day of Thai when the Sun enters the Makara Rasi (Capricornus). This signals the end of winter and the onset of spring throughout the northern hemisphere. For the next six months, the days are longer and warmer. The Sun begins its journey northward as it transits into the constellation of Makaram (Capricorn), signaling the return of ever increasing daylight and the Sun going to start drive out the darkness.


The period is referred to as Uttarayan Punyakalam and is considered auspicious. Legend has it that the Devas wake up after a six-month long slumber during this period. And so it is believed that those pass away during Uttarayanam attain salvation. In fact, Bheeshma the grandsire in the epic Mahabharatham is believed to have waited for the dawn of Uttarayana before he gave up his life.



This transit is a powerful opportunity to change your old ways and rewrite the rules for the next year. Your old ways might not have brought you the affluence or poignant happiness that you have been yearning for. The celebrations associated with this transit carry a strong vibration which can stir up your awareness and help you receive what you rightly deserve.

Accelerating the benefic effects of the Sun using remedies can augment your good luck time, like sailing with the wind at your back.

Customs & Celebrations of Pongal festival

Bhogi Pongal
The morning of January 14th prior to the transit is the time to clean your homes and your mind. Clean your closets and throw out old items from the past that no longer has a place in your life. Spiritually this is the time to overhaul of your current self and getting ready for a higher self. This festival celebrates leaving behind the old way of doing things, be it relationship, money matters or health habits.

Pongal
Pongal generally includes customs & celebrations that are the expression of jubilation over life's renewal. On Thai Pongal, the family begins the day early. Every member of the family gets up early in the morning, bathes, puts on new clothes and gathers to cook the traditional Pongal (rice pudding). The front garden is pre-prepared for this ceremonious cooking. A flat square pitch is made and decorated with kolam drawings, and it is exposed to the direct sun light. A fire wood hearth will be set up using three bricks. The cooking begins by putting a clay pot with water on the hearth.


It is interesting to know that even Indra, the king of heaven, rejoices during this time of abundance, fun, luxury and happiness.

A senior member of the family conduct the cooking and the rest of the family dutifully assists him or her or watches the event. When the water has boiled the rice is put into the pot - after a member the family ceremoniously puts three handful of rice in first. The other ingredients of this special dish are chakkarai (brown cane sugar) or katkandu (sugar candy), milk (cow's milk or coconut milk), roasted green gram (payaru), raisins, cashew nuts and few pods of cardamom. When the meal is ready it is first put on a banana leaf and the family pray for few minutes to thank the Sun. Then the meal (Pongal) is served among the family.



New clothes: Traditionally, the New Year is always begun by wearing new clothes, because it denotes that you have a steady flow of new clothes throughout the year



Worship: Since the New Year is the time of fresh beginning; it is believed that praying to the God before starting anything new is always better. This popular tradition adds a spiritual touch, giving mental satisfaction and peace of mind.

Clocks: Watches and clocks are corrected in order to endow the house with good fortune and also to ensure good times a head!



Money: New Year should never begin with unsettled amounts and unpaid bills. To do so, is a sure way that you will be paying out all year long. It is believed that all money settlements should be dealt with, before Old Year closes in, since it is the time to burry the foregone and begin afresh. hence make sure that all bills are paid off before 13th of January!



Breakage: Crying or breakage things on a New year day is considered inauspicious. It is believed in order to avoid setting the same pattern for the rest of the year.


Storing up: Wallets and purses are filled up with money and kitchen cupboards are stocked up with food, as they are believed to bring prosperity in the year ahead. It is believed that empty pockets or empty cupboards portend a sign of poverty!

~ By Vijayakumar Alagappan

"Wishing Everyone Happy Ponggal and a New Year. May all your wishes come true and GOD bless you with Good Health, Prosperity and Enlightenment this year !" ~ from IKS Academy Team

Monday, January 2, 2017

11th Jan 2017 - Arudra Darshan ( Chidambara Raghasiam)

Arudra Darshan - the Dance of Shiva / Orion Star
~ By Vijayakumar Alagappan www.iksacademy.com



Arudra Darshan is the festival celebrated in the temples of Lord Shiva, among which Chidambaram (Tamilnadu). The image of the dancing Shiva - Nadaraja originated from here. The image of Nadaraja symbolizes activity and stillness together, it's dancing but it's a still dance. He is the unmoved mover, he doesn't move but he moves everything around Him. The term 
Chidambaram means the sky of consciousness - Chit-am-bara. It is where consciousness originated and he dances and the dancing is the symbol of 
activity. And the activity is not just physical activity but also a mental activity. The 
predawn hours of the Full Moon night in the solar month of Dhanusu with the longest nights in the year, marks the auspicious time for Arudra Darshan. This falls on the day ruled by the star Arudra / Thiruvadhirai (Orion), which designates a golden red, flame, representing Lord Shiva Himself. It is in the form of light that the Lord performs His functions with ecstatic dance. The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva is enacted on that day, featuring the revered images of Lord 
Nadaraja and His consort Sivakami decked in regal finery. The deities are taken back to the 
Sanctum Sanctorum. Chidambaram temple houses one of the Pancha Sabhai.e., the fire cosmic dancehalls of Lord Shiva. Abishekam is performed to the Lord on this day. A delicious sweet 
preparation, known as Naivedya and distributed to devotees as prasadam.

Scientists call Arudra "mysterious" and "elusive" in their published works, informally calling this massive orb "the dancing star." 
Hindus might find the name apt - after all, Siva is Nadaraja, 
King of Dance.

Lord Shiva Represent Nadaraja
Lord Shiva's cosmic dance is represented as `Nadaraja' (Lord of dance). The cosmic dance is known as dance of bliss (Anandha Thandavam). Lord Shiva performs five most important functions to keep the world alive. They include creation, protection, destruction, embodiment and saving with grace. Lord Nadaraja's cosmic dance pose represents all these five activities – the hourglass shaped drum held in his upper right hand by the Lord represents the function `creation'; the second right hand gesture symbolising `fear not' represents `protection'; the fire held in the upper left hand represents `destruction'; the second left hand points towards raised foot signifies liberation from successive birth; the foot planted on the earth represents Lord's `embodiment' function; and finally the foot held aloft also symbolises the `grace'. The dwarf demon lies at the bottom of the planted foot signifies ignorance. The flames surrounding the lord represent the universe. The snake found around the Lord's waist signifies yogic energy (kundalini or pranasakti). The cosmic dance form of Lord Nadaraja represents the continuous cycle of creation of soul, protection of soul, destruction of soul, embodiment of soul and liberation of the soul from successive birth. Lord Nadaraja dances with his consort Devi Sivakami. In fact the Lord derives energy from his consort Shakti. ( Shakti means energy).


Cosmic Dance
From puranas we learn that on this holy day Lord Shiva has performed this blissful cosmic dance in front of his two ardent devotees - Vyagrapadha and Adhisesha (Lord Adhisesha is the five headed serpent on whose body Lord Vishnu lays down). The subjects of Lord Shiva also witnessed this dance. They wanted to celebrate this day as `Arudhra Darisanam' or cosmic dance of Lord Nadaraja. They wanted to seek the grace of the Lord for protecting the cosmos with his grace.

The destruction is a part of evolution. Every day we sleep or die to wake up fresh. The ‘shivam’ or the intelligence of God inside us takes care of the need to destroy cells so that new ones are born.


In all Shiva temples there will be sanctum sanctorum for Lord Nadaraja. There will be abhishekam (bathing the prime deity) and pooja for six times in a day in very temples. On the day of Arudhra Darshan there will abhishekam and pooja on the early morning of the full moon night.


The holy shrine Chidambaram (located in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu) is considered as foremost important from Saivites point of view. The prime deity is Lord Nadaraja and his consort Devi Sivakami. The temple's annual festival Margazhi Bhramotsavamwill be celebrated for ten days. It is one of the very important festivals. On this holy day at Chidambaram more than two lakh devotees will congregate to witness tenthday events of Arudhra Darshan, the most important festival. The holy abhishekam and pooja will be performed and the Lord and His consort will be taken as procession. During the procession the devotees (oothuvar) will recite the devotional holy hymns from "Thevaram", "Thiruvasagam" and "Thiruvempavai".



Chidambara Raghasiam

What is Chidambaram Raghasiam 
The only 
ancient temple where Lord Nadaraja is the presiding deity is located in Chidambaram and the unique feature of that temple is the famus "Chidambaram Raghasiam" ( Cosmic Secrets) . The mental activity is started by the dance of syllables or vowels and consonants, 51 in number. And these representatives, 51 sounds or alphabets are displayed to you in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple that the central piece is the dancing Shiva. And his one side is the goddess and the other side is a screen, a curtain and behind the curtain they place this 51 alphabets that are responsible for originating consciousness. So during the services they remove the curtain and ask you this is the secret of Chidambaram (Chidambara rahasyam). They won't explain it to you what it is but there are only 51 golden bilwa leaves which are inscribed the sounds that go to compose consciousness. The idea is if you understand consciousness hidden in the alphabets then you have understood how the world is organized.

Mythology: Lord Nataraja, Lord of Dance, Dance of Destruction
In the deodar forest lived sages who had spent their lives studying the cosmos, seeking the supreme truth. As time passed the sages deluded themselves with self-importance and their heads swelled with pride. They claimed they had renounced the world but secretly they sought all the pleasures of a life of luxury. They preached renunciation but practiced every from of sensual indulgence.

On Arudra day our Moon, Earth and Orion star groups will be in a straight vertical line in their position and help us sending grace light to change our mind and by changing our mind to change our life

To teach the sages a lesson Shiva arrived in the form of a handsome young hermit. Seduced by his beauty the sages and their wives ran after him. The sages held Shiva responsible for their own lack of restraint. They decided to destroy this temptation. With their magic powers they created a tiger, a serpent and a goblin and set them upon Shiva. Shiva skinned the tiger alive, wore the serpent around his neck and laughing, jumped on the goblin and began dancing on his back. This stunned the sages. He continued to dance wildly issuing tremors throughout the world, shaking the heavens and splitting the mountains. The gods abandoned the heavens to see the dance. As Shiva danced the sages realized that Shiva had flayed the tiger of their ambition, tamed the serpent of their passion and crushed the goblin of their ego. His dance captured the rhythm of life, the cosmic cycle of generation, organization and destruction. It encapsulated the essence of cosmic truth or santana dharma.


In his hands Shiva as Lord Nadaraja holds a drum that makes the final sound of death as well as the primeval vibrations of life. In his left hand Nadaraja holds Agni, a fire that burns and destroys yet also illuminates and energizes. Around him is a fiery prahabhamandala, which is the great wheel of samsara filled with the infinite cycle of births and rebirths. The sages looked at Shiva in awe. He came be known as Shiva Nadaraja the lord of Dance.

Did You Know ?
Arudra is the star that names one of the 27 lunar mansions of Hindu astrology. It is known as Shiva's star, a cosmic representation of His third eyes, red and intense.

Called Betelgeuse in the West (a medieval Arabic name), it fascinates and consternates modern astronomers. Though it is one of the most studied of suns, it defies description, as it changes in brightness, size and even shape with rythmic gusto.

Scientists call Arudra "mysterious" and "elusive" in their published works, informally calling this massive orb "the dancing star." Hindus might find the name apt - after all, Siva is Nataraja, King of Dance.

Arudra is part of the constelation of Orion, shinning as the brightest red star in the sky. Because of its blazing choreography, there is no certainty about the latest calculations point to around 600 light-years. Siva's star is colosal. For sake of camparison, if it were the size a football stadium, Earth would be a spec of dust, and the Sun no larger than a mango.

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Arudra is nearing a transitional point in its evolution. Tomorrow, perhaps, or several thousand years from now - it will enter a supernova stage. In that act, marking the height of his cosmic performance, Arudra will convert most of itself into light and cosmic rays, sending its energy out to the universe in a blinding flash. When it will outshine the full moon in our sky for months and be visible even during the day.

After that, Arudra will be a small neutron star, unimaginably dense, spinning incredibly fast. Just a cup of matter from a neutron star's core weighs more than all the mountains of the Himalas combined.

Hinduism Today Magazine, pg. 14 - April/May/June 2011
http://www.hinduismtoday.com/

Mantra to chant at the time of the birth of Shiva during the Arudra Darshan day is Om / Hmmm SiVaYaNaMa to help you to get rid of your old consciousness and establish a divine consciousness.


Ya Na Va Si Ma
Ya Na Va Si Ma 
Ya Na Va Si Ma

Jan 8th 2017 - Vaikunda Ekadasi : Heaven [sorgam] Will Open

Heaven's Gates will Open
~ By Vijayakumar Alagappan www.iksacademy.com



Vaikunda Ekadasi is the 11th Waxing Moon that falls in the Tamil month of Margazhi. Vaikundam is the sacred abode of Lord Maha Vishnu. The Vaishnava traditions hail Vaikundam as the ultimate place to enter and rest. This day is the day to open the gates to cross over into salvation. 

There are 24 Ekadasi or 11th Moons in a year and Vaikunda Eakadasi is the most powerful and looked forward to the most as many seek spiritual redemption, or rescue from the current confusion and suffering; a place of peace.

It is believed that if one observes Vaikunda Ekadasi then the gates to heaven are kept open for when that person's soul leaves the
physical body. The soul ends its cycle of death and rebirth by attaining the ultimate salvation, free from this mortal coil.


As it occurs in Margazhi, the month of 'Twilight in Heaven' it is seen as the time the gods rest and when we pray earnestly and sincerely, it has more effect on this day as the spiritual energy will come to us more directly. This Margazhi month is a divine and highly spiritual month when the mind and soul can turn to god within.

Vaikunda Ekadasi in cosmic terms
Vaikunda ekadasi is the day of cosmic significance that of the earth coming in line with the galactic centre, Sagittarius (Dhanusu rasi) and the cosmic centre. In other words, on this day, the earth will be at the outer most point from the centre of our galaxy and the nearest point to the outer space from where we, the entire systen of ours evolved and is moving outward. 

Keep the Gates Open
It is believed that if one observes Vaikunda Ekadasi then the gates to heaven are kept open for when that person's soul leaves the physical body. The soul ends its cycle of death and rebirth by attaining the ultimate salvation, free from this mortal coil.


CONCENTRATE ON YOUR HEART CHAKRA OR PLACE 

YOUR PALM ON YOUR HEART AND

CHANT OM / HMMM NAMO NARAYANAYA NAMAHA

 FOR 108 TIMES

No Sleep
Staunch Vaishnava devotees who observe Vaikunda Ekadasi fasting do not sleep. They spend the whole night at Vishnu temples or by singing prayers or listening stories dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Fasting on Vaikunda Ekadasi
Though there are 24 Ekadashis in a year, observing fast on Vaikunda Ekadasi day offers equal benefits of observing all the other 23 Ekadashis during the year. Devotees observe a complete fast on the day, awake during the whole night and offer prayers such as Vishnu Ashtotharam and Vishnu Sahasranamam Stotra of Lord Vishnu. However, if it is not possible to fast completely, one can consume fruits and milk. Food made from rice is to be avoided during the day. The fast is to be broken on the following day. It is believed that even a partial or total abstinence from food on Ekadasi is rewarded with bliss. You can also opt for a partial fast by avoiding food made of rice. There is no need to observe total fast, just be hungry and alert. The spiritual energy at this time comes directly. Be alert.


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Significance of Fasting on the 11th Tithi / Moon
According to scientific research, it is known that the air pressure on the earth varies to extreme limits on both the new moon (Amavasai) and the full moon (Pournami) day. This is because of the orbital path combination of the sun, moon and earth.

This can be observed by the change in the nature of the tidal waves on the new moon and full moon days. The waves are very high and rough, but from the next day onwards, the waves become calm, an indication that the pressure has also receded.

No Sleep : Staunch Vaishnava devotees who observe Vaikunda Ekadasi fasting do not sleep. They send the whole night at Vishnu temple or by singing, prayers or listening stories dedicated to Lord Vishnu. 

Note : One should avoid consuming rice, grains, beans, cereals, certain vegetables and sices on the day. Foods allowed when artial fasting on Ekadasi includes fruits, milk, nuts and root vegetables.

The significance of 11th tithi fasting can be explained in 2 ways:
1) According to science, it takes about 3-4 days for the food that we eat today to reach our brain (for the brain to understand the food intake). Now, if we eat light/fast on 11th tithi days, that intake will reach the brain correspondingly on the New moon/full moon day.

2) Another explanation for 11th thiti fasting is that compared to any other day of the moon cycle, atmospheric pressure is lowest on 11th tithi days. Thus, this is the best time to fast and cleanse the bowel system. If we fast on any other day (except on Tuesday, Friday & Shasthi Tithi days), the high pressure/strain may damage our system.

ekadasi vrata samam vrata nasti jagattraye
anicchaya'pi yat krtva gatir evam vidha'vayoh
ekadasi vratam ye tu bhakti bhavena kurvate
na jane kim bhavet tesam vasudeva anukampaya
(Padma Purana)

In the three worlds, there is no kind of fasting which is even comparable to the Ekadasi fast. Even if one performs this fast without a proper attitude, he achieves the Supreme Abode. Anyone who fasts on Ekadasi day, with full devotion, what happens to him by the mercy of the Supreme Lord, I can not say (how much merit gets cannot be described).

Om Namo Narayanaya Namaha