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We can increase our attraction and love for a sadhu by giving him raw items and by accepting his Prasadam — to give and to take. To give items to be utilised by him, and to accept whatever is necessary for ourselves, but nothing new.

— books Holy Engagement / Chapter Two: Searching Life’s Secret

One day, Gaurahari left the Gundicha Temple and sat in the Jagannath Vallabha garden. It was pure Ekadasi, and the Lord spent the whole day and night chanting the Name of Krsna.


«We live in Sri Ksetra and are very afraid because of this dilemma, so we pray that You give us a clear instruction. All the Vedas are Your instructions, and Brahma and Siva follow them. Please put an end to our confusion by giving us an instruction.»


The Lord said, «Failing to observe the practice of Ekadasi leads to total ruination. If you worship the prasad (on Ekadasi) and take it the following day, you will cross over this dilemma because the period of Ekadasi always ends the next day.


«On the day of the Lord, pure devotees are satisfied by drinking the rasa of Krsna’s Name. They do not partake of any other rasa or speak about anything else. They avoid all forms of enjoyment.


«Taking prasad is a daily activity of pure devotees; they do not eat anything that is not prasad. On pure Ekadasi, however, they fast and then take prasad to break their fast (the following day).


«Devotees should know for certain that non-grain prasad is the only supplement acceptable on Ekadasi. Non-devotees enjoy day and night using prasad as an excuse. Lightheartedly, they eat grains in which the personification of sin is present and disregard the rite for the day of the Lord.


«Everyone should devoutly honour and properly perform the practices of devotion. Then they will attain the grace of Bhakti Devi. So, reject the association of non-devotees and follow the Ekadasi rite by following the rite of chanting the Name. Then your observance of Ekadasi will be successful.


«Understand within your heart that honouring prasad and honouring the day of the Lord never conflict.


«Those who follow one practice of devotion but disregard the others are foolish. Know this for certain.


«On the day of Ekadasi, give up sleep and food, and on the following day, fully honour prasad and the other remnants of the Lord.»


— books Sri Sri Prema-vivarta / Chapter 18. Sri Ekadasi