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Het tempel programma van zaterdag 18 december 2010 is afgelast ivm het slecht weer.
Zaterdag 25 december 2010 is de tempel eveneens gesloten vanwege werkzaamheden.
Het eerst volgend programma is op zaterdag 1 januari 2011.
[stextbox id=”custom”][BHISMA-PANCAKA VRATA 2010 November, 17-21
Here is the right procedure how to follow this most powerful vrata of the year.
As mentioned in Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Sri Mathura Mahatmya:
durlabho bhakti-yogo me
karttike mathurayam ca
“Pure devotional service to Me which, because it places Me under My devotee’s dominion, is very difficult to attain, is easily attained by following this vow in Mathura (mandala) during Karttika.”
“Following the vow of Bhisma-pancaka in Mathura is said to fulfill all desires.” [This includes the desire to attain one’s eternal raga-maya spontaneous intimate loving relationship with Radhe-Syama in the madhurya realm of Vraja, if one does the vrata with the appropriate lobha.]
Daily bathe before sunrise and at noon. Lord Krsna gave what was previously known as the Visnu-pancaka vrata to Bhisma, declaring the vrata thenceforward to be re-named as Bhisma-pancaka. Hence, after bathing, while offering water along with obeisances, Bhisma is to be honored with a prayer for successful completion of one’s vow: “I am offering this water to Bhisma, who has Vaiyaghrapada ghotra and Sanskrit pravara. I offer respectful obeisances to Bhisma, the incarnation of Vasus, who is the son of Santanu and a life-long celibate.”
One should worship Lord Krsna along with His most beloved Radha, bathing Them daily with pancamrta, offering new clothes, excellent cooked food and cloves, and also arotrika with incense, lamp, Tulasi water in a conch shell, napkin, flowers, and camara to the best of one’s ability. One should every morning and evening offer a ghee lamp to the Deities as well as to Tulasi.
One may maintain an akhanda-dipa near the Deities or near Tulasi. Light incense and lamps using a dry Tulasi stick and get ten million times the result. Tulasi Mahatmya says that there is no one more dear to Krsna than one who lights a ghee lamp with a dry Tulasi stick for His pleasure. The whole point is to become dear to Radha-Krsna! One should especially endeavor to enhance one’s Krsna consciousness by increasing one’s absorption in nama-japa, nama-sankirtana, and krsna-katha.
One must maintain strict celibacy both physically and mentally. Padma Purana states that anyone who does not give up copulation during the month of Kartika becomes a pig in every successive lifetime. One should also sleep on the floor, eat off of leaf plates, and at all costs, totally avoid sadhu-ninda and every kind of prajalpa.
DAY 1 EKADASI (November, 17):
Before sunrise (< 6:41 AM Vrindavan Time) [according to Padma Purana], eat a small amount of cow dung which has come directly from the cow (without having touched the ground). You may also drink any amount of water to make easier your nirjala fasting which will begin after sunrise and continue throughout the day and night until after sunrise on Dvadasi morning. Parana time is between 6:42 A.M. and 10:16 A.M. Fasting from sleep throughout the night is also prescribed for this particular ekadasi.
DAY 2 DVADASI (November, 18 Evening sandhya 5.02 PM – 5.50 PM):
Break your nirjala fasting first with maha-prasada Tulasi leaf, then water.
After the parana time, anytime during the day, drink 50ml. urine from a young virgin cow. Padma Purana says that, for the remaining days, there is no bar against taking one time simple ekadasi-prasada at night after the evening sandhya is finished. [You may take boiled potato, sweet potato, arbi, green banana, green papaya, and yellow pumpkin only among vegetables; apples, oranges, bananas, papaya, grapes, soft pear (not naspati), melons, and pomegranate only among fruits. Dry fruits and nuts are also permitted but not coconut. Tapioca, so-called ekadasi rice, and any kind of ground so-called ekadasi flour and spices must be avoided as they invariably have some amount of grains mixed. Only fresh ginger, whole black pepper, and any kind of rock salt may be used. All kinds of oil are to be avoided. If you must cook, use pure cow ghee only. Rock candy and gur may be taken. Do not eat anything such as sweets or drinks prepared commercially.] You may drink water as much as required day and night throughout the remaining days of the vrata.
DAY 3 TRAYODASI (November, 19 Evening sandhya 5.01 PM – 5.49 PM):
Anytime after sunrise take pure cow ghee. Once prescribed prasada at night.
DAY 4 CATURDASI (November, 20 Evening sandhya 5.01 PM – 5.49 PM): Anytime after sunrise take pure cow yogurt. Once prescribed prasada at night.
DAY 5 PURNIMA (November, 21 Evening sandhya 5.01 PM – 5.49 PM):
After sunrise take pure cow milk.
CONCLUDING THE VOW: Starting during the abhijit period (12:04 P.M. – 12:28 P.M.), feed brahmanas with maha-prasada consisting of foods that you avoided during the vrata along with sweet rice made with pure cow milk.
Also during that time one should give charity to brahmanas (gifts, money, sesume seeds, pots of water, as well as best quality grains, ghee, ghee lamps, and mirrors, etc. to properly conclude one’s Kartika and/or Caturmasya vratas.) After that is done, eat pancagavya mixed (cow dung, cow urine, cow ghee, cow yogurt, and cow milk).
Then happily Break your Bhisma-pancaka vrata will sweet rice.
Break all Caturmasya and Kartika vratas with foods that were then avoided.
Afterwards shave and cut nails. Try to complete everything before sunset. Do not eat, shave, or cut nails during the evening sandhya. If unable to complete everything before the sandhya starts, you may shave etc. after the sandhya is complete (at night). Don’t forget to offer lamps on the evening of Kartika purnima. It is most highly praised in the Padma Purana.][/stextbox]
kalpa koti sahasrani patkani bahuny api nimesa ardhena dipasya vilayam yanti kartike
If even for a short time somebody burns a lamp in the temple of lord sri hari, then whatever sins he has acquired for millions of kalpas (one kalpa equals 1000 yugas) are all destroyed.(Hari bhakti vilasa 16/99 from skanda purana)[/stextbox]
yatha ca mathanad vahnih sarva kasthesu drsyate tatha ca drsyate dharmo dipadane na samsayah
Just as by rubbing of two sticks of wood one can see fire, so by offering a burning ghee wick to the lord in the month of karttika, one can see his merits without a doubt.(Hari bhakti vilasa 16/120 from padma purana)[/stextbox]