[Advaita-l] prayaschitta

Vinodh vinodh.iitm at gmail.com
Sun Oct 17 01:17:41 EDT 2021

Namaskaram Sri Kaushik,

Thank you for sharing this excerpt on prayaschitta from the Vishnu purana.

It is the Paramatma who controls and engages the entire world while still
retaining his atma-svaroopa-jnana. Therefore He is indeed the one who can
expiate all sins including the biggest sin of all, forgetting the true
nature of our Atma, and grant eternal freedom by bestowing jnana to the

It is therefore a great opportunity for reminding ourselves of the Lord
every Ekadashi through fasting and refraining from indulging in
sense-objects, and by meditating on Sri Hari.

Om namo narayanaya 🙏

On Sat 16. Oct 2021 at 09:06, Kaushik Chevendra via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste.
> On the auspicious occasion of ekadashi just wanted to share an excerpt from
> vishnu purana.
> For, Maitreya, suitable acts of expiation have been enjoined by the great
> sages for every kind of crime[
> <
> https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/vishnu-purana-wilson/d/doc115966.html#note-e-59097
> >
> Arduous
> penances for great sins, trifling ones for minor offences, have been
> propounded by Svāyambhuva
> <https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/svayambhuva#purana> and others: but
> reliance upon Kṛṣṇa is far better than any such expiatory acts, as
> religious austerity, or the like. Let any one who repents of the sin of
> which he may have been culpable have recourse to this best of all
> expiations, remembrance of Hari
> <https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/hari#purana>: by addressing his
> thoughts to Nārāyaṇa <https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/narayana#purana>
> at
> dawn, at night, at sunset, and midday, a man shall be quickly cleansed from
> all guilt: the whole heap of worldly sorrows is dispersed by meditating on
> Hari; and his worshipper, looking upon heavenly fruition as an impediment
> to felicity, obtains final emancipation. He
> <
> https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/vishnu-purana-wilson/d/doc115966.html#page-211
> >whose
> mind is devoted to Hari in silent prayer, burnt-offering, or adoration, is
> impatient even of the glory of the king of the gods. Of what avail is
> ascent to the summit of heaven, if it is necessary to return from thence to
> earth. How different is the meditation on Vāsudeva
> <https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/vasudeva#purana>, which is the seed
> of eternal freedom. Hence, Muni, the man who thinks of Viṣṇu, day and
> night, goes not to Naraka after death, for all his sins are atoned for.
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