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Instruction for Kartik

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  • Hemant Agrawal
    Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math ... Auspicious month of Kartik ... Kartik is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartika month is
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      Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math
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      Auspicious month of Kartik
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      Kartik is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all
      months. Kartika month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krsna. This month is
      full of bhakta vatsalya. Any vrata, even the smallest, will yield huge
      results. The effect of performing a Kartika Vrata lasts for one hundred
      lifetimes, whereas ordinary vratas only last for one lifetime!
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      Essence is to do more devotional practice during this month.

      Those who have not started one month long Kartik Vrata from Ekadasi, can
      start after Purnima. Kartik starts in west from Oct 27th. They can still end
      it on Utthan Ekadashi on 22nd Oct and observe the festival of the appearance
      day of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj.
      Optionally they can observe the Bhisma Panchak for next five days till
      Purnima.

      Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math observe the intense sadhana of eight period of
      devotional service as mentioned in the Bhajan Rahasya. Srila Gurudev
      recommends that everyone should try to come for the Kartik Vrata observance,
      atleast for few days. They can go to any branch of the math near to them.
      For the devotees not living near the Math, Srila Gurudev recommends the
      following practices for Kartik Vrata. Everybody should try to follow atleast
      some portion of it according to their capacity.
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      1. Daily offer a ghee lamp to Krsna and sing the Damodarastakam, meditating
      on meaning. Srila Guru Maharaj has translated the Damodarastakam in English.
      It is included in the Kartik Handbook.

      2. One should always remember Supreme Lord Hari. Devotees should try to do
      more Harinam Chanting. Do extra rounds and more kirtana.

      3. Hear Srimad Bhagavatam, daily in association of exalted Vaisnavas, if
      possible. All other duties should be given up in favor of hearing the
      scriptures from sadhus during this month. It is most benificial to recite
      and read Gajendra Moksha Lila-stava from 8th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam,
      which teaches complete surrender/dependence of Supreme Lord.

      4. Eat only prasadam. There are some food restriction to be followed in the
      month of Kartik.

      5. Daily recite Siksastaka of Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and meditate on
      its meaning. Read the commentary on Sikastaka by Bhaktivinode Thakur as
      recommended by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada. In the Bhajan
      Rahasya translation, Srila Gurudev has covered the commentary of Sikastaka.
      (In Kartik Handbook)

      6. Daily Read the the Updeshamrata of Srila Rupa Goswami as recommended by
      Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada.

      7. Daily offer lamp to Tulsi devi and pray for eternal residence in
      Vrndavana and eternal service of the lotus feet of Radha and Krsna. Do 4
      parikrama (circumbulation) of Tulasi.

      8. Make nice offerings for Krishna. Devotees should observe the festival of
      Annakuta, Giriraj Govardhan Puja. Srila Gurudev has written about the the
      Giriraj Goverdhan in Kartik Handbook.

      9. Associate more with devotees.

      10. 22 Nov 2004 Monday is the 100th Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Dayita
      Madhava Goswami Maharaj, the founder-acharya of Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math.
      All devotees should observe that.

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