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Kartik Vrata – Six inconceivable benefits

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imageproxy.jpgBy Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das: To confirm the connection between Radharani, the Kartik vrata and the uniqueness of this month, Shri Rupa Goswamipada says Radha is Kartik-devi, Urjadevi, Urjesvari, and the Kartik-devata.

The benefits of other vows last for only one life, but the benefits from a Kartik vow last for 100 lives, vratasyoktamphalamjanmasatanugam (SkandaPurana: HBV16.45)

In Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Shri Rupa Goswamipada cites the Padma Purana to prove the special effect of observing Kartik in Vraja-dhama:

"Shri Krishna gives sense enjoyment or liberation, but never bhakti to those worshiping Him outside of Vraja Dhama, bhuktim-muktim-harir-dadyad-arcito-anyatra-sevinam. However, one will quickly obtain Hari bhakti by worshiping Damodara in Mathura/Vrndavana during Kartik—harer-bhaktir-labhyate- kartike-naraih-mathurman-sakrd-api-damodara-pujanat."

Shri Jiva Goswamipada comments: "By the power of just once worshiping Shri Krishna in Mathura/Vrndavana during Kartik, even an UNQUALIFIED person will OBTAIN BHAVA, love for Krishna—mathura-karttikayoh-sangame-pujanam-ghatate-tada-yogyata-virahiten-api-vastu-prabhavat-prapyate- eveti-bhava."

The Skanda Purana says, "The Kartik vrata is always dear to Shri Kesavaji, sarvada-kesava-priyah. If during Karttika one performs even a few pious deeds for the pleasure of Vishnu/Krishna, one will derive indestructible benefits, kincit-kriyate-punyam-visnum-uddisya-karttike, tad-aksayam-bhavet-sarvam-satyoktam-tava-narada."

Once Shri Rupa-manjari said, "O Krishna! You delight the world with Your flute by singing the glories Kartika-devi Radha, the topmost form of pure love, premamūrti-varakārtikadevī, kīrtigānamukharī-kṛtavaṁśam." (Uttkalik-vallari 11)

The Padma Purana (Karttika-mahatmya) says, "Of the twelve yearly months, Kartika is the most beloved of Krishna—dvādaśāsv- api -māseṣu / kārtikaḥ -kṛṣṇa-vallabhaḥ."

"If one performs even a little Vishnu/Krishna puja during Kartika, one will definitely attain Vaikuntha—sampūjito- viṣṇur -alpa- dadāti / vaiṣṇavaṁ -lokam -niścitaṁ."

"Bhagavan Shri Hari, the Master controller, will be pleased if one offers a ghee lamp, or even just relights another person’s extinguished lamp, and He will give one a good destination—."dīpenāpi -hi –yatrāsau / prīyate -harir –īśvaraḥ / sugatiṁ- ca –dadāty- eva / para- dīpa –prabodhanāt

Five Liberation Vows

In Hari Bhakti Vilasa (17), Shri Sanatana Goswami quotes the Padma Purana (Uttara-khanda chapter 115), wherein Bhagavan Shri Krishna says:

"If one performs these five vows for the entire month of Karttika, one will attain liberation (mukti) to the spiritual realm:

Stay awake both Kartik Ekadasi nights (Hari-jāgaraṇam).

Daily sunrise bath (just before sunrise is best).

Caring for a Tulasi plant. (Daily watering, bathing, puja, plucking leaves and manjaris, praising, respecting and circling).

Finishing a charitable work previously started i.e. building a temple, digging a well.

Daily offering ghee lamps (dīpas)."

Radharani Month Kartik Vrata ki jai! Kartika-devi Shri Radhaki jai!  

Jai Jai Shri Radhe!

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