Cc. Ādi 15.9


mātā bale,—tāi diba, yā tumi māgibe
prabhu kahe,—ekādaśīte anna nā khāibe


mātāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmata

according to; desire; direction; directions; like; of theories; opinion; opinions; the path; the verdict; way.
baleplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbale

chant the holy name of the Lord.
—His mother said; tāiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtāi

dibaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigdiba

away; I can give; I shall allow Him; I shall deliver; I shall give; I shall offer; I shall pay; must give in charity; shall give; shall supply; we shall give; will supply.
—I shall give that; plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigya

a woman who; all those; any woman who; one who; she; she who; that; that which; the lady; the other; the river; the river which; they who; what; whatever; which; who; whosoever.
—whatever; tumiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtumi

you; you (Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī); you (the King); You; You also; You are; You are situated; Your good self; Your Lordship.
—You; māgibeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmāgibe

request; should ask me.
—should ask me; prabhukaheplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigprabhukahe

Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu replied; Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said; Lord Śrī Caitanya replied; the Lord began to speak; the Lord inquired; the Lord replied; the Lord said; Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu confirmed; Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu inquired; Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said.
—the Lord said; ekādaśīteplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigekādaśīte

on the Ekādaśī day.
—on the Ekādaśī day; annaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biganna

by eating; cooked rice and vegetables; different kinds of food; eatables; food; food grain; food grains; grains; of rice; of rice and other eatables; remnants of food; rice; the eatables; the food.
—grains; plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigna

never; not; are not; but not; cannot; certainly not; could not; did not; do not; does it not; does not; is not; it is not; it is not so; may not; neither; never; never does; never to be; no; no one; none; nor; not; not like that; not preceded by oṁ; not suitable; nothing; or not; shall not; should never; there is none; there is not; there should not be; was not; whether; without.
—don’t; khāibeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkhāibe

eat; will eat.


His mother replied, “My dear son, I will give You whatever You ask.” Then the Lord said, “My dear mother, please do not eat grains on the Ekādaśī day.”


From the very beginning of His childhood life Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu introduced the system of observing a fast on the Ekādaśī day. In the Bhakti-sandarbha, by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, there is a quotation from the Skanda Purāṇa admonishing that a person who eats grains on Ekādaśī becomes a murderer of his mother, father, brother and spiritual master, and even if he is elevated to a Vaikuṇṭha planet, he falls down. On Ekādaśī, everything is cooked for Viṣṇu, including regular grains and dahi, but it is enjoined that a Vaiṣṇava should not even take viṣṇu-prasāda on Ekādaśī. It is said that a Vaiṣṇava does not accept anything eatable that is not offered to Lord Viṣṇu, but on Ekādaśī a Vaiṣṇava should not touch even mahā-prasāda offered to Viṣṇu, although such prasāda may be kept for being eaten the next day. It is strictly forbidden for one to accept any kind of grain on Ekādaśī, even if it is offered to Lord Viṣṇu.

SB 3.27.22

ज्ञानेन दृष्टतत्त्वेन वैराग्येण बलीयसा ।
तपोयुक्तेन योगेन तीव्रेणात्मसमाधिना ॥२२॥


jñānena dṛṣṭa-tattvena
vairāgyeṇa balīyasā
tapo-yuktena yogena


jñānenaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigjñānena

by advancement of knowledge; by development of knowledge; by knowledge; by transcendental knowledge; in knowledge; through knowledge; through spiritual knowledge; with knowledge.
—in knowledge; dṛṣṭaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigdrsta

by seeing; by whatever has been experienced by seeing with the eyes; directly perceived; discovered; from material sight; having seen; of material vision; seen (in this world).
-tattvenaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtattvena

cent percent as He is; in fact; in reality; the reality.
—with vision of the Absolute Truth; vairāgyeṇaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvairāgyeṇa

by detachment; by renunciation; with renunciation.
—with renunciation; balīyasāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbalīyasā

by offering the result; by the strength (of the crocodile); more important; more powerful; very powerful; very strong; which is strong and formidable; which is very powerful; who was very powerful.
—very strong; tapaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtapah

and austerities; austerities (such as observing fasts at least twice in a month on the day of Ekādaśī); austerities; austerities and penances; austerities like mental control, mystic yoga and meditation; austerity; austerity and penance; by austerities; by austerity; in austerity; of austerity; penance; penances; practice of austerities and penances; the austerity; the performers of austerities; the planetary system above the Janas; the regulative principles of austerity; the result of austerity; the Tapoloka planet; the Tapoloka planetary system; trueness to one's responsibility; with austerities.
-yuktenaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyuktena

equipped; equipped with.
—by engagement in austerity; yogenaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyogena

by bhakti-yoga, devotional service; by yoga practice; by combination; by concentration of the mind in devotion; by controlling the senses; by devotional service; by dint of; by means of mystic yoga; by mystic yoga; by mystic yoga practice; by mystic meditation; by performance of yoga; by practice of bhakti-yoga; by practice of mystic yoga; by practice of such bhakti-yoga; by practicing yoga; by proper means; by the yoga system; by the mystic power; by the process of linking up; in devotional service; in meditation; practice of yoga; simply by the method of devotional service.
—by mystic yoga; tīvreṇaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtīvreṇa

by very strong; consisting of acute; firm; firmly fixed; intense; very serious; with great force.
—firmly fixed; ātmaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigatma

and of the soul; and of the Supersoul (Paramātmā); and the mind; body; by a manifestation of Yourself; by the body and mind; by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; by themselves; by Yourself; heart; Himself; his; in Himself; in the body; in the living entities; into the self; living being; mind; of all living entities; of Himself; of one's self; of spiritual knowledge; of the mind; of the mind and senses; of the soul; of the Supreme; one's own; own; personal; self; self-realized; soul; spirit; Supersoul; the body and mind; the devotees are the Lord's heart and soul; the mind; the mind and body; the self; the spirit; the Supersoul; the Supreme Personality of Godhead; the Supreme Self; the tree of work; to the body; upon the Supersoul; within; Yourself; ātmā.
-samādhināplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigsamādhinā

absorption in thoughts of the Lord; always keeping himself in ecstasy; and trance; by a meditational trance; by complete absorption; by constant meditation and complete absorption (in thoughts of You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead); by meditation; by practicing yoga in trance; by practicing the trance; by trance; by trance or meditation; concentration of the mind; in trance; with attention; with full concentration.
—by self-absorption.


This devotional service has to be performed strongly in perfect knowledge and with transcendental vision. One must be strongly renounced and must engage in austerity and perform mystic yoga in order to be firmly fixed in self-absorption.


Devotional service in Kṛṣṇa consciousness cannot be performed blindly due to material emotion or mental concoction. It is specifically mentioned here that one has to perform devotional service in full knowledge by visualizing the Absolute Truth. We can understand about the Absolute Truth by evolving transcendental knowledge, and the result of such transcendental knowledge will be manifested by renunciation. That renunciation is not temporary or artificial, but is very strong. It is said that development of Kṛṣṇa consciousness is exhibited by proportionate material detachment, or vairāgya. If one does not separate himself from material enjoyment, it is to be understood that he is not advancing in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Renunciation in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so strong that it cannot be deviated by any attractive illusion. One has to perform devotional service in full tapasya, austerity. One should fast on the two Ekādaśī days, which fall on the eleventh day of the waxing and waning moon, and on the birthdays of Lord Kṛṣṇa, Lord Rāma and Caitanya Mahāprabhu. There are many such fasting days. Yogena means “by controlling the senses and mind.” Yoga indriya-saṁyamaḥ. Yogena implies that one is seriously absorbed in the self and is able, by development of knowledge, to understand his constitutional position in relationship with the Superself. In this way one becomes fixed in devotional service, and his faith cannot be shaken by any material allurement.