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    The mAsa Of Vaisakha

    Hari Om
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    Namaste,

    On the 13th of April, ( this coming Sunday) Surya enters Aries called Mesha. Of all the places the sun transits, Mesha is His favorite and is exalted there. Let me offer a few words from Sanjay Rath's teaching (with additions from me) for your kind consideration.

    Vaisakha (Suns transit of Aries), Vishnus favorite masa, is said to be the greatest, the most sacred and shubha of all months.

    According to Narada muni, Kartika, Magha and Vaisakha are the finest months, but of these three, Vaisakha is supreme. Vaisakha has the capacity to remove the sins of past births and liberate the worshipper from worldly bondage.

    It is the best month for dharma, yagna, rituals and tapasya, as it is the most suitable compared to other seasons.

    Vasant (some write basant) or spring is conducive for worship for the common man ( householder) and during this time, from Meena to Karkata ( Pisces to Cancer) i.e. from Chaitra Sankranti to Shravana Sankranti, Vishnu roams the celestial woods and gardens with Rama.

    During Vaisakha, Vishnu tests his devotees, as those who sit idle during this month, without any puja or dAna, suffer a fall in dharma.

    The four ayanas, namely, Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha are attainable with Vaisakhadharma, i.e., worship and rituals during this month will yield nothing less than the fruits of these highest goals.
    At a more mundane level, it grants ayu (longevity), yash (fame) and pushti (sustenance) and the unending blessings of Vishnu.

    Vaisakha is the month par excellence for doing dAna (charity), yagna (fire sacrifice some write yajna), vrata (fasting ritual) and snan (bathing).

    Daana is an important aspect of Vaisakhadharma. This can comprise the giving of any item in charity, but the highest among these is the dAana of water or jaladAna.

    Those who do not give water to a thirsty passer-by or a guest or a visitor to ones home, shall be re-born as the bird chataka, who had spent its life pining for water.

    Bathing in the Brahma muhurta i.e., before sunrise, during Vaisakha followed by worship of Vishnu is considered to be equal to visiting all the pilgrimages.

    The devata for the month is Madhusudana and worshipping the deity after bathing with puja and arghya will absolve all sins and give endless pleasure to Vishnu.

    pranams

    1. Madhusudana - He who defeated the demon Madhu. Arjuna addresses Krsna as Madhusudana multiple times in the Bhagavad Gita. Please see the following posts and comments here and sarabhangas offering: http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showpost.php?p=21515&postcount=6
    2. Shubha - auspicious; masa or mAsa is month; mAsa is also another name of the moon
    Last edited by yajvan; 07 April 2008 at 06:25 PM. Reason: added definitions
    यतस्त्वं शिवसमोऽसि
    yatastvaṁ śivasamo'si
    because you are identical with śiva

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    Re: The masa of Vaisakha

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    Namasté

    Surya enters Aries, Monday the 13th of April. This is the most favorable position for the Sun to reside in. That is, Surya is exalted in the first 10º of Aries; This exaltation is called uccā उच्चा -above (in heaven) , from above , upwards , some say ucca is उच्चैस् aloft , high , above , upwards , from above , intense, powerfully.

    A very favorable time - see post 1 for more information.

    praṇām
    Last edited by yajvan; 09 April 2009 at 10:53 PM.
    यतस्त्वं शिवसमोऽसि
    yatastvaṁ śivasamo'si
    because you are identical with śiva

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