27- Vaikunta Ekadashi-2.1.5

1. Benefits of Fasting-5.

    Moderation in eating and withdrawal of the senses in Yogic meditation are the obverse and the reverse of the same coin.

Moderation consists in taking a little food or water just to keep the body in good working order.

    In the Gita you will find -: “Verily, Yoga is not for him who eats too much, nor who abstains to excess, nor who sleeps too much, nor to the excessively wakeful”.

    The Yogi withdraws his senses from the particular sense objects.

The senses are made to turn into or get involved into the mind.

When one is fully established in these two practices, supreme control of the senses is achieved.

    Once there was a demon, Mura, who oppressed the gods.

The gods approached Lord Hari for protection.

Hari sent Yoga Maya to kill the demon.

Yoga Maya carried out the behests of the Lord successfully.

    Then the Lord said to Yoga Maya, “Those who observe Ekadashi will be freed from all sins, and you will be called by the name Ekadashi.”

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....

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