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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Shat-Tila Ekaadasi, January 23/ January 24, 2017


Dear Members:


Shat-Tila ekaadashi falls on January 23, 2017. It is to be observed on the same day throughout the world except those living in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji who observe Vaishnavite traditions - they must observe this on January 24, 2017.  Those living in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji and observing Smaartha traditions will observe the ekaadasi fast on January 23, 2017 - like those in rest of the world.

Shat-Tila literally means "six sesame seeds." The fast is understaken on this day after consuming a glass of water in which six sesame seeds have been soaked. You have to mix six sesame seeds in water and then take a bath with it first. Then drink a glass of water in which 6 sesame seeds have been soaked, offer oblations to pitrus (deceased ancestors/ rishis of the past) with water mixed with sesame, and then fast on this day. Observing this will help you in winning the six major internal enemies for the soul (Raagha, DwEsha, LObham, Moham, Madam, Maacharyam), and thus ensure your spiritual progress.


Observance of this fast will ensure removal of all sins and help to keep your karmic balance sheet healthy, allowing you to progress through spiritual levels with least of obstacles.


May our members observe this holy fast and enjoy Divine Grace. [Please note that those who are forbidden to fast due to medical indications may observe this fast on a token-basis instead of undertaking a full fast; like - you may consume only fruits, or avoid only rice items, etc. But, please try to observe the fast in some form consistent with your physical condition and environmental conveniences as this is one of the more strongly recommended ekaadashi fasts].

Pandit R.DAKSHINAMOORTHI
Astrological and Remedial consultant


dakshinastrologer@rediffmail.com

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