Mar 082010

In the morning class in Dallas on Saturday, March 6, Giriraj Swami spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.4.29:

ariradhayisuh krsnam
  mahisya tulya-silaya
yuktah samvatsaram viro
  dadhara dvadasi-vratam


To worship Lord Krsna, Maharaja Ambarisa, along with his queen, who was equally qualified, observed the vow of Ekadasi and Dvadasi for one year.

PURPORT by Srila Prabhupada

To observe Ekadasi-vrata and Dvadasi-vrata means to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Those interested in advancing in Krsna consciousness must observe Ekadasi-vrata regularly. Maharaja Ambarisa’s queen was equally as qualified as the King. Therefore it was possible for Maharaja Ambarisa to engage his life in household affairs. In this regard, the word tulya-silaya is very significant. Unless a wife is equally as qualified as her husband, household affairs are very difficult . . .

“To be properly situated in varna and asrama so that one can peacefully engage in the practices of devotional service, beginning with hearing, chanting, and remembering, is an important factor. It is true that devotional service in and of itself is transcendental, but because we are still conditioned, we want to place ourselves in a situation where we can peacefully prosecute Krsna consciousness. And for most people, for a good part of their lives, that means grhastha- asrama.”