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The Glories of Purushottama Month

By Sacinandana Swami

In the Universe there are always auspicious times where a lot of blessings flow to those who welcome them. Think of them like rain! When you bring a pot outside to catch the rain, you can obtain a lot of water. But if you turn your pot upside down, the water goes elsewhere. One of such times is the month of Purushottama—the leap month, or “extra” month. This year we observe the Purushottama Month from the 18th of September to the 17th of October.

When this extra month first arrived in the universe, it was looked down upon, just like many newcomers experience. The Padma Purana reports:

“Feeling without any protection and shelter it cried and finally arrived before Lord Krishna—the only refuge of the shelterless.”

The merciful Lord pronounced a blessing at that time,

I shall make this poor extra month just like Me in quality, fame opulence, realization, success, and in giving benediction to the devotees. This month will become equally potent to Me. I am bestowing all of My divine qualities in this abused month. Named after Me, this month will be famous as Purushottama month in this world.”

After some time, the Lord continued,

My Goloka is unattainable to the performers of austerities, mahatmas engaged in pious activities, to people who maintain celibacy, or to those who fast their whole life’s duration. But just by observing Purushottama month and becoming a devotee one can easily cross over this material ocean and return back to Godhead.”

At the end of his glorification of this auspicious month, the Lord gave the minimum required daily observances:

1. Worshipping Me, Sri Krishna, by chanting My holy names

2. Study of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita

3. Giving in charity

4. Offering ghee dipa (lamp)

I have personally always had the experience that blessings are more effective in my devotional life than even the best of my endeavors. Therefore, I have added three more observances from the long list of auspicious activities to the list of the above four observances from the Padma Purana. These are:

1. Daily chanting of the 15th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, since this chapter is called
“Purushottama-yoga – The Yoga of the Supreme Person.”

2. Daily chanting of the Jagannatha-astakam, because it glorifies the Lord of the
Purushottama Ksetra – Jagannatha Puri

3. Sprinkling sacred water over my head each day (either Ganga, Yamuna, or Radhakund
water)

Also, for your inspiration, I will offer an additional service by giving two particular Bhagavad-gita classes online on September 19th and October 3rd. Both classes will be broadcast LIVE on my Facebook page at 3pm CET (2pm BST; 9am ET)

These classes will take us through the 15th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita and offer some insights and practices to make your Purushottama month a truly insightful and uplifting experience. Please watch for the announcements on facebook.com/Sacinandana.Swami

And yes, have a very blessed Purushottam Month!

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