Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
In the previous offering on this topic, we were seeing few examples from Srimad Bhagavatam on selection of time. Now let us continue to see further.
In purport to verse 3.20.29 Srila Prabhupada says, "As early morning is the period for spiritual cultivation, the beginning of evening is the period for passion." Demons and demoniac mentality are strong during the evening time. Therefore shastra recommends that we should engage ourselves in devotional service, either by chanting, doing arati or studying scriptues during evening twilight and not engage ourselves in other activities, which will increase our demoniac attitude.
Bhagavatam 6.18.60-61 relates that Diti at a later time also failed observing the evening sandhya, going to sleep at that muhurta without purifying herself after eating. This fault allowed Indra to enter her womb and cut her embryo into 49-nine pieces. One should perform spiritual activities for purification at the sandhya periods, otherwise one will be subject to inauspicious or demoniac influence. It is said in the Puranas that demons representing inauspicious qualities are allowed to enter into persons of unclean habits, who does not follow religious principles etc. In the bodies of such persons, demons are allowed to stay. That may be why it is said that in this age of Kali people in general appear to be ghostly hunted.
In Bhagavatam's 11th canto, 16th chapter, Lord Krishna mentions His opulent representations of the world, similar to Gita's 10th chapter. In regards to lunar constellations, He mentions that, "Among lunar houses I am the auspicious Abhijit." (SB 11.16.27)
In jyotish the day is divided into 30 muhurtas, counted from sunrise to sunset. The most auspicious muhurta is the 15th, which occurs at midday and is called Abhijit. It is sometimes mentioned in connection with gaining victory as in the instance of Krishna winning the competition of piercing the fish-target at Srimati Lakshmanaa's svayam-vara, "After all the arrogant kings had given up, their pride broken, the Supreme Personality of Godhead picked up the bow, easily strung it and then fixed His arrow upon it. As the sun stood in the constellation Abhijit, He looked at the fish in the water only once and then pierced it with the arrow, knocking it to the ground." (SB 10.83.25-26)
Srila Prabhupada explains that, "Each day the sun passes once through the lunar constellation Abhijit, marking the period most auspicious for victory. As pointed out by Srila Vishvanaatha Cakravarti, on this particular day the muhurta of Abhijit coincided with high noon, further emphasizing Lord Krishna's greatness by making the target all the more difficult to see."
Krishna willing we shall relish more nectar from the Bhagavatam in regards to time, in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Amoghadrk Krishna das,
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