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Breaking Ekadasi


Question

I accidentally broke Ekadasi 12 minutes early. If that happened to you, what would you do?

Answer

H.D. Goswami Profile Picture

Regarding Ekadasi, I don’t take seriously, for the following reason, the time to break Ekadasi. Ekadasi must be 24 hours. Therefore, if Ekadasi ends, say at 6:30am the following morning, that means on the previous day, on Ekadasi day, you can eat grains until 6:30 in the morning. So we could have a big grain feast one Ekadasi day until the morning. Does that sound right? My view is simple. One day is Ekadasi, the next day isn’t. Period. I also do not see any need to “break” Ekadasi. The rule is to not eat grains on Ekadasi. There is no rule that one MUST eat grains on other days. Too many technical rules.