Legend: Narada once asked Vishnu "Swami, I keep visiting
you wherever I am, but tell me your head office address, is it Kailasa
or Vaikuntha or Swarga that I should search for you when I need you
urgently". To this Lord Vishnu replied "Neither of the above
is my headquarters. They are only branch offices. I install myself wherever
my glory is sung".
Ekadashi is a day of ritual fasting undertaken as a spiritual and mental
"Vaikuntha means, without any trace of grief or pain;
the Place where perfect Peace reigns, and there is no flutter of fear
[as in the abode of Vishnu. Ekadashi means the eleventh day of the
lunar fortnight. The phases of the moon are numbered, and the day
after the tenth, Dashami, is referred to as the Eka-dashi. But the
real meaning of Ekadashi, the eleventh day, is this: When the senses
- the five of action and the five through which knowledge of the objective
world is gained - are all coordinated and turned towards God, - the
11th - then it becomes genuine Ekadashi. This is also the meaning
of Namaskar, where you fold both palms together and hold them on your
chest, near the heart region. The ten senses surrendered to the person
adored, with real sincerity in the heart.
This is the day on which one has to transcend the lower impulses
originating from the Tamasic and the Rajasic natures and help the
upsurge of Satwic tendencies."
Legend from Discourse, Jul 5, 1996
Quote from Sadhana - The Significance of the Hindu Festivals