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In the entry for Astanga-yoga in your "Yoga Dictionary" [BTG Vol. 16, No. 8] you list the steps for the eight-stage practice of yoga, but I only count seven.
Brooklyn, New York
A typist slipped up, so we left out pranayama (control of the breath), which is the next step after pratyahara (withdrawal from sense objects).
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I have known and loved Sri Krishna's devotees for many years, and though I am a Buddhist and not a member of ISKCON, I am in close touch via letters with one of your sisters here in Adelaide. What a happy family you seem to be!
Brighton, South Australia
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I would be grateful for an explanation of fasting on Ekadasi. How should the fasting be observed? What is its significance? Jagdish Patel Newark, New Jersey
The word ekadasi (literally, "the eleventh day") refers to two days a month: the eleventh day after the new moon and the eleventh day after the full moon. On these days, devotees strive to deepen their attitude of loving service to Krsna by using even more of their time to chant Hare Krsna, read books like Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, and discuss topics of devotional service.
To observe ekadasi, devotees also simplify their diet by fasting from grains and beans. (Since Krsna's devotees don't eat meat, fish, or eggs, on ekadasi they eat only fruits, nuts, milk products, non-bean vegetables, and so on.) People today follow all sorts of harsh or complicated diets to improve their health or enhance their spirituality, but simply by observing this ekadasi diet twice a month one can easily improve one's health and enrich one's spiritual life.
You can easily observe ekadasi to advance in Krsna consciousness, even at home, and this is recommended in Vedic literature. And if you don't gel a chance to visit a Krsna temple frequently, ekadasi is an excellent day to come to the temple, see the beautiful form of Krsna, and associate with His devotees.
You'll find the ekadasi days listed every month in Back to Godhead in our "Hare Krsna Calendar," which appears as part of our regular feature "Every Town and Village." This month it's on page 19.
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