Today is the final day of the Purushottama-adhika month in the vaisnava calendar. Purushottama mas is a special month that adjusts the lunar calendar by adding an extra month after every 33 months. It began on the new moon in mid-May, and will end today, the Caturdasi, or 14th day after the full moon. Tomorrow the new moon brings back the continuation of Trivikram mas, the month that began on 3rd May and was interrupted for this special month. The next Purushottama mas will be in early 2010.
The significance of Purushottama mas is that it directly represents Bhagavan Sri Krishna in the calendar. It is named after Purushottama, the Supreme Person, and offers His devotees opportunities for spiritual advancement.
As a nice way to end this month, i am posting the last four verses from Chapter 15, Bhagavad-gita, which is titled, Purushottama Yoga, or “The Yoga of the Supreme Person.” These verses are said to contain the confidential purport of the entire Vedas.
Verse translations are from the Original Collier-Macmillan Edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
(This original, unedited edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is is now available online, free, at the link published below the verses.)
“Besides these two, there is the greatest living personality, the Lord Himself, who has entered into these worlds and is maintaining it. (15.17)
“Because I am transcendental, beyond both fallible and infallible, and because I am the greatest, I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as that Supreme Person (Purushottama). (15.18)
“Whoever knows Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Purushottama), without doubting, is to be understood as the knower of everything, and he therefore engages himself in full devotional service, O son of Bharata. (15.19)
“This is the most confidential part of the Vedic sciptures, O sinless one, and it is disclosed now by Me. Whoever understands this will become wise, and his endeavors will know perfection.” (15.20)
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