Initiated into monkhood at Age 3
Chathurmasya is a four month period in the Vedic calendar year which is extremely auspicious for taking up or aligning back to spiritual austerity and practices. In the Order of Sanyasis, the yearly rituals conducted at the start of the Chathurmasya period calculates the actual number of years that they are a sanyasi.
The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism (SPH) was initiated into Chaturmasya at the age of three, for the revival of KAILASA, the enlightenment ecosystem.
On 17 July 1981, according to the guidance of Kanchi Paramacharya and the 230th Gurumahasanmidhanam of Thondaimandala Samrajyam Mataji Vibhutananda Puri and Yogiraj Yogananda Puri, along with the help of many others, arranged for the initiation of The SPH into Balasanyas and the observation of His first Chaturmasya.
Mata Vibhutananda Puri, held the divine incarnation on her lap and conducted the rituals on His behalf. Then, they arranged for the photograph of SPH to be taken, to record this historical happening in the history of the world itself.
Chaturmas (Sanskrit: चातुर्मास, Cāturmāsa) is a holy period of four months (July to October), beginning on Shayani Ekadashi – the eleventh day of the bright half, Shukla paksha, of Ashadh (fourth month of the Hindu lunar calendar) – until Prabodhini Ekadashi, the eleventh day of the bright half of Kartik (eighth month of the Hindu lunar calendar) in Hinduism. Chaturmasya is the period for abstinence, ‘Ishta Vasthu Parithyaga’ or leaving out material dear to oneself and strict following up of daily ‘niyamas’ and continuous recital of Bhagavan’s glories by way of hymns, Japas, Mantras and Bhakti Songs.
In the Vishnu Purana, it states:
"Satkarmah Satkathachaiva Satseva Darshanam sathaam, Vishnu Pujarathidaaney Chaaturmasya sudurlabha"
Translation: Superior Tasks, Quality Stories in Praise of Vishnu, Pure hearted Service to Noble Persons, Darshanam or Viewing of Saints, Bhagavan Vishnu’s devotion and sincere interest in charities are all stated to yield excellent results during the Chaturmasya Period.
Some of the items of daily utility are avoided during the Holy Period such as eating / drinking in metal plates and vessels; eating in leaves of Vata tree; consumption of hot and sour food, chillies, pulses like urad and chana; wearing silks and dark clothes; avoid flowers, beds, and Kesar; shun indulgence of lying, carrying tales, rude conversation and ‘Para ninda’ or criticizing others; observe silence or limited conversation, truthfulness, piety, mercifulness, nonviolence, patience and equanimity.
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