Question: We are organizing Bhisma Pancaka in Gita Bhavan, Mayapur. Those who are staying in Mayapur, they, for the past few years are doing this. But from different parts of the world devotees are asking questions. How to observe the Bhisma Pancaka? How to do the Dvadasi parana, etc. So Guru Maharaj, can you please enlighten us with a few word on this? Also asking blessings from you that we are able to observe the Bhisma Pancaka successfully.

Jayapataka Swami: We understand this is a five day vrata. And if we take a sankalpa that we are following the Bhisma Pancaka, then as far as I understand, that naturally, it is alright to break it on the full moon day. But devotees are always worried about the...

Question: In the first month of Cāturmāsya we are supposed not to eat śāk. Could you please clarify on this point if the abstention is only for a specific kind of śāk, or includes any other kind of leafy vegetables? There are many kinds of śāk like spinach, pālak, lāl, polmi, sweet potato leaves, water cress, etc. And what about the leaves from the trees like moringa or drumstick leaves?

Guru Maharaj: All the types of cooked green leafy vegetables that are considered śāk like pālak, lāl, polmi śāk, are all prohibited this month. According to Bhakti Vidyāpūrṇa Mahārāja, it does not include lettuce or the coriander leaves. I don’t know about moringa or...