The Glories of Lighting Another’s Lamp During the Month of Karttika

BY GOPAL BHATTA GOSWAMI

Hari-bhakti-vilasa

Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One

Text 126

bodhanat para-dipasya
vaishnavanam ca sevanat
karttike phalam apnoti
rajasuyasvamedhayoh

“By serving the Vaishnavas and lighting the lamps they offer during the month of Karttika one attains the result of performing many rajasuya and asvamedha yajnas.

Text 127

dipamanam tu ye dipam
bodhayanti harer grihe
parena nripa-sardula
nistirna yama-yatana

“O tiger of kings, a person who in Lord Krishna’s temple lights the lamps that others will offer during the month of Karttika becomes free from the tortures of Yamaraja.

Text 128

na tad bhavati viprendra
ishtair api maha-makhaih
karttike yat phalam proktam
para-dipa-prabodhanat

“O king of brahmanas, by lighting the lamps that others will offer during the month of Karttika one attains the result of having performed many great yajnas.

Text 129

ekadasyam parair dattam
dipam prajvalya mushika
manushyam durlabham prapya
param gatim avapa sa

“Somehow or other a mouse once lit a lamp that someone offered on ekadasi during the month of Karttika. That mouse attained a rare human birth and then went to the supreme spiritual world.