Those Vaisnavas who criticize Lord Shiva and those Saivaites who criticize lord Vishnu are both undoubtedly going to hell. The result one obtains by performing one thousand horse sacrifices or by performing one hundred Rajasuya sacrifices can not be equal to the one-sixteenth portion of piety one obtains by following this Ekadasi. There is no piety in this world that is equal to the piety earned by observing the Ekadasi. Therefore there is no other day as sanctified as this day of Ekadasi which is very dear to Lord Padmanabha.
O, King! As soon as a person fails to observe Ekadasis the sins begin to reside in his body. This Ekadasi awards its follower heavenly pleasure, liberation, freed from the deceased condition, beautiful women, wealth, and food grains. O maintainer of the earth! If one observes this Ekadasi and remains awake on that night easily goes to the abode of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Krishna continued O best of the Kings! By observing the vow of this Ekadasi one can deliver ten generations from his mother’s family, ten generations from his father’s family, and ten generations from his wife’s family. If a person observes this Ekadasi either in his childhood or youthhood or in his old age he does not suffer the miseries of the material existence. One who strictly observes this Pasankusa or Papankusa Ekadasi then all his sinful reactions are eradicated and at the end of his life he returns to the abode of Lord Vishnu. If a person gives away gold, sesame seeds, land, cow, food grains, water, umbrella, or shoes in charity then such a person does not have to go to the abode of Yamaraj. Anyone who spends his day without engaging in pious activities is like a dead man although he is breathing. His breathing is compared to the bellows of the blacksmith.
O best of the Kings! A person who digs well and lakes for the benefit of others donates land and houses and performs other pious activities such as performing sacrifices is not subjected to the punishment of Yamaraja. As a result of piety only people live long lives, become rich, take birth to high-class families and become deseaseless. The purport is that the direct result of observing Ekadasi is to attain devotional service to Krishna and the indirect result is to attain temporary material benefits.