Today is the beginning of Caturmasya. When I was in Hong Kong I asked Srila Gurudeva the benefits of fasting during these 4 months.
(Ald): What is the benefit of observing caturmasya, Srila Gurudeva?
(Srila Gurudeva) O the benefits are endless. Limitless. Our entire guru-parampara followed it. The 4 Kumaras also observed caturmasya. My Guru Maharaja also.
You cannot imagine the benefits. All in our lineage followed it.
(Sripad BV Madhava Maharaja & Sripad Brajanath Prabhu in unison): And our Srila Gurudeva is also following it.
Below are the foods restricted for the entire 4 months and particular foods during each of the 4 months:
Eggplants, tomatoes, loki, parmal, urad dahl and honey
Particular foods that are restricted during the first month:
No leafy vegetables, such as spinach, salads of all types, cabbages of all types, kale, leafy herbs like coriander, mint, parsley, curry and powdered leafy herbs and teas.
No mustard seeds, mustard oil, sesame seeds, sesame oil.
Also today there is a a penumbral lunar eclipse, which is an inauspicious moment.
16:32:16 start of the eclipse
18:44:57 end of the eclipse
During this time, avoid sleeping, eating, drinking and using the bathroom. Constantly chant Harinama.