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Frequently Asked Question's (FAQ)

Q. 1: What is the full name of our Sampraday(Sect)?
Ans: The full name of our Sampraday (Sect) is "Shuddhadvait Pushti Bhakti Marg".

Q. 2: Who is the founder of Pushti Marg?
Ans: The founder of Pushti Marg is Shri Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhuji.

Q. 3: When and where was Shri Mahaprabhuji born?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji was born on 11th day of Chaitra Vad Virkam Savant 1535 in Champaranya, near Raipur in state of Chattisgarh.

Q. 4: What was Shri Mahaprabhuji's parents name?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji's father's name was Shri Laxman Bhattji and mother's name was Illammagarooji.

Q. 5: What was Shri Mahaprabhuji's wife's (Bahuji's) name?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji's wife name was Mahalaxmiji.

Q. 6: What were the names of Shri Mahaprabhuji's sons?
Ans: The name of Shri Mahaprabhuji's sons were:
1: Shri Gopinathji
2: Shri Vitthalnathji (Shri Gusaiji).

Q. 7: How many main disciples did Shri Mahaprabhuji's had?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji's had 84 main disciple.

Q. 8: Who was the dearest disciple of Shri Mahaprabhuji?
Ans: Shir Damodardas Harsaniji was the dearest disciple of Shri Mahaprabhuji.

Q. 9: How many times did Shri Mahaprabhuji do Parikrama of India (travel all of India)?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji did parikrama of India 3 times.

Q. 10: How many years did Shri Mahaprabhuji remain present on earth?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji remained present on earth for 52 years, 2 months and 7 days.

Q. 11: Where did Shri Mahaprabhuji preached the very first time on Shrimad Bhagwat?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji first preached on Shrimad Bhagwat in Champaranya, his brithplace.

Q. 12: On which day did Shri Mahaprabhuji create framed "Shri Madhurastkam"?
Ans: On Shravan Sud 11, Shri Mahaprabhuji created Shri Madhurastkam.

Q. 13: Which principle did Shri Mahaprabhuji establish?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji established the principle of "Sudhavait Brahmvad" differing from Mayavad.

Q. 14: Which limb of Shri Mahaprabhuji resembles / is similar to Thakorji (God Shri Krishna)?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji is the "Mukharvind" (Face) swaroop of Thakorji.

Q. 15: In Gokul, who showed Thakurani Ghat and Govind Ghat to Shri Mahaprabhuji?
Ans: Shri Yamunaji showed Thakurani Ghat and Govind Ghat to Shri Mahaprabhuji.

Q. 16: What is "Sansar" according to Shri Mahaprabhuji?
Ans: "Ahanta - Mumta" (I-ness, My-ness) (Human Ego) is "Sansar" as per Shri Mahaprabhuji.

Q. 17: Accroding to Shri Mahaprabhuji, what is the swaroop of "Sansar"?
Ans: The swaroop of "Sansar" is "Mithya" (Meaningless).

Q. 18: Which fasts are to be obeyed for Vaishnavs?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji has ordered Vaishnav's to fast on all the "Agyaras" i.e. 24 "Agyaras" of the year; 4 Jayantis (Birth dates); 2 "Agyaras" in "Adhik Mas" are to be obeyed.

Q. 19: What is the name of the book written by Shri Mahaprabhuji to explain Shrimad Bhagwat?
Ans: "Shri Subodhiniji" was written by Shri Mahaprabhuji to explain Shrimad Bhagwat.

Q. 20: How many small Granths have been published by Shri Mahaprabhuji? Write their names.
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji published 16 small Granths known as Sodash Granth and their names are:
1: Yamunashtak
2: Balbodh
3: Siddant Muktawali
4: Pushti Pravah Mavyada
5: Siddant Rahasya
6: Navrathnah
7: Antah Karan Prabodh
8: Vivek Dhariyashray
9: Krushnashya
10: Chatur Sloki
11: Bhakti Vardhini
12: Jalbhed
13: Panch Padhyani
14: Sanyas Nirnay
15: Nirodh Laxan
16: Sevafulum

Q. 21: Hhow many times has Chatur Shri Mahaprabhuji been honoured with Kanakabhishek? When and where?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji has been honoured with Kanakabhishek twice; first in Orchha, and second in Vidhyanagar.

Q. 22: When and where did Shri Gusaiji take birth on the earth?
Ans: Shri Gusaiji was born on 9th day of Magsar Vad Samvat 1572 in Charnatt.

Q. 23: What is the other name of Shri Gusaiji?
Ans: Shri Vithalnathji.

Q. 24: How many "Baithakji" (Places where Shrimad Bhagwat was preached) of Shri Gusaiji are in existence on the earth? How many of them are in Gujarat?"
Ans: There are 28 "Baithakji" of Shri Gusaiji on the earth, and 7 in Gujarat.

Q. 25: How many children did Shri Gusaiji have and what are their names?
Ans: Shri Gusaiji had 7 sons:
1: Shri Giridharji
2: Shri Govindji
3: Shri Balkirshnaji
4: Shri Gokulnathji
5: Shri Raghunathji
6: Shri Yadunathji
7: Shri Ghanshyamlalji

Q. 26: Shri Gusaiji gave a swaroop of Thakorji to each of his sons. Which son received what swaroop.
Ans: Shri Gusaiji gifted the following swaroop to his sons:
1: Shri Giridharji - Shri Mathureshji
2: Shri Govindji - Shri Vitthalnathji
3: Shri Balkrishnaji - Shri Dwarkadhishji
4: Shri Gokulnathji - Shri Gokulnathji
5: Shri Raghunathji - Shri Gokulchandramaji
6: Shri Yadunathji - Shri Balkrishnaji
7: Shri Ghanshyamlalji - Shri Madan Mohanji

Q. 27: What is the first poem of Shri Gusaiji?
Ans: "Sarvottam Stotra" is the first poem composed by Shri Gusaiji.

Q. 28: How many years on the earth did Shri Gusaiji remain present?
Ans: Shri Gusaiji remained present for 70 years on the earth.

Q. 29: Why were Vigyapati created by Shri Gusaiji? Where?
Ans: Kirshnadas Adhikari informed Shri Gusaiji at Dandvatishila that Thakorji desired him to stay in Chandra Sarovar. So Shri Gusaiji stayed in Chandra Sarovar for six months. Shri Gusaiji himself made a fulmala (neclace made out of flowers) and created one slok (verse).

Q. 30: For Thakorji, which seva bhog(Manorath) did Shri Gusaiji celeberate for the first time upon accumulating wealth?
Ans: "Chapan Bhog" was celeberated.

Q. 31: Who built a residential house in Mathura for Shri Gusaiji? What is the famous name?
Ans: The queen of Gadha, Shrimati Durgadevi built the residential house in Mathura for Shri Gusaiji and that house is known as "Shat - Ghara".

Q. 32: How did Shri Gusaiji enter / make Asurviamohila (Pass Away)? Who was present with him?
Ans: In Goverdhan, besides the mukharvind (face) of Shri Girirajji, Shri Gusaiji entered in Nikunji with Govindswami and they disappeared in the swaroop of Shrinathji.

Q. 33: Who are the four disciples that are not only friends but have been named as Astashakhas of Shri Gusaiji?
Ans: 1) Shri Govindswami
2) Chhit Swami

Q. 34: Shri Gusaiji's 108 names are in which stotra? Who created this stotra?
Ans: The stotra that consists the 108 name of Shri Gusaiji is known as "Nam Ratanakhyan Stotra". Shri Raghunathji created this stotra.

Q. 35: What year did Shri Gusaiji "Lila Pravesh"?
Ans: In Vikram Savant 1642.

Q. 36: In a single night, which vaishnav dug out the foundation of Shri Gusaiji temple in Gokul?
Ans: Yadvendradas Kumbhar dug out the foundation of Shri Gusaiji temple in Gokul.

Q. 37: Which granth(poem) of Shri Gusaiji is considered as Gayatri in PushtiMarg?
Ans: "Sarvottam Stotra" which is composed by Shri Gusaiji is known as Gayatri of Pushti Marg.

Q. 38: Which granth was created by Shri Gusaiji to explain Shri Subodhiniji?
Ans: To explain Shri Subodhiniji, Shri Gusaiji composed the Tipanaji granth.

Q. 39: Which mandal has been established by Shri Gusaiji for Kirtans of Shrinathji?
Ans: "Ashtachhap Kirtan Mandal" was established by Shri Gusaiji for kirtans of Shrinathji.

Q. 40: On which day did Shri Yamunaji appear on the earth?
Ans: Shri Yamunaji appeared on ther 6th day of Chaitra Sud.

Q. 41: Where did Shrinathji emerge from?
Ans: Shrinathji emerged from Shri Giriraj mountain in Jatipura, Vraj dist., Mathura, India.

Q. 42: What is another name of Shrinathji?
Ans: Another famous name of Shrinathji is "Govardhandhar" (Govardhan Nathji).

Q. 43: Who is the apex God amongst all?
Ans: Lord Shri Krishna.

Q. 44: On which day did Shri Vallabh receive the Brahmasabandh Mantra (Ghadhya Mantra)?
Ans: Shri Vallabh received the Brahmasabandha Mantra (a. k. a Ghadhya Mantra) on the 11th day of Shravan Sud (Agiyarus).

Q. 45: What appeared on Lord Shri Giriraj Mountain on the day Shri Vallabh was born?
Ans: The "Mukharvind" (Face) of Shrinathji emerged on Shri Girirajji.

Q. 46: Which two honors were received by Shri Vallabh at a very young age?
Ans: Shri Vallabh received "Bal Saraswati" & "Vakpati" honors at a very young age.

Q. 47: Who was the first disciple to receive Brahmasabhandh Dixa from Shri Vallabhacharya?
Ans: Damodardas Harsaniji was the first disciple of Shri Vallabhacharyaji to receive Brahmsabhandha Dixa.

Q. 48: From whom did Shri Mahaprabhuji receive the Dixa of Sanyas?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji received the Dixa of sanyas from Shri Narayanendra Tirth.

Q. 49: What is the cardinal mantra of Pushtimarg?
Ans: The Ashtakshar Mantra (Shri Krishna Sharnam Mamah) is the cardinal mantra.

Q. 50: What is the fruit in Pushtimarg?
Ans: The fruit of Pushtimarg is the seva of Shri Thakorji.

Q. 51: How will Bhagvat Bhav (Love towards God) increase for a Pushti soul?
Ans: Love towards Prabhu (God) will increase for a Pushti soul by procuring the knowledge and Mahatmaya (Importance) of the swaroop and seva of Shrinathji.

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Q. 53: What is the meaning of Adhivasun?
Ans: Things used for Thakorji's seva on purified with vedic rituals is Adhivasun.

Q. 54: When does adhivasun take place in a Pushtimarg temple?
Ans: Adhivasun are performed 7 times a year.
1)First Hindola - Adhivasun of Hindola
2)On Pavitra Ekadashi - Adhivasun of Pavitra & Rakhi
3)On Vasant Panchmi - Adhivasun of Vasant Kalash
4)On Dol (Holi) - Adhivasun of Dol
5)On Akhatrij - Adhivasun of Chandan (Sandal Powder)
6)On Snanyatra - Adhivasun of Jal (Water) on previous day
7)On Rathyatra - Adhivasun of Rath of GOD.

Q. 55: How is "Charnamrut" prepared?
Ans: "Charnamrut" is prepared by mixing the soil of Vraj, soil of Shri Yamunaji and the bath water of Shrinathji.

Q. 56: How should Thakorji be woken up at home?
Ans: Standing near Shri Thakorji's bed, one should clap 3 times with the intention fo ringing a bell. Next, request Thakorji by saying "Jay Jay Jay Shri Thakorji Ki Jay Ho".

Q. 57: How do we offer and request Thakorji for Bhog?
Ans: During the correct time of bhog, Thakorji should kindly be requested by saying "Oh! God kindly have your bhog with the kani (through the request) of Shri Mahaprabhuji, Shri Gusaiji, Shri Gurudev, Shri Damodardas Harsaniji, 84 and 252 vaishnav's"

Q. 58: From "Mangala" to "Shayan" how many times is "Jariji" filled (Water of Jariji changed) everyday?
Ans: Jariji is to be filled 8 times a day, in front of Shri Thakorji.

Q. 59: What is the color of Jariji's cloth? What is it called?
Ans: The color of "Jariji's" cloth is red and it is called "Nevro".

Q. 60: Without which mala Thakorji's shringar is incomplete?
Ans: Without "Gunja Mala" Thakorji's shringar is incomplete.

Q. 61: Shri Mahaprabhuji had 84 main disciples. Shri Gusaiji had 252 main disciples, then how many disciples did Shri Giridhar Raiji had?
Ans: Shri Giridhar Raiji had 40 main diciples.

Q. 62: Why is Tulsidal (2 Tulsi leaves connected to the same stem) taken in the hand while serving Rajbhog?
Ans: After the Rajbhog is decorated, Tulsidal Gaddya Mantra is recited, serve on Thakorji's feet.

Q. 63: Which holy granth must be recited in front of Shri Thakorji during Rajbhog?
Ans: Shri Krushnashray must be recited in front of Shri Thakorji during Rajbhog.

Q. 64: What is Thakorji's "Patoutsav"?
Ans: According to the Vedas ritual, Shri Thakorji is placed on "Sinhaushan" for the first time. This day is celeberated as "Patoutsav" day. Also, Thakoji was born on "Janmashtami" which is known as "Prakatutsav". "Patoutsav" is when Thakorji grew older and went in "Nikunj" for the first time.

Q. 65: What is Shri Thakorji's Manorath?
Ans: Vaishnavs serving and pleasing Thakorji with everything they have is known as "Manorath". Pleasing Thakorji is a Vaishnav's duty and a reward in itself. What is emerged from the heart is Manorath.

Q. 66: When is the "Dwidhiya Patoutsav"? Why is it known as the "Dwidhiya Patoutsav"?
Ans: During the 40 day of Fagun, Thakorji considers the Gope & Gopis as his equal (Friends). However, after Dol Utsav (40 days of Fagun), Gope & Gopi are again considered as Thakorji's "DAS" and Thakorji again sits on his throne (Patt). Therefore, this occasion is known as the "Second Patoutsav".

Q. 67: Why is it important to take charnamrut right after taking a shower?
Ans: Taking a shower cleans the outside part of the body, while taking charnamrut purifies the body from within. Dosh (Evils) will runaway and therefore charnamrut ought to be taken after taking a shower.

Q. 68: What is Mishri Bhog Thakorji?
Ans: Pushtimarg is about "Yatha Deh, Tatha Deve" seva. Unfortunately, due to time, situations and lack of facilities, many people are not able to serve Thakorji to their fullest. Therefore, they have "agnya" from Shri Vallabh Balak to do "Mishri Seva", which is also known as "Bhav Seva". Mishri seva is when a vaishnav wakes up Thakorji, serves mishri and Jariji, then puts Thakorji to sleep.

Q. 69: Can milk products & Nagari be served to Mishri Bhog Thakorji?
Ans: Yes, milk products and Nagari can be served to Mishri Bhog Thakorji.

Q. 70: Why should samagri (Bhog) be kept ready before awaking Thakorji for Mangal Bhog?
Ans: A mother prepares her child's meal before waking her child, or else the child will cry and become displeased. In the same manner, our Thakorji should be served with love and affection and should not have have to wait for his Bhog. In Pushtimarg, Thakorji served as a child.

Q. 71: When does Shringar Bhog start? Which samagri is to be served?
Ans: Shri Thakorji takes a bath after mangal Bhog. During this time, Shringar Bhog is kept ready on the Choki. After Shringar, the Shringar Bhog is placed in front of Thakorji. Shringar Bhog consists of thor, nagari, milk items, mevo (Dryfruits / Fruits), etc. Samagri should be made according to one's capacity.

Q. 72: Can Palna (cradle) be celebrated in a vaishnav's house? Can bhog be served to Thakorji during Palna?
Ans: Palna can be celebrated in a vaishnav's house so long as there are adequate facilities. Bhog / Samagri can be served with the Bhav (Imagination) of Palna along with Toys, Ghoogra, Chakadi, etc. to Thakorji. Palna Bhog consists of milk items, nagari, dryfruits, fruits, etc. Items should be made according one's capacity.

Q. 73: Which samagri can be served during Rajbhog?
Ans: In Rajbhog, milk products, nagari, sakhdi, unsakhdi, dryfruits, sandhana (pickle), etc can be served according to one's capacity. If there is no permission from Vallabh to serve sakhadi samagri, one can serve unsakhdi, milk products, nagari, etc. to Thakorji.

Q. 74: Which samagri can be served during Shyabhog?
Ans: In Shyabhog, keer, dal bhaath, kadhi, puri, etc. should be served. How ever there should not be any burden on Thakorji. In Pushti marg we treat \ serve Thakorji like a child. The samagri should be served with the purest bhav (affection). Since Thakorji loves the best item; vaishnavs should be ready to serve the finest items every day. If items are not served with a pure bhav, then Thakorji may not accept the samagri\bhog.

Q. 75: Can sakhadi bhog be served to Thakorji on Big Utsavs by a vaishnav who is not granted permission by his\her Acharya to serve sakdi bhog daily?
Ans: The vaishnav who do not have the permission to serve sakhdi bhog daily, maay serve sakhdi bhog on Big Uttsav only if permission is specially granted by an Acharya.

Q. 76: Can Aarti be performed in a vaishnav’s house to Thakorji?
Ans: Yes, Aarti can be performed in a vaishnav’s house. Only if the vaishnav is serving Sakhadi bhog to Thakorji. Only Mangla, Rajbhog and Shayan can be performed. Aarti should be performed daily and constantly; how ever it cannot be discontinued once started.

Q. 77: What does the Abhayang Snan consists?
Ans: Abhayang both consists of Amala and Chandan. Amla should first be boiled and then strained. According to the season, the correct attar (Scent) should be mixed with the amla water. This mixer is served with fuel. Then a little amount of barras should be mixed with kesari chandan (Orange chandan) and thakorji takes a bath in this mixture. Only on Ramnavami and Janmashtmi Thakorji takes a bath with gulabjal (Rose water). That mixure should be pure. If the festival falls on a Sunday or a Tuesday, then white chandan replaces amla, and fuel cannot be served. Also after taking Abhayang Bath with white chandan, kesari chandan is served and then Thakorji takes a bath with warm water.

Q. 78: What are the bhavs of different flower malagis (flower neckless)? With what bhav are they (Dharavai) offered?
Ans: The different malajis that Thakorji wears represents the bhav of Shri swaminiji and the Vraj bhaktas. Gunjamala represents the 4 types of soul’s Swamini-Bhav. White flower represents Shree Chandravaliji; Lotus resembles Swaminiji’s heart; Red flower represents Kumarika’s Bhav(Unmarried woman); Rose resembles the laughter swaroop of Shree Swaminiji (Radhaji). Other flowers and leaves resemble the bhav of Vraj Bhaktas.

Q. 79: What are the different bhavs of Venuji (Fluet)?
Ans: Venu gives Vraj Bhaktas the swaroop Anand of Thakorji. Out of it’s seven hole six represents the divine qualities o Thakorji, and the seventh represents Thakorji himself. With this bhav, the Venu is always with Thakorji. (Ashwaria ,Vihyya etc.)

Q. 80: What is the bhav of “Charansparsh” (touching Feet)?
Ans: The charnvind of Thakorji represents Bhakti swaroop; there fore, by touching the charnavind of Thakorji, Vaishnav’s bhakti bhav will increase. Prabhu’s(God) charnavind ruj (Dust particles from Thakorji’s feet) are to be put on one’s eyes, forehesd, and heart. By this Thakorji his feet on our eyes, forehead, and heart. Thus das bhav increases.

Q. 81: How do we carry feelings of the temple in our house?
Ans: The small temple in our house represents the Nikunj of Gopijan. Through that Shree Thakorji will establish in our house; therefore, our house is called Gopijan Nikunj. Both doors of the temple represent the eye lids of Shri Swaminiji (Radhaji), who will grace us to open the eyes. This way we get darshan of Thakorji through the eyes of Shri Swaminiji.

Q. 82: What is the bhav of putting Tulsiji in Samagri?
Ans: Tulsiji is dearest to Thakorji. She removes the dosh in Samagri and enables the Samagri to be worthy for Thakorji.

Q. 83: What are some specific words used during seva?
Ans: Khasajal:- Holy water which is used in serving Shree Thakorji during seva.
Kasana:- Thread of silk which is tied to the bed and takia (Pillow).
Sohani - Buhari:- Brooming (Savarani).
Abhayang:- To take a bath with amla and Chandan.
Chhana:- Water purifier cloth.
Angithi:- Coal burning equipment.
Venu:- Fluet made out of wood.
Vetra:- Stick (Chhadi).
Khoovo:- Mavo (Milk products).
Shirana:- Pillow which thakorji rests his head on.

Q. 84: What is the “Param Sadhan” (Cardinal principal) of Pushti Marg?
Ans: Param Sadhan of Pushti Marg is to serve Thakorji with innocent love. It is called “Seva” when all the senses and mind are completely concentrated in serving Thakorji. Seva should be performed heartedly, as the immortal love is another name ofThakorji. Thus, the Cardinal principal of Pushti Marg is to delite Thakorji. Seva can not be performed with our internal anxiety and innocent love. To perform seva with love is known as worship. Seva is to be performed for the happiness pleasure of Thakorji and not for one self.

Q. 85: Since the Param Sadhan of Pushti Marg is seva, is there a need for vaishnavs to fast?
Ans: Yes the correct fast should be observed.

Q. 86: Who has the right to donate Naam Mantra (Brahmsabandh)?
Ans: The heires of Shree Vallabhacharya have the right to donate Naam Mantra (Brahmsabandh). Once the Naam Mantra is donated to children the heires of Vallabhacharya will give the Brahmsabandh mantra to children who have reached 9 years of age. This procedure will be followed according to rules of set by Shri Vallabhacharya.

Q. 87: Who can give Brahmsabandh Dixa ?
Ans: Only Shri Vallabhacharya and his heires are authorized to donate Brahmsabandh Dixa.

Q. 88: How many words are in Gadhya Mantra of Brahmsabandh Mantra?
Ans: The Gadhya Mantra of Brahmsabandh Mantra has 84 words.

Q. 89: When will a Vaishnav become merciful?
Ans: A vaishnav will become merciful With Daas Bhav (Disciple feeling) arises.

Q. 90: What are the 4 Jayantis(Birthdates) of Prabhu (God)? Why are only 4 taken in considerations in Pushti Marg?
Ans: The 4 Jayantis of different prabhu avatar are Krishna Jayanti, Vaman Jayanti, Ram Jayanti and Nurshinha Jayanti. These 4 avatars have established Pushti Marg principles and there fore Shri Mahaprabhuji has ordered to observe fasts on these days.

Q. 91: While performing seva of Thakorji, what should a Vaishnav wear?
Ans: Indian culture usually men wear Dhoti-Bandi or Uparno and has women wear Saari or Choli while performing seva of Thakorji in Upras (Clean and Untouched).

Q. 92: If prasdi mishri is mixed with regular food, which is not offered to god is it called offered edibles or is it called purified edibles?
Ans: It is called partially purified food. How ever, to eat partially purified food is better than to eat unoffered food.

Q. 93: Why should Vaishnav wear Tulsimala?
Ans: Tulsi is dearest to Thakorji and Shri Bhagavat Swaroop; therefore Vaishnavs must wear 2 Tulsi malas. Further more Tulsi is the eternal power to reach Thakorji, for it is donated to us by Shri Mahaprabhuji (& his heires) while speaking the Ashtakshar mantra. Thus a Vaishnav cannot live, even for a day, without wearing Tulsi.

Q. 94: Why do Vaishnav’s present their “Kunti”in front of food before eating it?
Ans: It is not necessary to perform such actions. In reality only taking Thakorji’s Prasad is one of Pushti Marg’s rules. When Vaishnav’s feel guilty taking asamarpit food believing that kunti is bhagavat Swaroop, they present it to make the food pure.

Q. 95: Why should water be drunk from distance of mouth?
Ans: The bhav of drinking water from distance from mouth is so that the element of purity remains in both the hands and the vessels holding the water.

Q. 96: Is there a danger of rebirth / re-incarnation for a Vaishnav who has taken Brahmsabandh?
Ans: Everyone on earth is taking birth again and again according to one’s owen karmas (actions). This is not the case for true pushti jivs (souls). Pushti jiv’s rebirth is subject to the desire of Thakorji and karma. The chief disciple of pushti Marg, Shri Damodardas Harsaniji , is taking birth again and again to guide Pushti Marg on the right path. Shri Mahaprabhuji him self ordered Damodardasji to take 10 births. Thus a Pushti jiv is subject to Reincarnation only by Thakorji’s wish and not by karma.

Q. 97: Can Vaishnav recite Shri Sarvottamji, Shri Yamunashtak, Sharan Mantra / Panchakshar Mantra / Gadhya Mantra at any time and at any place?
Ans: Yes. Shri Sarvottamji, Shri Yamunashtak, Sharan Mantra / Panchakshar Mantra / Gadhya Mantra can be recited at any time and place.

Q. 98: During what events seva of Thakorji cannot be performed?
Ans: Seva of Thakorji cannot be performed during:
(1)The course of monthly periods of women
(2)The period of sutak ; (Because of birth of a child or a death in the family). This is to be followed according to religious rule.
(3)The course of delivery period of women.

Q. 99: After taking a shower and observing a fast, can women on M.C. period perform Thakorji’s seva on the 3rd day?
Ans: No. Seva can only be started on the 5th day of M.C. period. This is to be done only after shower, this way the woman is purified.

Q. 100: Can Sutki (Sutak) vaishnavs have the darshan of Thakorji in temples?
Ans: During the period of Shri Gosaiji, Sutki Vaishnavs were allowed to have darshan through Shri Kumbhandasji’s help. They were allowed to have darshan only when Shri Jariji (Swaroop of Yamunaji) was not present. Also they were not allowed to touch any other Vaishnavs! If the temple has such accommodations, only then the Sutki Vaishnav have the darshan of Thakorji. Today Sutki Vaishnav’s have little knowledge of what to do; there fore it is not wrong for them to do the darshan of Thakorji.

Q. 101: At what age did Shri Vallabh complete his studies?
Ans: Shri Vallabh completed his studies at the age of 11.

Q. 102: Why did Laxman Bhattji and family leave their native place for Kashi (Varanasi - A City in India)?
Ans: Upon completion of 100 Som Yagnas, Shri Laxman Bhattji left his native place for Kashi to feed 125,000 Brahmins.

Q. 103: Who ordered Shri Vallabh to place Thakorji in a temple? Where was this order given?
Ans: Shri Thakorji ordered Shri Vallabh to take him out of Girikandra(Govardhan) mountain and place him in a temple. This order was given in Jarkhand.

Q. 104: Whom did Shri Vallabh allow to perform the seva of Thakorji for the 1st time when god was placed on a paat?
Ans: Shri Mahaprabhuji allowed Shri Ramdas Chauhan to perform Shrinathji’s seva.

Q. 105: At which location has the painter portrayed Shri Vallabhachrya’s picture?
Ans: Shri Vallabh’s portrait is on the Govind Ghat on the banks of Shri Yamunaji, in Gokul.

Q. 106: How do we serve God from Rajbhog to Shayan Bhog without following anosar?
Ans: After “Rajbhog Aarti”, Mala and Saaj are removed and Utthapan bhog is served. As per the season, only fruits are served during Utthapanbhog. After 7 – 8 minutes, Utthapanbhog is taken away. After achamun and mukh vastra , panbiri and mala (Garland) are served while imaging the darshan of bhog. After 7 – 8 minutes if you know the “Bhogsandha” kirtans, then you can sing them. After removing Shringar, Shayanbhog is presented to God. Next Shayanbhog is taken away after permission from Thakorji. After achaman and mukh vastra, panbiri is served again. Next Shrigar is removed and Thakorji is put to sleep.

Q. 107: When does Vratachrya start and how long does it last?
Ans: Vratacharya begins from the first day of Kartak Vad and ends on Magsar Sud Purnima.

Q. 108: The period of Kartak vadfirst to magsar purnima is known as Gopmas, Why?
Ans: The virgin maid girls, with pleasure, observed fast and believed that Thakorji was their husband.This is known as Vratacharya. During this period , Thakorji imparted Ghhyan(knowledge) in Gopis and Gopals to experience the swaroop of Anand of Thakorji. Both Gopis and Gopals were made capable by Thakorji to experience and realize the Swaroop Anand of Thakorji. Sight and clothes were given to Gopis and "Yamuna Pan" and Gyan to Gopals. In this period, they had total control of their Indriays (Their Senses) and therefore this month is known as Gopmas.

Q. 109: According to each season, how is odhani vastra served to Thakorji?
Ans: Odhani vastra is worn by Thakorji from Akshay Trutia to Hindola. Odhani and clothes without border are not worn and Kesari Print Malmal clothes are worn. From Hindola, Thakorji will wear odhani, clothes with borders, colorful Leheria, Chandali etc... Resham and Teri cotton with embroidery are also worn during Hindola. From Navratri to Sharad Poonam Chhapana clothes are worn and from Aasho Vad Naum to Karitk Agyaras, Reshmi Jari clothes are worn. From Vasant Panchami to Dol, Vasanti border, white Darina and Jamdani odhani vastras are worn. From Dwitiya paat, Jari clothes are worn for five days. Falgun Vad Satam or Naum to Chaitra Till Bij, chhapana clothes are worn. From Trij to Satam, Chundki, Malal and Leheria clothes are worn by Thakorji.

Q. 110: In Shringar, which jewellaries are decorated to Thakorji according to each season?
Ans: Akshay Trutiya to Hindola: Sip, Chandan, Pearls etc…
Starting from Hindola: Diamond, Pearls, manek, Stone, Mina etc…
Vasnat Panchami to Dol (Dhuleti): Gold and Mina, Diamonds, Pearls can also be decorated on the day of utsav.

Q. 111: What is Kanjagai?
Ans: Kanjagai is to open ears of cows or to awake the cows. Shri Thakorji, visiting Gau-Shala (Cow Pen) along with Gopi-Gopa, spoke in the ears of cows that “you are invited to participate in the Govardhan Pooja, so please come early to Pooja.” In the night of Dipawali, Thakroji is placed in the chowk (cowland) of the temple, where Thakorji Vadans (Invites) in the ears of cows and tell them to come quickly for the Govardhan Pooja. Then Thakorji plays with cows for a little bit. This is know as Kan Jagai.

Q. 112: What is Govardhan Pooja?
Ans: Seva Pooja of Shri Giriraj Mountain is known as Govardhan Pooja. At the bottom of Giriraj mountain, pooja of Shri Giriraj-ji is performed. At that time, Giriraj-ji is covered by “Gobar”. Like Shri Krishna performed the Goverdhan Pooja Goverdhan Yog, Shri Thakorji comes and perform the same pooja. Next, Shri Giriraj-ji is served bhog. All the above is called as Goverdhan Pooja.

Q. 113: “Rahiye Shri Gorvardhan ki Tarheti. Rasik Pritam Hit chit ki bate, shri Giriraji-ji so kahiye ……Tarheti”, in this poem there is no presence of Thakorji in the 7 nidhi swaroops. Then where is Shri Giridhariji?
Ans: When Shri Hariraiji Mahaprabhu was re-siding at Jaisalmer, he was in deep “virha” for Vraj, Vraj atmosphere, Shri Yamunaji, Shri Giriraj-ji, and Shri Govind Kund. Because of this “Virha”, he created this “Ashrya Pad”. At that time, Giridhariji Thakorji was residing in the palace of Jaisalmer. Therefore Shri Hariraiji Mahaprabhuji presented his internal feeling of Vraj before Shri Giridhariji. At present, Giridharji Thakorji is still resides in Jaisalmer.

Q. 114: How did Rathyatra Manorarth come in Pushtimarg?
Ans: When Shri Gosaiji went to Jagnnathpuri for the yaatra, he stayed there for six months. Then Bhagvan Shri Jagdish ordered Shri Gosaiji to start the “rathyatra” in Pushtimarg. Shri Gosaiji accepted the order and had the carpenter named Rasa prepare a map of Shri Jagdishji’s rath. After the map was prepare, Shri Gusaiji went back to adel and had a miniature rath built. Afterwards, he placed Shri Navnitpriyaji on the rath and started celebrating this festival every year. This is how Rathyatra Manorath started in Pushtimarg.

Q. 115: In which bhog Shri Mahaprabhuji’s kani, achman and mukh vastra are not needed?
Ans: In Palna and Shringar Bhog, Kani, achman, and mukh vastra are not needed. In all other bhogs, after taking away the bhog, achman, mukh vastra and pan biri are required.

Q. 116: What is served in Parishram Bhog?
Ans: If Thakorji is in Mishri Bhog, then mishri is offered. If Thakorji is in Sakhadi/ Unsakhadi Bhog, then sweet balls of Magas or Manbhog(Shiro) is served as Unsakhadi. Parishram Bhog means performing seva of Thakorji during journey / after journey only; not during normal daily times.

Q. 117: Why is wetted Kasumbi Rang (Red color) cloth served on Jariji? Why is another cloth overcoated in Shitkal (Winter)?
Ans: The color of love is Kasumbi; therefore, a Wetted Kasumbi Rang Cloth is used. An extra clean cloth is used in Shitkal for the pleasure and convenience of Thakorji.

Q. 118: Why are 2 Tulsi Kanktis worn?
Ans: Vaishnavs who have taken a Brahmsumbandh should were 2 Kuntis; one for Naam Matra , and the other for Nivedan Mantra Bhav. These 2 kuntis are comprised of cotton threads.

Q. 119: Before cremating a body, should the Tilak and the Kantis be removed from it?
Ans: Yes, They should be removed, Tilak Represents Yamunaji while Kanti represent Lord Shri Krishna as Shrimad Bhagavat Swaroop. Thus it is inappropriate to burn them.

Q. 120: Should Chitraji Seva of Thakorji wear Vagha(Cloths) while sleeping?
Ans: Yes, Vagha is to be worn on Chitraji Seva of Thakorji at the time of sleep. At night, Thada Swaroop Seva only wears Tanio / Langot and Lalaji wears nothing while sleeping.

Q. 121: Is Mahabhog Served to Sakhadi Thakorji on Janmashtami (Thakorji’s Birthday)?
Ans: There is no need to serve Mahabhog during the night of Janmashtami. In the morning (i. e. 9th day the of the month), during Rajbhog, Mahabhog is served with Yathashakti to celebrate Nand Mahotsav, which is the most important event in Pushtimarg.

Q. 122: Is Jagran Necessary at the residence of a Vaishnav on Janmashtami?
Ans: No, Not required. Seva is performed in normal course.

Q. 123: Is Panchamrut mixed with anything or is it separately served?
Ans: In Pushtimarg, all samagri of Panchamrut is served separately (i.e. – milk, sugar, honey, curd and ghee).

Q. 124: What is Supeti (White Cloth)?
Ans: The white cloth that is spread over the Gadi, Takia and Bed is called Supeti.

Q. 125: What is Sunjni?
Ans: Simple clothes spread between two bed sheets is called Sujani.

Q. 126: During which period are fans put in Shaiya Mandir and during which period are fans put with Sihasan Pith?
Ans: The fans are served in Shaiya Mandir from Samvatsur to Dhanteras and from Akshya Trutia to Hindola on the both sides of the Sihasan.

Q. 127: What is Fargul? What is the difference between Fargul and Gadala?
Ans: During the winter, only the Mukharvind is seen during Darshan and other parts of the the body are covered by cotton clothes. This is called Fargul. White cotton Bandhi served to Thakorji is called Gudal.

Q. 128: When are Fargul and Gudal Served?
Ans: Fargul & Gudal are served from Prabhothini (i.e. – Kartak Sud Ekadashi). It is served by replacing odhani in Prabhothini Ekadashi.

Q. 129: Which day is Picchkari (water gun) served to Thakorji?
Ans: Pichkari is served to GOD on Maha Sud Purnima and lasts up to Fagun Vad Ekam or Bij.

Q. 130: Can Keshuda be played on Thakorji or not?
Ans: Keshuda cannot be played on Thakorji, but Thakorji will first play with Gudal, Abeel, Chandan , Chokha. Then, on Pichhavai Sadi Sihasan, Dhol and Kunja are played with Kesuda.

Q. 131: Should Vaishnavs play Holi with Thakorji from Vasant Panchami to Dol (Dhuleti)?
Ans: Vaishnavs should play Holi with Thakorji from Vasant Panchami to Dhuleti for about 15 to 20 minutes daily. This is because Holi lasts only 40 days.

Q. 132: What precautions should be taken when playing Holi with Thakorji?
Ans: Thakorji is like a child and therefore while playing Holi with Thakorji, the colors should not spread out on Thakorji.s face.

Q. 133: Why is Holidunda (Stick Thakorji holds during Holi) placed along the bed of Thakorji? Should it be along the bedside during night time as well?
Ans: During Rajbhog, the Holidunda is places next to Thakorji with the precaution that the Balswaroop (child Swaroop) Thakorji may desire to play Holi at any time. The Holidunda is placed on the Thakorji’s bed at night only on Holi.

Q. 134: Why is the “Pavitra” presented to Thakorji on Shravan Sud 11 and why to Vallabh / Gurudev on Shravan Sud 12?
Ans: On account of the historical events, during Shravan Sud 11 (Agyaras) in Govind Ghat of Gokul, at midnight, Thakorji emerged to solve the worries of Shri Vallabhacharya. Shri Vallabh was worried because did not know how to present a sinful soul to Thakorji. Thus Thakorji gave the Brahmsumbandh Mantra to Mahaprabhuji for the union of souls with Brahm. Shri Mahaprabhuji was very much pleased and presented Pavitra on the 12th and experienced rasaatmak anand of Thakorji. Shri Mahaprabhuji expressed his delight through “Madharstakam” granth. Since then, the “Pavitra” is presented to Thakorji on Shravan Sud 11 and to Shri Vallabh / Gurudev on the 12th day of Shravan.

Q. 135: Why is the cotton Pavitra presented before God?
Ans: According to the Hindu religion, Pavitra presented before God should be: in the age of Satyug – Diamond; in the age of Tratrayug – Gold; in the age of Dwaperyug – Resham; and in the age of Kaliyug – Cotton. (We are currently in Kaliyug).

Q. 136: Up to which period can the “Pavitra” be presented to Thakorji? To Guru (if not present on Shravan Sud - 11 and12)?
Ans: For Thakorji, Pavitra can be presented till Janmashatami and can be presented from the 11th day of Shravan Vad to one’s Guru.

Q. 137: Can Krishnastakum and Madhurastakum be recited at night?
Ans: Both the stotra can be recited in front of Thakorji at anytime or place.

Q. 138: Can Sarvottum Stotra be recited in sutak or an impurified death?
Ans: Sarvottum Stotra cannot be recited in sutak or an impurified death. However, Ashtakshar mantra can be recited!

Q. 139: When can festivals be celebrated and up to what period?
Ans: Normally, the following festivals can be celebrated up to:
Annankut:- Maha Sud 4,
Dol (Dhuleti):- FagunVad 5,
Rathyatra:- Ashadh Sud 15,
Dan:- Bhadar Vad Amas (pronounced as Uh-maass),
Pavitra:- Janmashtami

Q. 140: During Seva, can a Vaishnav wear woolen clothes in the cold season?
Ans: Cotton or woolen clothes must be worn in seva, but they should be new clothes. They should be worn only in Apras. The custom is that woolen and cotton clothes cannot be worn in Sakhadi Bhog.

Q. 141: On which side should the mukharwind of Thakorij be pleced for seva in a Vaishnav’s House?
Ans: In Pushtimarg, the mukharwind of Thakorji should face either north or the east direction. However this is not set in stone. It is ok for Thakorji to face any dirction if it is not possible for him to face the north or the east directions. Thakorji’s Seva is always performed by seeing his convenience, for nothing can hinder Seva.

Q. 142: Can Panchakshur Mantra Mala be recited when not in “Apras”?
Ans: Panchakshur Mantra / Stotra must be performed in Apras. Only by doing that, the activity becomes “Jap”. Like wise, Gadh Mantra of Brahmsumbandh should be recited in Apras only. As Gadh Mantra is vistar of Panchaksur Mantra.

Q. 143: Which Granth (Book) was written by Shri Mahaprabhuji to give all the answer to Mayavadi (Learned Pundits) in Kashi?
Ans: Patravalaban Granth.

Q. 144: In which state of India is Champaranya situated?
Ans: Champaranya is situated in Chhattisgarh state of India.

Q. 145: What was Shri Laxmanbhattji’s father’s name?
Ans: Shri Laxmanbhattji’s father’s name was Balam Bhatt.

Q. 146: What is the meaning of “Asurvyamohlila”?
Ans: The meaning of “Asurvyamohlila” is to pretend / show that your have left the world in the eyes of upholy people (Drangan / Devil).

Q. 147: What are Ashad Aalap and Mukharata Dosh?
Ans: To speak Mithya (Lies) is Ashad Aalap and to constantly speak over enthusiastically is Mukharata Dosh.

Q. 148: What is Unyashary(Dependence)?
Ans: Unyashray is to depend of someone other than Shri Krishna (Nikunjnayak Shriji). This is prohibited in Pushtimarg.

Q. 149: What is Bahirmukhata?
Ans: This Dosh (Evil) is due to turning away from Hari (God) and/or Guru.

Q. 150: When composing Subodhiniji (The commentary on Shrimad Bhagvat), as what 2 locations was Shri Vallabh ordered to return to Nijdham (His original place with God).
Ans: The first order was at Gangasagar and the second was at Madhuvan.

Q. 151: Whose worship was performed by Shri Mahaprabhuji’s ancestors?
Ans: The ancestors of Shri Mahaprabhuji worshipped Shri Gopal Krishna.

Q. 152: Which Granth was created by Shri Mahaprabhuji to understand the meaning of “Brahmsumbandh”?
Ans: Shri Acharyaji composed a book knows as “Sinddant Rahasya” to explain the meaning of “Brahmsumbandh”.

Q. 153: Why do the 40 days of Holi start from Vasant Panchmi ?
Ans: Spring begins from 5th day of Maha Sud, also known as Vasant Panchmi. Since the olden times, spring has been celebrated in India from Vasant Panchmi to Falgoon Purnima. The earth becomes colorless in Autumn, but is regenerated with a new form in Spring. Gopis had four types of bhavs for Thakorji (Satvik, Tamas, Rajas, and Nirgun). Among them, four groups were created depending on which bhav each had. Each group had the Seva of Thakorji for 10 days (Totaling 40 days).

Q. 154: Is Dolostav different from Holi? What is the meaning and importance of Dolostav?
Ans: Holi is celebrated on the 15thday of Fagun Sud. It is enlightened after Shyan Bhog is served to Thakorji and then Holi Poojan is performed. Next, Gulal is imposed on the cheeks and the chin of Thakorji. Then the Abil Gulal is spread all around Thakorji very next day (i.e. Falgun Vad Ekam). The second day is Uttara Falgun Naxtra, on this day is “Dolotsav” or “Dhuleti”. The meaning of “Dola” in Sanskrit is Palaki or Hindola or Jula. Vraj Bhakts used to tie a Jula on the branches of Asopalav, Mango, Jambu, etc trees and then decorate them beautifully. On the Jula, Thakorji and Swaminiji (Radhaji) swung and played with Abil Gulal, Chandan Kesar, Kesudo and delighted each other. Everyone swings on the Jula four times and has bhog four times. All of this is also known as mahouttsav.

Q. 155: What is Thakurani Trij?
Ans: The 3rd day of Shravan month is Thakurani Trij. The wife of Thakor is known as Thakurani. On this day, young maiden girls would dress up in nice clothes and go to Vraj forests. There they would celebrate by swinging on julas and fasting in the honor of Shri Swaminiji (Radhaji) and Shri Yamunaji. The Vraj bhakt’s Thakuranis (Shri Swaminaji. and Shri Yamunaji) are van vihar with Thakorji. They swing on julas, which are beautifully decorated with fruits, and are served delicious dishes of bhog. Most important event of this day is creation of the “Yamunashtak” granth. Shri Mahaprabhuji along with Damodardasji, came to Thakurani ghat and ShriYamunaji appeared to give them her Darshan. Upon seeing her, Yamunashtakum started flowing out of Shri Mahaprabhuji’s mouth. Thus on Thakurani Trij, the Yamunashtak Granth came into existence.

Q. 156: Why are Pavitra and Raxa sometimes presented in the morning and sometimes in the evening?
Ans: The time period of “Bhadra”, also known as Karan and Vishtha, is not auspicious. Therefore, if “Bhadra” is in the morning, then Pavitra and Raxa are presented in the evening; and vice versa.

Q. 157: Is Hindola swung in the morning?
Ans: If only Seva is performed, then Hindola is swung during Shringar in the morning.

Q. 158: If we do not have a Hindola, then how do we serve God?
Ans: Our Seva of Thakorji is very much sentimental / flexible and therefore physical presence of Hindola is secondary. However, if you have enough money and space for Seva, then a small Hindola can be “Siddhed” (built/purchased) by the order of one’s Guruji. If you do not have a Hindola, then God can be kept on your palm covered with reshmi vastra. Hindola can be played by swinging your hands and imaging in your mind and heart that Thakorji is swinging in jula (Mansi Seva / Bhav Seva).

Q. 159: Why is “Shasti Utsav” celebrated on Shravan Vad Satam?
Ans: Shri Nandbava and Yashodaji (Thakorji’s Parets) celebrated Nandotsav (Thakorji’s birth) for one year, and so “Shasti Uttsav” was forgotten. When Thakorji’s next birthday came, on the previous day (i.e.- Shravan Vad Satam), “Shasti Uttasav” was remembered and celebrated. Thus every year, on Shravan Vad-7, “Shasti Utsav” is celebrated.

Q. 160: On Janmashtmi, why is “Tilak”, in Shringar, applied on the forehead of Thakorji in Some havelis?
Ans: Shri Thakorji promised to emerge on earth from the Nityalila (From his place in heaven). Adi gopijan applied “VijayTilak” on behalf of Shri Radhikaji to Thakorji right before ha left Nityalila. With this bhav in mind, the “Tilak” is applied during Shringar to Thakorji in some Havelis.

Q. 161: Is there any need to serve “Mahabhog” during the birth night of Thakorji (Janmashtmi Night) in a vaishnav’s house?
Ans: No, there is no such need. Thakorji should be served like every other day. On the next morning, Mahabhog can be served to Thakorji during Rajbhog. After Rajbhog, Thakorji swings in a Palna.

Q. 162: What is “Sanji”? What is “Kot Ni Sanji”? What is the bhav of “Sanji”?
Ans: Sanji is a folk festival of Vraj. The surrounding areas (Rajasthan area of India). Between Bhadarva Sud Punam and Bhadrava Vad Amas ( i.e. 15th to 30th in the month of Bhadarava), “Sanji” is performed in the mind (Mansi Seva) in Pushtimarg Havelis.

Q. 163: Why is Vaishakh Sud Trij called AkshayaTrutia?
Ans: On AkshayaTrutia, Tratayug started on this auspicious day. In India it is called “Akhatrij” . Summer in India starts from this day and Thakorji Gets tired in such hot weather. Therefore Thakorji is placed on Khas khana (Flower Mandal) in a bunglow made out of sandalwood. Gulabjul, fountains, flutes, Jariji made out of soil, and cold dishes (bhog) served with cold sanjajul are present in front of Thakorji. Sandal is presentd to Thakorji from AkshayTrutiya and Thakorji wears white clothes along with flowers , pearls, etc. (Shringar).

Q. 164: Is sandalwood applied on Thakorji’s body from AkshayaTrutia(Spring)?
Ans: No, it is applied on Thakorji only on AkshayaTrutia. However, it is applied everyday in the summer. Sandalwood should be presented in a silver bunta. In the summer, one day white sandalwood is served; the next day kesari (orange) sandalwood is served (Rotation). At the beginning of “Jeth” month is Rohini Nakshtra (The period of 15 days, when the sun gives off the most heat). During those days, Thakorji wears chandan wagha (clothes), then white malmal wagha along with a thick chandan paste is applied. The chandan paste is applied on Thakorji’s hands and feet. Shringar is made from flowers, while beads made out of chandan are turned into malas (necklaces).

Q. 165: The Seva, mentioned above starts from “Akhatrij” and ends when?
Ans: It ends on the day before Rath Yatra.

Q. 166: Which “manoraths” can be performed in the summer?
Ans: Bungalows of chandan and flowers; Palna of flowers; Flower mandal; Nava Jalvihar, Khaskana, Furtag, Clothes made from chandan, Tnleaves (Pangbat), Chhak, etc. These manoraths can be performed during the summer season.

Q. 167: What is the bhav of “Khandita” poem, which is sung Mangala Darshan in the cold season?
Ans: Thakorji promised to visit a Gopijan at night, but Thakorji visited another Gopijan instead. Therefore the 1st Gopijan passed the night in Virah (intense pain of separation) of Thakorji. Shri Thakorji visited the 1st gopijan early next morning (Symtopms of passing the nights with another Gopijan for with repugnant is given by the 1st Gopijan). With that bhav in mind, the poem is known as “Khandita”.

Q. 168: What is the bhav of “Hilag” poem, which is sung Shringar, Rajbhog in the cold season?
Ans: Gopijans have infinite , unconditional love without any expectation of sex with Thakorji. Thus the “Hilag” poem is sung to represent this bhav of Gopis.

Q. 169: Gangaji is part of “Maryada Marg”, then why is Ganga Dasahara Festival celebrated in Pushtimarg?
Ans: Gangaji came on the earth upon king Bhagirath’s request. She flows from the hair locks of Lord Shankar to Haridwar. During ancient times, Juhu Rishi was doing “Tapasya” in Haridwar. Gangaji’s flow was very loud and fast, because of that Juhu Rishi was disturbed and became angry in the middle of his “Tapasya”. As a result, he drank all of Gangaji’s water. King Bhagirath requested the Rishi to release Gangaji from his ears. On Vaishakh Sukla 7, Juhu Rishi let Gangaji flow out from his right ear and from that day on Gangaji has also been known as “Jahnvi”. 1st day of Jeth Sukla till the 1st day of Jeth Sud is celebrated as the festival of Ganga. On the 10th day of Jeth Sud, Gangaji merged with Shri Yamunaji at Pryagraj and that day is known as Ganga Dasahara. Originally, Shri Gangaji was known as “Charan Padmaja”; however after merger with Shri Yamunaji, Gangaji became equal with Shri Yamunaji. Shri Yamunaji gave Gangaji “Pushti Bhakti Dan”. Ganga Dasahara is celebrated only because of her merger with Shri Yamunaji.

Q. 170: What is the bhav of Snanyatra?
Ans: The king of Vraj, Shri Nandraiji (Shri Krishna’s Father), declared Shri Krishna as a prince on this day (lf Shri Krishna would not have been declared a prince, then he would have been called “Vrajraj Sut”). During this royal ceremony, “Tilak” was applied on Shri Krishna and also “Jul Abhishek” was done. In the pooja, Shri Krishna was bathed while reciting “Purushukt Veda Mantra”. Shri Vallabhacharyaji has also accepted the “Vedvidan” in Thakorji’s Seva. In “Pooja Marg”, God is always given a bath with cold water, however in Pushtimarg, Thakorji is given bath with warm/cold water as per the season. “Jeth Sud Punam” falls in the summer season and so Thakorji is given a bath with cold water mixed with Gulabjul (Rosewater), Chandan (Sandalwood), Kharas, Khus attar (Scent), Mogra flowers, Rose petals, etc. Thru Shri Yamunaji’s request, Thakorji and the Vraj Bhakts play and bath in her waters on this day. This way Shri Yamunaji also got “Saiyog Sukh”.

Q. 171: What is “Bhog Uttsav”?
Ans: “Bhog Uttsav” has been celebrated on the day before Makarsankranti (Kite Festival). This is the day Shri Thakorji accepted Gopijan’s pure love; therefore, with that bhav in mind, this festival is celebrated (Bhog Uttsav). “Anurag Prem” is considered as red color, thus Thakorji wears red clothes. Also, on this day, Thakorji accepted Gopijan’s pure love for Swaminiji. Thakorji is always yearning for pure love. This pure love has many forms such as: Vatsalya, Madhur, Sakhya, Dasya, etc. Therefore he is known as “Nandnandan” and is “Jeevanpran” for Shri Yamunaji. He is the “Prandhr” for Gopijans. On this day, Goipjans served samagri of “tul” which Shri Thakorji like very much.

Q. 172: What is the bhav of Shri Mahasankrati Festival (Kite Festival)?
Ans: When the sun moves to the north, this day is called Uttarayana or Makarsankrati. On this day, morning rises for all gods and goddesses. Therefore, according to the Vedas, this is the holiest day to donate or give gifts and to recite Bhagwat name. This sankrati is also known as “Shetty Tala Sankranti”. On this day, importance is given to donate “tul” and gold, according to one’s capacity to the poor. This day is also known as “Jogi Uttsav”, because Thakorji wears simple cloths. Thakorji Thakorji is “Virudh Dharmashray”. After bhog is made, Thakorji displays “Jogi Bhav”. Thakorji plays with a ball on this day. Also, brahmins are donated “tul” and “khichadi”. Thakorji eats samagri made out “tul” and with this bhav in mind, related kirtans are sung.

Q. 173: Why is “Savdhan” (Alert) called out around the heirs of Shri Vallabhacharya?
Ans: The Acharyas are many times in “Apras” and so no one is allowed to touch them. Upon touching them, they are no longer in “Apras”; therefore, “Savdhan” is called out to make Vaishnavs alert.

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