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JJ Shri Message

સર્વે વૈષ્ણવ ને ભગવદ સ્મરણ

ભગવત્સુખાર્થે કોઈં પણ ત્યાજ્ય છે

શ્રી ગુંસાઈજી જયારે કિશોર અવસ્થામાં હતા ત્યારે વીણા ખુબજ સુંદર વગાડતા. વીણા વગાડવાથી આંગળિયો તારની સાથે ઘસાતા બરસાત થઈ ગઈ તે શ્રીમહાપ્રભુજીએ જોયું કે શ્રીગુંસાઈજી ની આંગળિયો પાર નિશાન પડી ગયા છે, આપે શ્રીગુંસાઈજીને કહ્યું કે તમે વીણા તમારા શોખ માટે વગાડો છે, પણ આવા ચીરાવાળી આંગળીયોથી જયારે તમે ઠાકોરજીને શૃંગાર કરો છો તો શ્રીઠાકોરજીને તમારી આંગળિયો કેટલી ખૂંચતી હશે? બંધ કરો વીણા વગાડવાનું !

જુઓ એનું નામ છે ભગવાનને અનુપયોગી વસ્તુનો ભક્તિવશ થતો ત્યાગ. પણ આ ભાવ આપણા માં ત્યારે જ જાગી શકે અને ત્યારે જ પ્રમાણિત કહેવાય કે જયારે ભક્તિને વશ થઈને તેવો ત્યાગ કરવામાં આવે નહીં તો પાખંડ કહેવાશે, અપને  બધું છોડવાનો નિયમ લઈએ, પણ આપણી અહંતા-મમતા  જો ભગવાન સાથે જોડાયેલી ન હોય તો તે ત્યાગ પણ પાખંડ થયી ગયો.

GUSAIJI’S UTSAV

This Utsav is also called “Jalebi Utsav.” This Utsav falls on Magshar Vad 9 (for Gujarat or, Posh Vad 9 for Vraj) which is celebrated by Shrinathji HIMSELF – “રસ રુપ જલેબી સસધ્ધ કરો”.

This Pragatya Din of Gusaiji (Vitthalnathji), second son of Jagad Guru Vallabh-acharya Mahaprabhuji. On the auspicious day of Posh Vad Navmi (for Vraj) in Samvat 1572 (i.e., 1516 AD), Friday; under auspicious Nakshatra “Hast” in “Shobhan Yog” at Charnat i.e., Charnadri near Varansi. This place, Charanat is known as “AdhiDaivik Vrindavan.” Bhav of Gusaiji’s Pragatya Din as Posh Vad Navmi in 1572 at Charnat is explained as: Posh month signifies that Aap Shri’s Pargatya is to nurture Pushti Bhakt (Pushya Nakshatra) and thus expanded Pushti Seva Prakar Navmi Tithi signifies “Virruddh-Dharm Aashray” with Ram Navmi. Ram Navmi is for Maryada Bhakt while this Navmi is for Pushti Bhakt. Moreover, number nine (9) is a complete i.e., “Akhand” number and thus, it is considered that Aap Shri’s Pragatya as the incarnation of Purn Pushti Purushottam, Thakorji HIMSELF. The year 1572 signifies as; Number 2 indicates Aap Shri in two swaroops which are, as Swaroop of Thakorji and Chandravaliji. Number 7 indicates that Aap Shri established Pushti-Ras in 7 continents i.e., Sapta-Dwip. Number 5 is to indicate that Aap Shri has purified Panch Mahabhut (5 basic elements) of the nature through the Pragatya and, shown to engage all 5 Karmendriya and 5 Gyanendriya in Thakorji’s Seva. While number 1 is to signify only one goal for all Jeev, that is Thakorji as Purn Brahm. Pragatya place as Charnat indicates that the Pragatya of Prabhu Ram (Hasya Avatar of Pushti Purushottam) is at Ayodhya near Sarayu river, Krishna at Gokul, near Yamunaji and Aap Shri at Charnat, near Gangaji Aap Shri’s name as Vitthalnathji has its sandhi as; Vit + Tha + L. “Vit” means Gyan, “Tha” means “Shunya” and, “L” means Prakaashit. Thus, the actual meaning of Aap Shri’s name is the one who does, “અજ્ઞાનમાાંથી જ્ઞાનનો પ્રકાશ કરાવે” Gusaiji is known by various names according to his Leela. Aap Shri is a protector of cows, sadhus; and hence known as “Goswamiji.” Aap Shri’s all Leelas are like Krishna; hence also called “Prabhu-Charan.” Aap Shri pardons sins of all sinners and shows them path to reach Krishna, thus known as “Param Kripalu” In Aap Shri’s childhood, a kram of having food only after completing Paath of Dasam Skandh of Bhagwat which was taking too long hence Mahaprabhuji had created “Trividh Naamavali” granth for Gusaiji to maintain Aap Shri’s Nitya Kram Likewise, Gusaiji has created numerous Granths for Pushti Srushti which includes; many Sevopayogi granths, various stotras, 9 Vigyapti, numerous to describe “Vaad”, various Leela granths, vyakhya granths and many more. Shri Sarvottam Stotra, which is known as the Gayatri of Pushti-Marg, is the first Granth created by Gusaiji. Aap Shri’s contributions to the Grace-Filled Pushti lineage are as important as Shri Vallabh. The expansion of Pushti Bhakti seva marg is implemented by infusing Thakorji’s seva with Raag, Bhog, Shringar and various Sajavat. This Seva pranalika is the one that we observe today in Haveli as well as, for all Pushti Vaishnavs in their respective Gruh-Seva In summary, Gusaiji has established following in Pushti Marg Ashtayam Seva Pranalika and Seva Prakar Ashta Nidhi Swaroop including Aap Shris’ own Seva Swaroop Navneet Priyaji Ashta Chhap including Aap Shri’s 4 Ashta Sakha (Govind Swamiji, Chhit Swamiji, Chaturbhuj Dasji and Nand Dasji). This includes establishment of Ashta Chhap Kirtan Mandal for the Kirtans of Shrinathji There are 28 Baithakji of Gusaiji, out of which 7 Baithakji are in Gujarat while around 15 Baithakji are at or around Mathura. Aap Shri had 252 main disciples. Aap Shri stayed on Bhutal for 70 years to perform uncountable vividh Leela. In V.S. 1642, Gusaiji entered in Nikunj at the Mukharvind of Girirajji along with Govind Swamiji, to merge in the Swaroop of Shrinathji. “Naam Ratanakhyan Stotra” granth created by Raghunathji, Aap Shri’s fifth son; that describes 108 Adhi-Daivik Leela Swaroop names of Gusaiji.

શ્રીજીની સામગ્રી

Suji Seera

Ingredients:

1 cup rawa, 1 and 1/4 cup sugar, 2 cups milk, 6 tablespoons ghee, Few strands of saffron, ¼ tsp cardamom powder, Slices of almond and pista.

Method of Preparation:

Sauté the raw a with ghee on a low flame till it turns light brown. Add hot milk to the rawa Keep stirring on a low flame Add sugar and continue stirring Add saffron paste, cardamom powder, and mix well When ghee starts separating, put off the flame Pour in a greased thali, spread evenly sprinkle slices of almond and pista. When Seera cools, cut into pieces.

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