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May 2021 Newsletter

 JJ Shri Message 

સર્વે ર્વૈષ્ણર્વોને ભગર્વદ સ્મરણ 

જીર્વ પુષ્ષ્િમાગગમાાં શરણે આર્વે કે તરત જ શ્રીયમુનાજી એ જીર્વનો સ્ર્વીકાર કરે છે અને લિિાધામમાાં લિરાજતાાં શ્રીયમુનાજીની ડાિી ભુજા ફરકે છે. તરત જ પોતે આતુરતાથી દોડી જઈ આનાંદભયાગ હૈયે શ્રીઠાકોરજીને ર્વધામણી આપે છે કે, કૃપાનાથ ભુતળ પર એક ર્વધુ દૈર્વી જીર્વ આપના શરણે આવ્યો છે, કૃપા કરી તેનો અંગીકાર કરો, તેને સેર્વાનુાં સુખ આપો. એ જીર્વ શ્રીયમુનાજીનુાં જેિિા પ્રમાણમાાં ગુણગાન કરે, તેિિાાં શ્રીયમુનાજી તે જીર્વ પર પ્રસન્ન થાય છે. જયાાં જયાાં શ્રીયમુનાજીના ગુણગાન થાય છે, તયાાં તયાાં શ્રી ઠાકોરજી અર્વશ્ય લિરાજે છે. એ જીર્વો પર શ્રીઠાકોરજી ઘણી કૃપા કરે છે. શ્રીઠાકોરજી એ જીર્વોના હૃદયમાાં લિરાજી અિૌકકક સુખની ર્વર્ગ કરે છે આમ, શ્રીકૃષ્ણના શાતુથગ પ્રપ્રયા શ્રીયમુના-મહારાણીજીની પ્રનજભક્તો પ્રતયેની તેમની ભાર્વના અદભુત અને અિૌકકક છે. શ્રીયમુનાજી ભગર્વદ્સસ્ર્વરૂપ છે. 

 NARSINH JAYANTI 

 Vaishakh Sud 14 is celebrated as Narsinh Jayanti or Narsinh Chaudas in Pushti Marg. Narsinh Chaudas is one of the four Jayanti vrats included by Shri Mahaprabhuji in the Seva Pranalika of Pushtimarg. Because in all these four Jayanti, Thakorji has performed HIS Pushti Leela. In addition to Ekadashi – Agyaras; fasting (upvas) on these four Jayantis (Janmashtami, Ram Navmi, Vaman Dwadashi i.e. Vaman Jayanti and, Narsinh Chaturdashi i.e. Narsinh Jayanti) is observed by all Pushti Vaishnav. Thakorji’s these four Avatar manifested to fulfill individual Manorath of the respective HIS Nij Bhakt and in the process, protect HIS Nij Bhakt on their ANUGRAH. This is the reason why our Pushti Marg is also called as ANUGRAH MARG In Pushti significance of Narsinh Avatar, Thakorji’s this Avatar has occurred to shower HIS Grace according to the principles of Pushti (Kripa) on HIS Nij Bhakt – Prahladji. The Prasang as narrated in Shrimad Bhagwatji (Adhyay 7), through severe “Tap / Austerities”, Hiranyakashyapu had acquired boons from Brahmaji which made him almost immortal and made him cruel, super egoistic and started believing himself as a GOD. His son, Bhakt Prahaldji however was a firm believer of GOD’s existence in everything and presence everywhere. In order to strengthen Bhakti Bhav of Bhakt Prahladji and also to protect blessings of Brahmaji, Narsinh avatar was manifested who, killed Hiranya-kashyapu having lower half human body and upper half lion body (Brahmaji’s boon # 1 = Not be killed by Human or animal), during Sandhya time (Brahmaji’s Boon # 2 = Not be killed during day time or night time), at the middle of the entrance of the room (Brahmaji’s boon # 3 = Not be killed inside or outside the house), in the lap of Narsinh Prabhu. 

 (Brahmaji’s boon # 4 = Not be killed on ground or in the sky) and, by tearing open hi stomach using Narsinh Prabhu’s Lion nails (Brahmaji’s boon # 5 = Not be killed by Astra or Shastra or any weapon made of any material of Bhulok or other lok). 

On a face value, it shows a triumph of Daivi Srushti over Asuri Srushti. The true Pushti Tatva of this Avatar Leela is a Praman of Brahm’s Raman Leela as Purn Purushottam. Narsinh Avatra first gave Praman that Prabhu is “Akshar-Brahmatmak” and Omni-present including in Jad – Chetan srushti. Thus, the basic principla of Brahm-vaad is confirmed that Prabhu excists everywhere including but not limited to; stone, metal, picture, shringar, etc. Thus omni-present Prabhu is in the form of “Akshar-Brahm”. Vallabh hence preaches that if we have the same Nirgun and Nishkaam Prem like Prahladji for our Thakorji the Thakorji always fulfills HIS bhakt’s manorath and as a Fal of Jeev’s Nirgun and Nih-sadhan Bhakti, HIS Aavirbhav in Bhakt’s Antah-karan certainly occurs. Thus, Gudharth swaroop of this Utsav is acquiring Mahatmay Gyan of Akshar Brahm to Purn Purushottam Thakorji. This is the true Gudharth of our “Pusht Sevya” in our Gruh Seva. Pushti Marg has another Adbhut Bhav of this Utsav. Shriji resided at Satghara in Mathura from Maha Vad 7 up to Vaishakh Sud 14. On Vaishakh Sud 14, Shriji returned to Girirajji. Shriji presided in Mathura at Satghara for 2 months and 21 days. During this time including Hori Khel, Shri Giridharji pampered Shriji by various manoraths. When the news of Gusaiji reaching Jatipura came in then at that time, Shrinathji ordered Giridharji to take him back to Jatipura (Shri Girirajji) and make him preside in HIS temple at Girirajji. Hence as per Shrinathi’s order and wish, HE presided at this temple on this day (Vaishakh Sud 14) in the afternoon and then Rajbhog to Shriji was offered. At this time Gusaiji came to the temple. It was almost the time of Sandhya Aarti, Gusaiji was surprised as to why Rajbhog was offered at this time (in the evening)? Giridharji explained that Shriji wanted to give Darshan to Gusaiji at Jatipura and hence HE undertook the travelling from Mathura to Jatipura on this very day itself. Hearing this, Gusaiji felt very much blessed and was very happy that Shrinathji loves him very much. This day (Vaishakh Sud 14) happened to be the Utsav of Narsinh Jayanti. Therefore, Gusaiji offered Rajbhog Samagri once again along with Shayan Bhog. From that day onwards it has become a ritual in Nathdwara that every year on Narsinh Jayanti, a second Rajbhog Samagri is offered along with the Shayan Bhog. When Shriji was presiding at Mathura, during that time Chaturbhujdasji could not have darshan of Shriji at Girirajji and he had so much intense virah Taap / bhav that he went on repeating “Govardhan vaasi Saanvare Laal, Tum Bin Rahyo Na Jaay”. His Virah taap was so intense that Shriji had to come back to Girirajji. In Shrinathji’s Seva, this day Shriji’s main ornament is “Vyaghra Nakh” and “Vyaghra-mukhi Kada”. Today’s saaj is completely white and vastra is kesari Malmal with silver (rooperi) border Pichhoda and on Shri mastak, is Kulhe Jod of 3 Chandrika and all the ornaments of pearls are offered. Sathua (Sathva) and Dahi bhaat are the main samagri of the day. During Rajbhog, a plate full of water is kept in front of the Shriji in which, toys made of silver or sandalwood are put in, even flowers are put in the water. The plate of water is kept in front of Shrinathji from this day till a day before Rath-Yatra besides in Rajbhog, all these days “Dahi – Bhat” must be offered. In Haveli, today Panch-amrut snan to Shligramji is done while from this day till a day before Rath-Yatra, every fourth day Shriji is given an Abhyang snan. During these days, Thada Vastra is removed. Such is the Pushti Mahatmay and Pushti Bhav of Narsinh Jayanti in Pushtimarg. 

Vraj Bhasha Shibir by Pankajbhai 

04/11/2021 

Vaishnav Sangh of USA was happy to bring back the Vraj Bhasha Shibir third in a series and was blessed by Pujya JJ Shri as aapshri explained the significance of Vraj bhasha for pushtimarg vaishnav. Pankajbhai from Texas explained the meaning of Vraj bhasha in variety of pushtimargiya day to day life especially in kirtan. Pankjabhai also explained how we can understand different leela of thakorji in kirtan when we sing in during our daily seva. 

Video of the Vraj bhasha shibir previous and current episode are uploaded on vaishnav sangh of usa you tube channel. Video can also be found here

શ્રીજીની સામગ્રી 

પરર્વળ 

સામગ્રી: ૧૨ નંગ મોટા લીલા લાંબા પરવળ, ૧ વાટકી પનીર, ૧ વાટકી ખાં, અડધી વાટકી દળેલી ખાંડ, અડધી વાટકી પપસ્તા-બદામનો જાડો ભૂકો, ૨ ચમચા ગુલાબજળ, બે ટીપાં લીલો રંગ (ફૂડ કલર), ૩ વાટી પાણી, અડધી ચમચી એલચી પાવડર,વરખ 

રીત: ૧. પરવળને ધોઈ, બે બાજુના ડીંટાં કાઢી, આડો ચીરો મુકો. 

૨. એક વાટકી ખાંડમાં ૩ વાટકી પાણી કરી ઉકળવા મુકો. ઉકળે અને ખાંડ ઓગળે એટલે એમાં બધા પરવળ કરીને બાફો. પરવળ ચઢી જાય પછી તેમાં લીલો રંગ કરીને ઉતારી લો. ચાસણી સાધારણ જાડી થઈ હશે. થોડીવાર ચાસણીમાં રાખો પછી બહાર કાઢી લો. પરવળ વધારે પડતા ચઢવા ના જોઈએ. ઠંડા થયા પછી હલકે હાથે અંદરથી ચપ્પુની કે ચમચીની અણીથી બધાંજ બીજ કાઢી લો. પરવળમાં ઉપરની છાલ અને સાધારણ લાગેલો માવો જ હોવાં જોઈએ. 

૩. પનીરને કપડામાં દબાવીને બધુજ પાણી કાઢી નાખો. જરા પણ પાણી રહે નહહ ત્યારે તેમાં દળેલી ખાંડ અને એલચી ભેળવી, મસળી લેવું. બદામ-પપસ્તાના ભૂકાને ધીમે તાપે શેકી લો. 

૪. પનીર અને બદામ પપસ્તાના ભૂકાને ભેગા કરી, એના જેટલા પરવળ હોય એટલા ભાગ પાડી લો. એક એક ભાગ લઇ પરવળમાં રવૈયાની જેમ ભરી દો. બધા તૈયાર થયા પછી ઉપર ગુલાબજળ છાંટી, વરખ લગાડી લો અને શ્રી પ્રભુને ધરાવો. 

UPCOMING SATSANG 

Topic: Mahaprabhuji Pakatya Gungaan 

Date: Sunday, May 9th, 2021 

Time: 11:30 AM EST (USA & CANADA Time) 

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85362597215 

Meeting ID: 853 6259 7215 Password: 09 

Topic: Vachnamrut by JJ Shri 

Date: Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 

Time: 11:30 AM EST (USA & CANADA Time) 

Zoom link: https://uso2web.zoom.us/j/85863331481 

Registration 

Registration is open for Different activities and classes offered by Vaishnav Sangh of USA for Vaishnav to join and be actively involved in the growth of Sangh and personal growth towards Thakorji Seva Kram. Currently Vaishnav Sangh of USA is offering under the umbrella of Vaishnav Sangh Academy: 

  • Yog Vidyapeeth 
  • Kirtan Vidyapeeth 
  • Baal Pushti Vidyapeeth (Age 3 to 7 years) 
  • Kishore Pushti Vidyapeeth (Age 8 to 12 years) 
  • Baal Kishore Vaishnav Sangeet Classes (Age 6 to 14) 

In the coming month, VSA will offer Adult (19 years and up) Pushtimarg related subject as a 5-year certified courses and Samagri classes, Shringar classes, etc. 

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