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October 2021 Newsletter

JJ Shri Message

બધાજ વૈષ્ણવોને ભગવદ સ્મરણ.

શ્રી મહાપ્રભુજી કહે છે કે જીવોએ પ્રતેયક આપત્તિ અને સંપત્તિ બંનેમાં કેવળ અને કેવળ પ્રભુ શ્રી કૃષ્ણના દ્રઢ ચરણનો આશ્રય રાખવો જોઈએ. આ સર્વ વિવેચન વિચારતા એમ ફલિત કરાય કે પુષ્ટિમાર્ગ એટલે શ્રી પ્રભુની કૃપાનો માર્ગ છે, અને પ્રભુની કૃપા પામવા માટે શ્રી મહાપ્રભુજીએ ગ્રહ સેવા અને ગ્રહમાં બિરાજતા શ્રી ઠાકોરજીની સેવા પાર વધુ ભાર મુક્યો છે. વૈષ્ણવોની બ્રહ્મસંબંધી એક માત્ર ફરજ દૈન્ય ભાવે ભગવદ્સેવા કરવાની છે. શ્રી હરિરાય મહાપ્રભુજી કહે છે જે પુષ્ટિમાર્ગમાં સાધનનું બળ શ્રી ઠાકોરજીની પ્રાપ્તિ છે, પરંતુ લૌકિક સાધન એ પુષ્ટિજીવોને પ્રભુકૃપા એન્ડ પ્રભુ પ્રાપ્તિ કરવામાં પ્રતિબંધ બને છે. ચરણ|દવિન્દમાં દ્રઢ આશ્રય અને મહાપ્રભુજીનાં અધરામૃત રુપીતેમના વચનામૃતથી કૃપા પ્રાપ્ત થાય છે માટે સદૈવ શ્રી ઠાકોરજી, શ્રી વલ્લભ અને શ્રી વલ્લભકુલ પાર પોતાનો વિશ્વાસ રાખવાનો. શ્રી હરિરાય મહાપ્રભુજી પુષ્ટિજીવોને આજ્ઞા આપતા કહે છે કે શિર મહાપ્રભુજીમાં વિશ્વાસ બનાવી રાખવો અને સતત એમના રટણ દ્વારા તેમને મન, ચિત્ત અને હૃદયમાં ધારણ કરી રાખવા, તેમજ અષ્ટાક્ષર મંત્રનું સદાયે સેવન કરવું અને મનન કરવું. શ્રી મહાપ્રભુજી શક્તિરૂપ હોવાને કારણે તેમની કૃપા કરવાની એન્ડ શક્તિમાં વૈષ્ણવ જીવો અને પુશિંતજીવોએ સંપૂર્ણ વિશ્વાસ રાખવો.

NAV-VILAS

 Nav-Ratri of Pushti Marg is known as Nav-Vilas Manorath. Thakorji (Shri Krishna) is symbolic to Maha-Raas while Shri Swaminiji is the chief administrator of the Maha-Raas. Ashwin Shukla Ekam to Dashami (1 to 10) is Nav-Vilas Manorath, in which the tenth day is the Utsav of Dusshera. Nav-Vilas is the Manorath of Vrajangana in form of Nav (9) Mukhya Sakhi for the “Milan” of Thakorji. Vraj Bhakt has Prabhu “Milap” with an excuse of “Devi Poojan”. These Bhakt offers varieties of Samagri through numerous Manoraths of “Raman-Leela” and thus, makes Thakorji extremely happy through their “Tan – Mann – Dhan”. These Nav (9) Sakhi have made Thakorji extremely happy through their unique “Bhavana” while having Raman with their Prabhu. Hence such Bhav filled Manorath of Prem, is known as “Nav-Vilas”. On first day (Pratham Vilas), Ankur Ropan & Ghat Sthapan is done. Ten clay pots are taken and seeds (Ankur) of “Jav” / Barley or Wheat, Moong, sesame seeds are sowed in these pots. As these seeds (Ankur) sprouts, Bhav of the Bhakt also gets Dradh. These Ankur are sowed as a symbol for “Bhav Uddipan”. These 10 pots indicate 10 different Bhavs of Bhakts. These 10 Bhav include; Combination of Satvik, Rajas and Tamas to create 9 Bhavs (For example; Satvik – Satvik, Satvik – Rajas, Satvik – Tamas, Tams – Satvik, etc) and the tenth one, for Nirgun Bhav. On the tenth day, (Dusshera), Saplings of Jav seeds grown into the pots, are plucked and tied together with yellow Resham as “Kalagi” – Aabhushan of Shri Mastak of Thakorji. 

 Nav-Vilas started because Swaminiji really wanted to thank all Ashta Sakhis who have directly or indirectly helped HER in connection with HER relation with Thakorji (Sanyogatmak Leela), and when pondering over this idea, SHE listed these Sakhis and then with the help of Thakorji, decided that Nav-Ratri is the Utsav in which Thakorji can reward these Sakhis. These Sakhis were chosen on their merit of Bhakti, and Prem towards Yugal Swaroop. That is how this Nav-Vilas Manorath started. 

Gudh meaning of the word, “Nav-Vilas” is thus; Nav meaning “Nine” and also, Novel. While Vilas word, is made of 2 words. “Vi” and “Las”. Here “Vi” means Vishesh and “Las” means, Laasya that is; dancing with music and celebrate Anand. Thus, Nav- Vilas is the Vishesh Utsav for the “Milan” of “Aatma” and “Param-Atma”. Each day, Thakorji performs Leela with particular Sakhi, at a specific Leela Sthali (location / spot), and each day, Sakhi wears their Vastra with specific color and, specific special Samagri is offered to Thakorji. Since Nav Vilas is a Manorath of Nine Sakhis, who really had special Manorath and wanted all her close Sakhis to take part in it, they also wanted Swaminiji to preside over their Manorath. To distinguish Bhav of each Sakhi, every Sakhi decided on a color attire for the day. Hence, we have nine days and each day becomes a day of Manorath of that specific Sakhi, and accordingly color was chosen for the dressing up attire (Shringar). With this Leela, Gopi acquires focused and singular “Ananya” Bhav for Thakorji as Yugal Swaroop. The color attire is chosen by considering followings points: – Manorath Bhav – Dance sequence chosen for that specific day of the Vilas – Samagri (Bhog) and mood settings of each day – Leela Sthali (location / spot) and it’s settings – Day of the week Thus, nine days of Nav-Vilas has Nine Sakhis, Nine colors and Nine Bhog / Samagris. The overview of each Nav-Vilas is as follows. 1. First Nav-Vilas = Chandravaliji (Sakhi), Vrundavan / Nikunj Bhavan (Leela Sthali), Red – Golden i.e.; Laal – Soneri (Vastra), Diamnonds (Aabhushan), Chandra-Kala (Samagri) 2. Second Nav- Vilas = Lalitaji (Sakhi), Sanket-van (Leela Sthali), Yellow i.e.; Pila (Vastra), Panna (Aabhushan), Mohan-Thal (Samagri) 3. Third Nav-Vilas = Vishakhaji (Sakhi), Nikunj Mahel (Leela Sthali), Green i.e.; Lila (Vastra), Manek (Aabhushan), Papachi (Samagri) 4. Fourth Nav-Vilas = Chandrabhagaji (Sakhi), Parasouli (Leela Sthali), Amarasi i.e.; Kesari like Aam Ras (Vastra), Piroza (Aabhushan), Sikori / Jalebi (Samagri) 5. Fifth Nav-Vilas = Sanjavaliji (Sakhi), Kadari-Van (Leela Sthali), Shyam i.e.; Shyam (Vastra), Parvala (Aabhushan), Dudh-Poha / Manohar Ladoo (Samagri) 6. Sixth Nav-Vilas = Mukhraiji (Sakhi), Govardhan (Leela Sthali), Pink i.e.; Gulabi (Vastra), NavRatna (Aabhushan), Malpua / Sikori (Samagri) 7. Seventh Nav-Vilas = Krishnavatiji (Sakhi), Gehvar-Van (Leela Sthali), Blue i.e.; Bhura (Vastra), Moti (Aabhushan), Dedh-Vadi / Boondi (Samagri) 8. Eighth Nav-Vilas = Bhaviniji (Sakhi), Shantanu-Kund (Leela Sthali), Aqua-Blue i.e.; Pirozi (Vastra), Gold / Sona (Aabhushan), Dedh-Vadi / Kachori (Samagri) 9. Ninth Nav-Vilas = Ladiliji (Sakhi), Bansi-Batt (Leela Sthali), White i.e.; Safed (Vastra), Shyam (Aabhushan), Dudh-Poha / Mawa Samagri / Mohan-Thal (Samagri) Hariraiji has created Dhol-Pad of Thakorji by the “Chhap” of “Rasik”, to describe specific Bhavana for each day and corresponding each Sakhi of Nav-Vilas Manorath. All Pushti Vaishnavs celebrate Nav-Vilas and bring Yamuna Maiya at the center point in the Vilas. But in fact, the Mukhya Sakhi is Swaminiji, and somehow on Bhutal, Hariraiji Prabhu Charan, when writing on Nav-Vilas, suggested that Yamunaji should preside over Vilas and due to that Vachanamrut, all Vaishnavs perform Garba of Yamuna Maiya during Nav-Vilas. Many Pushti Vaishnav performs Yamunaji’s poojan and Path such as; Yamun-Ashtak, Yamunaji 41 pad, etc. at their home during these 9 days. 

School Registration is open for virtual Baal Pushti (3-7 years), Kishor Pushti (8-12 years) and Baalkishor Vaishnav Sangeet Classes for Year 2021-2022, so hurry and register for new semester. Learn the basics of Pushtimarg at early age with fun and craft activities. So, parents, send your kids for virtual zoom classes. If kid is already enrolled, please confirmation to Ishaben @ (703) 577-7430 

See all of our classes (Vidyapeeth) here.

શ્રીજીની સામગ્રી

ચણાના લોટનો મેસૂર

સામગ્રી: ૧ લિટર દૂધ, ૧ કપ ચણાનો લોટ, અઢી કપ ઘી, ૧ કપ સાકર, ૧/૪ ચમચી એલચીનો ભૂકો

રીત: ૧. ચણાના લોટને ઘીમાં ૪ ચમચા લઈને સાધારણ શેકવું. જરાક સુગંધ આવે એટલે શેકીને બાજુ પાર રાખવો

૨. બાકીનું વધારાનું ઘી ગરમ રાખવું.

૩. સાકરમાં ૧/૪ કપ પાણી નાખી દોઢ તારી ચાસણી બનાવવી.

૪. ચાસણીને સેકેલા લોટમાં નાખી, ગેસ પાર મધ્યમ તાપે એકસરખું હલાવતાં રહેવું. થોડું થોડું ગરમ ઘી નાખતા જવું.

૫. તેને હલાવતાં જાળી પડીને ફૂલતો જશે. ઘી જયારે છૂટું પડે અને બરાબર જાળી પડીને ફૂલેલો દેખાય ત્યારે મેસૂર તૈયાર થયેલો સમજવો. એલચીનો ભૂકો નાખવો. થાળીમાં કે ટ્રેમાં ઢાળી દેવો.

૬. સાધારણ ઠંડો થાય અને કડક થાય ત્યારે થાળી એક બાજુ નમાવીને વધારાનું ઘી બહાર આવે તે રીતે નિતારી લેવું.

૭. સાધારણ ઠંડો પડે ત્યારે ચોસલા પાડવાં અને ઠાકોરજીને ધરવા.

NEW INSTRUMENT LEARNING CLASSES 

With the blessings of Founder and Inspirer of Vaishnav Sangh of USA and Vaishnav Sangh Academy Vaishnavacharya Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahodayshri, we are extremely excited to announce kirtan musical instrument like Tabla, Pakhawaj and Flute certified courses starting January 2022, by Shri Jay Vohra, famous percussion instrument player accompanies pujya JJ Shri during his vachnamrut in India. Classes will be held once a week and the fee is $5 per class. Registration will open from September 10th, 2021. Class size will be limited, so please register as soon as possible. 

This is an ongoing effort by Pujya JJ Shri to help Vaishnav learn all the different elements of Pushtimarg and by introducing the instrument along with Kirtan classes, really help Vaishnav to be more involved in his/her seva and offer more love to thakorji. 

NATIONAL SATSANG 

With the blessings of Vaishnavacharaya Dwarkeshlalji Mahodayshri, Vaishnav Sangh of USA is happy to announce virtual monthly National Satsang on every Agyrias/Ekadashi at 9:00 pm EST, and our team is working hard for the Satsang planning. We invite all Vaishnav to join and participate in the Satsang. Satsang will be in the format of encompassing all the Pushtimargiya related topics, such as Agyrias Darshan, Granth Darshan, Utsav or Tirth Darshan and Varta Darshan, including kirtan and dholpad. We will invite Vaishnav from each state to take a lead in any of the topics they choose and contact the lead member. We are fortunate for JJ Shri vision and suggestions to make the National Satsang a success for now and for the future. So, this is the time for all Vaishnav to come together and join hands and pass on the message to other Vaishnav and participate in Satsang. Our next National Satsang will be held on August 4th, at 9 pm EST and everyone should join. 


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