Frequently Asked Questions

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.


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