ABC of Pushtimarg
 
Mahaprabhu Shree Vallabhacharya
 
 
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M for Manasi Seva
 
Seva consists of three parts viz. Tanuja, Vittaja and Manasi. Among them Tanuja is the seva done by one's own limbs. This means we use our own hands, legs and other senses in the service of the lord, e.g. to clean the area where we keep His idol, to bathe His idol, to decorate Him, to cook food to be offered to Him, to make clothes for His attire, and things like that.

Vittaja seva is when we spend money in His service, e.g. for buying clothes, ornaments, etc for him, for building temple for Him to reside, and incurring other expenses in His service.

This Tanuja and Vittaja can also be combined together and treated as one seva also. In that case Manasi seva becomes the second part of it. Manasi seva is the highest form of devotion. The Tanu-Vittaja seva is done during the primary stage of bhakti. When, due to God's grace the devotee becomes engrossed in his Lord's (God's) seva while performing Tanu-Vittaja seva in the due course of time, a time comes when he loses contact with the outside material world. It is then, that the devotee starts experiencing the real form of God within himself. Then his gross senses stop functioning. He no more feels hungry or thirsty or sleepy or anything at all. All he experiences is total bliss in God's leelas . This is called Manasi seva.

Shri Vallabhacharya has described this form of seva as the highest form (Manasi sa para mata in Siddhanta-Muktavali), which is experienced by only those who are chosen by God himself.