ABC of Pushtimarg
 
Mahaprabhu Shree Vallabhacharya
 
 
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R for Raag-Bhog-Shringara
 
Shri Gosainji introduced the system of "Raag-Bhog and Shringara" as a way to offer all-round service to the Lord. 'Raag' means music. By way of "Haweli sangeet" , the Lord is served through 'Keertan' seva, wherein the various Leelas of Shri Krishna are sung during the "Ashta-yama-seva" (worshiping of the Lord divided into eight different sections of the day). This is not just plain singing but complete with classical music-based rendition of ragas depending upon the time of the day and the current season of the year. It is a complete seva in its own self.

Bhog means offering of variety of foods cooked for the Lord during the day. Shri Gosainji insisted that the food should be of the highest quality and it should consist of all the tastes, viz. sweet, sour, salt etc. in good proportion. Only the best should be offered to the Lord of the lords. Whatever is consumed by us, should first be offered to the Lord as He is the master and we are His servants.

Shringara means ornamental decoration to the idol of the Lord. Depending upon the time of the day and the season of the year, various ornaments are offered to the Lord. During summer season, ornaments made of pearls and shells are offered to Him, as they give a cooling effect. During winter gold and precious stones are used as gold gives warmth. Like this care is taken for the clothes too.

The idea behind this is, instead of giving up the worldly comforts, we divert our attention towards God and offer to Him, whatever that we posses. This is the best way of Tyag (sacrifice).