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Q. What were the names of Shree Mahaprabhuji’s sons?

Ans: The names of Shree Mahaprabhuji’s sons were:
1: Shree Gopinathji (Eldest Son).

2: Shree Vitthalnathji (also known as Shree Gusaiji).

Q. How many main disciples did Shree Mahaprabhuji’s have?

Ans: Shree Mahaprabhuji had 84 main disciples.

Q. In Gokul, who showed Thakurani Ghat and Govind Ghat to Shree Mahaprabhuji?

Ans: Shree Yamunaji showed Thakurani Ghat and Govind Ghat to Shree Mahaprabhuji.

Q. Which fasts are to be obeyed for Vaishnavs?

Ans: Shree Mahaprabhuji has ordered Vaishnavs to fast on all the “Agyaras” i.e. 24 “Agyaras” of the year; 4 Jayantis (Birth dates); 2 “Agyaras” in “Adhik Maas” are to be obeyed.

Q. How many small Granths have been published by Shree Mahaprabhuji and what are their names.

Ans: Shree Mahaprabhuji published 16 small Granths known as Shodash Granth and their names are:

1: Yamunashtak 2: Balbodh 3: Siddant Muktavali 4: Pushti Pravah Maryada
5: Siddant Rahasya 6: Navrathna 7: Antah Karan Prabodh 8: Vivek Dhariyashray
9: Krushnashray 10: Chatur Sloki 11: Bhakti Vardhini 12: Jalbhed 13: Panch Padhyani
14: Sanyas Nir nay 15: Nirodh Laxan 16: Sevafalam

Q. How many “Baithakjis” (Places where Shreemad Bhagwad was preached) of Shree
Gusaiji are in existence on the earth? How many of them are in Gujarat?”

Ans: There are 28 “Baithakji” of Shree Gusaiji on the earth, and 7 in Gujarat.

Q. How many children did Shree Gusaiji have and what are their names?
Ans: Shree Gusaiji had 7 sons:

1: Shree Giridharji
2: Shree Govindji
3: Shree Balkrishnaji
4: Shree Gokulnathji
5: Shree Raghunathji
6: Shree Yadunathji
7: Shree Ghanshyamlalji

Q. Shree Gusaiji gave a swaroop of Thakorji to each of his sons. Which son received what swaroop.

Ans: Shree Gusaiji gifted the following swaroop to his sons:

1: Shree Giridharji – Shree Mathuranathji
2: Shree Govindji – Shree Vitthalnathji
3: Shree Balkrishnaji – Shree Dwarkadhishji
4: Shree Gokulnathji – Shree Gokulnathji
5: Shree Raghunathji – Shree Gokulchandramaji
6: Shree Yadunathji – Shree Balkrishnaji
7: Shree Ghanshyamlalji – Shree Madan Mohanji

Q. For Thakorji, which seva bhog (Manorath) did Shree Gusaiji celeberate for the first time upon accumulating wealth?

Ans: “Chappan Bhog” was celeberated.

Q. How did Shree Gusaiji enter / make Asurviamohila (Pass Away)? Who was present with him?

Ans: In Goverdhan, besides the mukharvind (face) of Shree Girirajji, Shree Gusaiji entered in Nikunj with Govindswamiji and they disappeared in the swaroop of Shreenathji.

Q. Who are the four disciples that are not only friends but have been named as
Astashakhas of Shree Gusaiji?

Ans: 1) Shree Govindswami
2) Shree Chhitswamiji
3) Shree Chaturbhujdasji
4) Shree Nanddasji

Q. What Appeared on Lord Shree Giriraj Mountain on the day Shree Vallabh was born?

Ans: The “Mukharvind” (Face) of Shreenathji emerged on Shree Girirajji.

Q. Who was the first disciple to receive Brahmasabhandh Dixa from Shree
Vallabhacharya?

Ans: Damodardas Harsaniji was the first disciple of Shree Vallabhacharyaji to receive
Brahmsabhandha Dixa.

Q. What is the cardinal mantra of Pushtimarg?

Ans: The Ashtakshar Mantra (Shree Krishna Sharnam Mamah) is the cardinal mantra.

Q. What is the fruit in Pushtimarg?

Ans: The fruit of Pushtimarg is the seva of Shree Thakorji.

Q. Without which mala Thakorji’s Shringar is incomplete?

Ans: Without “Gunja Mala” Thakorji’s Shringar is incomplete.

Q. Which holy granth must be recited in front of Shree Thakorji during Rajbhog?

Ans: Shree Krushnashray must be recited in front of Shree Thakorji during Rajbhog.

Q. Why is it important to take charnamrut right after taking a shower?

Ans: Taking a shower cleans the outside part of the body, while taking charnamrut purifies the body from within. Dosh (Evils) will run away and therefore charnamrut ought to be taken after taking a shower.

Q. Why should samagri (Bhog) be kept ready before waking Thakorji for Mangal
Bhog?

Ans: A mother prepares her child’s meal before waking her child, or else the child will cry and become displeased. In the same manner, our Thakorji should be served with love and affection and should not have have to wait for his Bhog. In Pushtimarg, Thakorji is served as a child.

Q. Can Palna (cradle) be celebrated in a vaishnav’s house? Can bhog be served to
Thakorji during Palna?

Ans: Palna can be celebrated in a vaishnav’s house so long as there are adequate facilities. Bhog / Samagri can be served with the Bhav (Affection) of Palna along with Toys, Ghoogra, Chakadi, etc. to Thakorji. Palna Bhog consists of milk items, nagari, dryfruits, fruits, etc. Items should be made according one’s capacity.

Q. 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; however it cannot be discontinued once started.

Q. What are the different bhavs of Venuji (Flute)?

Ans: Venu gives Vraj Bhaktas the swaroop Anand of Thakorji. Out of it’s seven holes, six represents the divine qualities of Thakorji, and the seventh represents Thakorji himself. With this bhav, the Venu is always with Thakorji. (Ashwaria ,Vihyya etc.)

Q. What is the bhav of “Charansparsh” (Touching Feet)?

Ans: The charnarvind of Thakorji represents Bhakti swaroop; therefore, by touching the charnavind of Thakorji, Vaishnavs bhakti bhav will increase. Prabhu’s(God) charnavind raj (Dust particles from Thakorji’s feet) are to be put on one’s eyes, forehead, and heart. By this Thakorji has feet on our eyes, forehead, and heart. Thus das bhav increases.

Q. How many words are in Gadhya Mantra of Brahmasambandh Mantra?

Ans: The Gadhya Mantra of Brahmasambandh Mantra has 84 words.

Q. What are the 4 Jayantis (Birthdates) of Prabhu (God)? Why are only 4 taken in consideration in Pushti Marg?

Ans: The 4 Jayantis of different prabhu avatar are Janmashtmi, Vaman Jayanti, Ram Jayanti and Nurshinha Jayanti. These 4 avtars have established Pushti Marg principles and therefore Shree Mahaprabhuji has ordered to observe fasts on these days.

Q. While performing seva of Thakorji, what should a Vaishnav wear?

Ans: Usually men wear Dhoti-Bandi or Uparno and women wear Saari or Choli while performing seva of Thakorji in Upras (Clean and Untouched).

Q. Why should water be drunk from distance of mouth?

Ans: The bhav of drinking water from distance from mouth is so that the element of purity remains in both the hands and the vessels holding the water.

Q. During what events seva of Thakorji cannot be performed?

Ans: Seva of Thakorji cannot be performed during:

(1) The course of monthly periods of women
(2) The period of sutak ; (Because of birth of a child or a death in the family). This is to be followed according to religious rule.
(3) The course of delivery period of women.

Q. Who ordered Shree Vallabh to place Thakorji in a temple? Where was this order given?

Ans: Shree Thakorji ordered Shree Vallabh to take him out of Girikandra (Govardhan)
mountain and place him in a temple. This order was given in Jarkhand.

Q. Whom did Shree Vallabh allow to perform the seva of Thakorji for the 1st time?

Ans: Shree Mahaprabhuji allowed Shree Ramdas Chauhan to perform Shreenathji’s seva.

Q. “Rahiye Shree Gorvardhan ki Tarheti. Rasik Pritam Hit chit ki bate, Shree
Girdhariji so kahiye ……Tarheti”, in this poem there is no presence of Thakorji in the
7 nidhi swaroops. Then where is Shree Giridhariji?

Ans: When Shree Hariraiji Mahaprabhu was residing at Jaisalmer, he was in deep “virha” for Vraj, Vraj atmosphere, Shree Yamunaji, Shree Girirajji, and Shree Govind Kund. Because of this “Virha”, he created this “Ashrya Pad”. At that time, the swaroop of Giridhariji was residing in the palace of Jaisalmer. Therefore Shree Hariraiji Mahaprabhuji presented his internal feeling of Vraj before Shree Giridhariji. At present, Giridhariji still resides in Jaisalmer.

Q. How did Rathyatra Manorarth come in Pushtimarg?

Ans: When Shree Gusaiji went to Jagnnathpuri for the yaatra, he stayed there for six months. Then Bhagvan Shree Jagdish ordered Shree Gusaiji to start the “rathyatra” in Pushtimarg. Shree Gusaiji accepted the order and had the carpenter named Rasa prepare a map of Shree Jagdishji’s rath. After the map was prepared, Shree Gusaiji went back to Adel and had a miniature rath built. Afterwards, he placed Shree Navnitpriyaji on the rath and started celebrating this festival every year. This is how Rathyatra Manorath started in Pushtimarg.

Q. During which period are fans put in Shaiya Mandir and during which period are fans put with Sihasan Pith?

Ans: The fans are served in Shaiya Mandir from Samvatsur to Dhanteras and from Akshya
Trutya to Hindola on the both sides of the Sihasan.

Q. Which day is Pichkari (water gun) served to Thakorji?

Ans: Pichkari is served to shreeji on Maha Sud Purnima and lasts up to Fagun Vad Ekam or
Bij.

Q. What precautions should be taken when playing Holi with Thakorji?

Ans: Thakorji is like a child & therefore while playing Holi with Thakorji, the colors should not spread out on Thakorjis Mukharvind.

Q. Up to which period can the “Pavitra” be presented to Thakorji? To Guru (if not present on Shravan Sud – 11&12)?

Ans: For Thakorji, Pavitra can be presented till Janmashatami & can be presented from the
11th day of Shravan Vad to one’s Guru.

Q. Can Sarvottam Stotra be recited in sutak or an impurified death?

Ans: Sarvottum Stotra cannot be recited in sutak or an impurified death. However, Ashtakshar mantra can be recited!

Q. During Seva, can a Vaishnav wear woolen clothes in the cold season?

Ans: Cotton or woolen clothes can be worn in seva, but they should be new clothes and they should be worn only in Apras.

Q. Can Panchakshar Mantra Mala be recited when not in “Apras”?

Ans: Panchakshar Mantra / Stotra must be performed in Apras. Only by doing that, the activity becomes “Jap”. Like wise, Gadhya Mantra of Brahmasambandh should be recited in Apras only. As Gadhya Mantra is vistar of Panchakshar Mantra.

Q. Is sandalwood applied on Thakorji’s body from AkshayaTrutia (Spring)?

Ans: No, it is applied on Thakorji only on Akshaya Trutia. However, it is applied everyday in the summer. Sandalwood should be presented in a silver bunta. In the summer, one day white sandalwood is served; the next day kesari (orange) sandalwood is served (Rotation). At the beginning of “Jeth” month is Rohini Nakshatra (The period of 15 days, when the sun gives off the most heat). During those days, Thakorji wears chandan vagha (clothes), then white malmal vagha along with a thick chandan paste is applied. The chandan paste is applied on Thakorjis hands and feet. Shringar is made from flowers, while beads made out of chandan are turned into malas (necklaces).

Q. The Seva, mentioned above starts from “Akhatrij” and ends when?

Ans: It ends on the day before Rath Yatra.

Q. Which “manoraths” can be performed in the summer?

Ans: Bungalows of chandan and flowers; Palna of flowers; Flower mandal; Nav Jalvihar, Khaskhana, Chhak, etc. These manoraths can be performed during the summer season.

Q. What is the bhav of “Khandita” poem, which is sung Mangla Darshan in the cold season?

Ans: Thakorji promised to visit a Gopijan at night, but Thakorji visited another Gopijan instead. Therefore the 1st Gopijan passed the night in Virah (intense pain of separation) of Thakorji. Shree Thakorji visited the 1st gopijan early next morning With that bhav in mind, the poem is known as “Khandita”.

Q. Why is “Savdhan” (Alert) called out around the heirs of Shree Vallabhacharya?

Ans: The Acharyas are many times in “Apras” and so no one is allowed to touch them. Upon touching them, they are no longer in “Apras”; therefore, “Savdhan” is called out to make Vaishnavs alert.

Q. What is Charnamrut ? and why should we take it

Charnamrut is Shree Yamunaji’s and Vraj Simantiyos Charan raj(dust). Thakorji has done vihar (roamed) in Shree Yamunaji with his feet. Shreeji still in todays era does vihar. For this reason we take charnamrut to attain bhagvad bhakti.

We take charmnmrut and place it it in our mouth without touching it. By doing this we get the right to perform seva and smaran. Thereafter we place the charnamrut onto our eyes and by doing this we are granted the permissionof doing darshan.