Of the sixteen "granthas", this is one of the most fundamental in Pushti
Marg. It describes the events of the night when Lord Shri Krshna first instructed Shri
MahaPrabhu Vallabhacharyaji to initiate people in to a new sect, to be called the
"Pushti Marg". The stotra or paatha (hymn)describes how the Lord graced Shri
Acharya with his own mantra, and set out the fundamental values and rules of the sect to
Siddhanta = Fundamental value(s)
Rahasya = Secret / confidential
Shravana shyamalae puckshae, aka dashyam
Sakshad Bhagvada proktam, tadaksharacha
Here I state, word by word, what the Lord Shri Krshna said to me on the mid-night of
the eleventh day of the dark fortnight of the month of Shravan (monsoon season).
Brahama sambandha karnaate, sarvesha deha
Sarva dosha nivrutirhi, dosha pancha vidha
By the virtue of being initiated by the "Brahma Sambandha" mantra (sacred
mantra, given separately to Shri Acharya), all the sins of the body and the soul are
destroyed. Hence, the five obstacles (mentioned in the Vedas and Puranas) to service /
"seva" of the divine are also removed.
Sahaja desha kalotha, lokaveda nirupita
Saiyogajha spurshajascha, na mantavya
These obstacles, viz (1) body and it's various states and pure/ impure conditions, (2)
your environs, eg country or general state of the area around you (e.g desert, mountains,
foreign country etc.) And influence of Kala or "time" ie age, time of day /
night etc. (3) Instructions as set by the society at large and the scriptures (Vedas) etc.
(4) Influence of your friends and company in general. (5) Impurity incurred by touching
impure / inauspicious things. Let none of these stand in your way of service to the Lord.
Anyatha sarva doshanam, na nivrutihi
Asummerpita vastunam, tasmad varjanamm
Apart from Brahma Sambandha (relationship with the Lord), there is no way to destroy
one's sins. Hence, discard all things that have not been offered to the Lord.
Nivedibhi summerpaiya, sarva kurya
Na mantam devadevasya, saami bhuktam
Those devoted to me, after having taken the Brahma Sambandha, must offer up all their
actions and fruits of their deeds un-to me. Lord Shri Krshna, God of all the gods, should
never be offered anything that has already been offered to others, or used by others.
Tasmad dadoo sarva karyai, sarva vastu
Dattapahar vachanam, tathacha suckalum
Na grahiya miti vakyamhi, bhinna marga
Therefore, a devotee must offer everything to the Lord before beginning any project
(this includes the "desire to do the work", all the physical objects required to
do the work) and also the fruits (success or otherwise) of the work to the Lord. Some
sects believe that those things offered up to the Lord are Lord's possessions and can not
be used by them. But this is not the view of the Pushti Marga. All things must be offered
to the Lord before utilising them yourself.
Sevakanam yatha loke, vyahavarah prasidhyati
Tatha karya summerpaiva, sarvesham Brahmataa
In a worldly relationship, an employee always seeks guidance and approval of his
employer, similarly, always seek guidance and approval of the Lord in all your actions. By
offering all your actions un-to Him, your actions will also become as pure and divine like
Ganagatvam sarva dohshanam, guna doshadivarna
Gangatvana nirupya sayaat, taad dattrapi
Like the great Ganges, the Lord purifies all those who come to Him. Muddy / dirty
waters of a spring, when they meet the Ganges, are purified by Her divine touch and
hence-forth the waters of that spring are given the same respect as the Ganges. Similarly,
once a soul merges with the Lord, no matter what his/ her previous state, he/ she becomes
as pure as the Lord Himself.
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