Shri Vallabhacharya

SHREE VALLABHACHARYA: (A.D. 1479 – 1531)

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Shri Vallabhacharya was not only a Saint but a great philosopher.
Both philosophy and religion are the steps to Reality i.e. God. Actually he was the founder of Pushti Marg.
Both philosophy and religion are the steps to Reality i.e. God. Actually he was the founder of Pushti Marg.
Shri Vallabhacharya’s parents were Brahmin, natives of the Andhra, Region of Southern India.

Shri Vallabhacharya’s father was Lakshman Bhat and Illamargaru was the mother.
Lakshman Bhatt had two children namely Ramkrishna and Keshav. Lakshman’s parents had performed ninty –five “Yagnas” and it was informed to him by his “Guru” that the birth of an “Avtar” would take place in his family after having completed hundred Yagnas. With a view to visit the sacred places of North India, Lakshman Bhatt had started from his village with his family members to reach Varansi. He found the place with peace and during his stay in Varansi, he had performed all five Somayagnas. Here he lived for some time but later, fearing disturbance and violence owing to Muslim ruler called Bahulul Lodi he fled with his family by a certain route which took him back to his native place. On his way to the South, he halted at Champaranya, a forest area in Raipur District i.e. in Madhya Pradesh. The terror and physical strain suffered by her resulted in the birth of the child at Champaranys, two months prematurely. Taking the child to be still-born for it showed no signs of life at first, the parents sadly placed it under a tree wrapped in a piece of cloth and retrated to the village for rest, and at night they had a dream in which God himself appeared and informed that he had been born as their child which they had thought as dead. Hence they went to the spot and to their surprise they found the divine baby enveloped by fire as its protecting spirit. The blessed mother extended her arms into the fire and received the divine baby from the fire. The child was named Vallabh. Later he was known as Vallabhacharya.

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Great persons are believed to have been born under extraordinary circumstances and so was the birth of Shri Vallabhacharya. The parents stayed at Champaranya for some days before they returned to Varansi, when normal condition had once more prevailed.

The face of the image of Shrinathji, whose upraised hand had appeared years back, came to light on Mount Goverdhan on the very day when Vallabhacharya was born, and later Shrinathji inspired Vallabhacharya to introduce Seva into Pushti Marg. Thus the birth of Shri Vallabhacharya coincided with the Manifestation of the Mukharavind of Shrinathji. Lakshman Bhatt and his family had returned to Varansi.

Lakshman Bhatt himself was a learned man and so he took keen interest in his child’s education. He engaged the best tutors who were well versed in their subjects. His educations commenced at the age of six with the study of Vedas. Soon at the age of eleven he had surpassed. His teachers with his intensive thinking and sharp reasoning.

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Shree Valabhacharya used to meditate and talk to his followers in a peaceful surrounding area. There are total eighty four “Baithaks” all over India and they are still regarded with great reverence by the Vaishnavs.

He undertook various pilgrimage tours to various places expounded his teachings and perfecting his doctrines. Unfortunately, his father passed away before long, leaving him, at the age of eleven to the care of him mother. He spent more than fifteen years of his life in pilgrimages.

During his trip to Gokarna he was invited by the king of Vijaynagar and he was received with warm welcome. Here he started to introduce his views on Vedas, Gita, the Brahma-Sutras to introduce his views on Vedas, Gita, the Brahma-Sutras and the Bhagavat. The King requested him to settle down but he wished them and proceeded giving them the following message.

“You should all be good and religious person – Not a God fearing man but a God loving man. Speak the truth. Be just and honest to all. Treat all persons equally. Have faith in Lord Krishna and surrender yourself to him. Be charitable and never harm the hungry and the weak. Realize that service to men and animals is service to God”.

When he was in Pandharpur, Shri Vitobha told him to adopt (Gruhastha Dharma) i.e. to get married so that the Pushti Marg Could be propagated for generation after generation.

Shree Vallabhacharya settled down in Varansi and accepted Mahalakshmi the daughter of a Brahmin called Madhu Mangalam, in marriage after consulting his mother in S.Y. 1560. He had two sons. The elder was named Shri Gopinathji born in the S.Y.1568 and the second son born in the S.Y.1572 whose name was Shri Vithalnathji in reverence to Shri Vitobha of Pandharpur, whose incarnation he was believed to be. Shri Vallabhacharya being a great scholar had written innumerable books and his commentaries on srimad Bhagavata Purana are considered the best.

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At the age of fifty two he detached himself from the world and stared meditationg and singing the songs of praise of Shri Krishna. One week prior to his departure from this material world, he took a vow of silence on the Hanuman Ghat in Varansi at the bank of river Ganges. His Two sons requested him to guide them and give his last message. As he had taken a vow of silence, he wrote a few words on sand; which were as follows:- “Listen to my last words. I forsee a time when you will forget God and become engrossed in worldly matters. It is likely that you will become salves of your passions which will turn you away from the path of Devotion. Instead of rendering service to God which is your primary duty, you will fritter away your time and energy in idle pursuits. But if you follow my advice, God will not forget you. You should believe that Krishna is our God and never slackens your faith in him and then he will surely protect you. You should regard him as the be-all and end-all of your life. Your ultimate good lies in serving him, which should be done with all your heart, mind and soul. Trust in his protection. Remember him always in all thoughts, words, and deeds”.

As soon as he ended, Lord Krishna manifested himself Visually on the spot and wrote in the form of a verse completing shri Vallabhacharya’s message and consel thus :-

“If you have faith in me, you will be under my care and protection and will not suffer failure of any sort. Be free from sorrows and anxieties concerning your future, for you are safe in my hands.

Only you should love me with the love of Gopis. If you do so then you will surely secure liberation. That is the only mean of union with Me, by which you will regain your original divine nature. Do not give your thoughts to worldly matters. Be devoted to me and render service to “ME” by all the Means at your disposal”.

Soon after this Shree Vallabhacharya rose from his seat and entered into the waters of the Ganges singing to himself the song of the Gopis and the Yugala Gita from the Bhagavata, Concentrating his mind on God’s form. And to a Bhagavata, Concentrating his mind on God’s form the water and whisked him away in the sight of thousands of men, Women and children who had congregated there to have his last Darshan. This event took place in S.Y. 1587.

This aspect gives him transcendental character to prove that he was not “Prakrutic” (natural) person like us but divine. We also call him as Mahaprabhuji. Hence Vaishnav’s consider Shri Krishna, Shree Yamunaji and Shree Vallabhacharya on equall footings, for this simple reason that all the three are inherently capable of emancipating the souls from the bondage of life and death.

Saat Swaroop of Vallabhacharya

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Shri Krishnashraya

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In this malignant age (Kaliyug) when all the paths leading unto Him are obscured and the people have been hypocrites, let God Krishna be my only Refuge.(1)

The country has been trampled down by (Non Hindus) and has become an abode of the sinners The good people suffer a great deal. At such a time, let God Krishna be my only Refuge.(2)

Even the most holy places like the river Ganga (Ganges) are surrounded by wicked people and their divine forms (Adhidevik Swarup ) have been non-manifest. Under such circumstances, let God Krishna be my only Refuge.(3)

Good people have become proud of their Scriptural knowledge. They are following the path of wickedness. They are inclined only to their personal riches and reputation. At such a time, let God Krishna be my only refuge.(4)

The holy people have become unable to produce any effect by chanting the ceremonial incarnation, because, the ruling spirits of these incarnation have deserted them, and, they know not how to invoke these ruling spirits. In short even the most powerful Mantras (incarnations) have lost their significance. Under such circumstances, let God Krishna be my only Refuge.

All the good actions and vows havo been mutilated by Various kinds of beliefs, even the great sages like Jaimini and Gautam have formulated wicked principles at such a time let God Krishna be my only refuge.(6)

At the time and under the circumstances as stated above, let God Krishna be my only Refuge.

Because He and He alone can destroys all the faults and sins of people like Ajamil He has shown His supreme power as 'the Destroyer of Sins' and 'Bestower of Salvation' even for a flimsy cause of reciting His name only once or twice and that too inadvertanty. (7)

All the Deities are Piakrit (Finite) beings As such they can bestow limited bliss upon their devotees. Even Akshar Brahma is ‘Bliss in measurable quantity.’ Only Hari i.e God Krishna the Supreme God is 'Immeasurable Bliss.' Therefore let God Krishna be my only refuge.

And who am I ? I am a person without the Power of Discrimination (Vivek) Patience (Dhiraj) and Devotion. I am devoted to sins and benefit of any merits. And yet let God Krishna be my only refuge.(9)

Who is God Krishna ? He is all powerful. He fulfils all desires of all His devotees. He is the Saviour of all those who seek His refuge. To Him alone, I submit this petition. (10)

Any one who recites this poem of Krishna-sraya in the presence of God Krishna, upon him, He bestows His Grace and showers His favors.(11)