As explained by Shri Mahaprabhuji the human nature is susceptible to bad influences. As soon as a man is born, he automatically catches five kinds of ills which make him forget his true identity. He even forgets that he is part of god and his main object is to meet the God. He is not unhappy about the fact that he has forgotten God from last thousands of years. He is not even anxious to meet the God because he is trapped in worldly things and thinks that he is one separate from the God. He does not appreciate that every living thing is part and parcel of God. Whatever happens in this world is as per his wish since man is not capable of doing `something, which is not approved by the God. But a man thinks otherwise, he thinks that he himself is God and he can do everything on this earth. He believes that he is the owner of his properties and that it is he, who does everything. Therefore, he becomes sad when something believed to be owned by him is lost. He runs around to find happiness in worldly things and therefore after death he takes several birth and rebirths. With a view to show correct path to the people, Mahaprabhuji has given a Mantra having eighty four letters, which is Prose form and five letters Mantra which is known as Brahma Sambandh.
Mantra of Brahma Sambandh can be classified in three parts, viz. In the first part Man realises his true identity when he meets God face to face; in the second part he gives up everything go God which he falsely believed of his own. This includes his properties, his body and soul and in third part he promises to take shelter forever at the feet of God. Thus, he becomes a liberated soul.
Beithakji means a place to sit. A place where kings, his ministers and important people used to hold meetings was also called Beithak.
However so far as Pusti Marg is concerned Baithak means the place at which Mahaprabhuji sat down and read Shrimad Bhagwat, Ramayana,Geeta etc. During his circular trip throughout india. At the age of eleven he had made three circular trips by foot throughout India.
Shri Gokulnathji, the grandson of Mahaprabhuji has written a book which deals with eighty- four beithakjis and the said book is called “Beithakji Charitra”. This book is approximately four hundred years old.
Every Vaishnav who has taken Brahm Sambandh can after having bath do Seva of Shri Mahaprabhuji in bethakji.
Pushti Marg is not only for rich people but for poor people too. For Mahaprabhji poorand rich are alike. It does not cost anything to perform Seva called ‘Zariji’. Though at some of the holy places, devotee is charged Rs. 11/-to 25/-for performing Zariji but this practice is incorrect for the reason, it is at the devotee’s discration to pay or not to pay.Pushti Marg gives prime importance to humility and therefore word “Seva” is avoided and replaced by expression ‘Zariji’.
The devotees are required to carry out instructions of Mukhiyaji (temple priest). Devotees, if they are many then required to stand in queue with right hand of his placed on the shoulder of the standing in front and facing the beithakji. While waiting in queue for the turn devotee should chant Yamunashtak.
If there are many devotees, then very little quantity of water should be offered by each devotee while performing Zariji so as to enable all the devotees to perform the turn by turn.
Yes. There are fifty eight more Beithakjis of Shri Gusainji as well as that of lalji, Shrihariraiji, Shrinathji and Damodardas Harsaniji. Thus, we have eighty four plus fifty eight i.e. One hundread forty-two beithakjis.
There were 84 enlightened sevaks of Mahaprabhji, he made their hearts his abode.Every Beithakji is a symbolic representation of heart of each of the 84 enlightened sevaks. Further there are 84 types of Bhakti. Incarnationof Mahaprabhuji’s and his work for bringing devotees under one shelter of God.
1. Vaishnavas call their temple as Haveli
2. Different types of Beithakji
In temple the Vaishnavs are prohibited from performing seva by themselves only Mukhiyajis can do so.
While in Beithakji Vaishnava can perform seva with their own hands.
Since it is a fact that God resides in heart of every person. So when one devotee greets another, he actually bows to the God residing in the person being greeted. Further he is also reminded of his true identity.
Small beads of Tulsi Plant called Tulsi is considered pious and it is beloved by God. Therefore every Vaishna should wear Tulsi-Kanthi.
Vaishnav who has accepted Brahma-Sambandh should normally wear two kanthis. One is worn with esteem respect for Nav-mantra and the other for Nivedan Mantra.
The idea is two fold. One is to remain (at least once in a fortnight) in seva and with the God by utilising time saved by not cooking and the second is to give rest to the digestive system.
When a bell is rung it makes sound of “OM” whis is considered to be divine revelation of presence of God and it makes the surrounding pious which kills evil thought. Further it helps the devotees to concentrate their mind on God and it suppresses the other external disturbing sounds.
As per one of the mythological stories Tulsi was wife of a Yaksha called Shankhchud. Due to some misunderstanding she believed that Lord Krishna had deceived her and therefore she cursed the God that he would turn into stone. But God took into account her true and tstrong devotion and therefore blessed her that she would come on this earth in form of a plant with medicinal value and shall always be at his feet and shall be worshipped. As per another story she is symbol of Lakshmi the wife of Lord Vishnu. As the God had promised to marry her, Tulsi Vivah is celebrated every year.
As one cannot draw a circle without the central point similarly our life is shapeless without the God. To symbolise that we keep God at the centre and move around sanctum sanctorum. As our right side is always considered as pious we keep God to our right and have “Pradakshina” from left to right.
“Push” is Sanskrit means nousishment. It also means God’s grace. The way to gain this grace is known as “Pushti Marg”. God removes darkness and throws light of knowledge and every one of us are benefited by it.
Any kind of inter action between two Vaishnavs about Bhagvad, or doing Kirtan or anything religious is called Satsang.
It is the relation with Brahm. It is our submission to God for everything. If we do not know the name of the Guru who had given us Brahm Sambandh then we should choose any Goswamy Balak and request him to be our Guru.
When started having penance of Himalayas Goddess Laxmi took the form of tree of BADARI (Berries), so that she can provide shelter to God by protecting him from Sun and hence this is known as Badari Narayan.