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252 Vaishnavas (Part Two)

252 Vaishnavas (Part Two)

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Item Code: IDH123
Author: Shyamdas, Edited by Tulsi
Publisher: Pratham Peeth Publication
Edition: 2003
Pages: 346
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"

I bow to Shri Vitthaladhish, who is swarthy as well as golden in color. He is most beloved and nourishes the vraja gopis as well as those who have total love and refuge.

The non-dual Brahmavad philosophy that proclaims Brahman's form is also known as the Pushti Marg or the Blessed Path of Grace and was revealed by Jagatguru Shrimad Vallabhacharya. The beloved followers of the Blessed Path have throughout the history of the lineage maintained an unbroken tradition of daily having the good association with the stories of the bhaktas. It is a very important part of satsang.

Shri Vitthalnathji's fourth son, Shri Gokulnathji, has revealed through his lotus mouth the stories of the 84 and 252 Vaishnavas. There accounts are a fruit in themselves and were recited before gatherings of bhaktas. Later Shri Hariraya Mahaprabhu expanded on the inner meanings of the stories and revealed the essence of the devotional mood with his commentary on the stories called the Bhava Prakash. With Shri Hariraya Mahaprabhu's grace and commentary we are able to appreciate the depth of the devotional subject.

A wick simply placed in a clay bowl of oil will not ignite unless it is lit. Only when the wick is ignited will it produce light. In a similar way, the inner meanings of Shri Gokulnathji's words have been revealed and ignited by Shri Harirayaji's Bhava Prakash commentary. The stories of the bhakta's lives presented in this book will enlighten present day practitioners who follow the Path of Grace.

Some Bhaktas were rich, some old or penniless while others were kings or even sannyasis. Within these stories of the bhaktas, we find all the various modes of worship. Through the study, recitation and satsang of these accounts, one can understand the teachings of the lineage as well as the inner devotional mood. They easily reveal the devotional practice, the modes of the worship as well as the behaviour of the bhaktas. Bhaktas should have daily association with the 84 and 252 Vaishnavas and should also review the Nij and Gharu accounts as well as the Amazing story of Shri Nathji.

Bad association should be abandoned and we should recognize the excellence of satsang, the association of other bhaktas. Shri Hariraya Mahaprabhu advises us that one's entire life is wasted if bad association is not renounced.

Throughout his Shiksha Patra (Fourty-one letters), Shri Hariraya Mahaprabhu has spoken about the importance of satsang. It is through satsang that God's form becomes firmly established in the heart. Shri Vallabhacharya enlightens, "The only practice that pleases Hari is the bhakta's humility." The lives of the bhaktas should never be considered in a mundane manner nor should the moods of devotional service that are revealed in their accounts ever be judged in a worldly way. With balanced behaviour and thought, absorb the teachings of the bhakta's follow the commands of Guru and Bhagavan and serve Hari, Guru and the Vaishnavas.

Shyamdas, with Tulsi's editing assistance, has translated the lives of the 252 Vaishnavas from Braja Bhasha into English. Through their translation the teachings of bhavas and seva practices of the Path of Grace can be understood in an easy, pleasant and natural way. It is my heartfelt wish that devotion may increase in the hearts of those who read these stories. Blessings.

85.A Gujari girl1
86.The Sandal paste man4
88.A Kshatriya from Orissa10
89.The quarrelsome Brahmin13
90.Kunabi Patel16
92.A Baniya from Gujarat 25
93.The Three bag man28
94.Paramananda Soni34
96.Renda the Brahmin41
97.A couple from Gujarat49
98.Ajaba Kunvari51
99.A Gujarati Brahmin54
100.A Poor Patel57
102.The Ram Bhakta's wife61
103.Two Brahmin brothers64
104.The King68
105.The Diamond-finder and his wife70
106.The move aside Brahmin from Anyor77
107.Jan and Bhagavandas86
108Kalyan Bhatt92
109.Two Patel brothers96
110.A Brahmin women from Adel98
111.A mother and son102
112.A Thief106
114.A Merchant from Raja Nagar114
115.Two brothers, Benidas and Damodardas117
118.A Muslim Bhakta126
119.A Woman from Agra128
120.Two tribal bhaktas130
121.A Boy from Braja132
122.A Sanyasi134
123.Raja Askaran, King of Narar136
124.A Shoemaker153
125.A Seth from Agra155
126.A Vaishnava from Gujarat160
127.Damodar Jha162
129.A King167
130.Murari Acharya169
133.The Patel Brothers178
134.A Renunciate182
135.A Kshatriya from Agra186
138.Patel who offered it all210
139.A couple from Raja Nagar213
142.A Dokari224
143.A couple from Mathura227
144.An old Woman230
145.A Renunciate233
146.The Barber235
147.Patan the Muslim237
148.A Brahmin couple from Agra239
149.Sahukar's Daughter-in law252
150.Uddhava Travadi263
151.Sitabai and her Mother Achalbai266
152.A Speaker and a listener268
153.A Clerk from Agra268
154.A Man from Braja, a shoe seller and a Brahmin274
155. The Merchant279
156.A Vina player285
157.Premji Luhana288
158.Brindavandas and Chabidas from Agra290
159.A Brahmin couple from Gujarat293
160.A Devotee and a bhakta296
161.A Vaishnava who climbed the Govardhan hill301
162.A Renounced Brahmin304
163.A Kshatriya from the east311
164.A Man who ate at the burning ghats315
165.The King who ate at the burning ghats319
166.Rupa Poriya322
168.A couple from Raja Nagar331
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