General Questions
Q : What is the meaning of “Pushti” ? What is the significance of “Pushti Marg” ?
Ans : “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.
Q : What is the significance of greeting each other by saying “Jai Shree Krishna ?
Ans : 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.
Q : What is the significance of putting Tulsi Kanthi (Mala) around the neck by Vaishnavas ?
Ans : Small beads of Tulsi Plant called Tulsi is considered pious and it is beloved by God.  Therefore every Vaishna should wear Tulsi-Kanthi.
Q : Why one Tulsi Kanthi is not considered to be sufficient and two are required to be worn ?
Ans : 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.

Q : Why Tulsi is worshiped and why it is always offered to God ?
Ans : 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.

Q : What is the meaning of “BRAHMA SAMBANDH”?
Ans : 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.

Q : Why one has to observe fast ?
Ans : 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.


Q : Why bells are rung at the time Aarti of Thakorji ?
Ans : 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.


Q : Why do we have “Pradakshina” (move around any object in full circle) around the sanctum sanctourum of the temple ? Why the Pradakshina is always done
Ans : 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.

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