Shri Gusainji- The Spiritual Philosopher
Born in 1516, Shri GusainjiGusainji
Born in 1516, Shri Gusainji was named Vitthalnath and was the second... was named Vitthal Vitthal
Vitthal temple Pandharpur is the main center of worship for Vitthal (Vitthal is also known as Vithoba and Panduranga), believed to be an incarnation of Bhagawan Krishnanath and was the second son of Vallabharcharya. He was born in a village named Charanadri, near Banaras. It is believed that his birth was predicted by the God himself as mentioned in Agni Purana, according to which God took the human form and came on earth as Vitthalnath. Since childhood he had immense interest in knowledge and was well versed in Astrology, all Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduismand medicinal knowledge. He absorbed Srimad Bhagavata at an early age and believed. He collected his thoughts and wrote ‘Rajbhog Arti Arya’ at the tender age of nine. When other kids were busy playing, Shri Gusainji chose the path of enlightenment.
Pushti Marg- The Path of Grace
Shri Gusainji believed and promoted Pushti Marg. In the times of Mughal rule when temples were being destroyed and Hinduism was being demoted, Shri Gusainji emphasized on pure love for Lord Krishna. He believed that one’s selfless love for KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... could only be shown through Seva. The only aim to enjoy Lord Krishna’s bliss and it is for everyone without the discrimination of color, sex, creed or caste. There is no boundation of time or place either. To promote his views he traveled immensely and influenced a great number of kings and common masses alike.
The aim was not to gain liberation from the worldly affairs but to find Lord Krishna in everything. The world was created by Him and no desire need to be suppressed, but only directed towards the love of Shree Krishna. Complete faith is placed on Him and only in His Bhakti It refers to devotion and the love one feels for God. People indulge in Bhakti to gain spirituality or salvationone finds complete happiness. He introduces various forms of arts for strenthing his concept of Pushti. Music, dance, literature and drawing, all means were directed in love of Lord Krishna.
Akhbar and Shri Gusainji
Akhbar’s wife, Jodhabai was an immense follower of Shri Gusainji and nurtured true love for Lord Krishna. After being inspired by her dedication, Akhbar decided to meet Shri Gusainji. His philosophical insight and depth of spirituality left Akhbar completely amazed. His thirst of knowledge could only be satisfied by Shri Gusainji. He knew the art of explaining. Even the most twisted and difficult concepts of life could be easily illuminated by Shri Gusainji in the simplest terms. This made him famous among the masses who need not be educated in worldly affairs to understand spiritual philosophies. Looking at this popularity, Akhbar gave the title of ‘Goswami’ to Shri Gusainji. His other ardent followers included Birbal and Raja Mansingh.
Shri Gusainji was married twice. His first wife was Shri RukminiRukmini
Also known as Ruciranana (meaning one with a beautiful face) and Vaidarbhi, Rukmini is the wife of Lord Krishna.. and second was Shri Padmavati. He had 11 children in total, 7 sevens and 4 daughters, who he loved greatly as according to Pushti Marg you have to be an active household member and love everything around you as Krishna’s creation. He followed all the philosophies of Pushti Marg and was followed as a sacred icon. His works like Gita Tatparya and Gita Hetu are read and followed by people even today and most of the songs written by him are sung in Kirtans and Krishna Leelas.