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252 Vaishnavas (Part One)
252 Vaishnavas (Part One)
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SHRI GUSAINJI'S 252 VAISHNAVA DISCIPLES

The 84 Vaishnavas are part of Shri Mahaprabhuji's divine form. They are predominantly "nirguna", that is, they are all beyond material qualities. Their stories and bhavas are told in the accounts of the 84 Vaishnavas. The 252 Vaishnava disciples are all parts of Shri Gusainji's divine form. They are of three types; 84 are predominantly tamasi, a virtue that can roughly be translated as obstinate. The other two groups of 84 are chiefly rajasi and satviki, passionate and pure. These are the groups within the 252 Vaishnava disciples of the bhakti master, Shri Gusainji, whose form holds all spiritual powers.

One day when Shri gusainji was in a joyous mood, he mentioned to his wife, Shri Rukminiji, that his bhaktas represented all the various parts of his body. His wife questioned,"What part of your body is your desciple Chachaji?"

Shri Gusainji responded, "Chachaji is the pupil of my eye."

Later, when Chachaji stubbed his toe Shri Gusainji's eyes hurt. When Rukminiji asked him why his eyes hurt, he replied, "My eyes ache because Chachaji is in pain."

Shri Gusainji's eyes recovered when Chachaji to was better. In this way, Shri Gusainji showed his wife the form of the accomplished bhakta. One should never offend a bhakta for there is little difference between Krishna and His bhaktas.

In Shri Mahaprabhuji's Pusti Pravaha Maryada" he explains, "A soul that is Pusti is different. There is no doubt about this. Grace-filled souls appear for God's pleasure. Their forms, incarnations, virtues and actions are all similar to Hari's. There is no adequate comparison for either God or His bhaktas."

In this way, Shri Gusainji showed Rukminiji the authentic nature of the bhakta. This teaching will strengthen the faith of the practitioner. The actions of bhaktas should never be scrutinized.

Now Shri Gokulnathji will recount the esoteric stories of Shri Gusainji's 252 Vaishnavas, while Shri Harirayaji sheds additional light and meaning to the text.

CONTENTS
BLESSINGSviii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSix
INTRODUCTIONxi
SHRI GUSAINJI'S 252 VAISHNAVA DISCIPLES1
1. NAGAJI BHATT3
2. KRISHNA BHATT18
3. CHACHAJI40
4. MURARIDAS57
5. NARAYANDAS64
6. VITTHALDAS KAYASTA75
7. RUP MURARIDAS80
8. MADHAVADAS82
9. HARAJI KOTARI85
10. BHAILA KOTARI87
11. GOPALDAS91
12. MANIKA CHANDA93
13. A BENGALI BRAHMIN97
14. GANESH VYAS101
15. HARIDAS103
16. MADHUSUDANDAS105
17. RUP CHANDANANDA107
18. MADHOUDAS111
19. A FATHER AND SON114
20. TWO PATEL BROTHERS117
21. POOR PATEL126
22. A RENOUNCED DISCIPLE129
23. A BRAHMIN RENUNCIATE132
24. KRISHNADAS134
25. JANARDANDAS AND GOPALDAS137
26. HARIDAS BANIYA141
27. MANIKA CHANDA AND HIS WIFE145
28. A NAGAR BRAHMIN153
29. A SANARYA BRAHMIN155
30. A RAJPUTA157
31. SETH'S DAUGHTER158
32. A POTIER160
33. GOVINDADAS162
34. GUJARATI BRAHMIN164
35. A SANORIYA BRAJA BRAHMIN166
36. A MOTHER, SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW168
37. ALIKHAN AND HIS DAUGHTER PIRJADI170
38. A VILLAGE BRAHMIN WOMEN177
39. MATHURADAS181
40. THE SON OF A VAISHNAVA184
41. A POOR BRAHMIN FROM MATHURA188
42. A BHAKTA FROM MAHAVAN191
43. SAHUKAR'S WIFE193
44. SHYAMDAS198
45. CHHAJJO200
46. BENIDAS202
47. A KSHATRANI LADY204
48. DURGADAS FROM THE EAST205
49. PURUSHOTTAMDAS206
50. LAXSHMIDAS DOSHI209
51. DHYANDAS211
52. SETH213
53. RAJPUT221
54. PATEL KUNABI24
55. NILA CHANDA227
56. JNANCHANDA229
57. JADUNATHDAS231
58. PATHO GUJARI233
59. DHOBI236
60. THE DHOBI KING240
61. A PATEL BOY AND PATAVARI GIRL242
62. A KING FROM GUJARAT244
63. BHAVAIYA248
64. KUNABI250
65. GANGABAI252
66. RAJA JOTSIGH256
67. PROHIT259
68. AN EXALTED RENUNCIATE AND AN ORDINARY RENUNCIATE265
69. KUNJARI, THE FRUIT SELLER268
70. HATITA AND PATITA271
71.TWO RENUNCIATES274
72. NAGAR BRAHMIN278
73. THE PROSTITUTE'S DAUGHTER283
74. VAGHAJI RAJAPUTA288
75. BIRBAL'S DAUGHTER295
76. POOR KUNABI299
77. ANOTHER KUNABI301
78. A BRAHMIN BY THE GANGA304
79. GOPINATH GVALA309
80. TWO KUNABIS314
81. PARAM VAISHNAVA317
82. GODIYA BRAHMIN319
83. KSHATRANI FROM THE EAST321
84. A VIRAKTA BHAKTA324
GLOSSARY327

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SHRI GUSAINJI'S 252 VAISHNAVA DISCIPLES

The 84 Vaishnavas are part of Shri Mahaprabhuji's divine form. They are predominantly "nirguna", that is, they are all beyond material qualities. Their stories and bhavas are told in the accounts of the 84 Vaishnavas. The 252 Vaishnava disciples are all parts of Shri Gusainji's divine form. They are of three types; 84 are predominantly tamasi, a virtue that can roughly be translated as obstinate. The other two groups of 84 are chiefly rajasi and satviki, passionate and pure. These are the groups within the 252 Vaishnava disciples of the bhakti master, Shri Gusainji, whose form holds all spiritual powers.

One day when Shri gusainji was in a joyous mood, he mentioned to his wife, Shri Rukminiji, that his bhaktas represented all the various parts of his body. His wife questioned,"What part of your body is your desciple Chachaji?"

Shri Gusainji responded, "Chachaji is the pupil of my eye."

Later, when Chachaji stubbed his toe Shri Gusainji's eyes hurt. When Rukminiji asked him why his eyes hurt, he replied, "My eyes ache because Chachaji is in pain."

Shri Gusainji's eyes recovered when Chachaji to was better. In this way, Shri Gusainji showed his wife the form of the accomplished bhakta. One should never offend a bhakta for there is little difference between Krishna and His bhaktas.

In Shri Mahaprabhuji's Pusti Pravaha Maryada" he explains, "A soul that is Pusti is different. There is no doubt about this. Grace-filled souls appear for God's pleasure. Their forms, incarnations, virtues and actions are all similar to Hari's. There is no adequate comparison for either God or His bhaktas."

In this way, Shri Gusainji showed Rukminiji the authentic nature of the bhakta. This teaching will strengthen the faith of the practitioner. The actions of bhaktas should never be scrutinized.

Now Shri Gokulnathji will recount the esoteric stories of Shri Gusainji's 252 Vaishnavas, while Shri Harirayaji sheds additional light and meaning to the text.

CONTENTS
BLESSINGSviii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSix
INTRODUCTIONxi
SHRI GUSAINJI'S 252 VAISHNAVA DISCIPLES1
1. NAGAJI BHATT3
2. KRISHNA BHATT18
3. CHACHAJI40
4. MURARIDAS57
5. NARAYANDAS64
6. VITTHALDAS KAYASTA75
7. RUP MURARIDAS80
8. MADHAVADAS82
9. HARAJI KOTARI85
10. BHAILA KOTARI87
11. GOPALDAS91
12. MANIKA CHANDA93
13. A BENGALI BRAHMIN97
14. GANESH VYAS101
15. HARIDAS103
16. MADHUSUDANDAS105
17. RUP CHANDANANDA107
18. MADHOUDAS111
19. A FATHER AND SON114
20. TWO PATEL BROTHERS117
21. POOR PATEL126
22. A RENOUNCED DISCIPLE129
23. A BRAHMIN RENUNCIATE132
24. KRISHNADAS134
25. JANARDANDAS AND GOPALDAS137
26. HARIDAS BANIYA141
27. MANIKA CHANDA AND HIS WIFE145
28. A NAGAR BRAHMIN153
29. A SANARYA BRAHMIN155
30. A RAJPUTA157
31. SETH'S DAUGHTER158
32. A POTIER160
33. GOVINDADAS162
34. GUJARATI BRAHMIN164
35. A SANORIYA BRAJA BRAHMIN166
36. A MOTHER, SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW168
37. ALIKHAN AND HIS DAUGHTER PIRJADI170
38. A VILLAGE BRAHMIN WOMEN177
39. MATHURADAS181
40. THE SON OF A VAISHNAVA184
41. A POOR BRAHMIN FROM MATHURA188
42. A BHAKTA FROM MAHAVAN191
43. SAHUKAR'S WIFE193
44. SHYAMDAS198
45. CHHAJJO200
46. BENIDAS202
47. A KSHATRANI LADY204
48. DURGADAS FROM THE EAST205
49. PURUSHOTTAMDAS206
50. LAXSHMIDAS DOSHI209
51. DHYANDAS211
52. SETH213
53. RAJPUT221
54. PATEL KUNABI24
55. NILA CHANDA227
56. JNANCHANDA229
57. JADUNATHDAS231
58. PATHO GUJARI233
59. DHOBI236
60. THE DHOBI KING240
61. A PATEL BOY AND PATAVARI GIRL242
62. A KING FROM GUJARAT244
63. BHAVAIYA248
64. KUNABI250
65. GANGABAI252
66. RAJA JOTSIGH256
67. PROHIT259
68. AN EXALTED RENUNCIATE AND AN ORDINARY RENUNCIATE265
69. KUNJARI, THE FRUIT SELLER268
70. HATITA AND PATITA271
71.TWO RENUNCIATES274
72. NAGAR BRAHMIN278
73. THE PROSTITUTE'S DAUGHTER283
74. VAGHAJI RAJAPUTA288
75. BIRBAL'S DAUGHTER295
76. POOR KUNABI299
77. ANOTHER KUNABI301
78. A BRAHMIN BY THE GANGA304
79. GOPINATH GVALA309
80. TWO KUNABIS314
81. PARAM VAISHNAVA317
82. GODIYA BRAHMIN319
83. KSHATRANI FROM THE EAST321
84. A VIRAKTA BHAKTA324
GLOSSARY327
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