SHODASH GRANTH

SIXTEEN TREATISES OF SHRI VALLABH

Introduction

Shri Vallabhacharyaji came on earth for a mission.  His holy mission was to give us a religious creed of pure and natural path of love towards Krishna-Bhakti.  As a guide to his holy mission, he created sixteen special treaties/ volumes.

He wrote a preface named "Anu Bhashya", a commentory on the "Brahma Sutra" of Shri Maharshi Vyasmuni.   Similarly he wrote preface volume called "Subodhiniji" for "Shrimad Bhagvatam".  At the same time he wrote "Sixteen different volumes" called "Shodash Granth" for his devotees to understand the creed and "Krishna-Bhakti."

In pustimargiya cult, there is special importance of Shodash-Granth.  It is called "Geetaji" of our cult, so it is also called "Vallabh-Geeta".  We can also name Shodash Granth as "Upnisada" because it has all extract of principles of pustimarg.  This all volumes are like sixteen phases of moon.  It  is also like compressed memory stored on computer disk.

The extraordinary divine speech of Shri Mahaprabhuji is like 16 different kind of ornaments.  Since Shri Mahaprabhuji is another form of Shri Krshna (Shri Thakorji), his divine speech is also created by Shri Krshna, means it is created by God himself.

Though these 16 volumes were written independently and at different times, they are all connected/ inter-related to each other.

The first volume is "Shri Yamunastakam".   All Jivas in this world are bound to materialistic and physical world.   Only by the divine grace of Shri Yamunaji, are they capable of achieving Shri Krshna.  Therefore, Shri Yamunastakam is first. 

In "Balbodh", he explained us for kinds of effort for achievement in life described in Hindu scripture. 

The basic principle of pustimarg -   how to serve God is explained in "Sidhant Muktavali." 

To explain three kinds of souls, "Pusti" (God’s favourite), "Pravahi" and "Maryada", he wrote "Pusti Pravah Maryada".  

To give us a knowledge of how "Pusti Jiv" can be reattached to Shri Krshna by "Brahma Sambandh", he wrote "Siddhant Rahashya" (secrets of Pustimarg.) 

Once we get "Brahma Sambandh", all our worries are taken away by Shri Krshna. To explain that Brahma Sambandhi Jiva should not have worry about this physical world and other spiritual world, he wrote volume of "Navratnam".  

When one gets free of all worries, he should use this human body to serve Shri Krshna by devoting all his comfort, wealth and belongings which very well explained in "Antah Karan Prabodh" a teaching from within.

How to cultivate qualities of politeness, patience and total surrender to Shri Krshna is taught in "Vivek Dhairashraya". 

In  "Krshnashraya", he explained that why pustimargiya devotee has to surrender to Shri Krshna. 

Shri Krshna is the only religion, materialism, salvation and deeds is explained in "Chatur Shloki". 

How the devoteesm can be sublimed in our lives is explained in "Bhaktivardhini".

For eventual sublimation of devoteesm, we need to praise Shri Krshna and to listen about the life of Shri Krshna. Different aspects of listeners are explained in "Panch Padya."  

Also, there different aspects and qualities of speakers which are very well defined in "Jalbhedh" volume.  To feel (view) and experience the presence of almighty Shri Krshna, we need to appreciate the fact that we are separated from Him and feel the suffering of that separation.

A Pustimargiya devotee should not necessary be bothered by this physical and materialistic world.  And this is very well explained and proved in "Synapse Niryan" volume composed by Shri Vallabhacharya. 

This kind of devotee should use his or her human body only to serve in "Nirodh Laxana" volume. 

What kind of reward and fruit of these services will be awarded by Shri Krshna is found in "Seva Fal" volume.

First step in devotion is to conquer ourselves from within, which is achieved by Shri Yamunastakam.  So, Shri Yamunastakam is first volume and in chronological order when we achieve everything (spiritually), Seva Fal (rewards of service) is the sixteenth and last volume composed by Shri Vallabhacharya.

 

"This is the divine speech and path of life explained to us by Shri Vallabh.  I have humbly tried to do translation of Gujarati version written by honourable Shri Rameshbhai Parikh.  This translation was proposed by Shri Goswami Dhrumilkumarji in 1994 at Houston Tx, USA location.  The purpose of translation is to feed younger generation in western countries about our culture and rich heritage of Pustimargiya Seva Bhakti.  I  hope that goals will be achieved eventually."

Written, Edited and Translated by Shri Jayeshbhai Gandhi (Houston, Texas)

 

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