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Who is Vaishnav?
Vaishnavism, also called Vishnuism , Krishna; Prahlada; Hiranyakashipu
The British Library/Heritage-Imagesone of the major forms of modern Hinduism,
characterized by devotion to the god Vishnu and his incarnations (avatars).
A devotee of Vishnu is called a Vaishnava
Vaishnavism (Vaisnava dharma) is one of the major branches of Hinduism.
It is focused on the veneration of Vishnu. Vaishnavites, or the followers of the Vishnu, lead a way of life promoting the central importance of Vishnu and his ten avatars.
Followers worship Vishnu, the Supreme Lord and preserver of the Hindu Trimurti ('three images', the Trinity), and his ten avatars, including Rama and Krishna. The adherents
of this sect are generally non-ascetic, monastic and devoted to meditative practice and ecstatic chanting. They are deeply devotional. Vaishnavism is rich in saints, temples and scriptures.
Its beliefs and practices, especially the concepts of Bhakti and Bhakti Yoga, are based largely on the Upanishads, and associated with the Vedas and Puranic texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the Padma Purana, Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana
Pushtimarg is the path shown by Shri Vallabhacharya. The word "Pushtimarg" is made up of two small words: Pushti and Marg.
The word Pushti has two meanings. It means divine grace and it is also a synonym for love. Marg means path.
This path was shown by Shree Vallabhacharya to the Vaishnavas or the Daivi Jivas who had fallen on this earth due
to some mistake in the heavenly adobe of Shri Krishna known as the Gauloka. In Pushtimarg, a Vaishnav (one who has
taken Brahmasambandh diksha) can achieve salvation only by doing the sewa of Shri Nathjee. In Pushtimarg, we whole
heartedly adopt the ethical and moral principles that apply to a Hindu.
Pushtimarg is a path of bliss; it is a golden path towards attaining a pure entity, a supreme power by a simple
pure soul. A soul who is smaller than an atom which is part of the whole.
Pushtimarg is like a river that flows endlessly without bothering about its own entity and difficulties. The only
goal of the river is to meet the ocean and become one with it. After facing mountains and rocks a river does not
leave its purity and its nature, it preserves the trees near its banks, gives relaxation and cool water to anyone
coming to its bank, gives food to all within it and food to anyone coming to it.
Thus, Pushtimarg teaches a Vaishnav to be a river and only think about how to attain "sanidhya" closeness and meet
the ocean which is the supreme entity called "Krishna"
The history of Pushti Sampradaya is spread throughout India with respect to place, about 525 years with respect to
time and millions of devotees chosen by God out of His grace to perform His seva with respect to Jivas (beings).
The ancient Acharyas have traveled throughout the country for propagating the Sampradaya and took in their refuge
many Pushti Jivas mainly in West India and motivated them to follow the path of Pushti Bhakti. We are proud of
these ancient followers who by living devotional life in the difficult circumstances have given great dignity to
the Sampradaya. We have included the events related to their life, the Sampradayik places, their episodes with the
Acharyas etc. in this link from the ancient literature. We heartily wish that the visitor of the site studying and
following this will make his life worthy of living.