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Vedanta Philosophy of
Shri Vallabhacharya

vallabhacharya Shri Vallabhacharya's (1478 CE) philosophy was called vishuddhadvaita vedanta, or pure dualism (bhakti). Although he was not a Jagadguru, he wrote a very important commentary called "Shri Bhashya".

According to Shri Vallabhacharya's commentary, the soul is separate from God, and God realization is the ultimate aim of a soul. He established a path called 'pushti marg', which is another name for pure bhakti. He had great faith in the leelas of Shri Krishna found in the Bhagwatam.

He proclaimed that the Brahm Sutra, Bhagwatam and the Bhagavad Gita supported the path of pushti. 'Pushti' means God's grace. Pushti reveals the divine love of Krishna in the heart of a devotee. He emphasized becoming devotionally engrossed through the feeling of 'vatsalya' -- maternal love for Krishna. He gave special importance to the chanting of the divine name.

He opposed the philosophy of Jagadguru Shankaracharya, and declared that the existence of the soul is as true as God's existence. Even so, the soul is a fraction of God, as well as His servant, therefore the feeling of servitude, friendliness, maternal love and loving God as one's divine beloved are natural to every soul. He said that without bhakti, a soul can't attain peace.

The world evolved from God, so it is as true as God. God has a personal form. Although he also supported the non-dualistic view of the soul and God, because are divine, he still introduced his shuddhadvait philosophy of the soul and God, and inspired the souls to do selfless devotion to Krishna.

He said it was necessary to renounce the desire for the outcome of worldly and Vedic actions. Krishna is supreme God and His eternal service is the ultimate aim of a soul. Once should renounce self-pride and worldly affection, and surrender everything at Krishna's lotus feet, keep oneself away from all kinds of distracting elements of the world and receive the grace of Krishna through bhakti.

He said that to attain the divine service of Krishna in the divine abode, Golok, is liberation.