Shri Shri Sarveshvar Bhagavan is the oldest deity on the planet. Shri Hamsa Bhagavan presented this Shaligrama to the four Kumaras (Chatuh Sanaah) – the mind born sons of Lord Brahma. Shri Sarveshwar Bhagavan is the unified form of Shri Shri Radha Krishna. Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan was given to the Sanakadi Munis for them to worship and together with the chanting of the Shri Guru-pradatta Gopala Mantra Raja, they had the darshan of Shri Shri Radha Madhava, who physically entered into the Sarveshwar Bhagavan.
Having worshipped Shri Sarveshwar Bhagavan from the beginning of creation, on the arrival of their younger brother Narada Muni, they passed on the worship and seva of Shri Sarveshwar Bhagavan to him. Narada Muni, taking initiation from his older brothers worshipped and served the Lord Shri Sarveshwar Bhagavan and thus attained the highest level of devotion which he is renowned for.
Serving the Lord as Sarveshwara Bhagavan for many millions of years, on the advent of Kali Yuga, when Shri Narada Muni decided to pass on the teachings of Swabhavika Dvaitadvaita Siddhanta to the worthy Shri Nimbarkacharya, he also passed on the worship of Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan.
The seva of Shri Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan has been thus passed on from Acharya to Acharya of the Nimbarka Sampradaya and has been worshipped with the highest Vaishnava standards.
Today, Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan is worshipped by His Divine Holiness Jagadguru Shri Nimbarka Pithadhishwara, Jagadguru Shri Radhasarveshwara Devacharya Ji Maharaj (Shri ‘Shriji’ Maharaj).
Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan is the foundation of our Sampradaya. Sarveshwar Bhagavan is only ever touched by the current Jagadguru and his main disciple (the future Jagadguru – Yuvaraj). They adhere to the strictest standards of Vaishnava ettiquette and arrange various festivals etc for the pleasure of the Lord.
Why? Because this very same Sarveshwar Bhagavan was the inspiration for the enlightenment of Sanakadi Munis, Narada Muni, Shri Nimbarka Bhagavan etc etc; Sarveshwara Bhagavan is the root of the Geeta Govinda of Jayadeva, of the Philosophical expertise of Swami Shri Keshava Kashmiri Bhattacharya, of the Devotional Brilliance of Swami Shri Shribhatta Devacharya evident in the Yugala Shataka, of the Devotional Humility evident in the Mahavani of Swami Shri Harivyasa Devacharya, as the foundation of the love of Swami Shri Haridas Ji and the root of the power of Swami Shri Parashurama Devacharya Ji Maharaj, whose disciples included the family of Meera Baai, and whose humility deeply impressed Shri Tulasidas.
Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan is the unified form of Shri Shri Radha Gopala, the form of the Kama Bija, the wish fulfilling tree of all Vaisnava devotees who have their Darshan. It is the original worshipped deity of the Lord by the highest Vaishnavas.
Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan inspired the building of Jaipur, was the centre of faith for all Rajasthani kings who opened their kingdoms to all Vaisnavas when the Muslims banished them from Vrindavan and Mathura – Shri Shrinath Ji and Shri Govindadeva and untold many others were all given great respect and prestige within the Rajasthani Kingdoms due to this.
There are many instances of Sarveshwara Bhagavan’s special grace on devotees – one such event was during the time of the previous Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya, Swami Shri Bal Krishna Sharan Devacharya Ji Maharaj. During a festival to celebrate his own Gurudeva’s disappearance festival (tirobhava tithi utsava) at the Salemabad Peeth, several thousand devotees attended, and the chief Rasoiya (devotee cook) ran to Jagadguru Ji saying that the food was about to run out. Shri Maharaj Ji said to him ‘Don’t worry! In the house of Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan, the Lord of all, the creator, preserver and destructor of everything; how can their be any shortages? Just give me one freshly cooked Puri and one Katori of Sabji.’ Maharaj Ji took this food and placed it on the solid Gold Thaali and went privately to the Mandir of Shri Sarveshwara Bhagavan. He devotionally placed the Thaal before the Lord and offered heartfelt prayers. He then came out of the Mandir with the Thaali and ordered the cooks to stop all cooking. He placed the Prasaadi Puri and Sabji in the main serving pots and said, ‘Now the Lord has provided direct Prasadam for the Vaisnavas. Feed them to their hearts content.’ So said, so done, and food that was prepared only forpeople was enough for people to till their stomachs and take some home.
This is just a little incident involving the Lord; over His million year time being worshipped by the Acharyas, he has performed many more. There is a publication on its way from Shri Sarveshwar Press in Salemabad, and when that comes out, I will try to translate it and put it up on here for you all.
Shri Shri Radha Sarveshwara Bhagavan Ki JAY!!!
Please listen to this wonderful Kirtan in praise of Shri Sarveshvara Bhagavan which I recorded at Shri Golok Dham Ashram on the tirobhav festival of our Parama Guru Maharaj, Swami Shri Lalita Sharan Devacharya. It is sung by the great Samaj Gayan expert, Swami Shri Rasik Das Ji from Vrindavan. This is the traditional, thousand year old, method of singing Kirtan in our Sampradaya. Dhrupada Music in Vrajabhasha was started by Swami Shri Shribhatta, and Swami Harivyasa Devacharya. Swami Shri Haridas Ji was such an expert, his sangeet disciples Tansen and Baiju Bawra are world renowned for their mastery over music. I shall make some more Samaj Dhrupadas available over the coming months.