Maha Bhakta Vijayam

Extracts from Publisher’s Note of Tamil Bhakta Vijayam, a work which was read, proof read and often referred to by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Maha Bhakta Vijayam which is bigger than the Mahabharatam and Ramayanam, was first written in Hindustani language in the year 1630 A.D. by Nabaji Siddha deemed an incarnation of Lord Brahma. It contained the life stories of 700 devotees an was named ‘Bhakta Sara’. It was taught to Uddhava Siddha and others by Nabaji Siddha himself. Uddhava Siddha shortened the stories and wrote them in the language spoken in Gwalior and called it Bhakta Mala.

Mahipati Bavaji removed the conversations pertaining to jnana aspects in that book and brought out in 1780 AD the life histories of 108 saints in Marathi and named the book ‘Bhakta Vijaya’. Rest of them which he composed was called ‘Santa Vijaya’ and ‘Santa Leelamruta’.

One Dipdev later brought out the book, including in it the portions relating to jnana and named it ‘Dipa Ratnakara’. (All these were consulted and even enquired with the other elders and) Chittoor Venkatadasar translated it n to Tamil and the same was published by Saidapuram Umapati Mudaliar in 1864 A.D.

1. “A wooden stand was provided for me and I read one portion per day from Bhakta Vijayam while Bhagavan explained the meaning to those present. Sometimes I would ask innocent questions from the book and Bhagavan would patiently reply. The devotees in the hall used to say that they got answers to their doubts from the replies given by Bhagavan to my questions. -Smt. Rajalakshmi (The Mountain Path, April 2008)

2. Manu Subedor, who came from Bombay for Bhagavan’s darsan, said that most of the matter in ‘Avadhoota Gita’ and ‘Ashtavakra Gita’ was meant for the adepts and there was not much by way of direct guidance for beginners “With infinite compassion in his eyes, the Maharshi looked at me and instructed one of the followers to bring a book. This was the Maha Bhakta Vijayam of Nabhaji. Bhagavan opened the book and began to read… Those who were present thoroughly enjoyed the reading and I discovered that I was given exactly what I needed.

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  Jayadev’s birth
  Jayadev’s dispassion
  Jayadev mutilated
  Jayadev reaches the country
  Padmavati joins Jayadev
  Thieves drowned
  Thieves saved
  Padmavati died
  Padmavati revived
  Lord appears
  Ashtapati tested
  Upadesa to the king
  Kabir Jananam
  Kabir Refuses Sunnat
  Kabir Offers Cloth to Bhagavan
  Kabir Gets Bhagavan’s Darsan
  Kabir Beaten by Discipls
  Kabir’s Blessing by Guru
  Kabir gets Upadesam
  Kabir Condemns Islam
  Kabir wins Gorak
  Kabir’s Marriage
  Kabir saves Calf
  Kabir’s Wife goes to Merchant
  Kamal’s Pilgrimage
  Kamal’s Bhajan
  Tulasi dasar Jananam
  Tulasi immersed in pleasure
  Tulasi dasar’s dispassion
  Tulasi dasar gets ghost’s darsan
  Darsan of Maruti
  Darsan of Sri Rama
  Jnana upadesam to Tulasi dasar
  Bhagavan as Mutts’ Security
  Bhagavan tests Tulasi dasar
  Bhagavan appears as Tulasi dasar
  Akbar humiliated
  Tulasi dasar ‘s Upadesam to Akbar
Nama Devar
  Birth of Namdev
  Namdev Feeds bhagavan
  Marriage of Namdev
  Bhagavan Gave money
  Bhagavan As Servent
  Bhagavan’s Gift
  Namdev & Jnaneswar-Part I
  Namdev & Jnaneswar-Part 2
  Namadev,Gora & Visopakesar
  Vitoba’s yatra
  Sanyasi vitoba
  Vitoba’s Grahastasrama
  Children’s of Vitoba
  Vitoba’s stotra
  Jnaneswar’s glory
  Vitoba’s back home
  Baffollw’s Vedic chanting
  Sukar Vaakyam-Kuchelar
  Kuchlar Reaches Dwaraaka Puri
  Kuchelar’s Darsan of Sri Krishna
  Kuchelar Attains Parama Padam
  Tukaram’s Illara Darmam
  Tuka as Namdev
  Tuka removes ego of bhrm
  Tuka’s wife
  Tuka’s letter to Vittal
  Vittal’s Reply thro Eagle
  Last Chapter
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