Among the marvellous saints of the Bhakti Movement, Ascended Master Vallabhacharya stands as the brightest star. He hails from a Telugu Family, born in North India during the 15th century in a Brahmin family where his father served as a Priest under Vijayanagara Empire, and his mother Ellamma, a Sanskrit scholar. He’s born as a premature infant, who survived miraculously. His mother Ellmma witnessed a band of light around the child when he came to life. Vallabhacharya was homeschooled in all the six perceptions of Ancient Philosophy.
He first participated in the philosophical debate when he’s eleven. After that, he won many debates, especially one at the Vijayanagara court in front of Sri Krishna Devaraya, in a strong debate between Advaita and Dvaita Philosophies. Vallabhacharya was awarded the name Jagadguru and got showered with hundred mounds of gold by the emperor. Later, Vallabha travelled across the nation, lecturing The Bhagavad-Gita in 84 locations where the invaders influenced the most in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Goa. He also professed Rudra Sampradaya. Along with works like Shodash Grantha, he wrote commentaries, to Brahma Sutra called Anubhashya; and to the Bhagavatha Purana.
Vallabhacharya openly negated that abstinence is not a path to realise god and propounded that with ardent devotion towards the god within combined with diligent practise of knowledge, a householder can attain enlightenment. To show that, Vallabhacharya married a scholar named Mahalakshmi and had two sons, Gopinath and Vithalnath, who later became Gosain. Vallabhacharya has many encounters with Ascended master Krishna, earlier in lucid dreams and later he had a tangible encounter. Vallabha performed many miracles and healings. He openly ascended into eternity as a fierce light in front of many people at the Hanuman Ghat of Ganga at Varanasi.
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari.