Monday, 14 April 2014

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

The Personification of Divine Love and Grace Since eternity, divine personalities have descended on earth for the welfare of humans. Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj is one such divine personality, who is amongst the most unique and highly revered spiritual master. “Shree Maharajji”, as he is lovingly called by his devotees, was born on the auspicious night of Sharad Poornima in 1922, in the village Mangarh, near Allahabad in the eastern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.



Childhood and youth Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj spent his childhood just like any other, absorbed in playing games and frolicking with his young friends. He was well known to be very intelligent and would excel effortlessly in his studies. At the age of fourteen, he left his village and attended three Universities, in Kashi, Chitrakoot and Indore. He covered a whole series of courses in the space of just two-and-a-half years.
Absorption in Divine Bliss At the young age of sixteen, Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj suddenly gave up his studies and entered the dense forests of Chitrakoot. There he spent his time absorbed in intense love for Radha Krishna. He would often lose all external consciousness, and go without eating and drinking for many days. For long intervals, he would remain in mahabhav, the highest stage of devotion that manifests in Radha Rani. The very same manifestation of mahabhav love was last seen in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, about 500 years ago. He emerged from the forest after two years to begin his mission of revealing the glories of Radha Krishna devotion to the world.



Kirtan movement Shree Maharajji started to conduct ‘satsangs’ that brought about a revolution of Bhakti or devotion in the states of UP and Rajasthan in the 1940s and 50s. He would lead kirtans imbued with intense devotion, which would continue throughout the night. These kirtans, which he wrote himself, have been compared by scholars with those of Meerabai, Soordas, Tulsidas, and Ras Khan.
Shree Maharajji’s divine kirtans have captured a special place for themselves in the hearts of sincere devotees across the globe. Scriptural Discourses After accepting the title of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj traveled throughout the country for fourteen years. He would deliver month-long discourses in each city, in which he would unravel the mysteries of the scriptures before tens of thousands of people, who would throng the venue for a glimpse of this extraordinary scholar and Saint whose words left them spellbound. Shree Maharajji’s lectures tantalize the masses with humor, worldly examples, practical instructions and playful chastisement, much to the delight of the crowd. It was a unique experience as he made the deepest scriptural truths accessible to everyone in the simplest language.

Devotional literature Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj has written thousands of inspiring verses revealing the Divine pastimes of Radha Krishna. His style of writing is unique in the entire history of saints: First, he begins the chanting of a pada or kirtan, and as the kirtan progresses, he keeps adding lines to it, bringing it to a consummate close. In glorification of Shree Radha Krishna Devotion, he has named one of his principal creations as “Prem Ras Madira”, or “Divine Love Intoxicant”. A literal (verbatim) translation of the name of one of the greatest treasures of a devotee is a na├»ve and futile attempt. One is lost for words to describe the intensity and greatness of the pads and kirtans written by Shree Maharajji. It is only by singing the inebriating kirtans that we can get a glimpse of the unfathomable Divine love that pours out from the heart of true devotee of Shree Radha Krishna.

Worldwide mission It is Shree Maharajji’s vision that every soul should get a chance to practice Bhakti or devotion in its simplest form, so that the soul may attain its true goal of God-realization. In order to help people around the world quest towards this goal, Shree Maharajji began training devotee preachers and sending them to different parts of the globe. He also created a formal organization and began the construction of huge ashrams, to provide facilities for devotees who wished to practically apply the teachings in their lives. This organization is today known as the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. Every soul seeking divine love & bhakti realizes the infinite grace of Shree Kripalu ji maharaj.

Radha Madhav Dham's Braj style Holi 2014 attracts 4500 people!

Holi 2014 at the American Ashram of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Despite days of severe weather warnings of tornadoes and thunderstorms, scattered showers throughout the night before and the morning of, over 4,500 people came out to celebrate Braj style Holi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

The rain stopped as soon as the festivities began around 2 pm in the afternoon. People started streaming into the temple, sat through Holi 2014 sankirtan and were mesmerized by special Holi shringar of Radha Krishna, Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj in Austin Texas.

As they strolled outside, they enjoyed a mini-mela (traditional Indian fair) atmosphere serving variety of freshly prepared Indian food, offering train rides around ashram grounds, presenting items and information from different vendors, and buzzing with numerous kids' games and activities.

Against all odds, the clouds started scattering around 3:30 pm just before the start of a carefully prepared cultural program showcasing children's performances of folk and classical Indian dances. Swami Nikhilanand Ji explained the crowd the spiritual significance of Holi 2014, devotion of Prahlad and the charm of Braj style Holi played by Radha Krishna.

The cultural program concluded with a beautiful enactment of the Prahlad leela which was meticulously prepared by the devotees and thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd.

By now, the clouds had scattered, the sun was out and colors of Holi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham started flying at the Maharas Mandal.

Swami Nikhilanand's Bhagavad Gita lecture series begins at Radha Madhav Dham.

Note: The 7-day Bhagavad Gita saptah lecture series by Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, began on Sunday. These special lectures are based on the teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. Watch first Bhagavad Gita lecture here, follow the series at Radha Madhav Dham youtube!

Acclaimed youtuber, YogaDuke, made a special video of aerial footage of the Radha Madhav Dham templeduring Holi. Watch and help make it viral!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Devotional Activities

Sadhna Shivir

Sadhna Shivir is a devotional camp in which the devotees disconnect themselves from their regular material world and isolate themselves to practice absorbing their mind in God, and to perform selfless service to God and Guru. Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat organises devotional camps at various places for varied durations, including the annual month-long sadhna program held during October-November and the spring sadhna program held in March. The devotees follow the guidelines provided by Shri Maharaj Ji while engaging in devotional practice. Shri Maharaj Ji also gives lectures, explanations, etc, to address various aspects of devotion during these camps.

Public Speeches

From time to time, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj delivers public speeches, where thousands of people gather to listen to His divine teachings. He simplifies even the most perplexing instructions from the scriptures with great ease and clarity, and discloses guidelines to the general public on how to attain their ultimate goal of human life. Not only are these speeches beneficial for the general public, but they also help deepen the  divine wisdom and knowledge of a devotee which in turn promotes devotion in their hearts.

Festivals 

Shri Maharaj Ji explains that the only purpose of celebrating all the social and religious festivals and occasions is to renounce the mind from the material world, while engaging in devotion to Radha Krishna. At times, Shri Maharaj Ji reveals the origin of festivals and at other times He reveals a new devotional aspect, making every festival and celebration an opportunity to integrate devotion in our lives and progress in the path of God Realisation.

Selfless Service

In addition to engaging in devotional and spiritual practices, Shri Maharaj Ji teaches and encourages devotees to perform physical and monetary service. Majority of people who have dedicated their life to Radha Krishna devotion engage themselves in seva (voluntary service) at the four JKP ashrams. These include doctors, nurses and other hospital staffs who render their services free at Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya, as well various office people who volunteers their time and serve in various ways in the ashrams.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Technology for Mind Management

Swami Mukundananda was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)on October 12th, 2011 to deliver an enlightening talk on the topic of "Technology for Mind Management". The lecture was followed by Q/A session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=izsE5Ty6eCQ 

Second Anniversary of Prem Mandir

On 25th Februrary, 2014

SHRI DHAM VRINDHAVAN WILL CELEBRATE

"THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF
PREM MANDIR"






Supporting the Cows

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Some touching glimpses of the cows at the Goshala at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, the birth place of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj. During a talk on Gopastami 2013, Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj emphasized the importance of supporting the goshala because from the Vedas to Tulsidas Ramayan, it has been stated that the most noble thing a human being can do is to support the cows. Lets take the initiative and support the cows and the Goshala every and any way we can serve.

Cows at the Goshala at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, the birth place of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Cows at the Goshala at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, the birth place of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

Cows at the Goshala at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, the birth place of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

Happy Jagadguru Diwas 2014, New Lectures Series & Launch of Instagram

Happy Jagadguru Diwas 2014 and Makar Sankranti to Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
“As a flush to sizzle out the sinful earth
As droplets of water to a thirsty sailor
As a shower to the very desert
As guideline & pathway to hopeless travelers
As a drop of love to harsh hearts 
GURU landed as the angel of lord!
Happy Jagadguru Diwas ” - Poem by Aaprisha Sharma from Nepal

In cities in India and around the world, the celebrations for Jagadguru Diwas 2014 and Makar Sankranti 2014 are huge. On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the Ganges and other holy streams. People offer thousands of their colorful oblations to the Sun in the form of beautiful kites. The act stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved God. In the ashrams of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, we mark this occasion in a joyous and colorful way; even more-so because it is the day when Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, our Guru, was ordained as "Jagadguru" in 1957.

On Sunday, beautiful kites filled the skyline of Radha Madhav Dham USA and Radha Govind Dham New York and devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj offered their respects to the lotus feet of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
As the Jagadguru Diwas kites rise up towards the sun, the soul eternally seeks God
A kite flies over Radha Govind Dham New York
In other news, Swami Nikhilanand Ji, senior preacher of Radha Krishna and sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj delivered a profound series of lectures on the significance of the life of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. The 6-part series was delivered to devotees at Radha Madhav Dham. All speeches are available for viewing at Radha Madhav Dham's youtube channel www.youtube.com/RadhaMadhavDham or Swami Ji's blog.

Devotees commemorate Shree Maharajji with procession and flower offerings at Radha Madhav Dham
On December 29th, America commemorated Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, with flower offerings and shobha yatra at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin. Thousands of spiritual seekers who have been inspired by Shree Maharajji joined the special functions.

Bhakti in the age of Instagram

Bhakti in the age of Social Media: Several new social media channels have been launched to connect devotees and promote the path of Radha Krishna devotion in America. Most significantly, Radha Madhav Dham, which is the official center of Radha Krishna devotion in the west, has gone virtual with the introduction of Radha Madhav Dham Official facebook page and Radha Madhav Dham Official twitter page.

Radha Govind Dham New York has just launched on instagram, one of the most popular apps today, in addition to facebook and other social media. The instagram page contains regular inspirations by art extraordinaire, Bina. Instagram id is RGDNY. We would like all our readers to get active in Radha Madhav Dham and Radha Govind Dham New York social media. Download the app for instagram and get more inspired and connected with devotion for great life.

New Year Kirtan at Radha Madhav Dham

Devotees of Shree Maharajji in America gathered at Radha Madhav Dham for 24 hour kirtan. Here is a clip of the climax of the long kirtan session for New Year 2014, where devotees expressed their love for Shree Maharajji and Radha Krishna through chanting and dancing.