Editor's Message
Dear Readers,
Sharad Poornima, the full moon night when the gopis danced in the Raas Leela with Shree Krishna, is celebrated in the month of Ashwin (September - October). Drawn by the enchanting music emanating from Shree Krishna's divine flute on the full moon night of Sharad Poornima, the gopis of Braj rushed to him. Many Krishna devotees consider Sharad Poornima as the highest of all festivals, since it was on this day that God showered the highest bliss of divine love on his most loving devotees.

It was on this very night of Sharad Poornima in the year 1922 that our beloved Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj appeared in Mangarh, Uttar Pradesh, India.

This month, we celebrate the divine love of gopis, and express our gratitude to dear Maharajji.
We share with you updates on JKYog activities, Swamiji's upcoming events, Bal-Mukund contributions and health benefits of Jaggery in our wellness for life section.
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In This Issue
देखो प्रेम गोपीजना, विधि मांगे रज चरणा

dekho prema gopījanā, 
vidhi māṅge raja charanā

"Look at the extraordinary divine love of the gopis.  Even the creator of the world and the bestower of everyone's destiny, Brahmā, desires the dust of their feet." 
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj 
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Gopis' Selfless Love Binds Shree Krishna

Mādhurya bhāv of the gopis and their divine love for Shree Krishna is universally known.  Bound by the love of the gopis, even the Supreme Lord Shree Krishna loses his almightiness.  He willingly goes to the houses of gopis so that he can hear them call him a thief.  He is always eager to hear their rebukes.
The gopis of Vrindavan are a personification of nishkam prem (selfless love). Once, all the wives of Shree Krishna began to wonder why He forgets Himself or swoons just at the thought of these gopis. Shree Krishna, who dwells in everyone's heart, was aware of their thoughts and decided to help them realize the true love of gopis. He feigned a headache and asked His wives for help. All of His queens brought all sorts of medicine to help relieve His headache but nothing seemed to work.

That very day, Sage Narad happened to visit Dwaraka, and much to his dismay, he found out from Rukmini that Shree Krishna had a headache. He went to Shree Krishna and said, "O Leela Purshotam (Lord of pastimes), may we know why you have fabricated this ailment? Since you have created this whole situation, could you please tell us the remedy, too?" With a mischievous smile, Shree Krishna said, "Devarshi Narad, I am in terrible pain, and you say I am feigning it? The only medicine for this pain is to swallow a pinch of dust taken from any of my devotee's feet."

Sage Narad was relieved to hear this, as all the queens of Krishna were great devotees. So, he approached them one by one, asking for the dust of their feet. Every one refused and said, "If we gave our foot dust to our husband, it will slander our good name eternally; besides, we will have to face the adverse consequences of such an act. How about you give your foot dust, as you are an ardent devotee?"

Shree Krishna, taking pity on Sage Narad, who got into a delicate circumstance, suggested he go to Vrindavan and inform the gopis about His pain and the remedy.

When Naradji reached Vrindavan, all the gopis gathered around him. As soon as they heard the reason for his visit, they extended their feet and asked him to take the dust. Surprised, Naradji said, "Do you realize whom you are offering your foot dust? This act of yours is bound to have negative ramifications, you might land in hell." The gopis said, "We do know the repercussions, Maharshi, but we are not concerned about those consequences. We neither desire the heaven nor fear the hell. What we solely care about is the happiness of our beloved."

Having heard about the gopis' response, the queens of Dwarka became curious to meet the gopis. On one of the festival occasions, the queens went to the same river in Kurukshetra wher Shree Radha Rani and the gopis bathed. They invited Shree Radha and offered her a cup of boiling hot milk. 

That night, when the queens sat down to press Shree Krishna's feet, they noticed blisters on his foot. When they enquired the reason for the blisters, Shree Krishna said:

śhrī rādhikāyā hṛidayārvinde pādārvindam hi virājate meṅ 
adyoṣhṇadugdhapratipānatoṅgrā vuchchhālakāste mama prochchhalanti
(Garga Samhita 6.1.17-35)

"My feet are forever present in Shree Radha Rani's heart.  Bound by ropes of love and devotion, they cannot leave for a moment or even half a moment."

Such is the divine nature of the selfless mādhurya love Radha Rani and the gopis, who became the sole recipients of the bliss of mahārās
Shree Maharajji

"God and Saints work their miracles inside of a human being. They inspire and motivate a soul to turn towards spirituality as the only solace to inner discontentment and suffering. It is the Guru or the Saint who transforms a soul so that he is deserving of God's Grace. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, the embodiment of such divine grace, worked tirelessly for ninety years, pioneering a spiritual uprising not seen since the descension of Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji in the 15th century." - H. H. Swami Mukundananda
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, who appeared in this world on the Sharad Poornima night in 1992, is the fifth original Jagadguru in Indian history. He is renowned for his exquisite mastery of the Hindu scriptures.  He has composed thousands of bhajans that exude Vedic philosophy in general and love for God in particular.  He is lovingly called "Maharajji" by his devotees.

No matter what we say or do, never can we repay Maharajji for the knowledge and Bhakti Yog philosophy he has revealed, or for the soul-stirring kirtans that fill our heart with nectar of divine love.
We remain indebted and celebrate him with gratitude!
Visitors thronged to the Navarati Mela and Food Festival at Radha Krishna Temple in Dallas over the last ten days. The nights were filled with joyful dancing, eating savory festival dishes, and paying honor to Goddess Durga and her powerful and amazing Divine Forms. Various unique vendors each night added to the cultural flavor of the night.

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How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude?
Swami Mukundananda ji says that "where there is gratitude, resentment and negativity cannot exist. It only brings a sense of joy and celebration." He adds that we should practice the sentiment of feeling gratitude on a daily basis in order to make it a habit.

What are we grateful for?
We are grateful to God and Guru for the many blessings we have received. We are thankful for a healthy body and mind, a roof over our head, an intellect that allows us to perform our duties in order to meet physical and emotional needs of family members, an inner strength that keeps us together when faced with challenges, and a support system of like-minded devotees. As an expression of our devotion and gratitude, in this issue we share a video by Swami Mukundananda ji that encourages us to examine what and how we should feel gratitude for all the gifts from God and Guru. #1FeelGratitude.
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A grand welcome celebration for Swamiji was organized by Delhi and later Cuttack devotees. They were blessed to have his darshan after what felt like a long 7 months.
A special satsang with Swamiji was organised at JKU.  More than six hundred devotees from different JKYog centers across Odisha attended the event.  

A free general health and eye check-up camp for children of primary standard from nearby village school Saraswati Shishu Mandir was conducted at Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya, Banara, Cuttack. Swamiji distributed chocolates and geometry boxes to all children who were present. They were excited to be in Swamiji's presence and to receive gifts from him.
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The Oxford English dictionary defines gratitude as "readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness". This definition is rather inadequate, as it raises the question, "Is gratitude really such a reactive response?" Being reactive means allowing the external stimuli, to control the state of one's actions and emotions. However, true gratitude is a state of being which requires no stimulus. It is an attitude where one's mind is engaged in continually and proactively finding opportunities to be thankful!

This was the theme at Bal-Mukund RKT Dallas session on Sept 30th. The young minds were introduced to the hashtag #iFeelGratitude. Bal-Mukunds watched a video lecture by His Holiness, Shree Swami Mukundananda ji on the art of cultivating the attitude of gratitude for the gifts that are conferred upon us and continuing to maintain that gratefulness should they be taken away as well, thus continually exercising the muscle of gratitude. They were presented with a few precious moments to contemplate on the message and were visibly inspired by it. In the activity that followed, kids received their own #iFeelGratitude cards. They were encouraged to recognize those that are important in their lives and use their cards to write words of gratitude for anyone including God, Guru, Family, Friends, Bal-Mukund, and much more. Many enjoyed drawing pictures to express their emotions more effectively.

Bal-Mukunds took home the assignment to share their cards with their parents and siblings. The cards contain QR codes, upon scanning which, the families will be able to watch the video lecture together, like it and forward it to extended family members and friends.

Bal-Mukund team is thankful to the contributions of adult and youth volunteers and wound like to recognize everyone for their selfless contributions each week. We wish that the wave of gratitude engulfs each one of you and those around in happiness and eradicates all the gloom from your surroundings.

Wellness for Life

Amazing Health Benefits of Jaggery
Health benefits of jaggery are numerous. It contains a long list of minerals and phytochemicals making it a healthier substitute for white sugar, which is mostly empty calories. It contains important vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, calcium, and antioxidants.

Jaggery (or Gur) is a form of unrefined natural sugar which is obtained by boiling concentrated sugar cane juice till it solidifies. It is also made from date palm and coconut sap, but sugar cane jaggery is most popular due to its ease of availability all year round and is extensively used in traditional Indian cuisine.

There are several amazing health benefits of jaggery, a few are listed below:

Cleanses the body: Prevents constipation and excellent for detox
It prevents constipation by activating the digestive enzymes, which stimulates bowel movement and acts as a diuretic. It cleanses the liver by flushing out all the harmful toxins from the body. A small piece can be a very effective detox agent.

Prevents anemia: Highly recommended during pregnancy
Jaggery is very rich in iron and helps boost hemoglobin level. Adding a small amount to an everyday meal helps prevent anemia. It is a healthy way to boost iron intake during pregnancy.

An effective cough & cold relief
Jaggery is an effective home remedy for seasonal cough and cold. It also helpful in preventing respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis. Add a small amount to your gi
nger tea or basil tea instead of white sugar or simply have it with warm water for best results.
Boosts Immunity
Jaggery boosts our immune system thus building our resistance against infections. It is loaded with minerals like zinc and selenium and is rich in antioxidants which contain the damage caused by free radicals.

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