dearest and beloved Shree Krishna is yours, do not believe Him to be even a
little bit far from you. He is waiting with His arms open wide to embrace you.
He is very pleased when He sees your tears for Him. This is not just a feeling,
but the truth. He is always observing every thought of yours at every moment,
but your tears are most dear to Him.***********
Krishna means 'One who attracts'. Through His beauty, Grace, sweetness,
merciful nature and loving ways, the sweet Lord has the power to attract even
the coldest heart, and lighten even the heaviest of minds. He showers Divine love on all, without giving
any thought to whether or not the recipient is worthy of the gift.
Attach the mind to Shree
Krishna by loving Him in every possible way.
As Master, Friend, Child and Beloved, Krishna
fulfills the mind's desire to form different relationships. Let the mischievous mind become a bee for the
lotus feet of the all-attractive Krishna and
rest there, inebriated with the ever-new nectar, which flows in abundance.
think about practicing devotion tomorrow. Do not delay it. Do not procrastinate practicing devotion.
It may be billions of years before you get this human life again. Start today or
rather now. Death is certain and it will occur any moment. Do not wait for old
age. Shree Krishna is an ocean
of Divine love. Surrender
completely with your mind just once, He is there to embrace you.
If you have Krishna and nothing else, you have everything. If you
have everything but not Krishna, you have nothing at all. Krishna
your greatest wealth. No one can steal
this wealth from you, nor can anyone rob you of it.
Names of God should always be chanted with devotion. While it is true that chanting of the holy
name is the only possible means of God-realization in this age, it is also true
that chanting leads to God-realization only when combined with love for God.
Tears are an absolutely essential part of Sadhana. Saint Kabir says, "No one can reach his
Divine beloved without shedding tears for Him."
By shedding tears for God & Guru, we wash our sins away. Then, God & Guru, for whom tears are
shed, enters the heart and makes it pure.
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Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji
Maharaj visited Berhampur ashram in Orissa for a day on the 19th of
Jan. In the evening, he graced more than 50,000 devoted souls with an enlightening speech
on the greatness of bhakti.
Shree Maharajji also visited Cuttack ashram on 25th Jan. Thousands of devotees gathered to have his darshan.
Swamiji delivered a
lecture on the topic, "Spirituality
for Managers" at his alma mater IIM Kolkata, on 26th Dec '09, during the Silver Jubilee Reunion of his batch.
successfully completed his five day program in Rairangpur, Orissa on the 31st
of Dec '09.
On the last day of the program, a 'Nagar
Parikrama' was organized. Hundreds of
enthusiastic devotees participated, dancing and singing through the procession.
Swamiji completed his 5 day
lecture series in Cuttack ashram between the 5th and 9th of January,
Swamiji welcomed 2010 with the devotees of Rairangpur, Orissa. A special spiritual
picnic was arranged on New Year's Day. Devotees were treated to joyous
kirtans and exclusive time with Swamiji.
On the last day (10th Dec.), a special picnic was organized at the large and expansive garden at
A Special program
(lokarpana) was held at the Jagadguru
site on 10th Jan, under the gracious presence of Swamiji and Shree
Gajapati Maharaj of Puri, who is considered a "walking deity" by the people of
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Who Am I ?
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
entire world seeks to answer two questions. The first one is,
"What do we all want?" and the second, "How will we attain it?"
All the knowledge in the world, right from the worldly to the Vedic,
attempt to answer these two questions. "What do we want and how do we
attain it?" How surprising it is that in countless lives, we have
not been able to answer them. The day we find the answer, our
relationship with this material world will come to an end. With
that, our wandering in the 8.4 million life-forms, the five sorrows -
joy and suffering, love and hatred, fear of death, ignorance, ego
(pride) and the five sheaths of maya will also come to an end.
us take up the first question. What is it that we want? It
is a very simple question and can only be answered when we understand
who we are. We use the pronouns I, we, you. What is this 'I' that we refer to? Once we understand the true 'I', we will automatically understand what 'I' want.
What is this 'I'?
You have two things in your possession - one of them is conscious and
the other is not. The body, the sense organs, the mind and the
intellect are insentient - devoid of consciousness. You may
disagree and say that they are conscious. After all, your hands
and feet do move, the eyes see and the ears listen. Every sense
organ is working. The mind thinks and the intellect takes
decisions. All of these appear to be conscious.
can say that a chair or a table is not conscious. This statement
is true. But, how can you say that the body, mind and intellect
are not? Furthermore, if you stick a pin at your body, you
experience pain, don't you? Yes! Well then, how can that which is not
conscious, experience pain? So, understand that the sense organs,
the mind and the intellect, are all included within the body. We
are two - the body and the soul. We sometimes say, "My body is old; my
body is ill; my body is fat; my body is thin." We say 'My'. 'My' means, 'that which belongs to me'. This means that the body is 'mine', and that 'I'
am not the body. Moreover, we observe our body daily, and we feel
that it is conscious. After the entity referred to as 'I' has left the body, do you call the body conscious or non-conscious? That body starts decomposing in 24 hours.
ghar ke kahahiṁ vegi hī kāṛho, bhut bhae kou khaihaiṁ
jā din man pachhi uṛi jaihaiṁ
What does this mean? It means that there is an 'I' within the body. When this 'I' leaves, the body loses its consciousness. In other words, it is the 'I' that keeps the body conscious. The body itself is not conscious. The entity called 'I' is responsible for keeping the body alive. When the 'I'
leaves, the body returns to its original form. The original form
of the body is that it is a puppet made of five gross elements.
The Vedas, Shastras and Saints have given a name to the entity referred to as 'I'. They call it 'Soul'.
Soul means that which is alive and which keeps others alive as
well. The soul has two functions - It remains alive by itself,
and keeps others alive. It is conscious, and as long as it
remains within the body, it keeps the entire body conscious.
Let us now understand the characteristics of the soul. Scriptures talk about two types of characteristics; svaroop and tatastha (marginal) characteristics. Svaroop means the natural characteristic of the soul. The soul is conscious; it is a power of God.
At the same time, the Darshan Shastra as well as the Kenopanishad point out that the entity called 'I' is beyond the intellect, and as such, it cannot be understood by the intellect. The 'I' is beyond the grasp of the senses, the mind and the intellect since these are material and non-conscious.
Gita says the same. We will have to rely on the Vedas and the
Shastras to understand what the soul is all about. The scriptures
say that the soul is a power of God. How many powers does God
have? They are all unlimited. However, we can divide these
countless powers of God into three.
viṣhṇubhaktiḥ parā proktā kṣhetraj˝ākhyā tathā parāavidyā karmasaṅj˝ānyā tṛitīyā śhaktiriṣhyate
Ved-Vyas says in Vishnu Puran that God has three main powers. The first is para shakti, the second is kshetrajna shakti (tatastha or marginal) and the third is called maya. Para shakti is God's own personal power. It is also called as svaroop shakti or yogmaya shakti. God's marginal power (tatashta) refers to the individual soul. God's external power is called avidya, i.e. maya. What function does avidya perform? It creates the world. Maya includes God's power 'maya' as well as the world. So, there are three powers - yogmaya, maya and the individual soul.
The individual soul is a fraction of God. It is the marginal power of God (tatastha shakti). What is the marginal characteristic of the soul? It is an eternal servant of God.
jīver svaroop haya kṛiṣhṇer nitya dās
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, "The soul's true nature is God's servitude".
The Puranas, Shastras and God-realized saints say the same thing. The
Vedas, the Shastras and the saints, say that there is a difference as
well as a 'non-difference' between God and the individual soul.
It is a very unique relationship indeed.
God is conscious, and
so are we. From this point of view, we are equal to God.
But there are differences between God and the individual soul. God is
unlimited consciousness and we possess limited consciousness. In
other words, God's consciousness pervades everything, and our
consciousness pervades only our own body. The soul pervades a
small body; that of an ant, and it pervades a big body, that of an
elephant. There is no body bigger than that. So, God is
omnipresent; He is unlimited consciousness, and the individual soul is
so small, so subtle that -
sukṣhmatāṁ parākāṣhṭāṁ prāptojīvaḥ
How small is the soul? The very definition of the soul is that it is the smallest.
Every Veda and Shastra says that the soul is so small that there
is nothing smaller. Thus, God is unlimited consciousness and the
soul is minute consciousness. This is a very big difference
indeed. Let us look at the second difference. God is the
controller; the individual soul is controlled. In other words,
God is the governor, and the individual soul is governed by Him.
The soul is controlled by God at all times. The consciousness
which is within the individual soul has been provided by God. The
individual soul is always connected to God.
To be continued in the next issue
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda
Continuing from the last month...
These are the next lines of the series "Sadhana Karu Pyare".
naam guṇ līlādi kīrtan sāth meṁ
dhyān hī hai sādhanā kā prāṇ
dhyān binu sab sādhanāhai prāṇbinu
preceding lines, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj has explained about meditating on God
and the importance of applying our mind. He repeats this message again in the new verse.
Why is that? From a historical and literary perspective, the repetition of a
particular phrase or word of advice is considered a flaw.
a God-realized Saint does not give much importance to rules of literature. He gives prime importance to the upliftment of
individual souls. That is why Shree
Maharajji has repeated this line for the benefit of the sadhaks. Because, he knows
that once said, people will not listen to it carefully. If it is repeated again and again, the message
will penetrate the mind slowly and gradually. He knows very well that all individual souls
are under the influence of maya, and nobody is like Arjun, who heard to
Shree Krishna's advice just once and said:
naṣhṭo mohaḥ smṛitirlabdhvā
ignorance has been destroyed, and with Your Grace, I have gained true
knowledge." So, a Guru repeats the advice again and again. When you are in Mangarh for the sadhana program, you will always hear Shree
Maharajji saying - 'Practice Roop-dhyan'.
He knows that all devotees will listen to the Guru. Yet, they soon forget and
Maharajji reminds them constantly. The sadhak forgets the message and Shree Maharajji
reminds him again. The Guru never gets
tired or sad that his words are not being followed even though he is repeating
it. He is ready to repeat the advice a
have to remember that Shree Maharajji's philosophy is a few notches higher than
the philosophies of other saints. At the
same time, it does not mean these saints are wrong. They revealed and preached their
philosophy according to the time, situation and circumstances surrounding them.
All the spiritual masters have mentioned
about the need for meditation or dhyan.
us hear what saints have to say. "Just chant and remember the name of God".
sāṁketyaṁ parihāsyaṁ vā stobhaṁhelanamevavā
says: "Chant God's name unintentionally, or in humor or chant His name in
anger. Just chant the name of God and its benefits will surely reach you".
Shankaracharya, the premier acharya
of the path of knowledge, gyan marg, says in his commentary on Vishu
bhaktyorbhāvopi bhagavannām saṁkīrtan samastaṁ duritaṁ nāśhayati ityuktaṁ
chant the name of God without any faith or devotion".
has also said:
bhāv kubhāv anakh
nām japat maṅgal
the name of God with feelings or without any feelings, yet, you will be
in every possible way". Surprisingly, nobody has questioned these
"We have chanted the name of God, but why have we not received any
benefit?" For instance, Aristotle, the noted Greek philosopher from 300
wrote that men have more teeth than women. This statement was not
verified for a thousand
years. His words were accepted as the truth. It was later
discovered that Aristotle had
committed a blunder.
the same vein, Kripaluji Maharaj questions, "You have been chanting your friend
Ramgopal's name, but you have not become a God-realized person!"
Some saints use the example of Ajamil. They say, "He attained Divine abode by
chanting 'Narayan', his son's name. You should also chant the name of God and reach Him." Saints also use another example -
that of Saint Valmiki or Ratnakar as
he was known before he became a saint.
He never chanted 'Ram Ram' as he could only say 'Mara Mara'.
nām japat jag jānā
bhaye brahma samānā
if someone could attain God by merely saying 'Mara Mara', then what about the one who says
these two real life examples, many saints have preached that one should chant the
name of God at all times. Jagadguru
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj clarifies the real motive behind this message. Saints
advise us to chant the name of God (with or without feelings), so that sadhaks can earnestly begin their
spiritual journey in some form or the other. It is like planting a seed. If a Guru strictly instructs a
beginner to apply his mind first and then chant the name of God, the aspirant
may not be able to do so. He may even
discontinue his spiritual quest since his mind is not tuned towards God fully. Hence, to encourage and protect the sadhak's aspirations, saints advise to
start chanting irrespective of the feelings inside.
Another example we can consider is when parents bring their child to pay
respects to a saint. They say "Son, bow down and prostrate in front of Swamiji."
The child starts to wonder, "Who is this Swamiji and why should I do pranaam?" The youngster does not
the importance of this act and refuses. The parent forces the child to bow down
and offer pranaams, against his
wishes. When the child grows older, he will understand the significance
and meaning of offering pranaam to a
Swami. Hence, in the preliminary stages, physical action is taught, and its
importance is learnt with the passage of time.
Similarly, saints have taught and encouraged people to practice bhajans with the earnest
hope that they will progress to the next level. The secret behind this is revealed
by Kripaluji Maharaj. He clarifies that,
when Ajamil's example is used by saints, it does not mean that he just chanted 'Narayan' and attained Divine
he became a saint, Ajamil was a
highly capable personality. But he had strayed from his path of sadhana and turned away from God. He later realized his mistakes and practiced bhakti in Haridwar (holy town in North India) for a year.
is only after practicing devotion with complete absorption of the mind in God
that he became a God-realized Saint. He
did not reach his goal merely by chanting 'Narayan'.
Maharajji again clarifies the essence of the message given by saints when they
refer to Saint Valmiki or Ratnakar. He chanted 'Mara Mara' because he was
instructed by his Guru, Saint Narad who is
the primordial acharya of bhakti. Naradji told him to chant 'Mara Mara' till he returns. Ratnakar surrendered his mind and intellect to
his Guru, and did exactly as his Guru wished. He never questioned, "Guruji, when will you
come back? What if you never return and I keep repeating 'Mara Mara'? When will
I have the vision of God?" No. He never
questioned his Guru. He had complete
faith in his Guru's words and surrendered his mind to him.
of years passed; termites built a mound over his body. He was completely covered in it and hence he
got the name Valmiki, which means
'termite' in Sanskrit. With the Grace of his Guru, Ratnakar had a vision of God
and became a God-realized Saint whom we all recognize by the name Valmiki. So, it is our misunderstanding that by just
saying 'Mara Mara', one can attain God.
truth is that, wherever we attach our mind, we will attain that object. Jad Bharat, a paramahans, was reborn as a deer in his next life because of his
deep affection for a fawn in his ashram.
It is a false assumption that we could loath our lives away, and at the
time of death, just chant 'Ram Ram' to attain God's Divine abode. The main question is -
Did we chant God's name with our mind involved in it? Did we remember God in
our heart and feel His presence? This is
the reason Shree Kripaluji Maharaj lays emphasis on meditating with the
mind, and reminds us that the very life and essence of sadhana is 'Roop-dhyan'.
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Welcome to our special section, 'Yog for Youth', a
unique character building program aimed at today's young generation.
You must have heard the word 'Yoga' many times before.
You may have seen it on TV or heard your friend talking about it or you could
have seen someone practice one of those twisting postures.
What is 'Yoga'?
Some of you may think it is a set of physical
exercises to strengthen your body. You might also believe that yoga involves
living and meditating in the forest for years. People also think that yoga
involves performing miracles, such as walking on water or sitting next to a
burning fire for many months and so on.
Is this really Yoga? Do you want to know what yoga actually is?
Most of us are familiar with the word yoga, but have
you ever heard of "yog"? The word yoga comes
from the Sanskrit word 'yog' which means, 'to join'. Hence, the correct word to
be used is yog and not yoga.
Now, what is to be joined with whom? True yog is the
union of an individual soul with the Universal Soul, God. Yog describes a way
of leading an ideal life. By practicing yog sincerely, we can develop and
enhance the health of our body, mind and soul. As we learn and practice yog, we
will gain more knowledge about the soul, the world and God.
You can ask, "Why should we join the soul with God?"
To answer this question, we must understand our goal
in life. What is our goal? Why are we born as humans? The Vedas and all the
holy scriptures say, "Our goal in life is to unite with God". But, we have all
forgotten this important truth. That is the reason we see and hear so many bad
events all around the world. We see many people getting angry, jealous, greedy
Even we kids get angry, don't we? If the teacher
scolds us for not completing our homework, we get annoyed or sad. If our
parents ask us to stop play and study, we get angry. Sometimes, we fight with
our friends for silly reasons and hurt them. There are times we cannot control
our anger. Some youngsters start fighting and hit each other.
Dear friends, the problem is with a weak mind. A weak mind commits a
lot of mistakes and easily falls prey to bad things like anger, jealousy and
greed. Yog teaches us
how to strengthen our mind and control our anger, greed, jealousy and all other
bad things. With yog, we can be happy and smiling all time. It also gives us a lot
of confidence to face challenges at school, home and play.
By practicing the various asans (physical exercises),
we can become supremely fit and excel in all games. We will not fall sick
easily, and can protect our body from many of the ailments and diseases that
affect humans. Yog will help us increase concentration which is of great help
in our studies. Better concentration means we can study well and for long
hours. This in turn will give us better grades at school!
So, Yog can really help us kids grow strong in our
mind and body.
Question: Swamiji, we have heard that what we attain after
death is based on our thoughts right before death. In such a case, what will he, who has slipped
into the state of coma before death, attain?
yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaranbhāvaṁ tyajatyante kalevaraṁ
In the Bhagavad
Geeta, Shree Krishna says, "Whatever one remembers at the time of leaving his body, he shall attain it after death".
That is the spiritual principle that you have referred to in your
question. But do you have an idea of the
magnitude of the pain that one experiences while dying? It is said that the pain is as severe as 2000
scorpions stinging at the same time.
Such pain is well beyond the tolerance limit of all ordinary mortals,
and so before death arrives, everyone slips into a state of coma.
taṁ tamevaiti kaunteya sadā tadbhāvabhāvitaḥ
This state of
coma comes when the mind and intellect cannot tolerate the pain that they are
perceiving through the body. For example,
if someone is being thrashed by hooligans, each time he is beaten, he screams,
"Do not hit me!" However, after being beaten
for the tenth time, he stops screaming.
What has happened? The person who
was being beaten has fainted. The pain
was so intense that his mind and intellect could not tolerate it any further,
and they slipped into a state of unconsciousness. This tolerance limit is not the same for
everyone. Someone would faint on the
fifth blow, and another would faint by the fiftieth blow. But once the tolerance limit is crossed, without
exception everyone falls unconscious.
Now, the pain of
death is many times more severe than most people's limit of tolerance, and so
it is certain that the state of coma will come before death. Then
how can anyone hope to remember God at that moment? The
Saint Tuslidas writes:
janam muni yatan karāhiṁ ant rām kahi āvat
for many lifetimes, and yet they cannot take Shree Ram's name at the
moment of death."
When they slip into the state of coma before death, how will they
remember the name of God, or any other name for that matter? Only
a person who leaves his body at will or voluntarily, can remember the
God at the time of death. These are the God-realized Saints, who
attained God in their lifetime itself, and hence have transcended the
When Shree Krishna says
that whatever we contemplate upon at the time of death, that is what we will attain
in next lives, He is referring to the thoughts before entering the state of coma. Even at that time, the pain will be so
intense that the mind will refuse to be guided by the intellect, and it will
naturally wander in the direction where it has been habituated to go throughout
its life. So, if people think that they will
love the world for their entire life, and while dying they could remember God
and attain Him, they are in for a surprise.
Our thoughts at the
time of death are
not guided by the intellect. They are
guided by the mental habits that we have cultivated throughout life.
There could also
be cases of sudden death, where a person had no opportunity to think of
before falling unconscious. There
could be instances where one slips into coma for reasons other than
physical pain. In such cases, God will
not be so whimsical as to ignore the person's lifelong actions and
reward or punish in accordance with the last conscious thought.
Shree Krishna has stated elsewhere that our future
in this life and the next is decided by our actions. The
spiritual laws are very intricate. They are often simply stated
to make them
comprehensible to us. However, in God's governance there
various laws that are taken into account to various extents. So
we must not get confused if the simple
principles do not fit into every situation that we can think of.
answers selected questions related to Yog, Spirituality and Philosophy every
month on our e-Magazine.
is the first and the oldest language in the world. It is called as the Dev Vani or the language of the celestial gods. It was not created
by linguists or scholars, but first revealed by Lord Shiv (source: 1st
verse of Panini grammar). Vedic grammar and the Nirukt (special book of words) were also revealed.
the Hindu scriptures like the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Shastras, Ramayan, Bhagavad
Gita and Bhagwatam were written (revealed in true terms) in Sanskrit. Many classical
plays, dramas and poetry were written in Sanskrit by eminent scholars and poets
as a language is perfect in every form. It has not evolved or undergone changes
(unlike any other language of the world). Its alphabet, vowel system and
pronunciation have remained intact since the time it was revealed. There has
been no 'sound shift' or additions
made to the grammar with respect to the formation of words. The modulation and
creation of words have been originally the same, in an absolutely perfect state
since the beginning, as they are today.
has a 52 letter alphabetic system. The words are formed of a root word called dhatu. Sanskrit grammar has 10 tenses.
They all have 3 separate formations of words for the 3 persons (first, second
and third person). Further, it is classified as singular, plural and multiple.
In this fashion there are 90 forms (conjugations) of each verb! Is it not
has an elaborate but precise system of composing, phrasing, sentence formation and
coining any number of words as required. There is a dedicated dictionary of
root words, prefixes and suffixes. The style of writing and poetry formation is
also part of Sanskrit literature.
are 3 styles of Sanskrit, the Vedas (sanhita),
the Upanishads and the Puranas. Their literature has its own style, but this
distinction does not indicate any qualitative difference between them.
Sanskrit, there are readymade single words for all kinds of uses and
situations. Sanskrit grammar has the capability of creating any number of new
words for a new situation, concept or thing!
of years ago, Sanskrit was the spoken language in India. As timed passed on,
localized forms of Sanskrit started to appear. During the time of Gautam Buddha
(circa 1800 BC), a new language called Pali
was developed in North India. It borrowed
heavily from Sanskrit grammar and was phonetically close to Sanskrit words. All
of Buddhist literature is in Pali
(or Devnagri) is also heavily based on Sanskrit and started to be used around
12 AD in northern parts of India.
Today, Hindi is the most commonly spoken language in India. All the modern Indian
languages have evolved from Sanskrit, including the Dravidian family of
|Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
Stand-up straight. Keep a distance of
about 1.5 to 2 feet between the legs. Raise your hands in front, up to the level
of your shoulders, palms facing each other. Let the distance between your hands be the
same as the width of your shoulders. Inhale (Radhey) deeply in this position.
Now, Exhale (Shyam) and twist your body to the right, as much as possible. Inhale
(Radhey) while returning to the centre. Repeat on either side 5 times each.
your abdomen, back and buttocks. It relaxes your body after a long day's
work. It is the third asan for Shankhaprakshalan.