At the time of death, wherever your mind is
attached you will attain that object. That is why the Vedas and Saints advise
us to remember God constantly. You
never know when your last moment will arrive. If you remember God at that
moment, you will attain Golok, His Divine abode.
Once we understand that it is in our self-interest
to get happiness by seeking God and not the world, we will be able to
remove the expectation of happiness from the world and focus on our
devotional practice to reach Shree Krishna.
Worldly people love only those who have wealth
and prestige in the world. But
Shree Krishna loves and takes care of humble souls.
It is said that there is water in the ocean
and it is also said that the ocean itself is water. Similarly, the scriptures sat that God
Shree Krishna is Blissful, and that He Himself is the Divine Bliss.
If you desire spiritual advancement, you must
trust a Guru completely, allow Him to take you by the hand and guide you
to God. Guru will help you along the spiritual path with obstacles
and problems as and when you face them.
It is not enough to have access to your Guru. You have to have faith in Him, only then will
he be able to guide you out of the world of Maya, and into the embrace of Shree Krishna
Himself. Remember, God and Guru can
love and protect you only to the extent of your love and faith. If you want their hundred percent love,
then surrender yourself hundred percent.
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Welcome to the
Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
Importance and Role of a Guru
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Continuing from the previous
The Chandogyopanishad states:
puruṣho hi veda
"Only that person can understand the importance of the Vedas
who surrenders and takes guidance from a Guru." This is the statement of the Vedas. The Bhagavad Geeta states:
praṇipātena paripraśhnena sevayā
Krishna says to Arjun: "Surrender yourself to a Guru and serve him
faithfully. Learn the secrets of devotion from him by asking
him spiritual questions with a curious mind."
Questions such as: Who is God? What is a soul? What is Maya?
What is the mind? What is the intellect? Why are we under Maya? What is the goal of our
life? How we will attain God? What should we do to attain God?
(Bhagavad Geeta 4.34)
te jñānaṁ jñāninastattvadarśhinaḥ
is only through the grace of a Guru that we can attain Divine knowledge. This is because he has practically realized
God and also possesses theoretical knowledge of the scriptures."
bhakti, or devotion, is received by the grace of Saints:
milaī jo sant hohiṁ anukoolā (Ramayan)
theoretical knowledge, God realization is out of question. In the material world, we are not able to
learn anything by our own effort. In the
spiritual realm too, it is impossible.
When we want to learn a subject, we go to a person who has knowledge of
that subject. Why are so many schools
and colleges open throughout the world?
As per the choice of our subject, we enroll in an institution. Even then, we do not receive complete
knowledge of that subject. It is well
known that even the biggest and most famous advocates of law refer to books. How can an advocate remember every aspect of
every law? This is impossible. No advocate of any country can remember all
aspects of that country's law. So, the
need for a Guru or a teacher or a Mahapurush. This is necessary not only for practical knowledge, but for theoretical
knowledge as well. That is why the Vedas
say: "Consider Mahapurush and God as one.
yasya deve parābhaktihi yathā
deve tathā gurau
has to do devotion and worship the Guru as good as God. Why? Because
Guru and God are one, they are the same. If somebody gives you a
hundred rupee note or puts it in an envelope and places it in your hand, it is
the same thing. Both have same value. Similarly,
after God-realization, God Himself is seated inside the Mahapurush and governs his activities. Thus, God performs every action of a
Mahapurush and that is why God and a Mahapurush
are considered one. After
God-realization, the duty of a Mahapurush
gets over as he has attained his goal of Divine Bliss.
one can may say that it is written in the Vedas that, after God-realization
Dhruv, Prahalad, Ambarish, etc. ruled for crores of years. Arjun, Hanuman fought a war and killed
thousands of people. So, how is this
possible? The answer to this is that, in reality, Hanuman's mind was constantly
experiencing the Bliss of God, and the doer of those actions was God Himself.
God Shree Krishna Himself says:
āchāryaṁ mā vijāniyānnāvamanyeta karhichit (Bhagavatam)
means, "Do not consider Guru as separate from me. I am seated in the Guru's body and perform all
the actions". It is as if a ghost has
entered into one's body. Till the time
the ghost remains inside the body, all the work is performed by that
ghost. And when that ghost comes out of
the human body, the individual becomes normal.
In the same way, a Mahapurush
is captured by a Divine ghost, God. So,
the sayings of a Mahapurush are
considered as the words of God, and they are devoid from all the faults and
doubts. That is why all the scriptures
like Ramayana, which are written by Mahapurushas,
are considered as the words of God, and are trusted by us.
par upakār vachan man
kāyā, sant sahaj svabhāv khagarāyā.
definition of a true Saint is that he or she should be shrotriya as well as
brahmanishth. Shotriya means, one
who has full and thorough knowledge of the scriptures; and Brahmanishtha means one who has practical experience of God.
after God-realization, a Mahapurush
gets a serious disease of working for the welfare of humankind. After this, the cause of all his actions is
primarily for the welfare of humankind.
He writes various books, delivers discourses for the welfare of
humankind, performs different types of actions, and tolerates various kinds of
criticism and humiliation, only in the hope that one day, in some way or the
other, individual souls will attain Divine Bliss and get rid of all the
miseries of the world. Now, here arises
a question. Why did a Mahapurush get this serious disease? Why not God?
Because before God-realization, the Mahapurush
was like one of us, an individual soul who experienced miseries and
unhappiness in this material world. Hence,
he very well understands the condition of souls under Maya. That is why he feels
pity on us. So, Saints are constantly concerned
and care for the betterment of humankind.
bears evidence how Saints descended in this world and tolerated all sorts of
sorrows just for the sake of welfare of humankind. The Saint cannot desire anything for himself
as he has become complete and attained the Divine Bliss of God. Therefore, all his actions are for the
benefit of individual souls. That is why
Ved Vyas says:
nāsti tattvaṁ guroḥ paraṁ
is no entity higher than the Guru."
Also, the Guru has a higher and more important position with respect to the
fulfillment of our self interest. It is
the Guru who will reveal to us the Divine knowledge of God. Without having correct understanding of the
philosophy, an individual soul cannot move forward in the spiritual path.
a Guru will teach us how to do spiritual practice and guide us in the path of
God-realization by removing all the doubts that arise in our minds, so that we
progress speedily in our path.
highly learned scholars cannot fully understand the Vedas and Shastras because
they contain contradictory statements that cannot be reconciled by the human
intellect. The literal meaning is
different from the actual meaning. Without
a practical Saint, even the creator of this universe, Lord Brahma,
cannot understand the Vedas. That is why
a Guru is necessary and is respected in the same position as God.
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda
Continuing from the last month...
unakī sevā hī chahahu nit, aṣhṭayāmī
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj cautions us in the next line of "Sadhana Karu Pyare" series. He advises
us to abandon our desire for happiness and also our independent wishes. A devotee can say, "Yes, I will give up the
desire for my own happiness and also all my wishes. I will give up the desire for God's happiness
and the desire for His seva too. I shall
have no desire at all." If a devotee
gives up all desires, then there will be no bhakti,
or devotion left. The devotee could say that he or she has now become
However, such a selfless behavior leads you away
from God and towards atheism. Shree Kripaluji
Maharaj says that you should not give up all desires. You should desire to serve Him and to attain
His Divine vision. But desire these two
things for His happiness alone. If He
wants to Grace us by giving His Divine vision, we gladly accept it. If He does not Grace us with His vision, we
should not be disappointed. We must be
prepared to wait patiently.
ā yā nā ā
muralivāre, ro ro kar ham tumheṁ pukāreṁ
In this line from one of his keertan
compositions, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says: We will remember Him and chant His
name and constantly shed tears. However,
we leave it to His wish, whether to come and grace us today, or in future
tākayāmat, dar pe lagāke nārā, bas ek too hamārā, bas ek too hamārā.
In this line of a
kawwali composed by him, Shree Maharajji says, "We shall wait till eternity for
a vision of God and keep singing this slogan, "Only You are mine, only You are
the same time, we
should not lose the desire and longing for His vision. It should
keep increasing. Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says that our desire
to reach God must reach such an intensity that each moment without Him
an era. We must aim to develop this intense
yearning in our hearts.
Once, a Muslim
desired to go on Haj. When he was
about to leave, he was delayed by some urgent work at home, and the program was
cancelled. This made him very sad. He then made plans to go for Haj next year. Unfortunately, due to some other commitment,
the program was cancelled again. By
sheer misfortune, this continued for 40 years. When the program was cancelled for the fortieth time, he started weeping
A saint asked him the
reason for his sadness, and why he was crying. He replied that his program for Haj was cancelled for forty years in succession, and he could tolerate it no longer. The saint replied that he had been to Haj forty times. He said, "Please take all the blessings that
I have received by going to Haj forty
times, and give me the craving, the longing, that you have for the Haj yatra." This story highlights that the result of
devotion should be the growth of our eagerness to meet God. The saint is asking
the other man for this longing to reach God in exchange for his pious deeds.
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says that we need to
increase this longing to reach God.
I am working with a finance firm. My dilemma is my job asks for too much of
sales pressure and by the time I go home, my head is filled with the hardships
of my work. I am not able to do sadhana because
of that. I had read in one of your
message that enthusiasm is very necessary for sadhana. Because of my work, I am not able to do
anything and nirasha, or
is covering me completely. I am feeling very
helpless. Not able to remember Maharajji, not able to
go and meet him.
Answer: There are two ways of remembering God and Guru. The first way is to sit down and meditate on
Them. The second way is to work with this
consciousness, "I am doing this work for their pleasure." The second may be more difficult, but it
takes us to a higher level of Divine love.
This is because it develops the spirit of service, or seva.
Even though your present job may be burdensome, you
can easily do the second kind of remembrance. Whatever you earn from your job, use a portion of it to serve the
mission of your Gurudev. In this way, by
offering the fruits of your work to God, after having met your basic needs, you
will develop the consciousness that you are working for His pleasure. You will then not look at your work as
separate from your devotion, but as an integral part of it.
This is the Karmyog of the Bhagavad Geeta:
yatkaroṣhi yadaśhnāsi yajjuhoṣhi
dadāsi yat |
Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever austerities you perform, and
whatever you give away, do it as an offering to Me."
yattpasyasi kaunteya tatkuruṣhva
Along with working in this spirit, whenever you
find the time, you should also practice the first kind of remembrance. Whenever you can spare the time, simply sit
and think of Them. This will help you
block out worldly consciousness from your mind and strengthen your devotional
sentiment. So, do go and spend some days
a year with your Gurudev as well, whenever your yearly schedule permits.
You may be thinking that if you did not have to
work at all, then you could have spent all your time in devotion. However, there are two kinds of vairagya, or detachment. The first kind is when you find the world as
painful and burdensome, and want to run away from it. Shree Krishna calls it rajasic detachment (detachment in the mode of passion):
"Giving up one's work,
thinking it to burdensome and painful, is to be considered rajasic detachment, which it does not lead to divine fruits."
sa kṛitvā rājasaṁ tyāgaṁ naiva
tyāgaphalaṁ labhet ||
The second kind of detachment is where you continue
working, while giving up attachment to the results. In other words, you practice to become
equanimous in pain and pleasure, success and failure, hardship and luxury,
favourable and unfavourable situations. Shree Krishna calls this sattvic detachment
(detachment in the mode of goodness):
kāryamityeva yatkarma niyataṁ kṛiyaterjuna
"Performing one's work, simply because it is to be
performed, while giving up attachment to the fruits, is sattvic detachment."
saṅg tyaktvā phalaṁ chaiva sa
tyāgaḥ sātviko mataḥ ||
Hence, the proper path for spiritual progress is to
practice devotion along with our prescribed work, even though it may be painful
and burdensome. When our detachment
develops to such an extent that we no longer find our work burdensome, no matter
how difficult it may be, on then should we consider giving up work, and
performing devotion full time. However,
this step of karma sanyas is taken
only under the guidance of the Guru. The
vast majority of the people will have to do karmyog, where they continue doing their work, but make their consciousness
While doing karmyog,
you can remember God and Guru in other ways as well. Practice to feel Their presence with
you. Think that They are with you and
are watching you. Make Them your witness
in every activity that you perform. This
will help you keep your mind in the Divine realm, while you do your worldly
duties with your body.
Bal-Mukund welcomes all contributions of
creative works from children in different areas including poetry, moral
stories, art work, etc.
A Young boy named Mohan - The Faith
of a Child
Once, there lived a very poor widow of a Brahmin in
a small village. There was nobody in the
family except her 6-year old boy, Mohan. She used to beg for alms and earn her livelihood for herself and her
son. She used to chant God's name and
worship Him sincerely.
The village did not have a school. There was a school a few miles away where
children of Brahmins of the village studied. The mother requested the teacher to admit her son in that school as that
was the only school near that village. The teacher took pity and mercy on her and admitted the child.
The Brahmin children used to live in the hostel,
but Mohan was very young and her mother could not be without seeing her
child. So, Mohan used to go every
morning to the school and return in the evening.
small kid used to go walking in the morning to
school, and come back home walking in the evening. On the way,
there was a jungle. While coming back home, it used to get dark
the evening. Mohan would get scared.
One day there was an occasion in his Guru's
home. So it got very late. Mohan was very scared. He started shivering out of fear by hearing
the sounds of animals in the forest. Her
mother also started searching her child and went out as it was very late. Somehow, she managed to find her child and
was relieved. Out of innocence, the boy
said, "Mother, other children have servants to take them home. I feel very scared while crossing that
jungle. Please bring me a servant too."
poor mother started crying loudly. She did not have enough money
to keep a
servant. Mohan also started crying after
his mother and said, "Mother, don't we have someone of our own?"
His mother was very touched from his question
and replied, "There is nobody of our own, except Gopal. Mohan
understood only that much there is
somebody of his own, named Gopal. He
asked her mother, "Who is Gopal? What is
my relation with him? Where does he
live?" His mother answered, "He is your
older brother. He lives everywhere. But He is not seen
anywhere. He comes to our home daily but we cannot see Him.
When one calls Him with a longing and
faithful heart, He comes to them and gives His vision to them.
Mohan asked, "Mother, I feel very scared while
coming back home in the evening. If I
call Him at that time, will He come?" His
mother replied, "Yes, if you call Him with a true heart he will definitely come."
The next day while returning, when the boy again
felt afraid, he cried out, "O Brother Gopal!" But there was no
response. He began to weep loudly, "Where are you,
Brother Gopal? Please come to me. I am
afraid." There was a very sweet voice
which replied, "Brother, don't be scared. I am
coming." Listening to this voice all his fear went away. Then God
could not hold
it any longer and soon, Mohan saw a charming boy wearing yellow
from behind the trees, and said: "Here I am. Why are you
this, He held Mohan's hand, showed him the
way home, and made him cross the jungle. He talked to him and
played with him while crossing the jungle. When he took leave, God
said: "I will come
whenever you call me. Do not be afraid."
have this faith of a child and call God's name with a faithful and a longing
The Jagadguru Tradition
In the past 5000 years, this world has been graced
by four Divine personalities in the form of spiritual teachers, known as the Jagadguru. The word 'Jagat' refers to the entire world
and 'Guru' refers to the 'person who vanquishes darkness'. Jagadguru implies 'Universal teacher and
master'. India has been the seat of
spiritual learning and wisdom for many thousands of years. People from across the world revered and
sought the wise saints from the east, most notably from India.
title of 'Jagadguru' is conferred on saints
with unparalleled knowledge of the Divine scriptures, after intense
ancient scriptures, philosophy and religion featuring an elite
congregation of erudite masters. It is an honor bestowed upon
such a Divine
saint who brings about a spiritual revolution in the minds of people,
the unequivocal acceptance by the Vedic masters about the supreme
the saint over all the scriptures.
In the ancient days,
scholars traveled great
distances to challenge a well-known master of the scriptures.
Kashi (Benaras) and Prayag (Allahabad) were two centers of Hindu
that attracted the learned elite from far off lands. Kashi Vidvat
Parishad in Varanasi
(Benaras) is the oldest body of Vedic scholars
and is recognized as the foremost institution of learned professors and
We have had four authentic Jagadguru Saints who
have graced us in the last five millennia. Jagadguru Nimbarkarcharya, Jagadguru Shankaracharya, Jagadguru
Ramanujacharya and Jagadguru Madhvacharya re-established the glory of the
scriptures and wrote extensive commentaries on many of the sacred texts for the
benefit of the people, as commensurate with the social, economic and religious
conditions prevalent at the time of their descension.
In 1957, a gathering of 500 scholars at Kashi
Vidvat Parishat sat spellbound as a thirty-four year old Saint, Shree Kripaluji
Maharaj delivered his Divine discourses in Sanskrit for ten days. Invited by the President of the institution
for a series of spiritual lectures, he demonstrated consummate authority over
all the holy Scriptures and effortlessly reconciled the differences and
controversies that existed in various philosophies, tenets and commentaries,
including those of the previous four Jagadgurus.
The body conferred the title of Jagadguruttam, or the 'Supreme amongst
all Jagadgurus' in addition to the title of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. He is also revered as 'Bhakti-Yog Rasavataar', the embodiment of the Nectar of Divine
Love. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
reveals the path of true 'Yog' with
God by teaching and practicing selfless devotion for Radha Krishna.
|Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
Sit with your legs
together, outstretched in front. Hands by the side of the body
(on the floor) fingers pointing backward. The spine should be
staright and errect but not tense. This is the initial position
for most of the meditative asans.