"The one thing
that God hates is pride, and the one virtue dearest to Him is humility." Humility is the king of virtues.
We doubt whether He
is merciful. God says, "I am
willing to give you Divine love, which will make Me your slave forever." Now where is the doubt?
knowledge of the Vedas is revealed in our hearts by the Grace of the Guru, when
we surrender to him and serve him with love.
Until we weed out
negative thoughts from the garden of the mind, the Grace of God will remain
unavailable, to perform its miracle on us.
No matter what
arguments our mind may present to justify it, harboring negative thoughts like
resentment, hatred, fear, etc is always wrong.
True knowledge is
most powerful. It directly leads to love
for the Supreme, and shortens the journey to Him. Strive for such knowledge.
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Krishna's birthday was
enthusiastically celebrated by thousands of devotees at Mangarh and
Barsana on Sept 1st and Sept 2nd, in the Divine presence of Jagadguru
Maharaj. Chanting of Shree Krishna leelas
and pads, special arati of Baby Krishna were the main highlights
of the celebration. On this occasion,
Shree Maharajji did the arati
of Shree Krishna. Bhakti Mandir was elaborately decorated with
displays of Shree Krishna's appearance inside the shrine, and the
exterior was lit with thousands of glittering lights.
Prem Mandir Inauguration
Nov 24-26, 2010
One of the biggest and most
beautiful temple of Shree Radha Krishna is currently nearing
completion in Vrindavan, India. It is made purely of Italian
marble, with traditional Indian architecture and special carvings of
Shree Krishna leelas around the walls, which is one of the most unique features of this magnificent temple. Kalash Sthapana Ceremony
Kalash was mounted on top
of Prem Mandir on Sept 15th in the divine presence of Shree Maharaj ji.
celebrated Radhashtami on Sept 15th in Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana.
was celebrated in different centers of JKYog.
In the Cuttack Ashram, the devotees took part in the celebration with
great enthusiasm. A lovely swing of baby
Krishna was placed in the Satsang Hall, and everyone had the
opportunity to have darshan and swing the Divine child.
Throughout the day, and up to midnight,
were held, which included special dramas and dances related to the leelas
of Radha Krishna.
successfully completed his enlightening discourses at Houston, Corpus Christie, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh
which were exceedingly well received. Yoga
and Meditation programs were also conducted by Swamiji in these venues.
discourses on the topic "The Path to Happiness" and Yoga
& Meditation Program are currently going on in Seattle.
tour of USA
continues to gather increasing attention and coverage in the media.
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How to recognize a
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
from the last edition...
the scriptures and Saints say that a God-realized Saint does not perform either
good or bad actions. This is because,
after God-realization, all the actions of that soul are governed and inspired
by God Himself. The soul becomes
eternally absorbed in the Divine Bliss of God, and God performs all its actions.
sadā paśhyanti soorayaḥ tadviṣhṇoḥ
if we assume that a Mahapurush, Saint
realizes the presence of his beloved God in every entity and experiences His Divine
Bliss all the time, then souls under the influence of Maya can raise a question. The
question is: if Mahapurushs realize
God everywhere and are beyond Maya, then
why did so many Mahapurushs
history rule kingdoms for thousands of years, fight wars and have
children? Dhruv, Prahalad, Prithu, Vibheeshan, Arjun,
Yudhishthir, etc. all did this. When
they were God-realized, how and why did they perform these worldly
actions? Is there anything more left to do after
God-realization? Does any desire arise in their mind? Are
there any desires left after
God-realization? Moreover, their actions
are so immense and colossal that a person under Maya does not have the power to make such desires, or fulfill them.
answer to this question is:
hari harijan ke karya ko, kāraṇ
kachhu na lakhāya |
par upakār svabhāv vaśh, karat
kārya jag āya ||
one and only reason behind any action of God and Mahapurush is the welfare of humankind, which is their nature.
The Vedas state:
poorṇamadaḥ poorṇamidaṁ poorṇāt poorṇamudachyate
poorṇasya poorṇamādāya poorṇamevāvaśhiṣhyate
is infinitely complete and fulfilled in Himself. Hence, if you remove a part out of an
infinite entity, what is taken out is complete, and what will remain is also
infinite and complete. So, there is no
question of any selfish motive behind the actions of these God realized Saints,
who have achieved their goal and are completely fulfilled. Since before God-realization, a Saint had
been under the influence of Maya,
like us, he is familiar with our sorrows and pain. That is why he wishes that the individual
soul should also attain God, and experience the same unlimited Divine Bliss that
he is experiencing. Thus, with this
praiseworthy desire of welfare of all living beings, a Mahapurush performs all types of actions, with the single aim of
wellbeing of all souls.
actions may not be comprehensible to everyone, and the world could oppose such actions.
But because of the aim behind these
actions is solely the welfare of human kind, those actions become praise
worthy. Even the most intellectual
cannot comprehend the actions of a Saint. This is because these actions are
performed by a Divine power called Yogmaya, which is a special personal power of
we cannot listen through the eyes, since hearing is not the subject of
similarly, we cannot grasp divine subjects with our material mind,
as well as the Saints are not the subject of the material senses, mind
and the intellect. This is the reason why from infinite
lifetimes we have never understood many Saints who descended on this
earth. That is why we have never
benefited from them until now, and not attained our goal. We
tried to judge and observe them though our
the case of Mother Parvati, who was overcome by Maya, Lord Shankar clarifies: "O Parvati! You have neither doubts
nor ignorance. You are not under the
influence of Maya. Nevertheless, you pretended to be misled
by Maya, as your intention was just
to warn people not to apply their material intellect to the Divine actions and
pastimes of God." If they do so, they
will harm themselves. In order to teach
this lesson to us souls, Mother Parvati herself applied her intellect and
showed, "Look what happened to me. You
people do not make this mistake."
the same way, after reading about the examples of Garud and many other Saints, we will find that all these acts were done
just for the welfare of humankind. Hence,
the Vedas say that one should imitate only good actions of a Saint and nothing
else, otherwise it can lead to downfall of a person.
like Lord Shankar drank Halahal, the
most dreadful poison, and was designated with the title "Neelkanth," but if we try
to imitate this action and drink even a drop of poison, we will surely die.
we have now understood that the actions of a true Saint are Divine, and hence,
beyond the comprehension of the material intellect. We have to obey his instructions, which will
result in the purification of the heart. Then, he will bestow his Divine grace and power with which we will be
able to know God and relish His Divine Bliss.
we now have to recognize a true Saint, so that by surrendering to him, we can
achieve our goal of life. Otherwise, we
will never be able to attain Divine love of God. This leads us to question, that when it is
impossible for even Lord Brihaspati and Goddess Saraswati to recognize a true
Saint, then how we will recognize him? If we are not able to recognize him then
we will never attain our goal? Will we
always be under the clutches of Maya?
To be continued in the next edition....
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda
Continuing from the last month...
tṛiṇ se baṛhakar dīnatā ur rākhu nit hī pyāre
further, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj tells us another important aspect of sadhana, devotion, which is dainya bhav, feeling of being humble. To understand the importance of humility, let
us consider the three paths of sadhana.
You will then be able to realize that developing humility is the easiest
way to reach God.
might have heard or read that there are three paths to reach God. The first is karm, the path of Vedic ritualistic actions, the second is gyan, path of knowledge and the third is bhakti, the path of devotion. All these
three paths are related to our nature. By nature, we are sat-chit-anand, since we are the soul. The nature of sat is to perform action, the nature of chit is knowledge, and the
nature of anand is devotion. Since we have three natures, similarly, there
are three paths to reach God. The first
is karm, the path of action, the
second is gyan, path of knowledge,
and the third is bhakti, the path of
these three paths, the path of karm, to perform Vedic ritualistic actions, is very difficult path. If you want to follow the path of karm, then there are 6 associated
rules. The place should be appropriate,
for it cannot be performed anywhere. An
auspicious time has to be chosen. The
materials used should be pure and of the highest quality. The money spent must be obtained by honest
means. It is not just a matter of
purchasing ghee (clarified butter)
from the market for worship. The priest
performing the Vedic rituals should be highly knowledgeable, and the host
should be humble and sincere. The
pronunciation of the mantras,
chantings of rituals should be
perfect. It is almost impossible to get
all these six elements right in the present age of Kaliyug. This is the
reason that during Treta yuga, there
was only one priest in the entire universe who was familiar with the Putreshti yagya when king Dasharath wanted to perform it. Vasishta, who was the priest of the Raghu
dynasty, did not perform the yagya.
śhṛiṅgī ṛiṣhihiṁ vasiṣhiṭa bulāvā
| putra kām śhubha yajña karāvā ||
was the same reason that in Dwapar yug,
when the Pandavas wanted to perform the Rajasuya yagya, they made
Shree Krishna their main priest. They
thought, "If He becomes the priest, then there will be no mistake while
performing it. What kind of a yagya is it if there is a mistake?" Shree Krishna agreed to become their priest
but he had a condition that he will pick up the used plates of all the Brahmins
coming for the yagya. The Pandavas were aghast, "How can we allow our Supreme Beloved to do such
work?" Shree Krishna said that if they
had any objection to this, he would not become the priest. The Pandavas
said, "Without your blessings as our priest, this yagya will not be possible.
If Your desire is to do this service, we accept Your wish, but You have
to be our priest." God was setting a
standard here: nīch ṭahal bali jāooṁ. Seva, service to God, which is considered to be of a low profile such as sweeping the floor or
picking up the shoes, is highly praiseworthy in the spiritual realm, as it
cleanses the heart at a very fast rate. It
Karmkand was very difficult to
perform even in Treta yug and Dwapar yug, then how can we think of
performing it in Kali yug?
ṣhaḍbhih saṁpadyate dharmasteti
durlabhatarāh kalau |
is almost impossible to follow the path of Karmakand,
in this Kali yug. Let us now consider the second path, i.e.
the path of knowledge. What is the
difference between bhakti marg, or the
path of devotion and gyan marg, or the path of knowledge? Some people think
that debating about the Vedas & the scriptures is gyan, and chanting keertans, is bhakti marg. But it is not so. People on the path of knowledge also sing keertans and people who follow the path
of bhakti also read the shastras.
difference is in the philosophy. A gyani says, "soham", which means, "I am
Brahm" or "Shivoham", which means, "I am Shiv, there is no entity beyond
me". In reply, the devotee says that
this is not interesting. The devotee
says that a "da" should be added to "soham", i.e "dasoham", which means, "I am
the servant of Brahm". The gyani says again, "Add another 'sa' to it." This will make it "sadasoham". The devotee says, "You have spoilt it
again!" Add another "da" in front to make it "dasadasoham" which means, "I am the
servant of the servant of God."
gyani says that the self is Brahm,
and one should realize the presence of Brahm within. But gyan marg is also very difficult. The conditions
are laid down in this path:
path of knowledge is for the one who is completely devoid of material desires,
and who is completely detached from the material world. The most famous acharya of gyan marg in this age was Jagadguru
Shankaracharya. He has laid the
conditions stating gyan marg is for
the following class of aspirants:
vivekino viraktasya samādiguṇaśhālinaḥ
mumukṣhoreva hi brahma jijñāsā
yogyatā matā ||
Gyan marg is for the one who has a great intellect, is
completely detached from the world, has reconciled the mind in meditation, and
has a curiosity to attain God. And, if
some one follows this path, then one has to face danger in every move, which
means Gyan marg is equivalent to
walking on the edges of a sword.
pañth kṛipāṇ kī dhārā | parat khageśh hohiṁ nahīṁ bārā ||
It is said in Ramayan that Gyan marg is the same as walking on the edges of a sword, you will cut your legs. If you lift one leg the other will bleed, and
if you lift the back leg, the other one will be cut.kahahu bhakti
pañth kavan prayāsā | yog na makh jap tap upavāsā ||
Thus, both the paths - path of karm, action and path of Gyan,
knowledge are extremely difficult. So,
the easiest is the - Bhakti marg.
There is almost nothing to be done in this path. You just have to love God.saral
sukhad mārg yah bhāī | bhagati morī purān śhruti gāī ||
Hence, for us individuals, Mahapurush and the scriptures, have given the instruction that we
should follow the easy path, which is the path of devotion. This is Kaliyug. And in Kaliyug,
our body is weak and spoiled, the atmosphere is polluted, mind is restless and
unsteady, the environment is impure. With
all these difficulties, it is better to walk the easiest path, which is just to
love God. One thing is clear now, that
both Karm marg and Gyan marg are difficult, and Bhakti marg is the easiest. What if
someone finds Bhakti marg also
difficult? Is there any other marg
which is simpler than this? But what is so
difficult about Bhakti marg? kahat sugam karanī apār
The Ramayan says:
It is easy to say this but it is very difficult to implement
it. Why is this so? What is the meaning
of bhakti? Bhakti means to do seva,
to serve God. Seva means to offer
everything one possesses to God and not to expect anything in return. Even while offering everything, one should
not have the feeling of pride of offering.
One has to feel that it is the grace and mercy of God that He has
accepted our service. Also, one should
have a feeling of incapability to serve God or the lack of feeling of
servitude. If someone does seva in this manner, then it is called
as correct seva.
In this Kaliyug,
who can have this kind of servitude towards God? It is only because of God's grace that He
accepts our seva. It is
possible only is God bestows His grace on us. Just as a child does not serve the mother and
the mother takes care and serves the child. Similarly, how can we, the human beings serve
the almighty God? When we surrender
ourselves to God then, He will takes care of us. Therefore, Shree Krishna says in Geeta:
maṁ prapadyante tāṁstathaiva bhajāmyahaṁ
"Once a soul surrenders to me, I will take care and
serve that soul." In bhakti,
devotion it is easy to say that one should constantly contemplate upon about
God. While doing sadhana, devotion,
sometimes it is difficult to concentrate your mind upon God. What if someone finds bhakti marg also difficult? Is there any fourth path? It was told earlier,
that according to the Vedas there are only three paths to attain God. There is a fourth path which is very good for
all of us. What is this path?
To be continued in the next
We have heard many times that if we do punya
we go to heaven and if we do paap we go to hell. So, what are those paap and punya?
Our scriptures have formulated code of
conduct according to class and stage of life called "Barnashram Dharm".
code of conduct have an extensive set of rules like always speak
truth, never lie, give respect to your parents etc. You can get
detail information about it from
scriptures like Manu Smriti, Mimamsha, Mahabharat, etc. There are
millions of rules. If you are to keep your feet on ground, chant
this mantra, chant this one while bathing etc. But the main
purpose of all these rules and
regulations are to make you work in accordance to the scriptures.
If you work in accordance to scripture it
will be called punya (virtue) and if you go against, it will be called paap (sin).
But there is one
more theory that is the theory of Karm Yog.
What are you supposed to do in Karm Yog?
Not much. Do whatever is required
in your present situation. If you are in
family, look after it. If you are a
husband, earn. If you are a wife, take care of house. Perform these basic
duties. But, while performing these
duties, detach your mind from these worldly objects and transfer your
attachment to God. Lord Krishna said in
manmanā bhava madbhakto madyājī maṁ namaskuru
māmevaiṣhyasi satyaṁ te pratijāne priyosi me ||
Give your mind to Me, be devoted to Me,
worship Me and bow to Me. Doing so, you will come to Me alone, I truly promise
you; for, you are exceptionally dear to Me.
Kripaluji Maharaj has written in his Bhakti Shatak:
man hari meṁ tan jagat meṁ, karmayog
tehi jān |
tan hari meṁ man jagat meṁ, yah mahān
Karm Yog is when your mind is fully observed
in Shree Krishna while performing duties from your body. But, opposite of this,
performing devotional formalities with body and attaching mind on world is
So this called
Karm Yog - mind in God body in world. Rest
are- action accordance to the code of conduct set scriptures is virtue and
going against them is sin.
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Texas Retreat with Swamiji!
Sept 4th - 6th, 2010
The final JKYog retreat of this year with Swami
Mukundananda ji concluded on Sept 6th, 2010. It was a blessed
experience for everyone who attended the retreat in the vast open lands
The retreat was in Camp
Olympia near Trinity, TX in a serene,
secluded camp site at the banks of Lake
Livingston, bringing us
closer to nature. It
was a perfect setting to contemplate on God with the
guidance from our beloved Swamiji.
The children had a wonderful experience at the special
Bal-Mukund classes at the retreat as well.
There was something for children of all ages.
Whether it was a fun classroom experience learning about the 'KRIPALU' values,
and enacting them in the form of a Skit, or just sheer joy bringing Shree
Krishna closer to their heart through yoga, meditations and art work, it kept
the children well occupied and positively motivated. It also had a perfect
outdoor setting for sport enthusiasts and the huge outdoor 'Jumping pillow'
kept the young and young at heart bouncing with joy.
The Parikrama led by Swamiji all three days was the nature
walk of a lifetime and transported us back in time to the divine land of Vrindavan.
To top it all having celebrated Shree Krishna Janmashtami with
Swamiji and everyone present, with full pomp and vigor, I feel it was
the best experience of all that elevated us to the brink of True
Happiness - and brought us closer to our Goal - Selfless Divine Love.
- Aruna Kannan, Dallas
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Sudama - True
This story comes from the
a poor brahmin boy, was a very close friend of Krishna.
They went to the same ashram for their
studies. Their guru was Sandipani.
times passed by, Krishna became the King of
Dwaraka and married Princess Rukmini, the Goddess of Prosperity. Sudama married
a simple brahmin girl. He led a life of
a devotee. He prayed and read holy
books. He had no interest in worldly attractions. He was loved and respected by one and all, and
his family lived happily.
Sudama led a very simple life, there was shortage of money all the time. His family had very little food to eat and few
clothes to wear. As the children started
going through hard times, Sudama's wife got very worried. She respected her husband very much, but on a cold
night when her children shivered without a blanket, she went to her
husband. She said, "Please go and meet
your friend Krishna, King of Dwaraka. He will surely help us to lead a better life."
to meet his old friend too, but he told his wife that he would not ask
Krishna for anything. His wife agreed. She said she would be
with the Lord's blessings, which He would surely improve their
leaving for Dwaraka, Sudama asked his wife, I must give a gift to my Friend
when I see Him after such a long time. What
have you got that I may give to Him? His wife could find nothing else in their
poor hut that she could give. All she
could find was flattened rice. She
packed the rice in a cloth and gave it to her husband, saying, give this to Krishna when you meet Him.
left for Dwaraka with his small gift. After walking for days, Sudama reached
the palace. He felt uncomfortable and
shy. He was thinking, I might have been Krishna's
friend in school, but now He is a King! I am nobody. Will Krishna
remember me? Finally, he sent a message for Krishna
that Sudama, His school friend, had come to see Him.
receiving Sudama's message, Krishna came
running and embraced Sudama. Krishna took him
inside the palace and made him sit on his bed. Krishna
and His queen Rukmani washed Sudama's feet and fed him a delicious meal. After the warm welcome, Krishna
asked, "Tell me Sudama, what can I do for you?" By this time, Sudama's heart
was overflowing with gratitude because of the warm welcome by his friend.
Sudama felt, Krishna has given me so much of
love and respect. Is that not enough?
How can I ask Him for anything more?
the opulence of Krishna's palace, Sudama was
feeling shy to offer his gift of flattened rice. Krishna
knew everything. "Did you bring me anything?" asked Krishna.
Sudama could not even respond.
Krishna saw the little bundle hanging from Sudama's waist. He grabbed it and pulling it open, He said, "I
see that you have brought my favorite flattened rice for me." He relished Sudama's rice and ate all of it.
that his friend looked ashamed of his small gift, Krishna
said, "You have given me this gift which is very dear to me because it has been
brought with love."
day, Sudama left his friend to go back home. He had not told Krishna
anything about his poverty, and had not asked for any kind of help from
This story is selected from the book,
his way home, he thought of his wonderful friend and the joyous time spent
together. When he reached home, he was
surprised to see that instead of his small hut, a big house stood there. His wife and children, all wearing new
clothes, came out to meet him. The house
was filled with all things needed to live a comfortable life.
felt the glow and warmth of his dear friend's love and understanding. Sudama
did not ask for anything. Yet, the Lord
had given Sudama what he and his family needed. The Supreme Lord had blessed
him with his miraculous power of loving care.
lived a simple life of a hermit all his life, while his family enjoyed the
gifts of richness given by Krishna.Moral - God knows what we need, and helps us at the
right time. He only wants our devotion
and love. If you want to live under
God's love and protection, just place yourself in His hands, and follow His
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was a great philosopher and preacher of Shree Vaishnavism. He was born in the early twelfth century in
the village of Sriperumbudur, in modern day Tamil
Nadu. Seeing his unfathomable knowledge
of the Vedic scriptures, Ramanujacharya was acclaimed as Jagadguru, or Spiritual
Master of the world. He was the third
Jagadguru in Indian history, after Adi-Shankaracharya and Nimbarkacharya.
childhood name was Ilaya Perumal. Early in life, he lost his
father, and was
raised by his mother. He got married as
a teenager, and shortly thereafter, his family moved to
Kancheepuram. There, he studied Vedant under Yadav Prakash,
a teacher of the Advaita philosophy. Many of Yadav Prakash's
interpretations of the Vedas did not satisfy Ramanuja, and he
out the mistakes to his Guru. This made
Yadav Prakash jealous of Ramanuja and he plotted to have him killed.
Ramanuja then became a student under
Kanchipurna, who was an acharya (teacher) of the Vishishtadvaita school of Vedic philosophy, which was gaining
popularity at that time. Kanchipurna
was a disciple of a great Vaishnav teacher, Yamunacharya.
Ramanuja then learned Yamunacharya's
philosophy from his disciple Mahapurna. He was invited to take over as the head of the Shrirangam Math. Before taking that position, he was given a
mantra in his ear by an acharya named Nambi. The guru asked him not to divulge the mantra to anyone. Ramanujacharya disagreed with the
instruction. He said that if the mantra
was beneficial, there was no reason to keep it secret. He went to the crossroads and loudly
announced it to the public. Thus,
Ramanujacharya mocked the tradition of receiving secret mantras from gurus in
Ramanujacharya propagated the
philosophy of Vishishtadvaita or qualified non-dualism. According to this school, God possess a form
and attributes, that are all Divine and beyond Maya. Lord Narayan is the Supreme Lord of the
universe, and the jeev (soul) is a servant of God. The goal of the soul is to surrender to God.
Ramanujacharya wrote a commentary on
the Brahma sutras called the Shree Bhashya. It is one of the most scholarly commentaries on the scriptures ever
written. Ramanuja's other works include
the Vedant Saar (essence of Vedant), Vedant Sangraha (a resume of Vedant) and
Vedant Deep (the light of Vedant).
philosophy of devotion to Lord Vishnu far and wide. He visited
all the sacred places in India including Kashi, Kashmir
and Badrinath. Ramanuja traveled
extensively in South India and helped to
cleanse temples there of the unnecessary rituals that had crept into
practice. He standardized the worship in
these temples. He visited the Tirupathi
hills, and endorsed the worship of Shree Vishnu in the temple
there. He built several temples in the city of Mysore, and
established it as the centre of his school of Vedant. As desired
by his followers, he built a temple at Srirangam and
installed his own image for worship. His physical body is
to this day in the sanctum sanctorum at the temple.
Ramanujacharya continued his ceaseless
service towards spread of his philosophy until the age of 120 years, when he
entered maha samadhi.
|Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
in Dandasan. Fold your left leg and place the sole of the foot to the
inner side of the right thigh. Place your heels close to the anus. Fold
your right leg and place the right heel above the left heel. Right heel
will touch the pelvic floor. Now; insert the right foot between the
left thigh and the calf. Pull the left foot and place it between the
right thigh and the calf. Keep your hands on the knees in any mudra. In final position knees will be on the floor. You may swap the legs and repeat the asan in the other direction.
direct the sexual energy upwards. It stimulates and strengthens
digestive system as the blood circulation gets concentrated in the
abdominal area instead of the legs. It activates the nervous
People with sciatica or sacral infection should not do this asan.