Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

God and Saints work their miracles inside of a human being. They inspire, motivate and guide a soul to turn towards spirituality as the only solace to inner discontentment and suffering. It is the Guru 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, uplifting souls and pioneering a spiritual uprising not seen since the descension of the Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji in the 15th century.

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, the fifth authentic Jagadguru of this age, the embodiment of the nectar of divine love, was one of the foremost rasik saints who showered the bliss of raganuga bhakti on souls the world over.

He revealed the most sublime spiritual knowledge that remained abstruse and inaccessible for many millennia, and distributed it so munificently in this age of media that he inundated the earth with it. On the irrefutable authority of all the Vedic scriptures, he established selfless divine love for Radha Krishna as the highest ideal to strive in our lives.

Shri Maharaj Ji makes

no distinction of caste, creed,

colour or race. With His infinite

love and compassion, He

gathers all into the purity of His

divine embrace.

Early Years

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj was honoured with the title of Jagadguru on 14th January 1957 by the Kashi Vidvat Parishat. With profound admiration, they declared him as Jagadguruttam (Supreme amongst all five Jagadgurus)

Shree Maharajji, as he is lovingly adored by his devotees, chose the auspicious night of Sharad Poornima in October 1922 to descend on planet earth, in a tiny hamlet called Mangarh, close to the holy city of Prayag (Allahabad). Mangarh is also very close to Shringaverpur, another holy spot where Lord Ram enacted one his very important divine past times during His descension in Tretayug.

His mother Bhagvati Devi & father Lalita Prasad named Him Ram Kripalu at birth

Shree Maharajji, was a prodigious student and excelled in his studies whilst remaining as active and naughty as a child would normally be. He completed much of his scholastic duties at the early age of 15, earning his degree in sanskrit literature & history as Vyakaranachrya (Master of Sanskrit Grammar).

Few know that he had also been awarded the degree of Kavyatirtha in 1942 he also received his degree as Ayurved Acharya (Master of Ayurved) from Delhi Vidyapeet in 1943 and Sahitya Acharya (Master of History) from Calcutta Vidyapeet in 1943.

Even during his study period, Shree Maharajji revealed his divine state by conducting long sessions of devotional chanting, naam sankirtan called akhanda sankirtan (non-stop chanting) for days together. At times, they would even go on for weeks & months.

Many have witnessed Shree Maharajji's continuous state of ecstatic divine chanting. Remaining deeply engrossed in the divine love of Radha Krishna, as though in a trance, he would reveal many states of bhav or devotional sentiments that would parallel and bring reminiscences of the state that Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, revealed 500 years ago.

Sankirtan Movement

He travelled the length and breadth of central India as a Paramahans, completely absorbed in divine love of Radha Krishna. Shree Maharajji would remain immersed in the ecstasy of divine love, remaining unconscious for hours on end. He would suddenly burst into a fit of unrestrained laughter or break into roaring cry. He would go without food for days together.

Realizing that yearning souls would not be able comprehend the high state of Mahabhav bhakti that he was in, Shree Maharajji decided to lower his state of divine ecstasy and conduct sankirtan programs. This gave people a chance to interact and associate with him at a personal level. This was the genesis of the kirtan movement that he popularized in the 1940s & 50s. He would ignite ecstatic chanting sessions, singing the glory of Radha Krishna along with 'Hari Bol' chanting, leading it to a crescendo many times over.

From the forests of Chitrakoot to Indore, Mahu, Vrindavan, Mathura, Agra and Kanpur he light the flame of devotion in the hearts of all who associated with him Throughout his non-stop tours across the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on foot, people felt the closeness of his affection and grace, regaling in the sentiments of devotion that he inspired in them.

For nearly 20 years, he showered the bliss of divine nectar wherever he set foot. In the mid 1950s, he started to reveal divine scriptural knowledge from the Vedas, Upanishads, Shastras, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayan and Bhagwatam, much to astonishment of his close associates then. Nobody had ever seen him read or practice the scriptures but he spoke with masterly knowledge, taking all by surprise and leaving them awestruck.

Spiritual Master Of The World

The word Jagadguru (Spiritual Master of the whole world) has been around for a very long time

In fact, in the Mahabharata, Arjun called Shri Krishna Jagadguru. Even in various scriptures, Shri Krishna has been

addressed as Jagadguru - Shri Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

Shri Maharajji observed that people were misguided and totally ignorant of the actual essence of the scriptures and the true form of devotional practice. To re-establish the greatness of bhakti and at the same time, rectify the dismal state of spirituality in the country and this world, Shree Maharajji began a revolution of spiritual awakening through his manifestation of Divine knowledge in different forms.

In 1955, he arranged a grand conference of scholars and spiritual personalities in Chitrakoot. In 1956, he convened a larger gathering of scriptural luminaries in Kanpur, inviting the best scholars of the country to speak on spirituality and philosophy. Hundreds of thousands of people attended both these conferences. Shree Maharajji spoke about the path towards God-realization, clarifying the various philosophical contradictions that exist in the scriptures. Shree Maharajji's scriptural prowess and a treasure house of knowledge had amazed even the most well respected scholars.

This prompted the Kashi Vidvat Parishat, the supreme body of the most highly read scholars and pandits in India at that time, to invite Shree Maharajji for a debate on the scriptures. This was in the year 1957. Shree Maharajji spoke for 10 days in classical and Vedic Sanskrit, dispelling spiritual confusions and reconciling the most difficult scriptures and philosophical differences with consummate ease. The congregation was stunned at the level of Sanskrit that Shree Maharajji possessed, since such mastery was unheard of anywhere except in Vedic literature. He went on to reveal the true & easy path towards God-realization that any person could follow

What they saw unfold over those 10 days convinced the scholars comprehensively to accept that the extent of Shree Maharajji's knowledge was not only unfathomable, but divine in nature since it is humanly impossible to possess such deep philosophical and scriptural mastery. It is well documented that Shree Maharajji was befittingly honored with the title of 'Jagadguru' and 'Jagadguruttam', supreme amongst all Jagadgurus.

After accepting the title of Jagadguru, Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj travelled throughout India for over a decade. For the benefit of souls who craved for devotional inspiration the world over, he started to deliver extensive lectures on many topics related to bhakti, sadhana and God-realization. He delivered month-long discourses in various cities, in which he revealed the mysteries of the scriptures before tens of thousands of people. Masses gathered at the venue for a glimpse of an extraordinary scholar and a Saint whose words left them spellbound.

The transition of Shree Maharajji from his Mahbhav state to that of the Jagadguru was one his monumental and pivotal acts of divine grace. Shree Maharajji began to reveal the divine secrets and absolute truths hidden in our scriptures in a literary form never presented by any saint in history.

"It is the mind alone that has to be surrendered to Shri Krishna and engaged in devotional

practices like hearing, chanting, remembrance etc."

In all previous descensions of God and the Saints, we have seen that their literature is written after they ascended to their Divine abode. For instance, Ved Vyas compiled the Srimad Bhagwatam, which has descriptions of Radha and Krishn’s pastimes, much after Lord Krishna ascended. Also, even though Valmiki compiled the Ramayan during Lord Shri Ram time on earth, it was only available to the ordinary souls much after He ascended. During his descension, Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji did not reveal much divine knowledge or give lectures, except for his 8-step devotional process called Shikshastak. Even Mahaprabhuji life history, in the form of Chaitanya Charitamrit, was compiled many year after he ascended

Shree Maharajji's repertoire of literary and spoken commentaries surpasses that of all the previous Jagadgurus and prominent saints who wrote commentaries on various scriptures of Sanatan Dharm. He manifested a treasure chest of the Names, Forms, Virtues, Pastimes, and Abodes of God, in the form of the tens of thousands of bhajans, kirtans, padas, and couplets that he composed.

Shree Maharajji, for the benefit of ordinary souls, revealed and documented the 'Philosophy of Divine Love' in 1955. It contains the essence and nectar of all the scriptures and spiritual philosophies revealed by the previous Jagadgurus. He dictated the whole book to a devotee and recited the quotations from each of the scriptures mentioned in the book without ever having read the scriptures!

'Prem Ras Siddhant' or the 'Philosophy of Divine Love' is crown jewel amongst many other priceless gems of divine revelations that Shree Maharajji has gifted us in his lifetime. Shree Maharajji has also revealed the divine leelas of Radha Krishna and the nectar of divine love in the form of 1008 songs called 'Prem Ras Madira'. It reveals the seven step process towards God-realization, the highest level of bliss that can be achieved by a soul. Literally, 'Divine Love Intoxicant' drowns a devotee in the ocean of divine bliss if relished with a humble & sincere heart. The breath depth & loftiness in the divine compositions cannot be summed up in words but only felt inside a kindred spirit.

Shree Maharajji made the process of God-realization even more accessible to yearning devotees with 'Bhakti Shatak', the 100 couplets describing the philosophy complete philosophy in the most commonly understandable language.

If these were not enough to satiate a hungry soul, Shree Maharajji further elucidated the philosophy in simple two-line couplets in 'Radha Govind Geet', a divine composition of 11,111 couplets eulogizing the glorie of Radha Krishna bhakti and inspiring devotional sentiments in simple language.

His awe-inspiring literature overflowed with nectar of Shree Radha Krishna devotion. It was for his unparalleled poetic, scholarly & scriptural brilliance that Shree Maharajji was honored as the Descension of the Divine Love or Bhakti-yog Rasavatar more than 50 years ago. Without the priceless literature that he wrote, which is completely in consonance with the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayan and Bhagwatam, one would never have realized the nature of the true self, the existence of the Divine realm and the sweet nectar of Braj Ras.

Over the last 50 years, he has delivered thousands of lectures across India and many other countries. His words have the power to transform a hardened atheist into a surrendered God loving soul in an instant. The sheer number and variety of people who have associated with Shree Maharajji and his divine words stand testimony to his mesmerizing lectures. Even the most erudite and intellectually inclined have had their hearts melt in the presence of Maharajji's divine persona.

Spiritual Foundation

"To attain the grace of God, one will have to completely purify their heart. This is possible only

with the guidance of a genuine Guru."

To further help people progress on the path towards God-realization, he built several ashrams & satsang centers, with the support of devotees from across the world. Prominent amongst them is JKP-Bhakti Dham in Mangarh with a capacity to host over 10,000 devotees, Rangeeli Mahal in Barsana (Mathura, UP) & Shyama Shyam Dham in Vrindavan, UP.

Shree Maharajji also dedicated 'Bhakti Bhavan' in Mangarh, the unique and massive dome shaped hall for satsang programs with a capacity of over 15,000 people, which makes it one of the biggest congregational halls in Asia. A very similar hall is currently under construction at Prem Mandir in Vrindavan.

He dedicated the temple of devotion, 'Bhakti Mandir' to his beloved devotees in 2005 and his pièce de résistance, the incomparable 'Prem Mandir', is aptly known as the temple of Divine Love in Vrindavan, in the year 2012.

Never short of compassion, Shree Maharajji has dedicated 3 large charitable hospitals for the poor and needy, one each in Mangarh, Barsana and Vrindavan. He has also built a school and college for women with over 1000 students near Mangarh ashram and a Management college in the offing.

Every step he took, every line he spoke or wrote was for the glorification of Radha Krishna and his act of causeless grace for the benefit of souls. His presence radiated bliss and his words filled with the divine nectar of Braj Ras will forever be etched in the hearts of every soul that had the priceless fortune of his divine association. He revealed the supreme nature of bhakti and inspired souls believe in and achieve God-realization.

Through his discourses and chanting of the holy name, he revealed the true philosophy from the Vedic scriptures to mankind in the simplest form possible so that they can attain their true goal of God- realization. His incisive words have the power to melt even the most skeptical minds, and plant the eternal seed of devotion in their hearts. Shree Maharajji's divine lectures, soul stirring kirtans and loving association has turned scores of die-hard atheists into ardent devotees of Shree Radha Krishna.

Shri Maharajji made no distinction of caste, creed, color or race. With His infinite love and compassion, He accepted every person into the purity of His divine embrace. As a Guru, he gave almost every seeker his undivided attention, love, care, affection and advise.

The descension of Shri Maharajji and his grace is sans comparison. He was the epitome of the elite class of rasik saints who revealed the true path of God-realization and the divine bliss of bhakti, enlightening the entire world.

Seldom had a personality of such divine significance, possessing unfathomable scriptural authority and mesmerizing eloquence descended on earth in last 5000 years. His very presence exuded the sweetness of the nectar of divine love, flowing like a stream for the fortunate souls to quench the thirst of innumerable lifetimes.

Shree Maharajji, who had manifested his leelas on planet earth for ninety-one long years, drew curtains on his visible pastimes to a close, and in the morning of 15th November, 2013, he returned to the Divine Abode of Radha Krishna.

What he gave humankind during his stay in our world can never be sufficiently eulogized in words. In the annals of great rasik saints who have graced this world with their divine gift of devotion, Shree Maharajji, shines like the sun illuminating the entire universe with his knowledge, love & grace. The supreme spiritual master of this world, the descension of divine love, the undisputed authority of Vedic religion and the reconciler of all spiritual doctrines, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj was the personified form of Divine Love.

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