Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
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A Divine breeze permeated the entire brahmand on the Sharat Poornima night of October, 1922, when Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj appeared in Mangarh village (near Allahabad, India) in a most respectable brahman family. From the very first day he delighted the hearts of everyone around him with his sweet smile and serene look.
Sharat Poornima is the famous full moon night of October when Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani revealed the true Vrindaban Bliss about 5,000 years ago that enticed the heart of God Shiv.
Kripaluji Maharaj is lovingly called Maharajji by his devotees. Since childhood his extraordinary virtues were noticed by the people. (As a custom of the family, his elderly people got him married at an early age.) When he was around fourteen years of age he went to Indore to study Sanskrit literature, and, to the amazement of the teachers of that institution, whatever topic he chose to study, he mastered all of them within two years.
Total absorbment in absolute Divine love
He was now around sixteen years of age. He resumed his natural Divine nature, and, at that time, whoever had seen him, would have glimpsed the true form of Radha Krishn love, appearing in its fullest charm of highest ecstatic excitement… Remaining in that state of absolute engrossment, he walked to Chitrakoot and Sharbhang and Graced the deserving souls living there.
Shree Maharajji then moved towards Sharbhang and Graced a devotee of gopi bhao who was deeply longing for Krishn’s vision.
In the same state of Divinely-absorbed-consciousness he moved towards Mahoba and then to Jhansi. People of this world could not see the Divineness of Maharajji’s body, but still they saw the physical expressions of his Bhao.
The pious people who saw him were amazed to see his Bhao state and thus they took the privilege to invite him to their houses. In this way, there were a number of families in whose house he stayed, somewhere a few hours and somewhere a day or two, but he was constantly twenty-four hours in Bhao. Day and night made no difference for him. In those days people used to call him Paramhansji because he was always in an absolute state of Radha Krishn love. For about two years he stayed in that state.
Around 1940 he came to Vrindaban. Swooning while he uttered ‘Krishn, Krishn,’ dancing in ecstasy, and loudly laughing in ecstatic excitement, his presence in Vrindaban excited the hearts of the devotees who saw him. News about him spread around and a few devotees with a longing heart came from Mathura to invite him to their house.
Shree Maharajji now decided to introduce the true Braj ras to the souls of this world as Radha Rani and Shree Krishn gave about 5,000 years ago and Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji showered the same nectar of Krishn love about 500 years ago. Being always absorbed in the ecstatic states of Radha Bhao, it was hard to communicate with the people. So, for the good of the souls, he subsided his Bhao state to some extent and decided to reveal the leela Bliss of Radha Krishn to the people in general through regular satsang which mainly contained the chanting (sankirtan) of the names, virtues and the leelas of Radha Krishn. He started his satsang in the houses of the devotees in Mathura, and then in Agra and Allahabad, and so on.
The Bhavavesh state
His sankirtan programs of those days were like the vivid glow of Radha Krishn love that touched every heart, inspired everyone who was there and thrilled every soul who desired Krishn love. Quite often he revealed the Bliss of ‘Hari Bol…’ in his Bhavavesh ecstasy during satsang.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji, who was the descension of Radha Rani, showered the true nectar of Krishn name through the chanting of ‘Hare Ram…’ and revealed the most amazing ecstatic state of Radha Bhao in his ‘Hari Bol…’ chanting which happened only during the ecstasy (Bhavavesh). According to the known history of the rasik Saints, these eminent states of Radha Krishn love were revealed on the earth planet by Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji for the first time in the last 5,000 years. The same expressions of Divine love were seen in Shree Kripaluji Maharaj when he chanted ‘Hare Ram…’ and sang ‘Hari Bol…’ in ecstasy.
Thus, resounding Uttar Pradesh (Agra, Mathura, Allahabad, etc.) with ‘Hari Bol…’ he again came back to Mahu in early 1942. Apart from nam sankirtan, he began to sing leela pad (songs) also.
Distributing Braj ras
While in Mahu he freely distributed the Bliss of Krishn name through nam sankirtan. He frequently visited Mandaleshwar and Maheshwar and had nonstop nam sankirtan programs of mostly one to two weeks or even more in those places and also near the Narmada river. Once in Gopal Mandir in Mahu a 15 days’ nam sankirtanwas organized, but slowly it stretched up to 4 months. The devotees, everyday, had new devotional experiences. All the devotees of Maheshwar, Mandaleshwar and Mahu were very close to Shree Maharajji like a family.
You have to understand the kind and class of the Divine Bliss which Shree Maharajji is giving, the magnitude of the Divine love he is revealing, and the extent of Graciousness which he is showering upon all the souls.
When a devotee hears or reads that the ‘Hari Bol’ chanting of Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji enticed even the wild beasts, he forms a great Divine image of that event. But when he sees the Bhao state of Shree Maharajji during the chanting or he sees Shree Maharajji’s ‘Hari Bol’ chanting (on video) his material mind fails to comprehend its Divine greatness because its Divinity could only be experienced by a Divine personality and its devotional effects could be experienced by a dedicated devotional mind to the extent of its purity and the understanding of its value. So, it is most important that a devotee should understand the Divine greatness of Shree Maharajji’s satsang and chanting to receive its full benefit.
Revealing the Divine literature and being honored
as supreme Jagadguru of this age
On the request of the devotees, Shree Maharajji documented the devotional philosophy of Krishn love “Prem Ras Siddhant”in 1955. He called for one of the devotees and dictated the whole book with Sanskrit quotations of scriptures (although he had never read those scriptures). The devotee was incredibly amazed at the scriptural omniscience of Shree Maharajji.
In October 1955 he organized a religious convention in Chitrakoot in which the prominent spiritual leaders of India and the Jagadgurus participated. Mahamahopadhyay Giridhar Sharma, President of Kashi Vidvat Parishad, had also come and was thrilled with the Divine dignity and the Divine knowledge (of the Bhartiya scriptures) of Shree Maharajji.
Another convention was organized in 1956 in Kanpur. In the Kanpur convention the chief secretary of Kashi Vidvat Parishad, Shree Raj Narain, Shat Shastree, who was a great learned person and a popular scholarly figure of Varanasi, happened to come and listen to Shree Maharajji’s discourse. He was so overtaken with the unparalleled scriptural wisdom of Shree Maharajji that, in his speech (on the second day of the seminar) he said, “We, the scholars of Kashi, have great self-esteem of our scriptural learning. But personally what I have experienced here has opened my eyes. I feel blessed to have the opportunity of being near Shree Kripaluji Maharaj whose unfathomed scriptural wisdom and absorbment in Divine love at the same time is the authentication of his Divine excellence. I urge the congregation to recognize the Divine greatness of Shree Maharajji, listen to his teachings carefully, try to imbibe it into your life, and make your life blissful forever. It is our great luck that such a Divine personality is among us. We have to make use of this Divine opportunity.”
When he went back home, on behalf of the Kashi Vidvat Parishad, he invited Shree Maharajji to Grace the scholars and the pandits of Varanasi with his Divine speech; and thus, Shree Maharajji went to Kashi in 1957.
His speeches went on for seven days. The congregation had almost all the scholars of Varanasi and also many others who came from other provinces of India. They had never seen such a Divine personality who is absolutely well versed in all of the scriptures (Vedas, Upnishads, Sutras, Upvedas, Vedangas, Darshan Shastras, Puranas, Itihas, the philosophies of the Jagadgurus and the writings of the rasik Saints etc.), and, at the same time, he was humble, kind and absorbed in Radha Krishn Bhao, which radiated from his personality.
Now, the learned pandits of Kashi Vidvat Parishad took the privilege of honoring Shree Maharajji with the flowers of their appreciation and praised their fortune to have the opportunity to worship him as the Supreme Jagadguru of this age
. He is thus the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5,000 years. Prior to him there were only four original Jagadgurus: Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya (before 600 BC), Jagadguru Shankaracharya (509-477 BC), Jagadguru Ramanujacharya (1017-1137 AD) and Jagadguru Madhvacharya (13th century).
His philosophy and teachings: He did not write his separate philosophy. He accepts the Shat Sandarbh of Jeev Goswami and says that the Bhagwatam is the complete and final scriptural authority. But the most important thing which he did was the reconciliation of the differences that appear in the philosophies of other Jagadgurus and the Darshan Shastras and established the true theme of the scriptures. Thus, he removed all the philosophical controversies that prevailed for hundreds of years and for this reason the learned pandits of Kashi also called him which means the supreme acharya of this age who has reconciled the philosophies of all the Darshan Shastras.
Shree Maharajji says that the desired goal of a soul is to receive the selfless Divine love of Radha Krishn. They are the Soul of your soul and are eternally related to you. Knowing this, you have to develop a deep desire to selflessly serve Them and love Them and strengthen your faith in Them. Keeping away from bad associations, yearningly remember Them and chant Their name and the leelas. That’s all you have to do and leave the rest upon Them. Just remember that They are yours and you belong to Them. They are most kind and causelessly merciful ; They will do the best for you.
About five hundred years ago when the great Masters wrote their books, Sanskrit was the common scholarly language. But nowadays the social situation has changed and fewer people learn Sanskrit. So, for the convenience of the majority of the people, Shree Maharajji has revealed his philosophical and devotional books in the Hindi language.
His writings are: Prem Ras Siddhant (the philosophy of Divine love), Prem Ras Madira (the 1008 leela songs of Radha Krishn), Bhakti Shatak (the concise philosophy of the Upnishads, Gita, Brahm Sutra and the Bhagwatam written in an easy to understand style), Braj Ras Madhuri (the chanting book), Radha Govind Geet (eleven thousand one hundred and eleven couplets of Radha Krishn leelas and the devotional philosophy), Yugal Shatak, Yugal Ras, Shree Krishn Dwadashi and Shree Radha Trayodashi. Up till now he is still revealing new chantings.
His unlimited Grace on the souls
From the early morning until he goes to bed, Shree Maharajji is among the devotees showering the nectar of Krishn love in many ways. Sometimes he is playfully talking with the devotees, sometimes he is giving darshan, sometimes he is walking among the devotees in the satsang hall and giving them a feeling of closeness with him, sometimes he is introducing a new line of chanting, sometimes he is giving a devotional speech, and so on. Chanting of the names, virtues and the leelasis always going on wherever Shree Maharajji stays.
Shree Maharajji mostly resides in his ashrams at Mangarh, Barsana and Vrindaban. Thousands of people visit these Divine centers to have Shree Maharajji’s darshan and to participate in ecstatic chanting programs and celebrations like Holi, Guru Poornima, Janmashtmi, Radha Ashtmi, Sharat Poornima, and Divali etc. Sometimes Shree Maharajji visits different cities and towns of India to enlighten the hearts and minds of the huge audiences that gather to hear his explanations of the Divine philosophy. His vivid descriptions of Radha Krishn leelas and virtues thrill the audience with the experience of Krishn love.
In March, 2002 a historical event took place when Shree Maharajji went to Jagannath Puri in Orissa during his visit to Bhuvaneshwar and gave his darshan to thousands of enthusiastic devotees. In Bhuvaneshwar he Graced the enormous crowds with the Divine knowledge in his amazing discourses and imparted devotional love into the hearts of the devotees through his powerful chantings of Radha Krishn name.
Shree Maharajji’s entire life is the revelation of the state of Radha Krishn love.