Message from Shree Maharaji
A Brief Introduction
enlightening discourses and chanting of the holy name, Jagadguru
Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj (lovingly called Shri Maharaj Ji
by His devotees) has been making unceasing efforts to reveal
the true philosophy from the Vedic scriptures to mankind
in the simplest form possible so that they can attain their
true goal of God Realisation.
divine effulgence shines through all He says, all He does
and all He is. Each and every seeker is amazed to see how
approachable He is and enjoys the special privilege of receiving
individual attention from Him. Thus, He makes each person
feel that they belong to Him.
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.
1922 - 1940 Birth, Childhood
Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj appeared in a village called
Mangarh, near Allahabad, India, on the auspicious night
of Sharat Purnima in October 1922. His mother Bhagvati Devi
and father Lalita Prasad named Him Ram Kripalu at birth.
From the very first day, He delighted the hearts of everyone
around Him with His sweet smile and serene look.
Since His childhood, His extraordinary virtues were noticed
by people around Him. He spent His childhood in youthful
fun, but at the same time, He excelled effortlessly in His
studies and astonished His teachers and fellow students
by His extraordinary intelligence and phenomenal memory.
He completed His schooling in a very short span of time,
followed by the study of Sanskrit grammar, literature and
Ayurveda. This brief period of study did not include study
of the scriptures.
At around the age of sixteen, He suddenly gave up His studies
and resumed His natural divine nature and remained engrossed
in Divine Love as He disappeared into the dense forest near
Sharbhang ashram in Chitrakoot, and then into the forests
near Vanshivat in Vrindavan. During this period, He graced
the deserving souls who got to see a glimpse of the true
form of Radha-Krishna love appearing in its fullest charm
and highest ecstatic excitement. He remained totally immersed
in the ecstasy of Divine Love, oblivious to the outer world.
He forgot to pay attention to His physical state and the
world around Him, remaining unconscious for hours on end.
SERVICE TO SOULS
He gradually controlled and concealed this supreme bliss
and completely devoted Himself to gracing the souls by revealing
His divine wisdom and knowledge of the scriptures and with
His sublime chanting, which spread powerful waves of Divine
Love and Bliss, inspiring devotion in even the most stone-hearted.
1940-1955 Satsang - True
n the 1940s and 1950s, Shri Maharaj Ji started conducting
satsang (true association) that brought about a revolution
of Bhakti (devotion) in the states of UP and Rajasthan.
He would lead kirtans (divine chantings) imbued with intense
devotion, which would continue throughout the night. These
kirtans, which He wrote himself, have been compared by scholars
with those of Meerabai, Soordas, Tulsidas, and Ras Khan.
RADHA KRISHNA LOVE
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
love of Radha-Krishna. Quite often He revealed the most
amazing ecstatic state of divine love. According to the
known history of Rasik Saints, these eminent states of Radha-Krishna
love were revealed on the earth planet by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Ji for the first time in the last 5,000 years. The same
expressions of divine love were seen in Shri Maharaj Ji
when he chanted "Hare Ram" and "Hari Bol"
Shri Maharaj Ji's divine kirtans have secured a place for
themselves in the hearts of sincere devotees across the
globe, who have understood the divine greatness of Shri
Maharaj Ji's Satsang and the extent of graciousness which
He is showering upon all the souls.
1955-1957 Jagadguru Title
Shri Maharaj Ji observed that people were misguided and
totally ignorant of the actual essence of the scriptures,
and the true form of devotional practice. To rectify this
dismal spiritual state of mankind, in the year 1955, He
organised a huge conference in Chitrakoot, which was attended
by the most eminent scholars and Saints from Kashi, and
various other parts of India. Another religious conference
of a similar scale was organised by Him in 1956 in Kanpur.
It was during these conferences that His scriptural omniscience
was revealed to the world, and even the most learned scholars
of Kashi who attended the conference were lost in amazement.
RADHA KRISHNA LOVE
Impressed by Shri Maharaj Ji's extraordinary authoritative
knowledge of all the scriptures, the Kashi Vidvat Parishat,
a prestigious and exclusive body of 500 of the most revered
Vedic scholars, who collectively represent the foremost
seat of spiritual learning in India, invited him to Kashi
(Varanasi). Shri Maharaj Ji delivered a series of discourses
in Sanskrit, which left all of them spellbound and speechless.
With profound admiration, the scholars accepted Shri Maharaj
Ji's knowledge to be deeper than the combined knowledge
of all 500 of them put together. They unanimously acclaimed
him as "Jagadguru" (Spiritual Master of the whole
world). This historic event took place on 14 January 1957.
At the time, He was only 34 years of age. Furthermore, the
Kashi Vidvat Parishat honoured Him with a special title
of "Jagadguruttam" (Supreme amongst all Jagadgurus).
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj is the only Saint of this
age who has been honoured with the title of "Jagadguru",
the highest authority amongst all Hindu Vedic Saints and
scholars. This title is given only to that Saint who brings
about a spiritual revolution in the world through His divine
teachings. Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj is the supreme
exponent of Sanatan Dharm, the eternal Vedic religion, and
His reconciliation of all philosophies and faiths is unparalleled.
1957-1971 Scriptural Discourses
After accepting the title of Jagadguru, Shri Kripalu Ji
Maharaj travelled throughout India continuously for around
fourteen years. 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.
Since that time, He has continued to spread the knowledge
and shower the nectar of Divine Love and Bliss. Shri Maharaj
Ji's lectures tantalize the masses with humour, everyday
examples and practical instructions, delighting people of
any age, language or country. It is a unique experience
as He makes the deepest scriptural truths accessible to
everyone in the simplest language. His penetrative words
have such divine power that even an atheist's heart can
melt when Shri Maharaj Ji describes the nature of the ultimate
and absolute truth.
Beginning to Present Unlimited
Grace on the Souls
RADHA KRISHNA LOVE
Shri Maharaj Ji's entire life is the revelation of the state
of Radha Krishna love. From the time He wakes up until the
time He goes to bed, Shri Maharaj Ji is amongst the devotees
showering nectar of Divine Bliss.
SHRI MAHARAJ JI'S ASSOCIATION
Shri Maharaj Ji mostly resides in His ashrams in Mangarh,
Barsana, Vrindavan and Delhi. Thousands of people visit
these divine centres to have Shri Maharaj Ji's association
and to participate in ecstatic chanting programs and celebrations.
Sometimes Shri Maharaj Ji visits different cities and towns
to enlighten the hearts and minds of huge audiences that
gather to hear His explanations of the divine philosophy.
His vivid descriptions of Radha Krishna pastimes and virtues
thrill the audience with the experience of Krishna love.
GURU OF THE ENTIRE WORLD
Each and every individual
soul who is naturally yearning for the attainment of happiness,
finds solace in Shri Maharaj Ji. He shines with divinity
and has been working tirelessly to uplift humanity. He dispels
all doubts of spiritual confusion with great ease and effectively
reveals a clear and practical path leading to God. He is,
in true sense of the word, a Jagadguru, Guru of the entire
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."
-Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj
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”.
Kaliyuga (the present Dark Age), when an increasing number
of imposters started misguiding the general public with falsely
interpreted scriptural teachings and philosophies, scholars
recognised the need to confer the title of Jagadguru to those
divine personalities who display unparalleled mastery over
all Vedic scriptures and bring about a spiritual revolution
in the minds of people.
The importance of this title can only be put into perspective
by acknowledging the fact that in the last 5000 years, only
four descended divine personalities have been given the title
of the original Jagadguru – Adi Jagadguru Shankaracharya,
Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya, Jagadguru Ramanujacharya and 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). Furthermore, they honoured him with
the following accolades:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu
Ji Maharaj not only validates His teachings and discourses
to be the only true eternal philosophy of God by citing
the Vedas and the Vedic Scriptures, but He also reveals
and explains the facts and intricate secrets buried in these
Divine Scriptures in the simplest manner through everyday
examples experienced by individual souls, that would otherwise
be incomprehensible for an ordinary person.
The Vedas are the
topmost treasure amongst all scriptures in the Hindu religion
and are eternal, boundless and are in fact the Divine words
of God Himself. Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj has manifested
the quintessence of all Vedic Scriptures by revealing and
establishing the easiest path to God Realisation –
the true goal of every individual soul.
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu
Ji Maharaj neither makes any disciples nor does He form
any ethnic groups. With due respect to all existing philosophies
and religions in the world today, He establishes selfless
devotion to Radha-Krishna as the only true eternal path
for the individual souls to attain the ultimate goal of
life – God Realisation.
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu
Ji Maharaj validates all existing philosophies of Spiritual
Masters from the past, and at the same time, He presents
His own philosophy in the simplest form, which reconciles
all contradictory viewpoints and discrepancies found in
these existing philosophies and scriptural teachings.
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji
Maharaj not only has complete authority over the Vedas and
the Vedic Scriptures, but is also the embodiment of Divine
Love Bliss, and hence has been honoured with the title of
“Bhaktiyogarasavatar”. In the current dark age
(Kaliyuga), He makes the Divine Love of Radha-Krishna flow
into even the most sinful hearts, proving Him to be Bhaktiyogarasavatar
(an embodiment of Divine Love Bliss).