Monthly Archives: November 2013
When a breeze flutters in leafy trees, you’ll hear his whispers.
You won’t understand the language, but won’t care.
You’ll just be happy
to know it’s his voice
and will get lost in that.
When the first spring flower pops
his head up, and your heart is in dance,
you’ll remember how your face broke out in a smile the first
time you saw him after being away for a while…
the funny gesture he made, a teasing glance, a pat or a hug.
When lightening strikes,
you’ll remember the flash of his Divine smile.
When thunder rumbles,
you’ll feel the vibrations of his deep voice.
If a stranger
should ever hand you an apple,
you’ll catch your breath and look twice at the giver.
will have one line
you’ll want to listen to on repeat.
It’s not the words,
it’s the memory you’re trying to put on repeat.
Radha Govind Dham New York postpones Deity Establishment Ceremony; Grieves for Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Dear Devotees and Friends of Radha Govind Dham New York
With profound grief, we inform you that Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj who was the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5000 years, brought His visible pastimes on this earth to a close and left for the Divine Abode of Shree Radha Krishna, on November 15th, 2013.
Shree Maharajji as He was lovingly called by devotees all over the world was the embodiment of Radha Krishna bhakti and spent His entire life teaching and guiding souls to engage in selfless devotion to Radha Krishna.
As we grieve the physical departure of Shree Maharajji, the foremost authority of bhakti at the present time, Radha Govind Dham has decided to postpone the Diety Establishment Ceremony we previously announced for December 7 2013. Keeping in mind Shree Maharajji’s emphasis on the importance of satsang and kirtan, Radha Govind Dham New York will open its doors to public for the first time on that day and will remain open to serve as a center for Radha Krishna bhakti (devotion) as explained by the great Saints of Vrindavan and further expounded by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.
The opening program for Radha Govind Dham New York on December 7, 2013 has been changed to the following:
11 am- 1 pm : Kirtan and live discourse by Swami Nikhilanand Ji
1 pm – 2 pm : Lunch Mahaprasad
2 pm – 3 pm : Introduction to the mission and vision of Radha Govind Dham New York
Swami Nikhilanand Ji will also give live discourse on the Significance of Radha Krishna Devotion in Kaliyug from December 8-22, 2014. The discourse will be held daily from 7 pm – 9 pm followed by dinner prasad.
Radha Govind Dham New York
USA, November 19th, 2013 (Radha Madhav Dham): Dear Devotees and Supporters of Radha Madhav Dham, Radhey Radhey.The antim sanskar (last rite) of Jagadguru Shree KripaluJi Maharaj has concluded at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh in what can be described as one of the most devotional and peaceful ceremonies.
The day began with Arti in Bhakti Bhavan (satsang hall at Bhakti Dham). Amidst the sounds of Vedic hymns, conches and chants of the Radhey name, Shree Maharaj Ji was prepared for His last journey. Carrying Him on their shoulders, devotees performed parikrama of Bhakti Bhavan and placed Him on a chariot for a massive procession that was attended by tens of thousands of devotees. Performing parikrama of Bhakti Dham, the procession entered the courtyard of Bhakti Mandir. Shree Maharaj Ji was again carried by devotees as they performed parikrama of Bhakti Mandir and agonizingly brought Him to the pyre.
In this moment of extreme grief, it is natural for us to feel helpless and hopeless. We must, however, remind ourselves what an embodiment of inspiration Shree Maharaj Ji was and how He spent His entire life teaching, prodding and guiding souls to engage in selfless devotion to Radha Krishna. Following His inspiration, we must not forget to steadfastly continue our devotion and follow the path shown to us by Him.
As for the feeling of helplessness or hopelessness is concerned, though it is understandable, there should be no place for either in the devotees of Shree Maharaj Ji. Shree Maharaj Ji has said in His speeches that once a soul surrenders to a Guru and continues to maintain faith in Him, the Guru never leaves the soul. As long as we remain committed to the path of raganuga bhakti that has been shown to us by Shree Maharaj Ji and maintain our faith in Him, He was, is and will remain our Guru, our Divine Guide and our Divine Protector for not only this life but until we reach our goal of attaining Radha Krishna. He will continue to grace, guide and help us just as He did, and as we have experienced, when He was still on the earth yet not physically present with us.
In the days, months and years to come, we will work hard to spread Shree Maharaj Ji’s teachings as far and wide as possible. With increasing determination, we will strive to inspire others the way we’ve been inspired ourselves. We will continue to maintain and expand the vast charitable activities initiated by Shree Maharaj Ji and carried out by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. Radha Madhav Dham will continue to celebrate all major Hindu festivals, organize devotional intensives, and family camps. We will continue to welcome thousands of visitors, regardless of their background, with a commitment and desire to inspire in them the spark of selfless devotion to Radha Krishna. Overall, we will spare no efforts in sharing with others the immense devotional treasure Shree Maharaj Ji has endowed us.
Our winter family camp will be held from December 26 to 31 followed by 24 hour New Year nam sankirtan that will conclude on January 1. Our annual sadhana shivir (devotional intensive), as announced by Shree Maharaj Ji Himself during this year’s intensive, will be held every year for two weeks in the summer. The 2014 Radha Madhav Dham sadhana shivir will be held from June 28 to July 12. I hope to see you at one of our events soon.
As we all learn to live and perform the invaluable seva of carrying out Shree Maharaj Ji’s mission without His physical presence, I humbly seek your help and support for the activities of Radha Madhav Dham.
Jai Shree Radhey.
Chirag Patel, Ph.D.
Managing Member Radha Madhav Dham
With profound grief we inform all devotees that Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, who was the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5000 years, brought his visible pastimes on the earth to a close and left for the Divine Abode of Shree Radha Krishna, on 15th November 2013.
Shree Maharajji, as he was lovingly called by his devotees all over the world, was the embodiment of Divine love. He revealed his Divine ecstacies in many thousands of kirtans, bhajans, and padas that he composed. He was also the veritable personification of the sacred knowledge of the Vedic scriptures, and his illuminating discourses were eagerly heard by crores of spiritual seekers around the world.
The establisher of divine monuments like Prem Mandir, Vrindavan, and Bhakti Mandir, Mangarh, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj was an ocean of compassion, and he tirelessly worked for the spiritual upliftment of all humankind. His grace showered upon all fortunate souls who came in touch with him, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, country. The vast mission he established has hundreds of branches in many states of India and nations of the world. His charitable activities include establishment of numerous free hospitals, schools, colleges, and service projecs for the poor and needy.
His mortal remains will be placed at Bhakti Bhawan, Shree Bhakti Dham, Mangarh for the antim darshan by devotees and spiritual sadhaks from 8 am to 7 pm.
Let us always remember his divine message:
Shyama Shyam Nama Rupa Leela Guna Dhama,
Gao Rake Roop Dhyan Yukta Aathon Yama
This is the sovereign remedy for attaining God-realization in this age.
Shri Ram Mandir
Swami Nikhilanand was first exposed to Hinduism at the age of 25. Since then, he has spent the last 15 yeas studing the philosophy of the Sanskrit scriptures and practicing bhakti under, the guidance of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. He resides, at the largest Hindu ashram in the US, Radha Madhav Dhan, In Austin, TX.