Monthly Archives: December 2013
For devotees living in the East of America, one of the most rewarding and uplifting ways to bring in the New Year is to celebrate it with Radha Krishna at the Radha Govind Dham, the newest and most beautiful Hindu Temple in the New York skyline. The special event will include a sumptuous prasad dinner and 6 hours of continuous and sublime kirtan and meditation. Swami Nikhilanand, a senior preacher of Radha Krishna devotion and a sanyasi pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj will lead the New Year Sankirtan Program at Radha Govind Dham New York.
Where: 260-01 Hillside Ave Glen Oaks, New York 11004
When: December 31st, 6:00 pm – Midnight
Read more about it at The Vrindavan Times News.
Getting actively involved with RGDNY, supporting and promoting their programs, means that you are a special part in Radha Krishna’s mission, and a valued part in the growth and expansion of one the great spiritual beacons and guiding forces of Radha Krishna devotion in the world. The rewards and blessing are boundless. Start getting involved today by joining them on facebook as well as registering for annual membership.
Above, Radha Krishna devotees chanting kirtans composed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
On Sunday, December 29, 2013, Radha Madhav Dham invites all spiritual aspirants to join in a shobha yatra (ceremonial procession) to offer their shraddhasuman pushpanjali (respects) to Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
India – the sacred land of the Vedas, the Himalayas, and the Ganga, the spiritual center of the world and the birthplace of great thinkers, Saints & Acharyas grieved the departure of a great rasik Saint who was the embodiment of the sacred knowledge of the Vedic scriptures. Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5,000 years, left for the Divine Abode of Shree Radha Krishna on November 15, 2013.
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, Shree Maharajji as he was lovingly called by devotees all over the world, tirelessly worked for the spiritual advancement of souls for 91 years, inspiring millions around the world to realize the importance of their precious human birth and utilize it for God realization.
Exhibiting mastery over the most advanced subjects at a very young age, Shree Maharaj Ji completed his education by the age of 16. By the mid-1950s, fame of his unparalleled knowledge spread far and wide across India and even inspired Kashi Vidvat Parishat, an exclusive body of 500 most revered Vedic scholars, to unanimously proclaim him as Jagadguruttam – the supreme Jagadguru of this age.
After Jagadguru Shree Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Nimbarkacharya and Madhavacharya, Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the fifth original Jagadguru.
Through countless lectures, Shree Maharaj Ji explained the most complex teachings of Hindu scriptures in a simple, practical manner. He also provided a vast spectrum of devotional materials, including Prem Ras Siddhant, a masterpiece that establishes Bhakti as the easiest and the surest path to God; 1,008 original pads (devotional songs) and thousands of other Radha Krishna bhajans and kirtans that can be understood by people of all ages and backgrounds. He emphasized roopdhyan (actively engaging the mind while meditating on the form, virtues and Divine actions of God) to be the most important part of Bhakti for God realization.
Along with spiritual upliftment, Shree Maharaj Ji through his worldwide religious and charitable organization, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, undertook significant charitable and educational projects to improve the quality of life for the impoverished and underprivileged segments of the Indian society. Three hospitals, in Mangarh, Vrindavan and Barsana, today provide 100% free medical care and medicine to thousands of severely impoverished people. A world-class K-12 school and a college offers free education for poor women and children who would never get the chance for academic education. In addition, special clinics provide cataract surgery for the poor, specially designed vehicles are made for the handicapped; and essential clothing, blankets and household items are given to widows, lepers, blind and homeless people with regularl frequency to sustain them.
For the spiritual benefit of souls, he also established divine monuments like Prem Mandir in Vrindavan, and Bhakti Mandir in his birthplace Mangarh.
Established in 1990, Radha Madhav Dham, Shree Maharaj Ji’s ashram in Austin, Texas, is today one of the largest Hindu temples in the U.S. where visitors experience the same devotional environment that prevailed in the ancient ashrams and spiritual centers of rasik Saints 500 years ago. The ashram measuring over 200 acres is a reminiscent of the holy land of Braj in India.
Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj’s divya asthi (sacred ashes) have been brought to Radha Madhav Dham to be permanently established at a monument that will be dedicated to him at Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, Texas. It is a great fortune for spiritual aspirants in the West who will continue to draw inspiration from this monument for years to come.
For more information, you may call Radha Madhav Dham Temple at 512-288-7180 or email to email@example.com.
Pushpa Visarjan of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj has been continuing at all the important holy places of India, including recently at Haridwar on Dec 12th, Gangasagar on Dec 16th, Puri on Dec 18th and Nabadwip today, Dec 20th 2013. Please visit JKP Official fb page to view pictures in full size. See some glimpses of Allahabad, Kashi and Vrindavan programs at this link.
Programs honouring Shree Kripaluji Maharaj for January 2014 include Rameshwaram Pushpa Visarjan on 16th Jan:, Nashik Pushpa Visarjan on 18th January and Dwarka Pushpa Visarjan on January 20th 2013.
This Ghat of Shree Ganga is named Kripalu Ghat from now onwards, in honour of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. It is located in Nawadweep, an ancient city in Nadia district of West Bengal. Kripalu Ghat ki jai!
Important upcoming events and programs in America
As posted previously, the sacred ashes of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj have been brought to America for special ceremonies and procession on December 29th 2013. The sacred ashes of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj will be placed in a permanent monument dedicated to him at Radha Madhav Dham, his main ashram in the western world. Read more about the Shraddhasuman Pushpanjali program here. All devotees spiritual seekers are encouraged to attend.
Radha Govind Dham New York, a beautiful new Hindu Temple in the heart of Queens, New York, will be holding their New Year sankirtan program on December 31st. The New Year Sankirtan program will include a special prasad dinner and 6 hours of continuous chanting of the Divine names of Radha Krishna. Read more about Radha Govind Dham New York’s New Year Sankirtan program here. Please visit and like RGDNY’s official facebook page and become an active and valued part of Radha Govind Dham New York today to receive daily inspiration and share it with others.
All of the Saints of Braj and many other places came to the Shyama Shyam Dham ashram in Vrindavan during the Akhand Sankirtan held on 30th November 2013, to pay their respects to Shri Maharaj Ji, Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj. They offered their flower tributes to Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj during a ceremony. There was also 24-hour continuous kirtan at Shyama Shyam Dham and a parikrama of Shree Maharajji throughout Vrindavan. On December 2nd, there was Brahman Bhoj held at Prem Mandir, Vrindavan for Vishisht Sadhus of Braj; the following day Sadhu bhoj was held at Prem Mandir where around 7000 sadhus were given a feast, money and gift bags. The next day, all of Vrindavan’s 5000 widows were given a grand feast, money, lavish gift bags and medical assistance. After Vrindavan, the commemorative ceremonies are currently being held at the nearby holy town of Barsana Dham. Read more and view pictures at The Vrindavan Times.
All latest news, information and pictures on Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat and Shree Maharaj Ji is available by liking Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Official facebook page.
New Mandir in Queens to Carry On Teachings of Jagadguru Shree KripaluJi Maharaj
The newest mandir in the landscape of the Indian community in Queens is Radha Govind Dham in Glen Oaks. Radha Govind Dham will open its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 am. Radha Govind Dham is a center for Radha Krishna devotion, which has been founded based on the teachings of the great rasik Saints of Vrindavan, who have taught selfless devotion to Radha Krishna in an uninterrupted tradition of thousands of years.
Most recently, this tradition of rasik Saints was further glorified by the life of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj, whose scriptural knowledge is so unparalleled that he was named as Jagadguru by the Kashi Vidvat Parishat in 1957. He was only the 5th original Jagadguru in the last 5,000 years. On November 15th, 2013, Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj left this material world. Shree Maharaj Ji, as he was lovingly called by devotees all over the world, was the embodiment of Radha Krishna bhakti (devotion) and spent his entire life teaching and guiding souls to engage in selfless devotion to Radha Krishna. The legacy he left behind will continue to guide and inspire both scholars and devotees for thousands of years to come.
Not only was Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj the first Jagadguru to reconcile the philosophies of all the scriptures and previous Jagadgurus, but he also left behind the essence of his explanations in the form of recorded lectures and published books in simple Hindi, so that they are easily understood by the general public. The series of 103 lectures called “Main Kaun Mera Kaun” has been airing on international television for several years. It is so comprehensive and replete with precise quotations from so many scriptures that it has become required listening for the serious students of Sanatan Dharm. Writings such as Prem Ras Siddhant (the complete philosophy of the Vedic scriptures encapsulated in only 200 pages) and Radha Govind Geet (11,111 couplets poetically describing the complete path of God realization) have already become classics in the field of devotional literature and are praised by scholars and devotees alike. The collection of 1008 pad kirtan called “Prem Ras Madira” is a devotional treasure which is being used for study in certain graduate literature programs and which develops selfless devotion in the hearts of those who sing its songs. Suffice it to say that the volume and quality of the literature left behind by Shree Kripaluji Maharaj rivals that of even great Saints like Surdas Ji and Goswami Tulsidas.
Inspired by, and in order to promote the teachings of the rasik Saints of Vrindavan as most recently expounded by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, Radha Govind Dham New York is being established.
However, as the followers of the path of bhakti grieve the physical departure of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj, the foremost authority on bhakti at the present time, Radha Govind Dham has decided to postpone the Deity Establishment Ceremony that it previously announced for December 7, 2013. Nonetheless, keeping in mind Kripalu Ji Maharaj’s emphasis on the importance of satsang and kirtan, Radha Govind Dham New York will open its doors to the public for the first time on that day and will remain open to serve as a center for Radha Krishna bhakti (devotion).
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
1pm – 2 pm Lunch Mahaprasad
2pm – 3 pm Introduction to the mission and vision of Radha Govind Dham New York
Swami Nikhilanand Ji will also give live discourses on “The Significance of Radha Krishna Devotion in Kaliyug” from December 8-22, 2013 and January 2-31, 2014. The discourse will be held daily from 7 pm – 9 pm followed by dinner prasad.
“There is no wifi in the mandir…
But you will find a better connection”
Radha Govind Dham New York
Opening: Dec 7th 2013
Address: 260-01 Hillside Ave,
New York 11004
Radha Govind Dham New York is New York’s premier Hindu Temple and the main center of Radha Krishna devotion on the East Coast of America. The temple is inspired by the great Rasik Saints of Braj such as Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. The advertised Deity Establishment Ceremony has been postponed until 2015, as devotees of Radha Krishna worldwide grieve the physical departure of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, the foremost authority on bhakti at the present time. Keeping in mind Shree Maharaj Ji’s emphasis on the importance of satsang and kirtan, Radha Govind Dham New York will open its doors to the public for the first time tomorrow Dec 7th 2013 and will remain open to serve as a center for Radha Krishna bhakti. All are welcome to attend this occasion. More details available at http://www.RGDNY.org and http://www.facebook.com/RGDNY
Swami Ramdev, during his tribute at the Divine funeral of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, praised him as a devtulya representative of Sanatan Dharma and commented: Kripaluji was not only Jagadguru, he was also my Guru. Watch video here.
Latest information from Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat is that the following events are taking place in December 2013 and January 2014. Please like JKP Official facebook page for daily updates, pictures and news
30th Nov: Akhand Sankirtan, Floral tribute by Brajwasis – Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan
1st Dec: Pushpa Visarjan with Shobha Yatra – Vrindavan
2nd Dec: Brahma Bhoj – Prem Mandir, Vrindavan
3rd Dec: Sadhu Bhoj – Prem Mandir, Vrindavan
5th Dec: Vidhwa Bhoj – Prem Mandir, Vrindavan
6th Dec: Sadhu Bhoj – Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana
7th Dec: Vidhwa Bhoj – Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana
12th Dec: Pushpa Visarjan – Haridwar
16th Dec: Pushpa Visarjan – Gangasagar
18th Dec: Pushpa Visarjan – Puri
20th Dec: Pushpa Visarjan – Nabadwip
Program for January 2014
16th Jan: Pushpa Visarjan – Rameshwaram
19th Jan: Pushpa Visarjan – Nasik
20th Jan: Pushpa Visarjan – Dwarika
Message from JKP Radha Madhav Dham, the U.S. ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Dear Devotees and Supporters of Radha Madhav Dham,
The 13th day ceremony, signifying an end to a series of Vedic ceremonies has commenced for Shree Maharaj Ji at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh.
Shree Maharaj Ji’s sacred ashes are being carried to Radha Madhav Dham to be permanently established at a monument that will be dedicated to him at Radha Madhav Dham.
On Sunday, December 29, 2013, Radha Madhav Dham will organize a shobha yatra (ceremonial procession) that will carry Shree Maharaj Ji’s sacred ashes in a parikrama around Radha Madhav Dham in the same way Shree Maharaj Ji was carried around Bhakti Dham before His last rite to allow all the devotees and supporters in the West, especially the ones who were not able to attend the ceremonies in India, to pay their respects to Shree Maharaj Ji.
For those who plan to be at Radha Madhav Dham for the Thanksgiving devotional weekend, a special kalash darshan (of sacred ashes) will be organized at 11 am on Sunday, December 1, 2013.
Those planning to attend the shobha yatra on December 29 and requiring overnight accommodation are requested to reserve their rooms as soon as possible (http://www.radhamadhavdham.org/accommodations) since room availability will be reduced due to Radha Madhav Dham winter family camp being conducted from December 26 to 31.
Jai Shree Radhey.
Chirag Patel, Ph.D.
Radha Madhav Dham