JKP has yet again held another grand Blanket Distribution program for approximately 6,000 village students from 28 schools in poverty stricken areas in and around Barsana, namely Gajipur, Chiksauli, Unchagaon and Gahavarvan. On 19th January, 2015, JKP Presidents personally distributed the blankets to these students, along with teachers, who also received steel tiffin boxes at Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana Dham. The students and teachers were delighted by the kind and thoughtful gesture from JKP Presidents and expressed their gratitude. Sweets and biscuits were also given to everyone at this program.
Recently, on 15th January, around 1,000 blankets were distributed to the poor in Vrindavan at Prem Mandir by JKP Presidents Sushri Dr. Vishakha Tripathi, Sushri Dr. Shyama Tripathi and Sushri Dr. Krishna Tripathi.
Looking at the increasing cold this winter, Presidents of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Sushri Dr. Vishakha Tripathi, Sushri Dr. Shyama Tripathi and Sushri Dr. Krishna Tripathi, distributed warm jackets to around 4,000 poor students of Mangarh and neighbouring villages on January 4, 2015. The students, from grade 1 to 12, came from fourteen different schools in and around Mangarh. It was a pleasure to see the smile on the student’s faces as they were leaving Mangarh wearing the maroon jackets they received. The students were also offered sweets and water.
Earlier last month, on December 8, 2014, blankets were donated to about 7,000 students to protect them from the cold weather. From time to time, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat donates stationery, utensils and other items of daily use to students of schools in Mangarh and neighbouring villages.
Radha Govind Dham New York Picnic & Satsang in Sands Point Preserve
Join Swami Nikhilanand Ji and fellow satsangees for a devotional day at Sands Point, New York on August 31st. An opportunity in a informal setting to get to know Swami Nikhilanand and ask questions; along with food, games and more!
Sun., August 31st
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sands Points Preserve
127 Middleneck Road
New York 11050
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Kirtan & Meditation
Stories, Q &A
12:30 – 1:30 pm Picnic Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Games for Kids & Adults
Please RSVP to info@RGDNY.org
or call (718)-470-0698
(This would help us plan the amount of food to bring for the picnic)
Directions to Park:
Long Island Expressway to
Exit 36 – Searington Road North
Go straight for 6 miles to entrance on right.
Searington Road becomes
Port Washington Blvd.
& then Middleneck Road
Parking fees apply. $10 per car.
At JKP Education, we take pride in celebrating all festivals with equal joy and reverence.
Eid was celebrated at KBIC on 28th July, 2014. The celebrations began at 9.30am with aarti, which followed with cultural programs (Qawali on “Piya Haji Ali” by KBIC students and Group Dance on “Khwaja Meri Khwaja” by KBPS students), Eid quiz and sewai making competition by KBIC’s Yamuna House students.
“One is truly blessed with the grace of God if he in any life, at any time meets a Guru who is shrotriya and brahmanishtha. Such a Guru will not make any disciple, but the disciple himself has to accept him as Guru from the core of his heart. No genuine Guru will initiate anyone as his disciple until his heart gets purified completely.”
By Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Guru Mantra – The Initiation (1st Edition)
Swami Mukundananda is a renowned spiritual teacher from India, and is the senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. He is the founder of the Yogic system called “Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog”, widely known as JKYog. Swamiji is a unique sanyasi (in the renounced order of life), who has a distinguished technical and management educational background that complements his profound spiritual knowledge.
Academic and Professional Accomplishments of Swami Mukundananda
Swami Mukundananda finished his B.Tech. from the world-renowned Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He then completed his MBA from the equally revered Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata. After that, he worked for some time with one of India’s topmost industrial houses. However, distinguished material education and a promising corporate career did not quench his thirst for knowing the Absolute Truth. His penchant for a deeper understanding of the nature of divine love and bhakti (devotion) would drown his mind in spiritual thoughts for long periods. Soon, the longing for God was so strong that he renounced his career and travelled throughout India as a sanyasi.Swami Mukundananda at the Lotus Feet of his Spiritual Master
During these travels, he associate closely with many elevated saints of India, read the writings of the great Acharyas of the past, and lived in many famous holy places. Ultimately his search took him to the lotus feet of his Spiritual Master, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj (who is lovingly called “Maharajji” by his devotees). He was overawed by the unfathomable scriptural knowledge and ocean of Divine love that he saw manifest in his Spiritual Master. About this first meeting, Maharajji later remarked, “He recognized me as one would recognize his mother.” Under the guidance of Shree Maharajji, he practiced intense sadhana while residing at the ashram. He also extensively studied the Vedic scriptures, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam and the Indian and Western systems of philosophy. He also perfected the principle meditation technique called “Roopydhyan”, as revealed and taught by Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Upon completion of his studies, his Guru entrusted him with the key task of propagating the ancient knowledge of the Eternal Truth the world over.
Swami Mukundananda was first introduced to yogasans and Hatha Yog meditational techniques in childhood, and he continued its practice while growing up. As he transitioned to Bhakti Yog, he changed his meditational techniques, but continued with his daily practice of yogasans. Seeing his interest in Yog, Kripaluji Maharaj asked him to teach a holistic system of Yog, to correct the anomaly in the Western world, where Yoga was being taught as a mere physical science. On his Spiritual Master’s instructions, Swamiji visited reputed Yoga Universities all over India, studying their yogic techniques. He then incorporated the best practices of Hatha Yog, and amalgamated it with Bhakti Yog, to formulate the system of “Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog.”
For the last quarter of a century, Shree Swamiji has been traveling far and wide, awakening hundreds of thousands of seekers. Wherever Swamji goes, he attracts huge audiences. Hearing the profound secrets of the Vedas from him is a rare privilege, for he is able to explain the ancient esoteric knowledge with rigourous scientific logic, in the modern context. Using perfect logic, and a simple-yet-scientific approach, Swamiji offers new ways of understanding and applying the knowledge of the scriptures in our daily lives. The hallmark of his lectures is the ease with which he dispels various myths and misnomers associated with the various paths of God-realization, and his ability to penetrate even the toughest minds and convince them with depth of understanding and scriptural veracity.
Swamiji has been teaching Yoga & Meditation for over 15 years and personally practising it for over 40 years. He is a renouned expert on Meditation techniques and has presented them to a worldwide audience in the last many years at various forums. He is also the author of many books and articles on Yoga, Meditation and Pranayam.
Inspiring Discourses By Swami Mukundananda Swamiji’s lectures cover the teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads, Shreemad Bhagwatam, Puranas, Bhagavad Geeta, Ramayan, and other Eastern scriptures and Western philosophies. Like the true Disciple of a true Master, Swamiji masterfully quotes from the scriptures of all the great religions, to satisfy even the most discerning of knowledge-seekers. He also reveals the simple and straightforward path to God-realization that can be practiced by anyone. Although Swami Mukundananda started preaching in India two decades ago, he now preaches both in India and abroad. He has inspired innumerable devotees in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, where his visit is always anxiously awaited. Since 2008, on the instruction of Shree Maharajji, Swamiji has increasingly begun spending more time in USA, where his educational background and command over the English language make his programs particularly charming to the intelligentsia, professionals, and academicians.
The last rites program (Pushpa Visarjan) of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj continued at Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu on January 16th, Someshwar Ghat, Nasik, Maharashtra on January 18th and Gomti Ghat, Dwarka, Gujarat on January 20th 2014. Check out JKP Official facebook for full size pictures.
Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj’s sacred ashes were immersed at these holy places amid Vedic rituals and congregational chanting of the Holy Names of God by devotees and family of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. In addition, senior disciple of Shree Maharaj Ji, Swami Mukundananda, delivered a Sadhana Shivir at Sri Rameshwaram Dham.
Please check out the commemorative newsletter of Shree Kripalu Kunj Ashram, Houston, for a description of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj’s ascension by Sushree Braj Banchary Didi.
“As a flush to sizzle out the sinful earth
As droplets of water to a thirsty sailor
As a shower to the very desert
As guideline & pathway to hopeless travelers
As a drop of love to harsh hearts
GURU landed as the angel of lord!
Happy Jagadguru Diwas ” – Poem by Aaprisha Sharma from Nepal
In cities in India and around the world, the celebrations for Jagadguru Diwas 2014 and Makar Sankranti 2014 are huge. On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the Ganges and other holy streams. People offer thousands of their colorful oblations to the Sun in the form of beautiful kites. The act stands as a metaphor for reaching to their beloved God. In the ashrams of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, we mark this occasion in a joyous and colorful way; even more-so because it is the day when Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, our Guru, was ordained as “Jagadguru” in 1957.
On Sunday, beautiful kites filled the skyline of Radha Madhav Dham USA and Radha Govind Dham New York and devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj offered their respects to the lotus feet of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
In other news, Swami Nikhilanand Ji, senior preacher of Radha Krishna and sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj delivered a profound series of lectures on the significance of the life of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. The 6-part series was delivered to devotees at Radha Madhav Dham. All speeches are available for viewing at Radha Madhav Dham’s youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/RadhaMadhavDham or Swami Ji’s blog.
On December 29th, America commemorated Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, with flower offerings and shobha yatra at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin. Thousands of spiritual seekers who have been inspired by Shree Maharajji joined the special functions.
Bhakti in the age of Instagram
Bhakti in the age of Social Media: Several new social media channels have been launched to connect devotees and promote the path of Radha Krishna devotion in America. Most significantly, Radha Madhav Dham, which is the official center of Radha Krishna devotion in the west, has gone virtual with the introduction of Radha Madhav Dham Official facebook page and Radha Madhav Dham Official twitter page.
Radha Govind Dham New York has just launched on instagram, one of the most popular apps today, in addition to facebook and other social media. The instagram page contains regular inspirations by art extraordinaire, Bina. Instagram id is RGDNY. We would like all our readers to get active in Radha Madhav Dham and Radha Govind Dham New York social media. Download the app for instagram and get more inspired and connected with devotion.
New Year Kirtan at Radha Madhav Dham
Devotees of Shree Maharajji in America gathered at Radha Madhav Dham for 24 hour kirtan. Here is a clip of the climax of the long kirtan session for New Year 2014, where devotees expressed their love for Shree Maharajji and Radha Krishna through chanting and dancing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.