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.
Final speech by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj‘s last speech has been subtitled in English as per the request of the devotees. This is the final speech (subtitled) given by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, called Man Karu Sumiran Radha Rani ke Charan (O my mind, always remember the lotus feet of Radha Rani). It was given 2 hours before his entering into Divine coma on November 11th 2013. In his final speech, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj put forth the essence of all the scriptures and philosophies of the world:
It is the mind that has to be engaged in devotion to God, so one must practice and practice tirelessly to attach the mind in the Divine realm.
2.3.14-17.3.14 – Holi Sadhana Shivir held at Bhakti Bhawan, Bhakti Dham – Mangarh.
The Personification of Divine Love and Grace
Since eternity, divine personalities have descended on earth for the welfare of humans. Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj is one such divine personality, who is amongst the most unique and highly revered spiritual master. “Shree Maharajji”, as he is lovingly called by his devotees, was born on the auspicious night of Sharad Poornima in 1922, in the village Mangarh, near Allahabad in the eastern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Childhood and youth
Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj spent his childhood just like any other, absorbed in playing games and frolicking with his young friends. He was well known to be very intelligent and would excel effortlessly in his studies. At the age of fourteen, he left his village and attended three Universities, in Kashi, Chitrakoot and Indore. He covered a whole series of courses in the space of just two-and-a-half years.
Absorption in Divine Bliss
At the young age of sixteen, Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj suddenly gave up his studies and entered the dense forests of Chitrakoot. There he spent his time absorbed in intense love for Radha Krishna. He would often lose all external consciousness, and go without eating and drinking for many days. For long intervals, he would remain in mahabhav, the highest stage of devotion that manifests in Radha Rani. The very same manifestation of mahabhav love was last seen in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, about 500 years ago. He emerged from the forest after two years to begin his mission of revealing the glories of Radha Krishna devotion to the world.
Shree Maharajji started to conduct ‘satsangs’ that brought about a revolution of Bhakti or devotion in the states of UP and Rajasthan in the 1940s and 50s. He would lead kirtans 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.
Shree Maharajji’s divine kirtans have captured a special place for themselves in the hearts of sincere devotees across the globe.
After accepting the title of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj traveled throughout the country for fourteen years. He would deliver month-long discourses in each city, in which he would unravel the mysteries of the scriptures before tens of thousands of people, who would throng the venue for a glimpse of this extraordinary scholar and Saint whose words left them spellbound. Shree Maharajji’s lectures tantalize the masses with humor, worldly examples, practical instructions and playful chastisement, much to the delight of the crowd. It was a unique experience as he made the deepest scriptural truths accessible to everyone in the simplest language.
As a cut runs deep, his penetrative words have such divine power that even an atheist’s heart can melt when Shree Maharajji describes the merciful and gracious nature of God.
Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj has written thousands of inspiring verses revealing the Divine pastimes of Radha Krishna. His style of writing is unique in the entire history of saints: First, he begins the chanting of a pada or kirtan, and as the kirtan progresses, he keeps adding lines to it, bringing it to a consummate close. In glorification of Shree Radha Krishna Devotion, he has named one of his creations as “Prem Ras Madira”, or “Divine Love Intoxicant”. A literal (verbatim) translation of the name of one of the greatest treasures of a devotee is a naïve and futile attempt. One is lost for words to describe the intensity and greatness of the pads and kirtans written by Shree Maharajji. It is only by singing the inebriating kirtans that we can get a glimpse of the unfathomable Divine love that pours out from the heart of a true devotee of Shree Radha Krishna.
It is Shree Maharajji’s vision that every soul should get a chance to practice Bhakti or devotion in its simplest form, so that the soul may attain its true goal of God-realization. In order to help people around the world in their quest towards this goal, Shree Maharajji began training devotee preachers and sending them to different parts of the globe. He also created a formal organization and began the construction of huge ashrams, to provide facilities for devotees who wished to practically apply the teachings in their lives. This organization is today known as the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. Every soul seeking divine love & bhakti realizes the infinite grace of Shree Kripalu ji maharaj.