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.
On November 3rd, 2014, H.H. Dr. Vishakha Tripathi, President of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, Bhakti Dham, was honoured with the “Zee Achiever’s Award” by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav. Established by Zee Media Group, this award was given to those organizations and individuals who have contributed in a significant way to the economic and social upliftment of the residents of Uttar Pradesh. In the past also, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat has been honoured with “Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award”, “Naari Shakti Award”, “Mother Teresa Award” and “Nelson Mandela Peace Award” for it’s exemplary contribution in the eld of healthcare and women’s education.
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.
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.
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.