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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Special Message for Sharad Poornima and Jagadgurutam Jayanti 2014

Message for Sharad Poornima and Jagadgurutam Jayanti 2014, birthday of Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Auspicious birthday of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj 2014 and Sharad Poornima


The auspicious birthday of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, which falls on Sharad Poornima, is being celebrated as Jagadguruttam Jayanti on 7th October, 2014.

Special Message for Sharad Poornima 2014 and the Divine appearance day of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj by Swami Nikhilanand Ji

Happy Sharad Poornima! Sharad Poornima is one of the most important days of the year for the devotees of Radha Krishna. It is the full moon on which They performed the maharaas leela. In the maharaas leela uncountable gopis participate and Shree Krishna, multiplying Himself into as many forms as there are gopis, dances with each gopi individually in concentric rings. Radha and Krishna are in the very center and lead the maharaas. Raas is defined as the accumulated sweetness of all the forms of Divine Blissfullness combined into one leela. And maharaas is the ultimate revelation of raas. Its greatness can be guessed by the fact that even God Shiv and Goddess Lakshmi desired to join and experience it.

Radha Krishna revealed that maharaas ras on our earth 5,000 years ago at midnight of Sharad Poornima. Shree Krishna's yogmaya shakti stopped the normal movement of time during maharaas; thus the maharaas leela lasted for a whole kalp, even though the people of the world felt that a normal night had past. The amazing thing is that even though maharaas is the highest Bliss of the Divine world, yet it is attainable by any soul who worships Radha Krishna with samartha rati madhurya bhav (as the gopis did).

It was at midnight was on this same Sharad Poornima night in 1922 that Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj appeared in this world. For many decades, until his departure from this world on November 15th, 2013, he taught the path of raganuga bhakti and inspired souls to worship Radha Krishna in the same style as the gopis. Those who do bhakti according to his teachings are progressing towards the attainment of that ultimate Bliss of maharaas.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Prem Mandir Vrindavan Janmashtami 2014 date has been revised

Janmashtami at Prem Mandir, founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Janmashtami at Prem Mandir, founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

The world prepares for Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Prem Mandir, founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Note: Prem Mandir Janmashtami 2014 date has been revised and will now take place on August 18th. Sadhana Shivir will take place August 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. Check JKP Official Facebook and JKP Website for accurate updates

The Vrindavan Times News: The world waits on the edges of their seats as Vrindavan readies for one of the grandest and spectacular festivals of the year: Krishna Janmashtami 2014. Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Krishna Jayanti, is the appearance day of Lord Krishna. Upwards of a million devotees will visit Prem Mandir during Krishna Janmashtami period and witness the largest Krishna Janmashtami 2014 in the world.

Lord Krishna appeared at midnight of the eighth waning moon which falls in August/September. Krishna Janmashtami is one of the greatest celebrations of the Hindu community worldwide which is observed throughout India, at Prem Mandir Vrindavan which has been established by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, and around the world as far as Austin, New York and Singapore.

In the Temples on Krishna Janmashtami, devotees sing and chant the glories and the leelas of Krishna up to midnight. Then they do arti of Krishna and distribute prasad. In Vrindavan there are a number of professional groups who enact the leelas of Radha Krishn on the open stage.

Mass meditation program and Krishna Janmashtami 2014

This year on Krishna Janmashtami, a sadhana shivir (mass meditation program) will be held on 14th, 15th and 16th of August 2014 at Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan, one of the ashrams of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. The Krishna Janmashtami celebration itself will be celebrated in all the temples, ancient and contemporary, in Vrindavan and all over Braj. Prem Mandir Janmashtami date has been revised and will now take place on August 18th. Sadhana Shivir will take place August 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. Janmashtami will take place in the presence of many saints and dignitaries.

To mark the occasion, areas of Prem Mandir Vrindavan are specially displayed with the childhood events of Krishna and great crowds come to have its darshan. At Shyama Shyam Dham Vrindavan, a lovely cradle of baby Krishna is placed in the Satsang Hall on this day, and people will come from all over for the opportunity to have darshan and swing the Divine child on His Birthday.

Throughout the day and up to midnight, devotional programs will be arranged in Vrindavan which include one act plays and dances related to Radha Krishna leelas. Chanting of Krishna Janmashtami leelas and the songs of His appearance, special arti of baby Krishna and Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj‘s speech, explaining the importance of Krishna Janmashtmi in a devotee’s life, highlight the celebration.



In other news, Radha Govind Dham New York has posted a special Krishna Janmashtami 2014 message by Swami Nikhilanand Ji, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. Swami Nikhilanand Ji will be in attendance during the first ever Krishna Janmashtami Block Party and Best-Dressed Krishna Contest at Radha Govind Dham mandir in Glen Oaks next Sunday, August 17th 2014. Swami Nikhilanand Ji will give a Krishna Janmashtami 2014 address during the celebration which will also include live bhajans, food, dandiya, dances and much more. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids in costume! Click here to read Swami Nikhilanand's Janmashtami message.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Austin kids preparing for Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Kripalu Ji Maharaj's ashram

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's ashram
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham


Krishna Janmashtami 2014 will take place at Radha Madhav Dham Austin, the USA Ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 from 5pm – midnight

Austin, Texas (The Vrindavan Times News): The excitement is building up in Austin Texas as kids and their parents from all over Austin are finalizing their costume ideas for Krishna Janmashtami 2014. Austin Texas is renowned as it will be hosting one of the largest Krishna Janmashtami 2014 events in America, which is held at Radha Madhav Dham. Indeed, Krishna Janmashatmi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham in Austin has even been featured in a number of books, and author Mark Busby writes in The Southwest, part of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures series of books,

Just outside Austin, the [Radha Madhav Dham] Hindu Temple is now home to one of the biggest Janmashtami celebrations in North America

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 costume contest creating a stir in Austin at Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj's ashram creating a stir in Austin

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's  ashram, Radha Madhav Dham
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham


One of the innovative and creative features of the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham, the USA Ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, is the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 Kids Costume Contest. Kids can dress up in any character from Lord Krishna’s descension period of 125 years -

…from Baby Krishna’s period in Braj where he did so many loving pastimes
…from the period when Krishna went to Mathura to free his parents from King Kans
…or, from the time when Krishna ruled as the King of Dwarika during the period of Mahabharat

Kids are invited to be as creative as they like… be Radha, Krishna, be a Gopi, or dress up as a cow, flute, peacock feather. The idea for the contest came from the aim to get kids in Austin into the spirit of Krishna Janmashtami 2014 and give them devotional memories of this special day. All participating kids will win prizes; but there will also be special prizes for the contest winners. Another exciting feature of the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 celebration in Austin is that kids will “meet” Saints & Gods from Krishna Avatar who will relay inspiring stories of Krishna.

Something for everyone at Krishna Janmashtami 2014 in Austin Texas

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's  ashram, Radha Madhav Dham
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham


The Krishna Janmashtami 2014 costume contest is just one small part of an exciting lineup of devotional programs throughout the evening. There is something for everyone at an event which is a year shy of one quarter century in the running. A highlight is the abhishek and jhulan (swinging) ceremony of baby Krishna where everyone will get a chance to push baby Krishna on a beautiful, and lavishly decorated swing during his birthday celebration 2014. There will also be ecstatic chanting of Krishna Janmashtami kirtans and bhajans during the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 kirtan program inside the beautiful Radha Madhav Dham temple. Another highlight for many is a special arti to baby Krishna at midnight. An out-of-this world sumptuous vegetarian feast will be served to all during the program. The full lineup of events according to Radha Madhav Dham website and the official Krishna Janmashtami 2014 RSVP page is as follows:

Outdoors program
  • 5:00pm – Mahaprasad served in the Dining hall
  • 5:30pm – Kids Activity and Food Booths Open
  • 7:00pm – Special Kids Program on Outdoor Stage
    (Kids will meet Saints & Gods from Krishna Avatar to hear stories of Krishna)
  • 7:30pm – Kids Costume Contest begins – see below for more information
    (Prizes for all participating kids and special prizes for the contest winners)
  • 8:15pm – Kids Outdoor Program concludes
Indoors Program
  • 6:00pm: Chanting inside temple begins
  • 7:15pm: Special discourse on Krishna Janmashtmi 2014
  • 7:45pm: Abhishek & Swinging of Lord Krishna
  • 8:15pm: Bal Krishna themed dances & leela performances
  • 9:30pm: Chanting inside prayer hall continues
  • 12:00am: Sing Arti to Baby Krishna at Midnight
Krishna Janmashtami at Radha Madhav Dham, the USA Ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, is especially well-liked for bringing out the original devotional mood of the occasion, similar to Braj-style Janmashtami celebrations; and also being fun for everyone, while giving everyone the chance to also learn the philosophy and real meaning of Krishna Janmashtami from a preacher who has studied the Hindu scriptures in depth.

Everyone who is planning to attend Krishna Janmashtami 2014 in Austin is request to JOIN the official Krishna Janmashtami 2014 RSVP page on facebook and invite others, and not to forget to bring your kids is costume! 

The most important part of Krishna Janmashtami 2014, according to one Radha Madhav Dham spokesperson, a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, is to make it your own, and create your own memories with Krishna that will last a lifetime.

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's  ashram, Radha Madhav Dham
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj is different than a Guru...

Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj is different than a Guru
Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj is different than a Guru


Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj is different than a guru. A guru takes you by the hand and walks you along the path. Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj stands behind you and pushes, forcing you along, arranging your life such that there is only one possible direction to go in.

Philosophy of Friendship day & Tulsidas Jayanti 2014: Teachings of Kripaluji Maharaj

Philosophy of Tulsidas Jayanti 2014 and Friendship Day
2014 according to Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Vrindavan, August 3rd 2014 (The Vrindavan Times News): Friendship Day takes place in India the first Sunday of every August. In the time honored tradition, friends all over India have been exchanging gifts and cards today; tagging each other on facebook in cute pictures with quotes; blowing up each others’ phones with whatsapp messages. But for the braj-ras Rasiks and devotees, Friendship Day has a special significance, which will be illustrated further down. 

Tulsidas Jayanti 2014
story by Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Another important celebration which has been taking place today is Tulsidas Jayanti 2014, the birthday of Saint Tulsidas. A great Saint and poet, Saint Tulsidas is an important figure who rejuvenates and gave life to Hindu Philosophy. Tulsidasji was a dedicated devotee of Shree Ram and the writer of ‘Shree Ramcharitmanas,’ a great Hindu scripture. He was born on Shravan Shukla Saptami of 1498 AD in Rajpur, Chitrakoot district and was a Sarayuparina Brahmin by birth. Tulsidasji intensely loved his wife Buddhimati and she enlightened him by saying that if he loved Lord Ram half as much as her he would attain eternal bliss. Thereafter Tulsidas became an ascetic. He got a vision of Lord Ram through Hanumanji and began composing the Shree Ramcharitmanas.

There is a famous story of Saint Tulsidasji’s visit to Vrindavan, which is very dear to the hearts of the residents of Vrindavan. Tulsidas traveled to Vrindavan, where he visited a temple. When he began bowing down to the murti of Shree Krishna, the Mahant of the temple named Parshuram decided to test Tulsidas. He told Tulsidas that he who bows down to any deity except their Ishta Devata (cherished form of divinity) is a fool, as Tulsidas’ Ishta Devata was Ram. In response, Tulsidas recited the following extemporaneously composed doha (couplet)

काह कहौं छबि आजुकि भले बने हो नाथ ।

।तुलसी मस्तक तब नवै धरो धनुष शर हाथ ॥

O Lord, how shall I describe today’s splendour, for you appear auspicious.
Tulsidas will bow down his head when you take the bow and the arrow in your hands.

When Tulsidas recited this couplet, the murti of Shree Krishna holding the flute and stick in hands changed to the murti of Shree Ram holding the bow and arrow in hands.

Tulsidas Jayanti 2014 at Prem Mandir founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Sita Ram and Radha Krishna darshan at Prem Mandir,
founded by Kripalu Ji Maharaj

On Tulsidas Jayanti 2014 one must read or hear the Ramcharitmanas, visit shrines of Lord Ram as well as Hanumanji. In Vrindavan, all the Ram bhaktas have been coming for Sita Ram darshan at Prem Mandir, which has beautiful life size, effulgent and realistic appearance in the main shrine on the ground floor of the temple.

Story of Tulsidas ji as narrated by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj in his final words 


Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Story of Tulsidas was narrated
by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj
The amazing story of Tulsidas ji having initially being extremely attached to his wife and later meeting Ram in His personal form is also significant as being narrated by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj in his parting speech to the world on November 11th 2013. Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj said: (Full video lecture, subtitles and English transcript available here) -

…Shree Krishna had told Arjun,

Abhyasena tu Kaunteya Vairagyena cha grihyate
Bhagavad Gita 6.35

Through repeated practice, the yogis perform great feats. They achieve great powers through disciplined practice. And they do it using the same mind you have. Their mind is not imported from somewhere else. The very same fickly and impure mind that we possess right now, they also possessed at one point. Even Saints such as Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera, Shankaracharya, Nimbarkacharya or any other Saint.

In comparison to Tulsidas, there is no one who could be as shameful, in my opinion. Why? Think for a moment. He had gone to his in-laws to meet his wife. He was so anxious to meet her, that in attempt to climb into her house he mistook a snake for a rope. First of all, didn’t Tulsidas know that if there is a house, there must also be a door? You won’t find any house without doors. And secondly, he went to meet his own wife. He should have knocked at the door. He could have shouted, “Open the door!” It is not a crime to meet one’s wife, nor is it considered immoral. Tulsidas, so obsessed with his wife abandoned his desires when she said to him, “If you had this much love for God, you would have met Him by now.” These words opened his eyes. He immediately turned away from the world. Not half-heartedly. He turned completely towards God. And he indeed met Lord Ram in that very life. In my opinion, there is no one in the entire world who could be obsessed with his wife as Tulsidas was.

So, through practice, everything becomes possible. All of you sitting here have also done great practice in the past just to come to this point. Otherwise, no one has even a moment to spare… (Full video lecture and transcript available here)


Dohas (couplets) composed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj on Friendship Day

Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Friendship day 2014 couplets (doha)
by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Being Friendship Day, today is the day to specially remember the true friends, Hari Guru (God and Guru). Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj composed the following doha especially for Friendship Day. His Radha Govind Geet initially had 11,111 doha (couplets) describing every possible aspect of the Divine field, and later thousands more doha were added. But here are a selection which one could meditate on today:

आज है फ्रेंडशिप डे , गोविन्द राधे !
साँचो फ्रेंड हरि गुरु, बस दो हैं बता दे !!

Today is Friendship Day.
Only God and Guru are our real (eternal) friends.


आज फ्रेंडशिप डे पे हे गोविन्द राधे !
मेरी मति धृति को अपना बना दे !!

On this day of Friendship day, O Govind Radhey!
Make my mind and intellect Yours.


तेरी मेरी यारी यार , गोविन्द राधे !
चोरी चोरी कब तक चलेगी बता दे !!

Our Friendship (Yours and mine), O Govind Radhey!
Till when will it continue in hiding?


तेरी मेरी लुका छिपी, गोविन्द राधे !
मेरे साथ कब तक चलेगी बता दे !!

Yours and mine (this game of) hide and seek, O Govind Radhey!
Till when will it continue with me, please tell me.


तेरी मेरी यारी यार, गोविन्द राधे !
कबहूँ न छूटे टूटे , चाहे जोर लगा दे !!

Our Friendship (Yours and mine), O Govind Radhey!
Will never break or can be taken away, however hard one may try.


तेरे मेरे बीच में हे गोविन्द राधे !
जो भी आये वाको तू आँख दिखा दे !!

Whoever comes in between us, O Govind Radhey!
Please show him an eye (in anger).


A kirtan composed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj for Friendship Day goes as follows

Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Friendship day 2014 kirtan by
Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj
तेरी यारी पै बिहारी मै तो वारु तन मन !
तू ही मेरो प्राण धन तू ही मेरो है जीवन !!

On your Friendship, O lord Krishna (Bihari), I sacrifice my body and mind.
You alone are my soul’s treasure, You alone are my life.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat to conduct Sadhana Shivir in Hyderabad from today!

Hyderabad sadhana shivir with the grace of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj in August 2014
With the grace of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, JKP presidents
will lead sadhana shivir in Hyderabad


With the blessings of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat is conducting a Sadhana Shivir (Devotional Intensive) in the presence of JKP Presidents in Hyderabad from today.

Dates: 2nd to 7th August, 2014

Venue: Ghanshyam Bhawan - Gujrati Pragati Samaj,
near Nrupatunga School,
Kachiguda,
Hyderabad.

Contact: Parikshit - 9848087632/ Shivani Gupta - 9652227312 (India phone numbers).