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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Happy Guru Poornima 2017

Happy Guru Poornima 2017 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's ashram
Happy Guru Poornima glimpse of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

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Happy Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima is the most important occasion for the devotees. It signifies the eternal relationship of a soul to the supreme power of Grace called ‘guru tattva.’ Radha Krishna Who are the absolute supreme guru tattva are always Gracing the souls. But the souls have to recognize Their Gracious kindness in order to experience the sweetness of Their Divine love.

A typical scene that we witnessed during Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj's life was that in the morning Shree Maharajji would lead all the devotees for parikrama around the Satsang Bhavan originally in Barsana and later in Managarh. In the evening he would give a discourse explaining the significance of guru tattva. The Satsang Hall would be filled with thousands and thousands of devotees. A special prasad dinner was always prepared for all the devotees. Everyone would enjoy chanting Guru pads and kirtans describing the greatness of the Spiritual Master. Being in Shree Maharajji’s satsang on Guru Poornima was an incredible Grace. It was an unparalleled opportunity to enter into higher states of divine-love-consciousness and experience the close loving presence of Radha Krishna and Shree Maharajji.

That tradition continues today in Mangarh in exactly same way, having the same intensity of the experience of divine-love-consciousness. Today, the Great Divine Personality Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj is no longer seen in only one place, but rather has infinitely expanded himself and his mercy, to be experienced everywhere. All restrictions of time and space have ended, as the entirety of his birthplace Managarh is the veritable form of Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, as He pervades every atom of the universe, existing in his Divine personal form for one who looks with the eyes of the mind, and with a heart overflowing with the warmth of divine love.

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP) have shared some magnificent glimpses of their 2017 Guru Poornima intensive and festival via their Facebook page. They also have posted inspiring messages from JKP Presidents. I encourage all the sadhaks and serious spiritual aspirants to take a look and be inspired to visit there soon. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/JKPIndia/

Mr. Narendra Modi, President of India, expressed his sentiments as follows (Source: Arise! Awake! Issue 2 (JKP e-Magazine)):

"The great national identity and Saint of the highest order, Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj was a universal teacher who performed welfare not only of the nation, but the entire universe. He was an exponent of universal brotherhood and inspired all towards the devotion of God without discrimination. He exhorted all for universal peace through his transcendental discourses. He worked continuously for the provision of improved services in the area of health, education, and spirituality for the masses, wherever it was necessary. He devoted his entire life and personal wealth for the betterment of people..."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There's no Holi like Mangarh Holi at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's Ashram

Holi 2016 at Kripaluji Maharaj's ashram Mangarh

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If you want to experience the real meaning of Holi, go to Holi 2016 in Mangarh. It was one holi in Mangarh when I first started to experience the true charm of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj's Divine personality. His walking, his talking, his everything appeared phenomenally Divine and although I had met him many times in other Holy places and ashrams, his Mangarh form seemed ever more charming and gracious and I felt his personality seeping inside my being. 

On the actual Holi day itself, it was raining with unfettered bliss even before the Holi play began, as we congregated around a large stage on a pleasing sunny day. We were waiting for the Divine arrival of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj and Amma ji and their associates. When the Holi play started, we were drenched from head to heals with bliss. The crowd was gathered so tightly it swayed as one, like a sea of desiring souls hoping to reach the eternal shore; to get ever closer to the Divine darshan on stage. 

Later in the hall we were graced even more with showers of flowers of multiple fragrances by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj and scented water. Although the times have changed and Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj is not physically present, but the legacy lives on in this blessed place, and you feel it even when attending Mangarh holi today.

If you have not experienced Mangarh Holi Sadhana Shivir yet, consider planning your trip to attend Mangarh Holi Sadhana Shivir 2016.

Holi Sadhana Shivir 2016
Venue: Shri Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
Dates: 15 March-24 March 2016

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mangarh and New York get ready for a sparkling Diwali 2015

Satsangees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj in Mangarh and New York

Satsangees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj in Mangarh and New York

Devotees from all over the world continue to descend on the Bhakti Dham ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj to participate in the riveting Sadhana Shvivir which continues until November 25th 2015. The satsangs, parikramas, festivals and the divinity of Bhakti Dham have become firmly etched in the consciousness of Radha Krishna devotees who attended in the past, and the present, and the crowds continue to swell with each passing year. So much so, that Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj inaugurated the Bhakti Bhavan, a massive dome-shaped temple which accommodates 10,000 devotees at once.

One devotee recently blogged:

Devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj in parikrama
Devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj in parikrama

"...Those misty early morning parikramas in Mangarh, where one's body mind and soul fills up and overflows with indescribable divine peace and bliss by singing the Lord's Name. Although massively cold and one can't see what's ten steps ahead, it didn't matter as it just made it more mystically magical"

Diwali will be celebrated at the Bhakti Dham Mangarh ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj on November 11th and Govardhan Pooja on the 12th.

Mangarh and New York: Cities worlds apart; united by the thread of Divine Love, Devotion and Grace

Meanwhile, similar opportunities are available in New York. Radha Govind Dham New York, a recently established temple inspired by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj is for many a microcosm of Bhakti Dham and Prem Mandir in the city. Radha Govind Dham is hosting a number of electrifying devotional programs and festivals these days. They will host a number of festivals over the coming week, including satsang until midnight on Nov 7th, Diwali on Nov 11th and Govardhan Pooja on Nov  12th. Before I get to those, let me summarize some of the amazing recent developments from this temple. 

Janmashtami 2015 at Radha Govind Dham New York

Queens New York was rocked by Radha Govind Dham's epic 2nd Janmashtami block party which attracted an unprecedented 3000+ attendees. During the occasion, Nassau County awarded Radha Govind Dham New York and Swami Nikhilanand Ji a citation for selfless commitment to community service. The event attracted the world media, from New York to Gujarat - press clippings available at their website. A few pictures to illustrate what words couldn't:

Janmashtami by Kripaluji Maharaj devotees in New York

Janmashtami by Kripaluji Maharaj devotees in New York

Janmashtami by Kripaluji Maharaj devotees in New York

An International Destination

Perhaps unintentionally, the temple is not only a hub of the New York Indian community. The New York Hindu Temple is becoming an international destination too. During my visit earlier this year, I caught up with Priya who was visiting all the way from Trinidad. Last month, an internationally renowned Irish classical guitarist gave a satsang concert at the temple, in which he sang and played kirtans by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj with classical arrangements, before his blazing performance at Carnegie Hall. In addition, the mandir volunteers had a pilot run of a Global Satsang which live streamed on Youtube. From time to time, there may be similar events - latest details will be posted on their Facebook page or Youtube page.

Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotee in New York Hindu Temple

Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotee in New York Hindu Temple

Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotee in New York Hindu Temple

"Electrifying" satsangs, picnics, house visits

Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotees in New York Hindu Temple

Swami Nikhilanand Ji's satsangs at Radha Govind Dham are becoming the gold standard of satsangs in the city. A recent satsang was described as "an electrifying evening" by one visitor, but that is not unusual (clip below - or see on Facebook if viewing by email). 

Lecture Series'

Preacher of Jagadguru kripalu in Radha Govind Dham Hindu Temple

Lecture series on the Gita, Bhagwatam and important devotional topics by internationally acclaimed preachers such as Swami Maheshvaranand Ji, Sushree Siddheswari Didi, Sushree Diwakari Didi and Swami Nikhilanand Ji have become regular calendar markings by many of New York community. See a clip of Swami Nikhilanand Ji describing the true meaning of Karva Chauth (view on Facebook if unavailable). Pictured above: Lecture by Swami Maheshvaranand Ji, a preacher of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

New Dhol

Not to be overlooked is the new dhol which is sure to bring the excitement of festivals like Diwali and Govardhan Pooja to a new level. The dhol made it's debut during Sharat Poornima, just a few weeks ago. Here is a demo by Jas, one of the mandir musicians. (View on Facebook if unavailable)


Kids at Radha Govind Dham New York

Along with a host of attractions for the for whole family and those who don't have families, kids take a prominent role many of the events. The mandir's Shiksha school holds classes in many different subjects including: - Classical Dholak - Bengali - Leela Performance - Hindustani Vocal & Harmonium - Tabla - Satsang Dholak - Folk & Semi-Classical Dance - Hindi - Mandir Seva - Kirtan Class - Dance class (Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi). Learn more about Shiksha via their website www.RGDNY.org/ShikshaNY

In addition, kids have the opportunity to put their learnings into practice during the major events held by the mandir, including dance and leela performances during the festivals; singing and playing musical instruments during the satsangs. Watch a clip of "Hare Ram, Hare Krishna" led by one of the mandir kids below (see on Facebook if unavailable):

Membership Opportunities

Radha Govind Dham New York has made membership available. Each new member is greeted by Swami Nikhilanand Ji with a Radhey Shyami shawl and receives many other benefits too. Membership details are available on their website at http://rgdny.org/annual-membership/

The mandir is expanding and many new and exciting features are planned for the future, including a larger builder. I encourage all blog readers to lend their support by getting membership or even joining their Facebook page and promoting all their events. Contact the mandir for any support you can lend, including donations or physical support.

Medical Camps and Community Outreach

Radha Govind Dham New York Hindu Temple
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There has been wide attention in the media about the mandir's medical camps in which free vaccines and other treatments are provided to the community free of cost. Pictured above: A host of distinguished doctors at the mandir.

Diwali and Govardhan Pooja 2015 in New York

Radha Govind Dham New York Hindu Temple

In a stroke of fortune, Swami Nikhilanand Ji, a preacher of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, will be in residence during the Diwali 2015 celebration. Swami Nikhilanand recently posted about Diwali 2015 via his Facebook page. Guests are invited to bring their own diyas or candles for an sparkling and illuminating event in the moonlight outside the mandir. For Govardhan Pooja on the 12th, guests can bring bhog to offer to Giridhar Maharaj.

Why Do We Celebrate Diwali (Deepavali)? - By Swami Nikhilanand, preacher of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

If we remember the origin of Diwali, then we will understand the true meaning of this most popular of Hindu festivals, the Festival of Lights.

In treta yug Bhagwan Ram took avatar in the city of Ayodhya. As a youth, He had gone away to the forest for 14 years, but on the occasion of the November New Moon, He was now returning home. The happiness of the residents of Ayodhya knew no bounds as they cleaned every corner of their homes and decorated every building in the entire city with diyas (lights) in anticipation of Ram’s return. They wanted to welcome Him back with all their hearts.

When Shree Ram was entering the city, all the citizens wished to meet Him first. Seeing their desire, He multiplied Himself into as many forms as there were people and met them all simultaneously. Each person felt that Ram had come to them first. This was the scene as Ram returned to Ayodhya, and it is to commemorate this event that we decorate with lights on Diwali. We are meant to feel that we are decorating in anticipation of Ram’s arrival in our home and in our heart.

The use of lights on Diwali carries a deep philosophical meaning. Light (prakash) symbolizes God, goodness and knowledge - whereas darkness (tam) symbolizes evil, ignorance and maya. The more we bring God into our heart, the more His Divine prakash shines within us, relieving us from the effects of the darkness of maya, revealing spiritual knowledge, and filling our life with true joy.
When Radha and Krishna were on the earth planet, They also celebrated Diwali in a special way. They went to Mansi Ganga (a large holy pond near Govardhan hill) and placed floating diyas on the water from opposite sides of the pond. Then They, along with all the Gopis and Gwalbals, created waves with their hands, causing the diyas to converge in the center, and cover the entire pond.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Let's go to Bhakti Dham Mangarh again! (Sadhana Shivir 2015)

Sadha Shivir Program 2015 with Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Let's go to Sharat Poornima Sadhana Shivir 2015

Let's go to Bhakti Dham again! A poem to inspire all of the readers of this blog to attend the Sharat Poornima Sadhana Shivir 2015 which begins next week. Please visit the official JKP Page for details on Sadhana Shivir 2015 at the Mangarh ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. I encourage all my blog readers and visitors who haven't been to the ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj recently or at all, should come to experience the bliss of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj's satsang, for whatever amount of time they can come.

My heart quickens and my head feels light,
Butterflies in my stomach have taken flight,
My chest rises, then I laugh with delight,
I lie in my bed but can't sleep at night,
I can't concentrate, I can't read or write,
But ever so soon I will be all right,
Let's go to Bhakti Dham again!

I feel excited, awake and alive!
Senses and emotions are in overdrive,
I must remain focused, now I must strive
To contain myself so that I can survive
The remaining weeks before I arrive
On that cold parikrama, where I will revive,
Let's go to Bhakti Dham again.

I remember the first time I touched that place,
When I walked that Parikrama at the Master's pace,
With tears in my eyes, a breeze on my face,
I tasted the sweet nectar of Guru's Grace,
And though I lost all sense of Time and Space,
I felt at home, for I had touched base,
Now, let's go to Bhakti Dham again.

The sound of the music, the shade of the light
Permeate the heart so the soul shines bright,
If you dip down deep, you will reach the height,
Then the flame of love's passion you will ignite,
Let's go to Bhakti Dham again.

Let's join in a humble prayer,
That Maharaj ji will protect us while we're there,
That all will be well and under His care
While we are apart, between here and there,
And let each one who goes carry the prayer
Of those who remain here, while we are there,
Let's go to Bhakti Dham again.

What is Sharat Poornima Sadhana Shivir at Bhakti Dham, the Mangarh ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj?

Devotees of Kripalu Ji Maharaj during sadhana shivir 2015

Mangarh village in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, India, is the appearance place of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Sadhana program is for one month.

It starts from Dashahra which falls in October. A few days after Dashahra, Sharat Poornima comes. It is the most auspicious day for the devotee of Radha Krishna because, on that particular night (about 5,000 years ago), the maharas leela had happened. On that same night Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj has appeared.

Arti of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj 2015
Arti of Radha Krishna during Sadhana Shivir at Bhakti Dham Mangarh

Every October thousands of devotees travel from throughout India and around the world to Mangarh to participate in the excelling birthday celebrations of Shree Maharajji and the annual sadhana program. This devotional intensive is an exceptional opportunity to experience higher states of Radha Krishna love. Devotees remember how during these precious weeks Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj would constantly Grace the souls with His Divine association, His unparalleled knowledge and His Divinely dynamic chantings of the names of Radha Krishna. Fortunate devotees who have attended these sadhana programs feel the enhanced closeness of Their Beloved Radha Krishna and an increased longing for Their Divine vision and love.

Throughout the sadhana program ecstatic chanting programs are scheduled in the satsang hall from morning to evening and Shree Maharajji tells the leelas of Radha Krishna (via video) and expounds the deepest devotional theory and practical aspects of devotion through his Divine discourses. Devotees also have the golden chance to do seva (devotional service) in the ashram during the sadhana program.

Magnificent celebrations are organized for the auspicious occasions of Sharat Poornima, Diwali and Govardhan Pooja. On these festival days huge crowds of thousands of devotees dance and chant, drowned in the love of Shyama Shyam and Shree Maharajji. Generous donations of clothing, utensils and blankets are distributed to the needy villagers with the Blessings of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, who is renowned for his kindness and compassion.

Attending the sadhana program in Mangarh is a priceless Divine gift. It is an opportunity to fully immerse oneself in continuous devotion and service. Having Shree Maharajji’s satsang for an extended period of time elevates the consciousness of the devotees and establishes their mind in Radha Krishna love. The Mangarh sadhana program leaves an indelible imprint of love and devotion in the heart of the sincere devotees.