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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

California gears up for 2 week-long Bhagwad Gita Classes in Fremont and Pasadena!

Disciple of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj leading Bhagwad Gita Class in Fremont and Pasadena
Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj leading Bhagwad Gita
Class in Fremont and Pasadena

Parents and kids in Fremont and Pasadena are gearing up for week-long Bhagwad Gita Classes over the Summer Holidays, led by Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj and preacher at Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Radha Madhav Dham.

Family Bhagwad Gita Class in Fremont California

Venue:
Vedic Dharma Samaj,
Freemont Hindu Temple,
3676 Delaware Dr.,
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 659-0655

Dates:
June 14 - 20, 2015. FREE Program

Family Bhagwad Gita Class in Pasadena California

Venue:
676 South Rosemead Boulevard, 
Pasadena, 
California 91107

Dates:
June 22 - 25, 2015

Register for FREE, and/or change someone else's life by encouraging him/her to register at www.FamilyGitaClass.org. Send an email or make a call to some of your family and friends in California to let them know about Family Bhagwad Gita Class

This Summer Holidays, Swami Nikhilanand, a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, will present unique and transformative 7-day courses in Fremont and Pasadena, California. The fun and interactive format will allow the whole family to learn the most important topics of the Gita one chapter at a time. The course, held daily in the evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, is unique because it allows adults and children (age 6 & up) to learn the philosophy of the Bhagwad Gita together in the same class. This is possible due to the innovative format which encourages questions and allows the interest of the students to drive the direction of the class.

Kids get to have their long-standing questions about Hinduism answered, and clear doubts and confusions about Hindu philosophy. This helps them to grow pride in Hinduism and feel comfortable being Hindu. It is facsinating for adults to watch how quickly youth and kids are able to grasp the concepts of the Gita. Although adults freely participate in question and answer sessions and discussions with Swami Nikhilanand, they are particularily inspired by the childrens' insightful questions.

Swami Nikhilanand, who resides at the largest Hindu ashram in North America, Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, Texas, has developed his series of Family Gita Classes over the last decade of teaching in Hindu Mandirs across the U.S., in cities like New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles. He has refined the format to appeal to both young and old by focusing on the highlights of each chapter of the Gita (one chapter is covered each day) with emphasis on how to live the philosophy in your daily life. Worksheets are provided for those who wish to have a summary in note form of the day's topics. Each day also includes tips on meditation for all ages, a quiz on the day's material in the form of a friendly game of Jeopardy, arti, and dinner prasad. Asked 
what the most impressive thing about the classes is, Swami Nikhilanand replied, "It's the way the kids want to come back day after day. They are the ones pulling their parents to get there on time so they don't miss anything. Just bring them for one day and you'll see. That is my challenge to parents."

Family Gita Class is a free program and will be held at the Vedic Dharma Samaj (Freemont Hindu Temple) from June 14 - 20, 2015 and Pasadena Hindu Temple from June 22 - 25 2015.

For more information and to register for FREE, visit the website at www.FamilyGitaClass.org


Disciple of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj leading Bhagwad Gita Class in Fremont and Pasadena
California gears up for 2 week-long Bhagwad Gita Classes in Fremont and Pasadena,
led by Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

California gears up for 2 week-long Bhagwad Gita Classes in Fremont and Pasadena, 
led by Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Disciple of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj leading Bhagwad Gita Class in Fremont and Pasadena
California gears up for 2 week-long Bhagwad Gita Classes in Fremont and Pasadena, 
led by Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Disciple of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj leading Bhagwad Gita Class in Fremont and Pasadena
California gears up for 2 week-long Bhagwad Gita Classes in Fremont and Pasadena, 
led by Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Call to Action: Use your skills to upskill other devotees

Opportunity for knowledge transfer by devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Opportunity for knowledge transfer by
devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj



Radhey Radhey (Message from Blog Webmaster)

I'd like to welcome people to sign up for being an online teacher in their subject area, by sending a message to Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj Satsang Facebook page, a fanpage associated with this blog. From my experience, there is a need for an effective platform for devotee knowledge transfer, whereby devotees can share their skills to others in order to improve their CV, advance their careers or use those skills to get involved in seva opportunities related to Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj's mission.

The idea began with my upcoming FREE Java classes, which will begin May 23rd (RSVP here) and I want to grow the service to have a common platform where all teachers can improve their skills by teaching others. In addition to improving your teaching skills, you also become more skilled in a subject by teaching it, and you'd also have the satisfaction of helping others to upskill and advance their careers. Anyone can start, and when there are enough classes taking place, we'll coordinate our efforts through a central website.

Things that are needed for this project to begin

1. Knowledgeable people in all subject areas who want to donate some of their time to upskill others
2. A skilled web designer to create an online portal where new users can register, browse classes and sign up for classes and learn how to access the classes via online conferencing classes
3. People to help with marketing and branding this revolutionary service
4. Social media team to develop a presence of this service online
5. A team of grassroots net-workers who will network with others and inform them about the service

Possible subject areas:

1. Web development
2. Programming languages
3. Cyber security
4. Actual languages, e.g. Hindi, Sanskrit
5. Graphic Design
6. Audio mixing
7. Marketing/Branding
8. CV/Career development

The FREE service will be highly useful to all devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj who want to upskill and advance their careers, students who want to improve their skillset, and those who want to share their skills, but it will be a free public service to begin with. Your students can endorse you on Linkedin for the skill you transfer to them.

To get involved with this proposed project, or collaborate on this project, send a message to the facebook page associated with this blog.

David Mc C.

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.