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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Another day with Kripaluji Maharaj at Bhakti Dham

Related Post: Kripaluji Maharaj in Mangarh

Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj giving a pravachan at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
Shree Maharajji giving a spiritual discourse at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh

In the four passing years since last coming to Bhakti Dham, the birthplace of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, the physical appearance of this place has changed alot. A majestic temple dawns, the brilliant white marble mahal of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, beatific gardens and leafy green trees fluttering in the mild wind.

The beauty and ethereal charm of this Divine abode is unmissable, but two things in particular caught my attention:

1. Normally you think of an ashram as a closed campus where students study under the guidance of their Master. But here, where does the village of Mangarh end and Bhakti Dham begin? It appears as if the whole region itself is the incarnation of devotion where our Shree Kripaluji Maharaj appeared, lived, and is now freely distributing the Bliss of Radha Krishn leelas to everyone coming to Mangarh, with an open heart to receive his Grace and an open mind to conceive his teachings.

2. From first entering this Dham, I never felt like I was in someone's else's place. It could be with the grace Shree Kripaluji Maharaj himself that you don't even feel like you are in an ashram. You feel a sense of 'own-ness' in the whole Dham which is striking.

Rising early morning 4am, beautiful arti, breakfast of dalia and chai. Chanting throughout the day in the angan of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, echoing all through the streets and throughout the ashram buildings and the temple and everywhere. Warm familiar murmurs of 'Radhey Radhey', seemingly laced within the very fabric of the breeze, resonate within the innermost chamber of the self. I don't know what love sounds like, but the Divine timbre of 'Radhey Radhey' rippling through the body, is the closest to 'love' that this sinful soul has ever heard.

The sheer size of the place is indicative of the volume of acolytes coming here to seek spiritual guidance from Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj. Further down towards the village, a massive new dining hall is beginning construction.

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