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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Process of Accepting Disciples in the JKP Organization (Q&A With Swami Nikhilanand)

Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj - the Supreme Spiritual Master of JKPSwami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and spiritual teacher at JKP Radha Madhav Dham recently answered a question on his facebook page regarding the process of accepting disciples in the JKP organization:

Question: What is the process of accepting disciples / initiates in the JKP organization? Can householder devotees be initiated? Are disciples of Guru Maharaj ji authorized to accept disciples?

Answer by Swami Nikhilanand: Thank you for your question. Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is the supreme acharya of this age and is the only Guru in our organization. Thus, disciples and pracharaks of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj do not accept disciples or act as Gurus. Regarding the subject of initiation, anyone desiring to attain Radha Krishn in this life is qualified to follow the path of bhakti as taught by Shree Kripaluji Maharaj; this includes householders. However, Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj does not formally initiate devotees. He is willing to Grace anyone who accepts him in their heart. It all happens internally: you accept him as your Guru, and start following the path according to his teachings, and he will Grace you and help you to proceed.

There is no formality required. If you accept him, he has already accepted you, even if you have never physically met him. Now all that is left is to proceed on the path with the faith that he is already Gracing you. When, through the path of bhakti, your heart is fully purified, then he could Grace you with God realization. This is the true or final initiation which takes place once a devotee has become qualified (by completing his heart purification). This is how Kripaluji Maharaj has described the Guru-disciple relationship and the process of initiation.

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