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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy new year! Highlights from 2011!

Our beloved guru Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj

With 2011 winding to a close, here is a post about some of JKP's highlights throughout the year. 2011 was a magnificent year for the devotees of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. There are so many things to talk about, but here is a summary of a few things that we saw on this blog:

1. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj gave a glimpse of his kindness and graciousness in June when he gave fruit juice to Baba Ramdev in order to end his painful fast against Government corruption. (More...)

2. Expanded benefit to the needy through JKP's free hospitals in Barsana and Mangarh and upcoming hospital in Vrindavan. (More and More...)

3. Grand and magnificent celebrations with Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj of all the major Hindu festivals which revealed the true meanings of those celebrations. Looking at the pictures, there seems to be hardly any words to describe the nectar of Divine love which poured during festivals like Guru Poornima. (More...)

4. One of the highlights of the year for many devotees (including me!) was a fun and devotional holiday in the cool climate of Mussoorie, a bustling town on the foothills of the Himalayas. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's Seva Kunj ashram is a center of devotion in the town and one is always sure to have many devotional memories never to be forgotten. (More... and More...)

5. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's Divine lectures began airing on several new TV channels in India and USA including Aastha, Sahara Samay and Sadhna TV. (More...)

6. In March, there was a ground breaking ceremony for a 73,000 square foot beautiful new dome-shaped satsang bhavan next to Prem Mandir, Vrindavan, which will accommodate 25,000 satsangees. Construction of a similar structure is underway in Mangarh. (More...)

7. Unbelievable kindness in the form of mass money distributions to poor patients at JKP Hospitals during all the religious festivals such as Dushera, Krishn Janmashtmi, Sharat Poornima, Divali, Gopashtmi and Christmas etc. (More...)

8. Huge cataract camps that gave the gift of vision to thousands of villagers. (More...)

9. In October, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj inaugurated a stunning and informative new annual magazine for JKP Education called "Gyan-Vigyan" which contains information about JKP Education, a message from President Sushree Vishaka Tripathi and other trust patrons, messages and commendations from members of parliament and other government officials, an annual report 2010-2011, photos of the recent activities of JKP Education, i.e. raincoat and uniform distribution, auditorium inauguration, education fair, independence day, Annual Function and award ceremony. (More...)

10. Expanded outreach to the public and devotees through social media. In 2011 Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat launched a number of facebook pages JKP India, JKP Education, JKP Hospitals and JKP Vedic as well as a new youtube channel called youtube.com/JKPVedic. JKP Radha Madhav Dham launched two brand new youtube channels called youtube.com/RadhaMadhavDham and youtube.com/JKParishat

11. In December, a breath-taking and highly successful annual function called "Utthaan" (the rising) showcased the talents and achievements of the students of JKP Education. The event was live-streamed on Aaj Ki Khabar news and left even VIP's shaken by the sheer superbness of the student performances and world-class  technology in such a small village as Kunda. (More...)

12. A brand new monthly newsletter of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat began circulating in December 2011. (More...)

13. Joyous and devotional festivals at Radha Madhav Dham, USA. In addition, special lecture series, holiday weekend programs, daily satsang, special devotional programs, educational camps and national center satsangs were held year round. A highlight of the year was the grand and spectacular Radha Rani Rath Yatra on Sharat Poornima, which featured a special concert by Anup Jalota and a grand and enlightening discourse by Sushree Braj Banchary Didi Ji. (More... and More...) Clips of Anup Jalota's concert available on youtube at www.youtube.com/RadhaMadhavDham

14. After bringing about a revolution of Radha Krishn devotion in the hearts and minds of thousands of devotees across the USA over several month period, and inaugurating several new Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog regional centers, Swami Mukundananda arrived at Radha Madhav Dham and gave a blissfully sublime Divali retreat and presided over the grand Diwali celebration and Govardhan Pooja there. (More more and more...)

15. An awakening of the great value of Indian culture, heritage and spirituality for kids and parents was received by attending the extraordinary Thanksgiving retreat at Radha Madhav Dham with Sushree Siddheshvari Didi Ji. (More...)

16. Increased benefit for English speaking devotees by having new subtitled video lectures  of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj available on the JKP online shop. (More...)

17. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's constant hospital visits to meet with sick patients brought smiles of peace and reassurance to the patients. (More...)

18. Independence day was joyously celebrated by JKP Education in August, in the Divine presence of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. (More...)

19. The promulgation of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's Divine philosophy by his dozens of pracharaks throughout India and every corner of the globe and Shree Maharajji's training and dissemination of new pracharaks in India.

20. Naturopathy camps overseen by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in Mangarh and in Tangi and Bhubaneshwar, Odisha brought purity of body, mind and soul to thousands. (See JKP Hospitals FB page for pictures).

21. Special Christmas retreat and family camp with Sushree Braj Banchary Didi, Sushree Diwakari Didi and Swami Nikhilanand at Radha Madhav Dham, USA (happening right now!). Photos to come soon.

22. Ever-beautification of the JKP ashrams. A recent example is a seva project to paint the sadhak nivas buildings in Mangarh pink (More...)

23. Joyous anticipation of the spiritual event of the century, the inauguration of Prem Mandir, Vrindavan which will take place from Feb 15 - 17 2012 (More...)

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