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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kripalu Trayodashi - the 13 verses by Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj displayed next to Prem Mandir's main shrine

Kripalu Trayodashi, the famous concise overview of all Hindu philosophy in only thirteen verses, composed by Kripaluji Maharaj, is displayed just next to the main shrine at Prem Mandir temple, Vrindavan. Now we will watch Swami Nikhilanand's lectures on Kripalu Trayodashi in English.






In this three day speech Swami Nikhilanand Ji explains Kripalu Trayodashi, a special series of dohas as revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalujii Maharaj. These thirteen couplets by Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, which contain the essence of the Sankrit Scriptures, summarize the philosophy of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. These speeches were recorded during the Hindu Family Camp in July, 2011 at JKP Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, Texas.

Kripalu Trayodashi by Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 1
Brahm, jeev, maya tatva, Govinda Radhey.
Teenon hain anadi anant bata dey.

There are 3 eternal entities: God, the souls, and Maya. They have no beginning and they will have no end. They have always been in existence and they will always remain in existence.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 2
Brahm jeev chetan, Govinda Radhey.
Brahm shakti jeev yatey ansh bata de.

Supreme God and the souls are chetan, live. In gist, this means they have senses, mind, intellect, physical form and they perform actions. The soul is not independent. It is a power of God, and as such, it is called a part or ansh of God.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 3
Brahm shakti maya jada, Govinda Radhey.
Jeev maya shasak brahm bata dey.

Another eternal power of God is Maya, which is lifeless. The governor of both Maya and the souls is God. They are both His powers that are governed by Him.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 4
Sarva shakti swamini, Govinda Radhey.
Ek shakti para antaranga bata dey.

The supreme power of all of God’s powers is called para shakti, which is also called antaranga shakti, swaroop shakti and yogamaya shakti. It is God’s most intimate and personal power. This is the swamini or supreme governor of all the other powers of God. It is due to this power that God remains ever-blissful.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 5
Brahm bigya sukhakanda, Govinda Radhey.
Jeev agya mayadheen sada te bata dey.

This verse explains the difference between God and the soul. God is all-knowing and the form of unlimited bliss. Because it is eternally under the control of Maya, the soul is ignorant.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 6
Brahma ke anek roop, Govinda Radhey.
Sarvaroop aashreya Krishna bata dey.

God has uncountable forms, but three are main: Brahm, Paramatma, and Bhagawan. Bhagawan  Shree Krishn is foremost of all the Divine forms of God because all the Divine powers are revealed in His personality; they are only partially revealed in the other forms. There are not multiple Gods, rather one God has different forms related to the powers that are manifested. For this reason, the form of  Shree Krishn  has special importance.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 7
Shree Krishn prapti se hi, Govinda Radhey.
Jeev ko divya sukha prapt ho bata dey.

How will the soul attain Divine happiness, its ultimate aim? The happiness we desire can be attained only from  Shree Krishn, not any of the other forms of God.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 8
Shree Krishn prapti hetu, Govinda Radhey.
Shree Krishn – kripa anivarya bata dey.

How will we attain Shree Krishn ? Through  Shree Krishn's Grace or kripa.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 9
Shri Krishna-kripa hetu, Govinda Radhey.
Sadhan ke bal bhakti bata dey.

How will we attain happiness? By attaining Shree Krishn. How will we attain Shree Krishn? Through His Grace. How will we attain His Grace? This verse explains: only through bhakti or devotion.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 10
Bhakti (a) man se ho (b) nitya, Govinda Radhey.
Bhav (c) nishkam (d) ananya bata dey.

How will we practice bhakti? Bhakti has four conditions: (a) it is done by the mind, (b) it is continuous, (c) it is selfless, (d) it is single-mindedly directed towards God and Guru. What happens as a result of practicing the devotion that fulfills these four conditions?

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 11
Imi man shuddha ho to, Govinda Radhey.
Man ko swaroop shakti divya bata dey.

By completely purifying the mind through devotion, now our work is finished and the work of God and Guru remains. The Guru will grace your mind with God’s para shakti or swaroop shakti, and make it Divine.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 12
Tab divya man men den, Govinda Radhey.
Guru haldini sar prem bata dey.


Divine love is the absolute essence of God’s personal power, swaroop shakti. The Guru bestows that Divine love on the qualified soul who has completely purified his mind.

Kripalu Trayodashi doha 1
Tab jeev pa le nij, Govinda Radhey.
Nitya dasatva adhikar bata dey.

The Divine love that the disciple receives is bestowed upon him by the Guru; it isn’t the result of his devotional effort. It is attained through Grace. After this, now free from the bondage of Maya, he is qualified to perform God’s eternal service in God’s abode, Golok, forever.

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