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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Several rare characteristics of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and 12 inevitable qualities of a genuine Saint

Excerpts from Divya Sandesh, a quartely newsletter of Shri Kripalu Kunj ashram, Houston. Subscribe to Divya Sandesh by visiting www.ShriKripaluKunj.org/sandesh.htm

In the history of Jagadgurus, there are several other incidents that have happened for the first time, only in the life of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

There are several characteristics, which are rare elsewhere. In other words, in the history of Jagadgurus, there are several other incidents that have happened for the first time, only in the life of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

a. He is the first Jagadguru, who has no Spiritual Master and He himself is Jagadguruttam.
b. He is the first Jagadguru, who has not made a single disciple and still has hundreds and thousands of followers.
c. He is the first Jagadguru, in whose lifetime; the 50th anniversary of the honouring of the title of Jagadguru was celebrated.
d. He is the first Jagadguru, who holds the highest stature in both knowledge and devotion. And He is distributing it without any inhibitions.
e. He is the first Jagadguru, who travelled across the oceans to the western countries to preach.
f. He is the first Jagadguru, who propagated the Madhurya bhava bhakti of Shri Radha Krishna and sweet Radha name has become known in the whole world.
g. He is the first Jagadguru, who has taught the practical way of concentrating one’s mind on God.
h.All prior Jagadgurus have stated that devotion has to be performed by the mind. It is also referred to as thinking about God, mediating on God, remembering God longing for Him. But Shree Maharaj Ji, for the first time told how to meditate on God. He even coined a phase for it called Roopdhyan. He clarified that the consequence of this meditation can only be attained if you choose a desirable form of God and focus your mind only on that form. Focusing your mind on one of the forms of God is called remembrance or devotion. Because by focusing on one form of God, mind will not run around in the world. Furnishing with proof from the writings in Bhakti Rasamrit Sindu, Narad Bhakti Sutra, Brahm Sutra,  Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, for the first time elaborated on Roopdhyan in His book “Prem Ras Siddhant”. Various aspects include “We have never seen God, so how can we focus on His Divine form”, “what is the science of that”, “how to practice it” etc. Such a form of mediation cannot be found in any other scripture.
i. He is the first Jagadguru, who, even at the age of 88 (in 2010), effortlessly quotes the numbers of the verses of Upanishads, Bhagavat etc. Purans, Brahm-sutra and Geeta and so fast with absolute accuracy, that the listeners are forced to accept the fact that He is the personification of a theoretical and practical saint.

12 inevitable qualities of a genuine Saint

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj at Rangeeli Mahal ashram, Barsana

1. A Saint is a God realized soul.
2. A Saint, inwardly, always remains absorbed in divine love ecstasy, yet most of the time, outwardly he behaves normally i.e. like other material beings.
3. A Saint always hides his divinity, yet inconceivable symptoms of divine ecstasy, which manifest in his body, reveal the true state of his being.
4. A Saint’s nature is like that of an innocent child, while He is fully knowledgeable about all scriptures.
5. A Saint teaches how to perform practical form of true devotion. He does not give any importance to ritualistic form of devotion.
6. A Saint never promises or grants blessings to achieve worldly wealth.
7. A Saint never initiates a spiritual aspirant with Mantras.
8. A Saint never pretends or shows miracles to prove Himself to be a real Saint.
9. A Saint is very forgiving by nature.
10. A Saint may live in a luxurious palace or in a forest; any level of material allurement cannot entice him.
11. A Saint’s only purpose of life is to turn material beings towards God, to help them attain unlimited, everlasting, ever increasing divine bliss.
12. A Saint is completely oblivious to respect, disrespect, admiration and abuse. He is always happy in all situations.

How is one recognized as Jagadguru?

Discourse by Sushree Braj Banchary Didi, foremost disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, on "How is one recognized as Jagadguru?"

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