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Monday, August 4, 2014

Philosophy of Friendship day & Tulsidas Jayanti 2014: Teachings of Kripaluji Maharaj

Philosophy of Tulsidas Jayanti 2014 and Friendship Day
2014 according to Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Vrindavan, August 3rd 2014 (The Vrindavan Times News): Friendship Day takes place in India the first Sunday of every August. In the time honored tradition, friends all over India have been exchanging gifts and cards today; tagging each other on facebook in cute pictures with quotes; blowing up each others’ phones with whatsapp messages. But for the braj-ras Rasiks and devotees, Friendship Day has a special significance, which will be illustrated further down. 

Tulsidas Jayanti 2014
story by Kripalu Ji Maharaj
Another important celebration which has been taking place today is Tulsidas Jayanti 2014, the birthday of Saint Tulsidas. A great Saint and poet, Saint Tulsidas is an important figure who rejuvenates and gave life to Hindu Philosophy. Tulsidasji was a dedicated devotee of Shree Ram and the writer of ‘Shree Ramcharitmanas,’ a great Hindu scripture. He was born on Shravan Shukla Saptami of 1498 AD in Rajpur, Chitrakoot district and was a Sarayuparina Brahmin by birth. Tulsidasji intensely loved his wife Buddhimati and she enlightened him by saying that if he loved Lord Ram half as much as her he would attain eternal bliss. Thereafter Tulsidas became an ascetic. He got a vision of Lord Ram through Hanumanji and began composing the Shree Ramcharitmanas.

There is a famous story of Saint Tulsidasji’s visit to Vrindavan, which is very dear to the hearts of the residents of Vrindavan. Tulsidas traveled to Vrindavan, where he visited a temple. When he began bowing down to the murti of Shree Krishna, the Mahant of the temple named Parshuram decided to test Tulsidas. He told Tulsidas that he who bows down to any deity except their Ishta Devata (cherished form of divinity) is a fool, as Tulsidas’ Ishta Devata was Ram. In response, Tulsidas recited the following extemporaneously composed doha (couplet)

काह कहौं छबि आजुकि भले बने हो नाथ ।

।तुलसी मस्तक तब नवै धरो धनुष शर हाथ ॥

O Lord, how shall I describe today’s splendour, for you appear auspicious.
Tulsidas will bow down his head when you take the bow and the arrow in your hands.

When Tulsidas recited this couplet, the murti of Shree Krishna holding the flute and stick in hands changed to the murti of Shree Ram holding the bow and arrow in hands.

Tulsidas Jayanti 2014 at Prem Mandir founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Sita Ram and Radha Krishna darshan at Prem Mandir,
founded by Kripalu Ji Maharaj

On Tulsidas Jayanti 2014 one must read or hear the Ramcharitmanas, visit shrines of Lord Ram as well as Hanumanji. In Vrindavan, all the Ram bhaktas have been coming for Sita Ram darshan at Prem Mandir, which has beautiful life size, effulgent and realistic appearance in the main shrine on the ground floor of the temple.

Story of Tulsidas ji as narrated by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj in his final words 

Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Story of Tulsidas was narrated
by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj
The amazing story of Tulsidas ji having initially being extremely attached to his wife and later meeting Ram in His personal form is also significant as being narrated by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj in his parting speech to the world on November 11th 2013. Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj said: (Full video lecture, subtitles and English transcript available here) -

…Shree Krishna had told Arjun,

Abhyasena tu Kaunteya Vairagyena cha grihyate
Bhagavad Gita 6.35

Through repeated practice, the yogis perform great feats. They achieve great powers through disciplined practice. And they do it using the same mind you have. Their mind is not imported from somewhere else. The very same fickly and impure mind that we possess right now, they also possessed at one point. Even Saints such as Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera, Shankaracharya, Nimbarkacharya or any other Saint.

In comparison to Tulsidas, there is no one who could be as shameful, in my opinion. Why? Think for a moment. He had gone to his in-laws to meet his wife. He was so anxious to meet her, that in attempt to climb into her house he mistook a snake for a rope. First of all, didn’t Tulsidas know that if there is a house, there must also be a door? You won’t find any house without doors. And secondly, he went to meet his own wife. He should have knocked at the door. He could have shouted, “Open the door!” It is not a crime to meet one’s wife, nor is it considered immoral. Tulsidas, so obsessed with his wife abandoned his desires when she said to him, “If you had this much love for God, you would have met Him by now.” These words opened his eyes. He immediately turned away from the world. Not half-heartedly. He turned completely towards God. And he indeed met Lord Ram in that very life. In my opinion, there is no one in the entire world who could be obsessed with his wife as Tulsidas was.

So, through practice, everything becomes possible. All of you sitting here have also done great practice in the past just to come to this point. Otherwise, no one has even a moment to spare… (Full video lecture and transcript available here)

Dohas (couplets) composed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj on Friendship Day

Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Friendship day 2014 couplets (doha)
by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Being Friendship Day, today is the day to specially remember the true friends, Hari Guru (God and Guru). Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj composed the following doha especially for Friendship Day. His Radha Govind Geet initially had 11,111 doha (couplets) describing every possible aspect of the Divine field, and later thousands more doha were added. But here are a selection which one could meditate on today:

आज है फ्रेंडशिप डे , गोविन्द राधे !
साँचो फ्रेंड हरि गुरु, बस दो हैं बता दे !!

Today is Friendship Day.
Only God and Guru are our real (eternal) friends.

आज फ्रेंडशिप डे पे हे गोविन्द राधे !
मेरी मति धृति को अपना बना दे !!

On this day of Friendship day, O Govind Radhey!
Make my mind and intellect Yours.

तेरी मेरी यारी यार , गोविन्द राधे !
चोरी चोरी कब तक चलेगी बता दे !!

Our Friendship (Yours and mine), O Govind Radhey!
Till when will it continue in hiding?

तेरी मेरी लुका छिपी, गोविन्द राधे !
मेरे साथ कब तक चलेगी बता दे !!

Yours and mine (this game of) hide and seek, O Govind Radhey!
Till when will it continue with me, please tell me.

तेरी मेरी यारी यार, गोविन्द राधे !
कबहूँ न छूटे टूटे , चाहे जोर लगा दे !!

Our Friendship (Yours and mine), O Govind Radhey!
Will never break or can be taken away, however hard one may try.

तेरे मेरे बीच में हे गोविन्द राधे !
जो भी आये वाको तू आँख दिखा दे !!

Whoever comes in between us, O Govind Radhey!
Please show him an eye (in anger).

A kirtan composed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj for Friendship Day goes as follows

Kripalu Ji Maharaj friendship day and tulsidas 2014 quotes
Friendship day 2014 kirtan by
Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj
तेरी यारी पै बिहारी मै तो वारु तन मन !
तू ही मेरो प्राण धन तू ही मेरो है जीवन !!

On your Friendship, O lord Krishna (Bihari), I sacrifice my body and mind.
You alone are my soul’s treasure, You alone are my life.

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