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Encyclopedia of American Religions, renamed Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions in the eighth edition, is a reference book by J. Gordon Melton first published in 1978, by Consortium Books, A McGrath publishing company. It is currently in its eighth edition and has become a standard reference work in the study of religion in the United States.
Here is the entry relating to Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj:
The Divine Love Mission grew out of the work of the devotion inspired by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj (born in 1922 as Ram Kripalu Tripathi, near Allahabad, India). After completing his formal education, at the age of 16 he found his way to Vrindavan and the next year emerged as a Guru known as Shri Maharaj ji. He is remembered for leading devotees on a 6-month continuous chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra when he was just 17 years old. He was 34 years old when given the title "Jagadguru" (world-teacher) by the Kashi Vidvat Parishad, a group of Hindu scholars. As such, he is seen by his followers to stand in the lineage that includes Jagadguru Shankaracharya, Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya, Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya, Jagadguru Ramanujacharya, and Jagadguru Madhavacharya (all well-known figures from Hindu history).
Shri Maharaj ji has taught The essence of all doctrines is to love Lord Krishna, the Supreme Master, and to meditate on His Divine form with an increasing desire to serve Him. This is the true ultimate knowledge." He has summarized the tradition in his book of poems, Bhakti Shatak: Hundred Gems of Divine Love. He has also authored a number of books, English translation of which are being published by the mission.