|Born||October 22, 1922
|Prominent Disciple(s)||Swami Mukundananda, Swami Prakashananda|
He is the preceptor of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, a worldwide Hindu non-profit organization with 5 main spiritual centers; four in India and one in the USA. JKP Radha Madhav Dham is one of the largest Hindu Temple complexes in the Western Hemisphere, and the largest in North America.
He received the title of Jagadguru (world teacher) at the age of 34 by Kashi Vidvat Parishad (the oldest and most recognised body of Varanasi's intellectuals) on Makar Sankranti day, 14 January 1957.
Birth and early life history
Kripaluji Maharaj was born on the full moon (Purnima) in October 1922 as Ram Kripalu Tripathi in Mangarh, near Allahabad, in India. He received his preliminary education in Hindi and Sanskrit in the local school. He went on to study advanced Sanskrit and Ayurved in Indore and Varanasi and spent a year or more around Chitrakoot. After completing his formal education, at the age of 16, he entered into self-imposed banbas. He found his way to Vrindavan and the next year he emerged as a Guru known affectionately as Shree Maharajji. When he was 17 years old, he led a 6 month continuous chanting of the "maha mantra".
In 1955 Kripalu Maharaj organized a religious convention in which prominent spiritual leaders of India gathered. Mahamahopadhyay Giridhar Sharma, President of the Kashi Vidvat Parishad had also come and was impressed by Kripaluji Maharaj's scriptural knowledge. Kripalu Maharaj was invited to give discourse at the Kashi Vidvat Parishad in 1957.
The congregation had scholars of Vanarasi and many from all over the India. His speeches lasted for seven days, after which he was formally installed as the fifth Jagadguru. He was 34 years old when given the title "Jagad Guru" (world teacher) on 14 January 1957, by the Kashi Vidvat Parishad, a group of Hindu scholars The Kashi Vidvat Parishad also conferred on him the titles Bhaktiyog-Ras-Avtar and Jagadguruttam.
According to Kripalu Maharaj, "the desired goal of the soul is to attain the selfless Divine love of Radha Krishn who are eternally related to you". He teaches that Radha Krishna are the supreme 'form' of God and the 'form' of Divine Love and are eternally related to us.
Kripalu Maharaj's discourses are broadcast every day on TV channels such as Aastha, Sadhna TV, Sahara Samay and Sanskar TV. In the United States, his discourses are also broadcast every weekday on TV Asia. In his TV discourses, Kripalu Maharaj quotes the chapter and verse of everything he cites.
Ashrams and temples
Kripaluji Maharaj is the founder of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, a worldwide Hindu non-profit religious organization with four main ashrams in India, (Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana; Bhakti Dham, Mangarh; Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan and Jagadguru Dham, Vrindavan) and one in the USA (Radha Madhav Dham, Austin). Besides these 5 main ashrams, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat has established a number of teacher centres in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji Island, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Nepal, Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad, West Indies, United Kingdom and in many cities throughout India and USA. The organization also publishes a Hindi magazine, Sadhan Sadhya, three times a year, as well as a monthly newsletter.
Prem Mandir is a religious and spiritual complex in Vrindavan. Construction of Prem Mandir began on January 2001 and the inauguration took place Feb 2012. 30,000 tons of Italian marble have been used in the construction and carved with unique machines like KUKA robotics. The presiding deity will be Yugal Sarkar (Radha Krishn). A 73,000 square feet, pillar-less, dome shaped satsang hall is being constructed next to Prem Mandir, which will accommodate 25,000 people at a time.
Kripalu Maharaj has established three hospitals: one in Mangarh, one in Barsana and one in Vrindavan. These hospitals provide modern methods of diagnosis and medicines to the poor free of charge. The Barsana and Mangarh hospitals are serving rural populations of 1,000,000 within their catchment radii of 80–100 km each and each treating 600 – 700 patients daily. The expenses are all borne by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. In addition, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat is active in Disaster Relief, vehicle donation where needed, and cataract camps.
Kripalu Maharaj is also the founder of JKP Education, which runs three colleges for girls in Kunda, Uttar Pradesh (Kripalu Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Kripalu Balika Primary School and Kripalu Balika Intermediate College). These colleges provide free education for students from Kindergarten to Post graduation.
Jagadguru Kripalu University of Spiritual Science
Kripalu Maharaj's senior disciple, Swami Mukundananda, founder of the Jagadguru Kripalu Yog Trust, is establishing the Jagadguru Kripalu University of Spiritual Science in Cuttack, Orissa. The University is planned to occupy 250 acres of land near Banki. The University aims to eventually cater to 10,000 students across multiple areas of study. The State Government has agreed to provide 110 acres of land in the first phase and the remaining 140 acres in the second phase, as well as utilities.
- Prem Ras Siddhant - The philosophy of Divine love. It was first published (in Hindi) in 1955. Later it was published is several other languages of India. It has been described as an Incredible Book by Swami Sivananda among others.
- Bhakti Shatak - The concise philosophy of the Upnishads, Gita, Brahm Sutra and the Bhagwatam in an easy to understand style
- Radha Govind Geet - Printed in two volumes, with eleven thousand one hundred and eleven couplets of Radha Krishn leelas and the devotional philosophy
- Prem Ras Madira - 1008 songs (pad) of Radha Krishn leelas, devotional philosophy and humbleness
- Yugal Shatak - One hundred kirtans of Radha Rani and Krishn
- Yugal Ras - Kirtans of Radha Krishn
- Shree Krishn Dwadashi and Shree Radha Trayodashi - Twelve pad in which he has fully described the beauty and the decorations of Krishn, and thirteen pad about the beauty and the decorations of Radha Rani
Renditions of Shree Maharajji's bhajans and kirtans have been recorded by singers such as Manna Dey and Anuradha Paudwal. Anup Jalota has also agreed to release several CDs of his compositions.
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