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Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj:
Reconciling all the Vedanta Philosophies

kripaluji maharaj In 1957, Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj (Shree Maharaj Ji) was invited by the Kashi Vidvat Parishat, a body of 500 foremost scriptural scholars of Varanasi, India, to speak for nine consecutive days on scriptural philosophy.

During this time, Shri Maharaj Ji quoted thousands of verses from hundreds of scriptures and spoke in fluent Sanskrit.

He revealed a breadth and depth of Divine understanding that belied his age at that time: only 34 years.

Shri Maharaj Ji accepted and proved true the existing philosophies of all the previous Jagadgurus -- and to the utter amazement of the scholars -- he also miraculously reconciled their seeming contradictions.

In addition, he proved the significance, importance and supremacy of bhakti (devotion) as the essence of all the Hindu scriptures, and the easiest and simplest path to God, and that it is, in fact, the only path for this age.

To this end, he also explained the practical form of nishkam bhakti, or selfless devotion, which could be followed by anyone.

Recognizing that only the greatest of Divine personalities could have revealed such knowledge, the scholars of Kashi Vidvat Parishat unanimously bestowed on Shri Maharaj Ji the title of Jagadguruttam, or Jagadguru of Jagadgurus.

Subsequent to his receiving the title of Jagadguru, and for the last 50 years, Shree Maharaj Ji has revealed thousands of verses of devotional literature explaining the form, virtues, names, leelas and abodes of Radha Krishna, and in particular, he has revealed the supremacy of Shri Radha as the absolute supreme form of the Divine existence.

Nikhil-darshan-samanvayacharya:
Reconciler of all the Scriptures

Shri Maharaj Ji accepted and proved true the existing philosophies of all the previous Jagadgurus -- and to the utter amazement of the scholars -- he also miraculously reconciled their seeming contradictions.

In addition, he proved the significance, importance and supremacy of bhakti (devotion) as the essence of all the Hindu scriptures, and the easiest and simplest path to God, and that it is, in fact, the only path for this age.

To this end, he also explained the practical form of nishkam bhakti, or selfless devotion, which could be followed by anyone.

Recognizing that only the greatest of Divine personalities could have revealed such knowledge, the scholars of Kashi Vidvat Parishat unanimously bestowed on Shri Maharaj Ji the title of Jagadguruttam, or Jagadguru of Jagadgurus.

Subsequent to his receiving the title of Jagadguru, and for the last 50 years, Shree Maharaj Ji has revealed thousands of verses of devotional literature explaining the form, virtues, names, leelas and abodes of Radha Krishna, and in particular, he has revealed the supremacy of Shri Radha as the absolute supreme form of the Divine existence.

Essence of the Scriptural Philosophies

  1. Although God, the souls and maya are three eternal existences, the souls and maya are subordinate powers governed by God.

  2. The soul's only desire is ananda, perfect Divine happiness, because the soul is a fraction of supreme God, who is Himself the form of bliss.

  3. The nature of Divine bliss is that it is unlimited and unending.

  4. Material (mayic) happiness is limited and temporary. This is not the happiness the Divine soul is seeking.

  5. There is no true happiness, nor unhappiness in the world; only our self-created belief that something is a source of happiness or sorrow produces this experience.

  6. True renunciation is when we have no affection or animosity in the world.

  7. It is due to maya that the soul, which is a fraction of blissful God, is facing away from Him and towards the world.

  8. The only solution for the soul's absence of true happiness is he must turn towards God.

  9. The soul is Divine, therefore its ultimate aim is to attain supreme Divine bliss through God realization.

  10. The world is comprised of material elements and our bodies are also material; the world exists only for the sake of the body.

  11. God is beyond the grasp of material senses, mind and intellect, because such faculties are mayic (material).

  12. God realization is only possible with God's grace; it is impossible through any other means such as the paths of karma, gyan, and so on.

  13. To receive Divine grace, the mind should be purified. This is accomplished only with the help of a true Guru.

  14. A true Guru should have complete knowledge of the scriptures and have attained God realization.

  15. The only means to purify the mind is bhakti (devotion); there is no other way.

  16. There are many different kinds of bhakti, its three most important forms are listening (shravan), chanting of the Divine name and leelas (kirtan), and loving remembrance (smaran)

  17. Regardless of whether or not the senses, etc. are involved in devotional action, the most important form of bhakti is loving mental remembrance.

  18. Being exclusive in your devotion is absolutely necessary. Apart from your Guru, the devotion he has taught you, and your worshipped form of God, your mind should not be attached anywhere else.

  19. Devotion should not be combined with desires for worldly happiness or liberation.

  20. Worldly desire is the root of all suffering, because when we fulfill a desire, we become greedy, and when it is not fulfilled, we feel angry.

  21. God's name, form, virtues, leelas, abode and Saints are all one. Being exclusive in your devotion means to attach your mind to any one of these.

  22. Along with devotion to God, devotion to the Guru is compulsory, because it is through the Guru that the devotee's aim is attained.

  23. Do devotion by remembering God and Guru and shedding tears of longing. Consider yourself extremely sinful and fallen.

  24. Attaching your mind to God and Guru with selfless feelings of love is devotion, and getting attached to God and Guru is the realization.

  25. Wrong association is to criticize others or to listen to criticism; only look to your own faults.

  26. Always feel that God and Guru are with you, protecting you; never feel yourself to be alone.

  27. Physically renouncing something is not true renunciation; mental renunciation is true renunciation.

  28. You will be as detached from the world as you are attached to God.

  29. To be mentally attached to God and Guru and to physically work in the world is karma yoga.

  30. A human birth is extremely difficult to receive, but it is also temporary; as such immediately start devotion.

  31. It is the duty of a devotee to serve God and Guru with his mind (devotion), physical body (physical projects), wealth and property (financial service). It is only through service that the mind quickly purifies.