Scriptural Omniscience

In Shri Maharaj Ji's youth, no one could have gauged the depth of the limitless knowledge limited within his lovelorn frail body, unaware of the external world, with eyes shining and pouring tears like monsoon clouds.

 Revelation of Divine Wisdom
Shri Maharaj Ji organised two spiritual conferences where he revealed his incredible scriptural wisdom to the world. The first took place in 1955 in Chitrakoot, attended by many eminent scholars from throughout India and Kashi (considered the centre of spiritual wisdom in India), and the second was in Kanpur in 1956, similarly attended by India’s most respected and learned scholars. The discourses Shri Maharaj Ji delivered at these two events resulted in his invitation to address the 500 eminent scholars of Kashi Vidvat Parishat in 1957, the body representing the seat of spiritual wisdom in India, after which he was honoured with the title of Jagadguru.
 Public Proclamation
Shri Maharaj Ji’s scriptural omniscience is probably best illustrated by the words of Acharya Shri Raj Narayan Shatshastri, Chief Secretary of Kashi Vidvat Parishat. A leading luminary in the field of scriptural debate, a master in the six systems of philosophy, the universally recognised and foremost philosopher of India and the most learned scholar amongst the 500 that constituted Kashi Vidvat Parishat, witnessed Shri Maharaj Ji’s discourses in Kanpur. What he said to the assembly on 19 October 1956 appears below translated into English:
It is the greatest fortune for the residents of Kanpur, that the foremost personality of the spiritual sphere, the crest jewel of saints, Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, has organised this year’s conference in this city. This was held in Chitrakoot Dham last year. There, Shri Maharaj Ji reconciled twelve schools of philosophical thought. This year you have had the great fortune of witnessing the reconciliation of the paths of materialism and spirituality.

The scholars of Kashi do not easily accept a person as a scholar having knowledge of all the scriptures. As a first step, we challenge the claimant to debate on the scriptures. We evaluate him by testing his knowledge in all possible ways, and only after he is found to have met our standards, do we accept him as one well-versed in the Shastras. Today we, from this forum, want to inform this huge convention of eminent scholars that we have recognised the leading saint, Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj and his God-given genius, and we advise you to recognise him and take advantage of his knowledge.

We had heard about Kripalu Ji Maharaj before coming here. I did not accept that anyone could gain such unique mastery over all the Vedas and other scriptures at such a young age. But we were spellbound after hearing yesterday’s lecture. While referring to all the philosophical schools, the unique way he established the path of devotion was transcendental, definitely divinely inspired. Such a speech could only be inspired by God Himself. No one can display such talent or knowledge of his own accord.

You are extremely fortunate to have in your midst a saint who can present this level of divine knowledge. Kashi is the gurukul (centre of spiritual learning) of the whole world. We, the residents of Kashi are present here. Yesterday, when we heard the brilliant speech made by Shri Kripalu Ji, we had to bow our heads in respect.

Every action of the saints is for the welfare of the world. The groups and philosophical schools of thought established by them have the goal of establishing spirituality worldwide, and reconciling the various schools of philosophical thought based on the scriptures. A saint has attained the ultimate reality and has nothing to attain for himself. Recently, in Madhya Pradesh (a state of India) someone asked what he could offer him. Kripalu Ji said the fact is that Kripalu has come to give and not to take.

A lot of people seated here today must have recognised Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj and support what I say, and I am pleased about that. Those people are most fortunate who can understand Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj and place their faith in him.

I want to take him to Kashi, but he says that all the people of Kashi are naturally endowed with knowledge, and that he is needed where there is a lack of understanding. We want that people in general should recognise Shri Maharaj Ji too and listen to his easy on the ear, delightful, self-experienced and extraordinary teachings, and follow them in their lives practically and derive benefit from them.

 Extraordinary Discourses in Classical Sanskrit at Kashi
A Landmark Event in the History of the World

When Shri Maharaj Ji began his first one and a half hour discourse in scholarly Sanskrit to the members of Kashi Vidvat Parishat, they had mixed feelings. Some were curious, some were full of admiration and others were anxious. However, by the time of its conclusion, serenity had prevailed in the hall. The discourse covered critical topics of the Bhashyas and the Brahma Sutra that invariably coordinate with the tenets of the Gita, Upanishads and the Darshan Shastras.

The next day, even the elderly pundits who seldom went to listen to anyone’s discourse, arrived early to ensure they got a better seat and thus, the hall was full even before Shri Maharaj Ji arrived. Shri Maharaj Ji’s spoke on six more days in literary and classical Sanskrit.
 Complete Mastery over all Scriptures
On the seventh day, Shri Maharaj Ji summarised the main topics of the previous days, before delivering an extraordinary reconciliation of the philosophies of the four original Jagadgurus. He concluded by presenting the theme of bhakti yoga, which is explicitly and beautifully described in the Bhagavatam and is the integral message and very soul of all scriptures.

The congregation of scholars had never heard anything like it before, delivered effortlessly by such a divine personality, so well-versed in the Vedas, Upanishads, Sutras, Upvedas, Vedangas, Darshan Shastras, Puranas, Itihas, the philosophies of the four original Jagadgurus and the writings of the Rasika Saints, etc. Watching him, they were astounded at his humility and kindness; so absorbed was he in the bhava of Shri Radha Krishna that it radiated through his personality.

 Eminent Scholars left Spellbound
His resplendent and divine personality left the scholars of Kashi Vidvat Parishat spellbound. The President, Vice President and all other leading scholars spoke in unison that Shri Maharaj Ji’s extraordinarily profound and authoritative knowledge was out of this world. They believed it to be impossible for a human being to possess such complete knowledge of all the Shastras and Vedas, along with the ability to use it so judiciously.

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