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Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

The fifth original Jagadguru in the history of the world

5 October 1922 – 15 November 2013

Supreme Spiritual Master of the World, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the Descension of Divine Love and Bliss, Propounder of Eternal Vedic Philosophy and Reconciler of all Philosophies. As the fifth original Jagadguru in the history of the world, he was also honoured with the unprecedented title of Jagadguruttam, Supreme among all Jagadgurus on 14 January 1957, when he was just 34 years of age. His natural scholarliness inspired trust in even the greatest intellectuals, while his tremendous love, causeless grace and endless compassion melted the hearts and inspired devotional love in all who came near him. His satsang was divinely exhilarating and unbelievably joyous. Every association with him was like being in the company of your dearest friend who was urging you at every moment to go closer and closer to God. Today his spiritual legacy of love and wisdom is preserved on electronic media, in the form of recorded discourses and sankirtans and in his literary works that continues to inspire countless people to traverse the path of selfless devotion.

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Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the only Saint of this age to be honoured with the title of Jagadguru, the highest authority among all Hindu Vedic Saints and scholars. This title is given only to that Saint who brings about a spiritual revolution in the world through his divine teachings. Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the supreme exponent of Sanatan Dharm, the eternal Vedic religion, and his reconciliation of all philosophies and faiths is unparalleled.

He appeared in 1922 on the auspicious night of Sharat Purnima into a highly respected Brahmin family in the remote village of Mangarh, in the district of Pratapgarh in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. He completed his early education in Mangarh and Kunda. Later he studied Sanskrit grammar, literature and Ayurveda at Indore, Chitrakoot and Varanasi.

At the tender age of sixteen, he retreated into the dense forests near Sharbhang ashram in Chitrakoot, and then into the forests near Vanshivat, Vrindavan. During that period, he was deeply engrossed in the divine love of Shri Radha Krishna. Whosoever saw him in that state of trance was astonished and felt that he was the very embodiment of love and bliss. Nobody at that time could have known that he had an unfathomable and immeasurably vast ocean of spiritual wisdom hidden within him. For the benefit of people, he gradually started to conceal and control those ecstatic states in order to propagate the bhakti of Shri Krishna. Along with his inspiring messages of divine love, he started to reveal his divine wisdom and knowledge of the scriptures.

In 1955, Shri Maharaj Ji organised the first of two huge conferences in Chitrakoot, which was attended by all the Jagadgurus and other eminent scholars from Kashi (considered the highest seat of spiritual wisdom in India) and various other centres within India. The second conference took place in 1956, within the city of Kanpur. The most learned scholars of Kashi attending the Kanpur conference were amazed to see such a young man possessing such scriptural omniscience. The most eminent and universally recognised scholar present, the Chief Secretary of Kashi Vidvat Parishat (a body of 500 topmost scholars), Acharya Shri Raj Narayan Shatshastri, a leading luminary in the field of scriptural debate and a foremost philosopher of India, made a public proclamation after listening to Shri Maharaj Ji's discourse on 19 October 1956, a part of which is quoted below:

You are extremely fortunate to have in your midst a Saint who can present this level of divine knowledge. Kashi is the centre of spiritual learning for the entire world. We, the residents of Kashi are seated here. Hearing Shri Kripalu Ji’s divine utterances yesterday, we were all compelled to accept humble submission before him.

Kashi Vidvat Parishat invited Shri Maharaj Ji to address them in Kashi, which he did the following year.

The extraordinary discourses delivered by Shri Maharaj Ji in classical Sanskrit to the scholars of Kashi Vidvat Parishat, combined with his ‘out of this world’ personality, soaked in the bliss of divine love, left the learned gathering completely spellbound. They unanimously admitted that he was not only a great scholar of the Vedas and all other scriptures, but also an embodiment of divine love. They unanimously honoured him with several titles including Jagadguru, declaring him to be Jagadguruttam, Supreme Amongst all Jagadgurus. This historic event took place on 14 January 1957 when Shri Maharaj Ji was just thirty-four years of age. Prior to him, only four Saints have been honoured with the title of Jagadguru: Adi Jagadguru Shri Shankaracharya, Jagadguru Shri Ramanujacharya, Jagadguru Shri Nimbarkacharya and Jagadguru Shri Madhvacharya.

Throughout his life, Shri Maharaj Ji delivered hundreds of enlightening discourses, effortlessly and eloquently reciting Sanskrit verses from the Vedas, Puranas, Upanisads, Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures leaving both the scholar and the layperson speechless. He revealed thousands of bhajans and kirtanas that evoke extremely devotional sentiments within the heart as well as explain the philosophy of the Vedas and Vedic scriptures in a very simple, practical and logical manner. He personally trained many preachers who travel the world spreading the most authentic Vedic philosophy expounded by him. Together with his televised discourses, his teachings have now spread all over the world.

The spiritual work undertaken by Shri Maharaj Ji is certainly his greatest contribution to society. However, recognising the need to take care of the physical body, Shri Maharaj Ji inspired people to engage in humanitarian activities as well. Thus, the international, non-profit, charitable, educational and spiritual organisation, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat has been established. Charitable institutions that serve the poor and needy in the areas of health and education are fully operational in some of India’s most underdeveloped areas. Centres for devotional practice are scattered throughout India and abroad, providing venues for people to practice the principles of bhakti yoga in their daily life.

Making no distinction between caste, creed, colour, race or religion, and with his infinite love and compassion, Shri Maharaj Ji gathered all into the purity of his divine embrace. His divine effulgence shone through all he said, all he did and all he was. Every seeker was amazed to see how approachable he was, and enjoyed the special privilege of individual attention from him. In so doing, he made everyone feel that they belonged to him. It was very easy to become a recipient, because there was no giver like Shri Maharaj Ji. True to his name ‘Kripalu’, he was the very ocean of grace.

In this age where people are judged by material success, the human soul yearning for peace and fulfilment finds soothing solace in his philosophy. His teachings shatter all doubts and spiritual confusion with great ease and effectively reveal a clear and practical path leading to God.

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Profound and Practical Literature

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj freely distributed the supreme bliss of Shri Radha Krishna love in an unimaginable amount and by all means. Apart from providing detailed and easy-to-follow devotional guidelines, explaining the true philosophy of soul, God, the world and the path to God-realisation, he extensively revealed the science behind devotion.

One must sincerely strive to understand the significance of his rich literary legacy, containing profound and timeless knowledge simply explained. How fortunate we are to be present in this age to be able to receive the benefit.

His graciousness had no equal and his kindness no limit - we can only have a fleeting glimpse.

  • All Joy, All Love, All Knowledge

    Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj had many amazing qualities, some never-before-seen in a Jagadguru. For example,

    • He possessed supreme authority in both tattvajnana (knowledge of scriptural concepts and principles) and bhakti (practical devotion to God) and distributed both bounteously.
    • His tireless propagation of madhurya bhakti (the divine love of Shri Radha Krishna) resulted in Shri Radha Krishna becoming a household name all over the world.
    • Even though Saints had already shown that devotion to God was possible by engaging the mind, variously described as dhyan, sumiran, smaran, meditation etc. Shri Maharaj Ji, for the first time, renamed and redefined the process of meditation as rupadhyana. He revealed that meditation is really only meaningful when one concentrates his mind on a form of God of one’s choice. Concentrating on a form of God is in fact meditation, and this becomes devotion only by lovingly engaging the mind continuously in that process. If one does not focus on a form of God, his mind will roam here and there in this material world. Some may say, "We have not seen God, so how can I concentrate on His form?" The science of this, and all related things, has been explained lucidly by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj in his principal work Prema Rasa Siddhanta (Philosophy of Divine Love) quoting from Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu, Narada Bhakti Sutra, Brahmasutra and other sources.
    • Though honoured as Jagadguruttam, he never had a Guru or Spiritual Master himself.
    • He never initiated anyone as his disciple, and yet he had millions of followers.
    • He travelled extensively all over India delivering innumerable discourses and giving satsang at huge public gatherings and within people's homes.
    • He travelled overseas to reveal Vedic teaching in discourses he gave in the USA, England, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Trinidad, etc.
    • Even at the age of ninety years, he continued to quote canto, chapter and verse from all Upanishads, the Shrimad Bhagavatam and other Puranas; the Brahmasutra, the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures so rapidly that listeners had to concede that he was a living example of shrotriya brahmanishtha (one well-versed in the scriptures and who has attained divine love).


Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj - A Short Biography

'The Supreme Spiritual Master of the World', 'Descension of Divine Love and Bliss', 'Eminent Propounder of Eternal Vedic Religion' and 'Reconciler of all Seemingly Contradictory Philosophical Views of the World', Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj truly was the personified form of divine love.

His natural scholarliness inspired trust in even the greatest intellectuals, while his tremendous love, causeless grace and endless compassion melted the hearts and inspired devotional love in all who came near him. His satsang was divinely exhilarating and unbelievably joyous.

Every association with him was like being in the company of your dearest friend who was urging you at every moment, both internally and externally, to go closer and closer and closer to God . . .

  • Childhood

    Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj (lovingly addressed as Shri Maharaj Ji by all) appeared on this Earth on 5 October 1922 during the auspicious full moon night of Sharat Purnima in Mangarh (known today as Bhakti Dham), a tiny village in Pratapgarh district, Uttar Pradesh state in North India. His mother, Shrimati Bhagavati Devi and his father, Shri Lalta Prasad Tripathi, who was a pious Brahmin named their child Ram Kripalu.

    Right from childhood Ram Kripalu showed signs of divinity and was a most precocious student. His father enrolled him at the local primary school where he attended from 1926-1931 before going to the town of Kunda, a short 5 kilometres from Mangarh, where he attended middle school from 1932-1934. According to the practice of child marriage that was prevalent in those days, his parents got him married to the daughter of a learned scholar hailing from the nearby village of Leelapur in 1933. Despite being married, Shri Maharaj Ji often left home for long intervals.

  • Education

  • In the Jungles of Chitrakoot and Vrindavan

  • Chitrakoot Conference

  • Kanpur Conference

  • A Landmark Event in the History of the World

  • The Fifth Jagadguru in the History of the World

  • Jagadguruttam, Supreme Among All Jagadgurus

  • Bhaktiyogarasavatar, Descension of Divine Love and Bliss

  • Nikhildarshan-Samanvayacharya, Reconciler of all Seemingly Contradictory Philosophical Views

  • Devotional Literature

  • An Inspirational Life

  • Charitable Activities


India has always been and continues to be the spiritual capital of the world. It has been the proud privilege of India to be the birthplace of many great Saints, Sages, thinkers and seers gifted with divine vision. This holy land was blessed by being the appearance place of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj (5 October 1922 - 15 November 2013), lovingly called Shri Maharaj Ji by all. Born in a village named Mangarh in the State of Uttar Pradesh, India, he established the supremacy of his unique and absolute knowledge before the entire world.

  • How and why was Shri Maharaj Ji honoured with the title of Jagadguruttam?

    Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the only original Jagadguru physically present in recent times. What made him unique from his four predecessors was that he was honoured with the unprecendented title of Jagadguruttam, 'Supreme among all Jagadgurus'. According to the time-honoured tradition associated with bestowing this title, it is only given to one deemed invincible following stringent scriptural debate. How and why was Shri Maharaj Ji honoured with the title of Jagadguruttam? This is a question which naturally arises in the mind. In fact, Shri Maharaj Ji was endowed with qualities never-before-seen in any Jagadguru. It therefore behoves us to try understand them and reflect on their significance, for it was these very qualities seen by the eminent scholars of Kashi Vidvat Parishat that left them with no alternative other than to unanimously honour him with the following epithets,

  • Shrimat-padavyakya-pramana-paravarina

  • Vedamarga-pratisthapan-acharya

  • Nikhildarshan Samanvayacharya

  • Sanatana-vaidic-dharma-pratishthapana-satsampradaya-paramacharya

  • Bhaktiyogarasavatar

  • Bhagavadananta-shri vibhushita Jagadguruttam


Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj reconciled the ostensible philosophical differences that appear in scriptures like the Darshan Shastras and the bhashyas or commentaries of all the previous Jagadgurus, and did it in such a way as to make it understandable and acceptable to all.

Traditionally, scriptures and the writings of the great acharyas including Jagadgurus were presented in Sanskrit, which is a language no longer commonly used or understood. Even if one claims to know Sanskrit, the related themes of these texts and the writings of their commentators more often than not appear contradictory, and due to the limitations of the human mind, people are totally unable to reconcile them, resulting in confusion and misinterpretation. And so for the benefit of humankind, the adopted method Shri Maharaj Ji used to reconcile all these philosophical and devotional texts was common language, filled with every day examples.

Shri Maharaj Ji revealed the true path to God that is open to anyone in the world, at a time when there was great confusion regarding the true path to God. Even during the time of Jagadguru Shankaracharya, some 2,500 years ago, there were hundreds of hypocritical teachers propagating imperfect paths to God. In fact, he went so far as to mention some of them in his Geet Govind song. Nevertheless, nowadays there are still a number of religions which present their own method of ritualistic devotion. There are thousands of self-proclaimed inauthentic paths in the world today, taught by ambitious teachers and preachers. The inevitable result is that sincere seekers of God are being turned away, confused and disenchanted, unable to decipher what to do or how to proceed. Shri Maharaj Ji worked tirelessly and dispelled this cloud of confusion. He revealed the true and practical form of selfless devotion to God, nishkam bhakti which can be practiced by everyone anywhere in the world. In so doing, Shri Maharaj Ji showed the world that Shri Radha Krishna are in fact the sweetest and the most loving form of God.

The greatness of this gift of knowledge Shri Maharaj Ji has left us cannot be overstated. People can spend years and years reading the Vedas, the Shastras or any other holy text and still fail to understand them properly. How can one proceed when he is unable to decide what is right and what is wrong? The truth is that we are only confused by the plethora of thoughts, ideas and opinions prevalent in the world today, not to mention the philosophies propounded by great scholars and philosophers like Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya and Nimbarkacharya, etc. This perpetual state of confusion that had existed since time immemorial has been simply and comprehensively resolved by the great Spiritual Master of our times, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. He explained the implied sense of all scriptures and sacred writings, and through those teachings, he is guiding us towards our ultimate goal. We ordinary mortals could never have achieved anything even remotely like this in millions of years, rather in infinite lifetimes!


Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the first Jagadguru to occupy the topmost position in the spiritual knowledge of, and spiritual guidance in, divine love and bliss.

While singing sankirtan, he was completely immersed in its blissfulness, and while expounding scriptural science relating to the enjoyment of the bliss of Shri Radha Krishna’s divine pastimes, he practically showed how one can relish that bliss.

Widely acclaimed all over the world for his phenomenal knowledge of scripture, Shri Maharaj Ji revealed and then explained the abstruse mysteries within raganuga bhakti embellished with madhurya bhava. He guided spiritual aspirants towards the attainment of supremely selfless devotion and service to Shri Radha Krishna.

Frequently in his holy body there was an upsurge of the eight sattvic sentiments of divine love. When overwhelmed by this love, he was elevated into the rarest ecstatic states of trance. There was an uninterrupted flow of tears from his eyes. Suddenly he may start to sway and dance in a frenzied style; sometimes he muttered something indistinct; sometimes he started to sing or laugh uncontrollably, while at other times he fell to the ground unconscious. During such occasions, the whole environment was infused with divine love. Even the most ordinary devotee could feel their heart being suffused with so much love that they were moved to tears. When Shri Maharaj Ji came back from this exalted state and regained consciousness, wiping the tears from his eyes that are still heavy with elation, he would look around with bewilderment as if he had just landed in some distasteful world. His devotees remained ever eager to see him in these elevated states of trance again and again.

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

  • Extraordinary Discourses in Classical Sanskrit at Kashi

  • Complete Mastery over all Scriptures

  • Eminent Scholars left Spellbound


JAGADGURU SHRI KRIPALU JI MAHARAJ was grace and kindness personified; grace was all around him, both inside and out. This is how he truly was. The word kripalu means one who showers grace and kindness all around. One may have gone to him with good or bad intentions, but he imparted his grace on all regardless. It seemed that his whole being and existence was comprised only of grace. Every moment of his life, whether he was sleeping or awake, he bestowed his grace on all living beings. The day we truly accept him one hundred percent as kripalu, the embodiment of grace, we will attain our ultimate goal.

As humble as he was great, Shri Maharaj Ji always made himself available to all sincere spiritual aspirants, irrespective of culture, age or spiritual persuasion. Every seeker was amazed to see how approachable he was, and enjoyed the special privilege of individual attention from him. The combination of his tall, regal stature and childlike personality created an indefinable attraction that drew all to him, be they young or old; man or woman. It was very easy to become a recipient, because there was no giver like Shri Maharaj Ji. True to his name, Kripalu, he was the very embodiment of grace.

JKP Charitable Activities

The spiritual work undertaken by Shri Maharaj Ji is certainly his greatest contribution to society. However, his philosophy concentrates on creating a balance in life by taking care of the body as well as the soul. Recognising this need, Shri Maharaj Ji inspired devotees to engage in various charitable activities. Thus, under the divine guidance of Shri Maharaj Ji, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP) was established and continues to flourish in his honour under the leadership of its three Presidents he appointed: H.H. Dr. Vishaka Tripathi, President, JKP Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, H.H. Dr. Shyama Tripathi, President, JKP Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan and H.H. Dr. Krishna Tripathi, President, JKP Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana.

The charitable institutions Shri Maharaj Ji founded are fully operational and serve ever growing numbers of poor and needy people every day. The hospitals built by JKP in various towns and villages that are maintained by dedicated devotees continue to provide 100% free healthcare services to all patients within a range of medical disciplines. For more information, please visit: www.jkphospitals.org

When JKP Presidents visit one such institution, their mere presence acts as a panacea reminding all of Shri Maharaj Ji, bringing joy on their faces and serenity in their hearts. As they walk through the corridors, greeting all as they pass by, they may pause for a moment and go into one of the recovery rooms where some patients are resting. They may enquire into someone's medical condition; ask another how he is feeling and whether he needs anything more to be comfortable, etc. all the while casting their soothing, beatific smiles on all. After their visit, the spirits of all those in recovery is boosted beyond words.

Shri Maharaj Ji always made sure that JKP served the neediest, such as people who are isolated or physically disadvantaged due to disability or age. His vision and inspiration is the driving force behind JKP's expanding charity work today. Much needed day-to-day necessities are distributed on mass to some of our country’s poorest – blankets, dining utensils, food, medicine and financial aid, etc. In times of tragedy, JKP has always been a generous donor of financial assistance, and will continue to be so. For more information, please visit: www.jkp.org

In response to the needs of young people to have access to quality education in rural areas, Shri Maharaj Ji founded educational institutions where poor and socially disadvantaged families can send their children, free of cost. These institutes are running as usual, giving hope and a future to over 3,000 female students. For more information, please visit: www.jkpeducation.org

Since 1968, when the first satsang hall was completed in the small rural village of Mangarh, birthplace of Shri Maharaj Ji, satsang halls have been established throughout India, providing venues for sincere spiritual aspirants to retreat from their worldly commitments and focus their minds on Shri Radha Krishna, twenty-four hours a day. Today these ashrams cater to the growing numbers of people coming to learn about and practice bhakti yoga, under the guidance of Shri Maharaj Ji's teachings.

Why read his literature?

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj revealed an enormous amount of devotional material in an easy to understand style for people from all walks of life. One may ask, "Why should I read this literature?" Simply put, Shri Maharaj Ji's works are,

Accessible To All

All his literary works are presented in Hindi and not in the traditional form of Sanskrit, with more and more being published in English as well. Similarly, his devotional songs are easy to understand, follow and sing.

A Treat For Scholars And Intellectuals Alike

His body of work is considered of the highest quality by researchers and scholars. In fact, his compositions have already been the subject of PhD research. His literature overflows with references from the great scriptural texts of the world, given canto, chapter and verse, including the Vedas, Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita. Such profound and authoritive knowledge has amazed people of all backgrounds, including those from the literary fraternity.


His blissful devotional songs, couplets and verses, all philosophically rich and immersed in love for God, are so perfectly rhymed that they can be appreciated, sung and enjoyed by people all over the world.


His works are substantiated by numerous references from our vast scriptural heritage, including the Vedas, Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavatam and other holy books from around the world. In so doing, Shri Maharaj Ji reconciled their seeming contradictions and showed the universality of all the world’s great sacred texts.

Secular And Coordinating

Shri Maharaj Ji’s work is not aligned to any particular religion, sect or cult. He revealed that God is one, who can be given any name and spoken to in any language. All his work embraces all seemingly different Hindu philosophies, while encouraging everyone to practice devotion and selfless service to God, by sincerely loving Him and not expecting anything in return.

Relevant Today

His body of work is not restricted by time or circumstance. His literature transcends such things and will always remain contemporary.

Truly Blissful

Shri Maharaj Ji propagated that only the Supreme Lord is truly blissful, and there is no true happiness in this world. To attain eternal bliss, one needs to realise God as only He possesses true bliss. By singing the names and glories of the Lord, while meditating on His forms, pastimes, abodes and Saints, we can move closer to Him. This in essence is what all of Shri Maharaj Ji’s compositions are designed to do.


Shri Maharaj Ji’s work reveals the only true path to reach God in this age. He does not propagate japa, tapa, vrata (austere practices), mala or yagya, etc. as such things become mere physical drills and God never appreciates such acts. The Supreme Lord wants our mind to be absorbed in Him and not in the body. Therefore, all of Shri Maharaj Ji's compositions are both practical and relevant to our day-to-day lives.


One will find the answers to all questions pertaining to spirituality and the philosophy of divine love endorsed by numerous scriptural references. One will finally understand and then believe in the answers given by Shri Maharaj Ji to any intriguing question.


One of the most admired and highly praised aspects of Shri Maharaj Ji’s work is the depth of his explanation. India has such a vast library of scriptures, e.g. the Vedas, Upanishads, Stutees, Shastras, Ramayana, etc. but how many of these have been explained to us in a way we understand? Many of the padas, kirtans, dohas and verses revealed by Shri Maharaj Ji were explained by him in a discourse or explanation. When attempting to explain someone else’s work, one is forced to make assumptions regarding the intended meaning. In contrast, we have the great fortune of having the creator of these incomparable works giving the explanations himself. Today, more and more of these explanations and discourses are becoming available on CD, Mp3 and DVD. Some are even available to watch online while others are being shown on television.

Interesting Contradictions

In the literature of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj you will find logical solutions to all the mutually contradictory scriptural principles that had baffled scholars previously. For example,

  • A. Every individual is naturally a believer of God.
    B. An individual can never become a believer even after countless endeavours for ages.
  • A. God is incomprehensible to the senses, mind and intellect.
    B. God can be comprehended by the senses, mind and intellect.
  • A. God is without form and attributes.
    B. God is with form and attributes.
  • A. God is the doer.
    B. God is a non-doer.
  • A. God can be attained by His grace alone.
    B. God can be attained only through personal endeavours.
  • A. Karma is condemnable.
    B. Karma is recommendable.
  • A. Jnana is condemnable.
    B. Jnana is recommendable.
  • A. Bhakti is the means.
    B. Bhakti is the end.
  • A. A true Saint can come under the bondage of may a.
    B. A true Saint is eternally free from the bondage of may a.
  • A. One cannot experience the taste of sweetness eating salt with the feeling it is sugar.
    B. One attains the result of God by worshipping a Deity with the feeling it is God.
  • A. One attains everything by doing nothing.
    B. One attains nothing by doing everything.

Many other philosophical contradictions are unraveled by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. One is best advised to study his principal compositions such as Prema Rasa Siddhanta, Radha Govind Geet, Bhakti Shatak, Sevak Sevya Siddhanta, etc. together with watching or listening to his discourses.

One can also listen to the discourses delivered by any one of his pracharaks (preachers), whom he selected and trained to spread the philosophy of divine love as revealed by him throughout the world. With his knowledge and in his name, these preachers carry on his legacy of resolving people's confusion about spiritual subjects, to ultimately reveal the true path to God in this age.

His Literature And Research Work

Based on the philosophy enunciated in the VedasPuranasUpanishads etc and the writings of Rasik Saints, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj’s literary works elucidate the universal truth that every living being is in the pursuit of everlasting happiness, and such eternal, infinite happiness is God alone. There have been pandits, sages and scholars of Hinduism since eternity who have written books on spirituality based on their own understanding of it. But instead of satisfying readers, people are left more confused and even sceptical due to the presence of unresolved contradictions. In a very lucid, clear, and comprehensible way, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj reconciles all the apparent contradictions in spirituality, satisfying both the mind and heart, while infusing the language with the bliss of divine love.

His works give equal regard to all spiritual teachers and paths, as he himself was not aligned to any sect or religion. Subject matter is presented simply but authoritatively, authenticated by the relevant scriptural quotations, and enriched by examples from daily life. Frugal in words but fathomless in meaning, his works are a veritable ocean of divine love, capable of moving the driest of hearts in a spiritual direction. 

  • The Subject of Research

    In recognition of the significance of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj’s literary work, research at universities within India has been taking place since 1978. The following research theses have already been written resulting in the writers being awarded with a PhD in literature.




    A Study of Socio-eco Contributions of Spiritual Organisation: A Case Study of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat

    Titiksha Nagar

    Dr. Renu Jatana
    Mohanlal Sukhadia University Udaipur, Rajasthan
    July 2017

    The Literary Concept of the Objective of Poetry
    and the Literary Works of Sant Kripalu Maharaj: An Analytical Study

    Mrs Mala Khemani

    Dr. Muraliya Sharma (Vice Principal) Rajakiya Snatakotar Girls College
    Baram Kota University, Kota 
    Rajasthan, 2016

    A Study of Collected Discourses of
    Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

    Ms. Upasana Jain

    Dr. Prithvi Raj Malival Ex. HOD HINDI
    Mohanhal Sukharhia University 
    Udaipur, Rajasthan
    April 2012

    Music in the Literary Works of
    Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj:
    A Critical Appraisal

    Riturani Rathore

    Dr. (Smt) Asha Pandey
    Kurukshetra University
    Haryana, February 2004

    A Study of Poetic Writings of
    Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj in the context of
    the Poetical Works of Shri Krishna

    Km Pushplata Shukla

    Dr. Harbhajam Singh Hanspal
    Nagpur Vidyapeeth
    Nagpur, October 1995

    Kripalu Das and His Poetry

    Vishnu Prasad Nema

    Dr. Mahavir Saran Jain
    Jabalpur University,
    Jabalpur, 1978

His Admirers

  • The great National identity and Saint of the highest order, Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, was a universal teacher who performed welfare not only of the nation, but the entire universe. He was an exponent of universal brotherhood and inspired all towards the devotion of God without discrimination. He exhorted all for universal peace through his transcendental discourses . . .

    There was no sect, no cult and no disciple created by him. He gave respect to all and kindness to all; love and devotion to Shri Radha Krishna was the essence of his life.

    Narendra Modi
    Prime Minister of India

  • The most venerable Maharaj Shri was an unfathomable ocean of jnana and bhakti. He was an avatara purusha of the present age. He was the guardian of Indian dharma, philosophy, spiritualism, and culture and a living form of the great tradition of our ancient seers and sages, representing whom with all their attributes, he was a divine power for all times to come . . .

    There have been many Saints in the world who have been attributed with some or the other transcendental endowment, divine quality and greatness. But it was none other than Shri Maharaj Ji who was endowed with the profound wisdom of all our scriptures, including the four Vedas, six Shastras, various Upanishads, eighteen Puranas, the Ramayana, the Gita, the Mahabharata and India's time-honoured tradition of the divine knowledge of our great Saints and Sages.

    Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev
    Patanjali Yogapith, Haridwar

  • I am an agnostic but deeply interested in all religions. Like other people I have been trying to find answers to three questions,

    1. Where have we come from?
    2. How should we conduct ourselves in the life given to us?
    3. Where do we go when we die?

    In the quest for answers to these questions I read sacred texts, listen to talks given by holy men and scholars of religion. The one who impressed me above others is Kripaluji Maharaj.

    I am most impressed by what Kripalu Ji Maharaj has to say: his scholarship is profound, his memory of chapter and verse he quotes from world scriptures is phenomenal, he is lucid, his logic irrefutable and his manner of putting across his ideas most convincing he is in short my idea of a Jagadguru in the true sense of word. I listen to him in rapt attention and share the joy of singing and dancing at the end of his sermon. Kripaluji brings happiness in peoples lives. I pay him homage in the 50th anniversary of his recognition as the Jagadguru.

    Khushwant Singh
    Prominent Novelist and Journalist.

  • I am very happy that the Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj Satsang Samiti is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Maharaj Ji honoured as the Supreme Jagadguru.

    With His message of Krishna Love, Maharaj Ji has won the hearts of everyone around him. His teachings of Divine Love and selfless service form a very strong basis for solving all the ills that plague our society today. The scriptural omniscience of Maharaj Ji and his liberal interpretation of the philosophies of other Jagadgurus and the Darshan Shastras have immensely enriched the rich spiritual treasures of this country...

    His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
    Founder, The Art of Living Foundation.