A Brief Life History
A Divine breeze permeated the entire brahmand on the Sharat Poornima night of October, 1922, when Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj appeared in Mangarh village (near Allahabad, India) in a most respectable brahman family. From the very first day he delighted the hearts of everyone around him with his sweet smile and serene look.
Sharat Poornima is the famous full moon night of October when Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani revealed the true Vrindaban Bliss about 5,000 years ago that enticed the heart of God Shiv.
Kripaluji Maharaj is lovingly called Maharajji by his devotees. Since childhood his extraordinary virtues were noticed by the people. (As a custom of the family, his elderly people got him married at an early age.) When he was around fourteen years of age he went to Indore to study Sanskrit literature, and, to the amazement of the teachers of that institution, whatever topic he chose to study, he mastered all of them within two years.
Total absorbment in absolute Divine love
He was now around sixteen years of age. He resumed his natural Divine nature, and, at that time, whoever had seen him, would have glimpsed the true form of Radha Krishna love, appearing in its fullest charm of highest ecstatic excitement… Remaining in that state of absolute engrossment, he walked to Chitrakoot and Sharbhang and Graced the deserving souls living there.
Shree Maharajji then moved towards Sharbhang and Graced a devotee of gopi bhao who was deeply longing for Krishna’s vision.
In the same state of Divinely-absorbed-consciousness he moved towards Mahoba and then to Jhansi. People of this world could not see the Divineness of Maharajji’s body, but still they saw the physical expressions of his Bhao.
The pious people who saw him were amazed to see his Bhao state and thus they took the privilege to invite him to their houses. In this way, there were a number of families in whose house he stayed, somewhere a few hours and somewhere a day or two, but he was constantly twenty-four hours in Bhao. Day and night made no difference for him. In those days people used to call him Paramhansji because he was always in an absolute state of Radha Krishna love. For about two years he stayed in that state.
Around 1940 he came to Vrindaban. Swooning while he uttered 'Krishna, Krishna,' dancing in ecstasy, and loudly laughing in ecstatic excitement, his presence in Vrindaban excited the hearts of the devotees who saw him. News about him spread around and a few devotees with a longing heart came from Mathura to invite him to their house.
Shree Maharajji now decided to introduce the true Braj ras to the souls of this world as Radha Rani and Shree Krishna gave about 5,000 years ago and Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji showered the same nectar of Krishna love about 500 years ago. Being always absorbed in the ecstatic states of Radha Bhao, it was hard to communicate with the people. So, for the good of the souls, he subsided his Bhao state to some extent and decided to reveal the leela Bliss of Radha Krishna to the people in general through regular satsang which mainly contained the chanting (sankirtan) of the names, virtues and the leelas of Radha Krishna. He started his satsang in the houses of the devotees in Mathura, and then in Agra and Allahabad, and so on.
The Bhavavesh state
His sankirtan programs of those days were like the vivid glow of Radha Krishna love that touched every heart, inspired everyone who was there and thrilled every soul who desired Krishna love. Quite often he revealed the Bliss of 'Hari Bol...' in his Bhavavesh ecstasy during satsang.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji, who was the descension of Radha Rani, showered the true nectar of Krishna name through the chanting of 'Hare Ram...' and revealed the most amazing ecstatic state of Radha Bhao in his 'Hari Bol...' chanting which happened only during the ecstasy (Bhavavesh). According to the known history of the rasik Saints, these eminent states of Radha Krishna love were revealed on the earth planet by Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji for the first time in the last 5,000 years. The same expressions of Divine love were seen in Shree Kripaluji Maharaj when he chanted 'Hare Ram...' and sang 'Hari Bol...' in ecstasy.
Thus, resounding Uttar Pradesh (Agra, Mathura, Allahabad, etc.) with 'Hari Bol...' he again came back to Mahu in early 1942. Apart from nam sankirtan, he began to sing leela pad (songs) also.
Distributing Braj ras
While in Mahu he freely distributed the Bliss of Krishna name through nam sankirtan. He frequently visited Mandaleshwar and Maheshwar and had nonstop nam sankirtan programs of mostly one to two weeks or even more in those places and also near the Narmada river. Once in Gopal Mandir in Mahu a 15 days’ nam sankirtan was organized, but slowly it stretched up to 4 months. The devotees, everyday, had new devotional experiences. All the devotees of Maheshwar, Mandaleshwar and Mahu were very close to Shree Maharajji like a family.
You have to understand the kind and class of the Divine Bliss which Shree Maharajji is giving, the magnitude of the Divine love he is revealing, and the extent of Graciousness which he is showering upon all the souls.
When a devotee hears or reads that the 'Hari Bol' chanting of Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji enticed even the wild beasts, he forms a great Divine image of that event. But when he sees the Bhao state of Shree Maharajji during the chanting or he sees Shree Maharajji’s 'Hari Bol' chanting (on video) his material mind fails to comprehend its Divine greatness because its Divinity could only be experienced by a Divine personality and its devotional effects could be experienced by a dedicated devotional mind to the extent of its purity and the understanding of its value. So, it is most important that a devotee should understand the Divine greatness of Shree Maharajji’s satsang and chanting to receive its full benefit.
His unlimited Grace on the souls
From the early morning until he goes to bed, Shree Maharajji is among the devotees showering the nectar of Krishna love in many ways. Sometimes he is playfully talking with the devotees, sometimes he is giving darshan, sometimes he is walking among the devotees in the satsang hall and giving them a feeling of closeness with him, sometimes he is introducing a new line of chanting, sometimes he is giving a devotional speech, and so on. Chanting of the names, virtues and the leelas is always going on wherever Shree Maharajji stays.
Shree Maharajji mostly resides in his ashrams at Mangarh, Barsana and Vrindaban. Thousands of people visit these Divine centers to have Shree Maharajji’s darshan and to participate in ecstatic chanting programs and celebrations like Holi, Guru Poornima, Janmashtmi, Radha Ashtmi, Sharat Poornima, and Divali etc. Sometimes Shree Maharajji visits different cities and towns of India to enlighten the hearts and minds of the huge audiences that gather to hear his explanations of the Divine philosophy. His vivid descriptions of Radha Krishna leelas and virtues thrill the audience with the experience of Krishna love.
In March, 2002 a historical event took place when Shree Maharajji went to Jagannath Puri in Orissa during his visit to Bhuvaneshwar and gave his darshan to thousands of enthusiastic devotees. In Bhuvaneshwar he Graced the enormous crowds with the Divine knowledge in his amazing discourses and imparted devotional love into the hearts of the devotees through his powerful chantings of Radha Krishna name.
Shree Maharajji’s entire life is the revelation of the state of Radha Krishna love.
Becoming the 5th Original Jagadguru
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is the 5th original Jagadguru in the world. In the past, only four descended Divine personalities have been recognized as the original Jagadgurus (Spiritual Masters of the whole world): Jagadguru Shree Shankaracharya, Jagadguru Shree Nimbarkacharya, Jagadguru Shree Ramanujacharya and Jagadguru Shree Madhvacharya.
Two Historical World Tours
A memory that will always remain is the day that Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj entered the Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple in Radha Madhav Dham for the first time in the spring of 2005. His visit had been anticipated for years and now Kripaluji Maharaj was showering the devotees in the west with the nectar of his satsang and the bliss of his personal presence. The most momentous days spent during his multi-city tours were his eventful weeks’ long stays in Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, Texas, on three occasions.