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Significance Of Sharad Poornima

Sharad Poornima-Maharaas Leela

Happy Sharad Poornima!

Sharad Poornima is one of the most important days of the year for the devotees of Radha Krishna. It is the full moon on which They performed the maharaas leela. In the maharaas leela uncountable gopis participate and Shree Krishna, multiplying Himself into as many forms as there are gopis, dances with each gopi individually in concentric rings. Radha and Krishna are in the very center and lead the maharaas. Raas is defined as the accumulated sweetness of all the forms of Divine Blissfullness combined into one leela. And maharaas is the ultimate revelation of raas. Its greatness can be guessed by the fact that even God Shiv and Goddess Lakshmi desired to join and experience it.

Radha Krishna revealed that maharaas ras on our earth 5,000 years ago at midnight of Sharad Poornima. Shree Krishna’s yogmaya shakti stopped the normal movement of time during maharaas; thus the maharaas leela lasted for a whole kalp, even though the people of the world felt that a normal night had past. The amazing thing is that even though maharaas is the highest Bliss of the Divine world, yet it is attainable by any soul who worships Radha Krishna with samartha rati madhurya bhav (as the gopis did).

Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

It was at midnight was on this same Sharad Poornima night in 1922 that Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj appeared in this world. For many decades, until his departure from this world on November 15th, 2013, he taught the path of raganuga bhakti and inspired souls to worship Radha Krishna in the same style as the gopis. Those who do bhakti according to his teachings are progressing towards the attainment of that ultimate Bliss of maharaas.

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