Swami Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
5th Original Jagadguru and our Divine Master
The Jagadguru Tradition
Jagadguru Shri Adi Shankracharya
(C.E. 788 – 820)
As per the tradition of original ‘Jagadgurus’, Adi Shankaracharya is the first Jagadguru of this world. His philosophy is known as ‘Advaitavad’ (Non-dualism) and it forms the basis for the teachings of the Gyan Marg or the Path of Knowledge.
Jagadguru Shri Ramanujacharya
(C.E. 1017 - 1137)
He preached ‘Vishisht Advaitavad’ (qualified non-dualism). He stated that the soul is a fractional part of God and is meant to serve Him. Further, that God resides in the heart of every soul. His main focus was on the Path of Devotion (Bhakti) - that it was the only means of God-realisation.
Jagadguru Shri Nimbarkacharya
(C.E. 1130 – 1200)
His philosophy is known as ‘Dwaitadvaitvad’ (Dualism – Non-dualism) He preached that although there is a duality between God and soul, yet the soul is also simultaneously one with God. Being a part of God, the purpose of the soul is to receive God’s Grace and to realise Him. The soul’s ultimate spiritual welfare is accomplished through devotion to the personal form of God.
Jagadguru Shri Madhvacharya
(C.E. 1239 – 1319)
He was a staunch proponent of ‘Dvaitvad’ (Dualism) philosophy. He stressed on the fact that God, Maya and Soul are three different entities. It is only through devotion that an individual soul can attain God-realisation and liberation. He said that whatever situation we may be in, constant remembrance of the Lord will help us sustain.
Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
(C.E. 1922 - 2013)
He reconciled all the seemingly contradictory philosophies of all the previous Jagadgurus. He further presented the Sanatan Vedic Dharma in a manner which was uncomplicated and easy to follow for everyone.
The Unprecedented Title
A landmark in spiritual history took place when Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj gave a series of profound lectures at the invitation of ‘Kashi Vidvat Parishad’, the apex body of spiritual learning composed of 500 great scholars of India.
Shri Maharaj Ji spoke for ten days revealing the secrets of the scriptures of Sanatan Vedic Dharma. With great ease, he reconciled the different philosophies and contradictions in the Vedic scriptures and the different views of the previous Jagadgurus to reveal the true path of God-realization for the welfare of all humankind.
The 500 scholars were both astonished and deeply moved by the philosophy put forward by Shri Maharaj Ji and they unanimously acclaimed Him as Jagadguru - Spiritual master of the world.
They further added that He was ‘Jagadguruttam’ or Supreme amongst all the Jagadgurus.
The various accolades that they showered upon Him were
The greatest scholar with unsurpassed knowledge of the Vedas and all scriptures of the world
His Contribution to the World
Temples and Monuments
Beautiful, magnificent, enchanting - words fail to describe the monuments built by Him like Bhakti Mandir, Mangarh; Prem Mandir, Vrindavan and Kirti Mandir, Barsana.