Saint Tulsidas states in the Ramayan, "The heart of a saint is softer than butter. For butter melts due to its own sorrow (when it is heated), but the saint's heart melts upon seeing the suffering of others."
True to His name Kripalu (the merciful one), Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj inspires devotees to perform physical and monetary service to fellow humans. Shri Maharaj Ji sets a wonderful personal example by being extremely caring to all who are blessed to be in His association. If a devotee is feeling ill, Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj personally visits that devotee, inquiring about his health and appointing someone in charge of the patient.
Whenever Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj is present in one of the ashrams, He visits patients in our charitable hospitals on a daily basis, spreading His love to one and all, speaking to the villagers in the local dialect. Patients are half cured seeing Shri Maharaj Ji's broad smile, loving nature and genuine compassion.
Under the guidance of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, devotees undertake several humanitarian projects, such as building charitable hospitals, arranging medical camps (blood donation camps, heart camps and general medical camps, cataract operations) and running a mother-child welfare program in which mother and child get vaccinated against six fatal diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio.
Besides these, the organization regularly distributes funds, food, clothing, vessels, blankets, umbrellas, school uniforms and lunch boxes.
Charitable Hospitals In Rural India
Inspired by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj’s infinite spirit of service, Radha Madhav Society is engaged in various philanthropic activities such as constructing and running charitable hospitals in rural areas of India, where there is no accessibility to health care and where people cannot afford to travel to the next town for medical care.
The first charitable hospital was constructed in the village of Mangarh, approximately 60 kms (35 miles) from the city of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
This hospital was inaugurated in 2003 by Late Dr. Vishnu Kant Shastri, then-governor of that state, and the catchment area covers approximately 100 km (60 mile) radius. Kripalu Charitable Hospital in Mangarh has considerably improved the situation for thousands of villagers. The hospital serves 300-400 people everyday. All are provided with completely free treatment. All X-rays, Ultrasounds, ECG and medicines are also provided free of cost.
Another charitable hospital has been built in the village of Barsana, some 100 kms from Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. This hospital was inaugurated by Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj on January 14th, 2007 and it treats approximately 200 patients on a daily basis, with the same services mentioned above.
A third charitable hospital is under construction in the holy land of Vrindavan, the Divine village of Shri Krishna's pastimes. Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj performed the ground-breaking ceremony Himself on February 20, 2008 for this hospital.
Uniqueness of Kripalu Charitable Hospitals
- The existing hospitals offer Allopathic, Homeopathic, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic treatments to patients.
- There is no fee whatsoever. Everything, from diagnosis to treatment (including medication), is free of charge.
- All the equipment is top-quality and up-to-date.
- All the doctors serving in these hospitals are volunteers, serving with a sense of service to humanity, Guru and God.
Free School and College for Girls
To serve the educational needs of girls in rural India, JKP has established three premier institutes of education - Kripalu Mahila Mahavidyalay, Kripalu Balika Inter College and Kripalu Balika Primary School. These are all-girl institutes established in 1998 in Kunda, District Pratapgarh, one of the most rural areas in Uttar Pradesh, India. Our objective is to impart quality education to the female community in the district, which was previously deprived of graduate-level education.
Our mission is to ensure that our students can stand up as confident and determined women with the ability to bravely face situations in which women are exploited. Furthermore, our students are provided the opportunity to achieve excellence and develop their creative, social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth in the atmosphere available to them at these institutes.
The Institute's philosophy is based on the fact that focus on women's education is of utmost importance if one wishes to improve the society we are living in. The saying prevails, "When you educate a man, you educate him only. When you educate a woman, you educate the whole family."
Through sound and proven principles and methods of education, KMM strives to accomplish its aims by offering its student body a curriculum and physical environment comparable to those in urban institutes of high academic standing. Keeping in mind that we are living in a rapidly evolving world community which includes diverse cultures (each with its own traditions, values and morals), KMM seeks to provide an environment that fosters respect and appreciation of different cultures.
- To provide its students with knowledge and attitudes that will prepare them for further education and continuing growth.
- To provide a strong basic skills program.
- To guide its students towards independence and self-discipline.
- To respect individual and cultural differences and provide for these differences as fully as school resources allow.
- To encourage creativity and provide enrichment opportunities in addition to the development of basic skills.
- To provide students the opportunity to develop a high regard for health, physical development and fitness.
- To incorporate appropriate learning methods that will best prepare students for any school environment and for continuing education throughout their adult lives.
- To encourage community involvement on the part of its students and the active participation of their parents in the school events.
Some years ago a grand function was arranged in Bhakti Dham, Mangarh. Clothing was to be distributed by Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj on a grand scale. On this occasion Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj addressed the villagers in these loving and humble words:
“People from twenty villages have gathered here today, and they are saying that Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj is going to donate children’s clothing to all the good people gathered here. This is the news on the grapevine, but it’s not true.
The world and everything in it belongs to God. We are all children of God. Therefore, everyone is the rightful owner of everything here. The clothes that are being given to you, belong already to you; I am not giving you anything. I am merely the instrument. Accept the offering as God’s property, and bless me so that I may serve you again and again.”
Help to the victims of Uttarakhand flood disaster
In the summer of 2013, heavy rainfall had triggered landslides and floods resulting in serious devastation in Uttarakhand and adjoining areas in Northern India. Entire buildings had been swept away by the strong currents and over a thousand lives have been lost. Damage to bridges and roads had left over 60,000 pilgrims and tourists trapped in various places with no access to food or shelter.
Radha Madhav Society worked alongside with its parent organization in India, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, to provide relief to those in need. With contributions from donors, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat donated Rs One Crore (US$167,000) towards the relief efforts.