Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj

Life History of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

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Concealing His Divine Ecstasy

Shri Kripaluji Maharaj in divine ecstasy

Shri Kripaluji Maharaj in divine ecstasy

All those who knew Shri Kripaluji Maharaj were beseeching him, “O purifier of Sinners! O Causelessly Merciful Lord! Friend of the Destitute! How will you make these attributes of yours meaningful if you remain unconscious in a state of divine ecstasy? How will you deliver sinful souls, divert their worldly mind towards God and give the nectar of divine love to people accustomed to drinking the poison of material objects?" Shri Kripaluji Maharaj heard the devotees' cries of anguish and started coming out of his paramhamsa state and began behaving normally. He would talk about normal worldly things. Where do you people live? What do you do? He had now concealed himself and his intense devotional state. Had he remained in a state of ecstasy, he would never have been able to converse with anyone.

Shri Kripaluji Maharaj started conversing with devotees and giving them spiritual advice. During kirtan however, he was always in a state of ecstasy. At that time he would play the dholak and sing. He had not learned to play, but he possessed complete knowledge without being taught. His Hare Ram sankirtan, sung to the beat of the dholak, became well-known far and wide. In those days, he either chanted the mahamantra or made the atmosphere reverberate with the sweet sounds of Radhey Govinda Bhajo, Vrindavan Chanda Bhajo.

Shri Kripaluji Maharaj in divine ecstasy While chanting Bhajo Giridhar Govind Gopala he would suddenly break out into Hari Bol sankirtan and all present would be drenched in the nectar of love. While chanting Hari Bol, Shri Kripaluji Maharaj would become oblivious of his physical body. In the highest state of mahabhav he would sometimes start revolving at great speed like a spinning top. So fast he would spin that you could not see whether his lotus feet were on the ground or above it. Sometimes he would dance on one foot. While dancing he would become semi-conscious and sometimes he would lose consciousness altogether and fall on the ground. He would remain unconscious for hours and devotees would watch him in utter amazement, fervently hoping that their beloved Master may regain consciousness and speak with them.

Preaching Shri Krishna Devotion and Manifesting Knowledge

Shri Kripaluji Maharaj at the age of 32 In those days, Shri Kripaluji Maharaj would chant non-stop, day and night. Seeing him dancing in an ecstatic state, people remarked again and again that it seemed divine. Once in the Gopal Mandir in Mahu, Shri Kripaluji Maharaj conducted a four-month long continuous chanting of the holy name. Shri Kripaluji Maharaj then went to Allahabad, to the residence of Lakshman Svaroop Bhatnagar. Many devoted souls went there from Pratapgarh, upon whose loving insistence, Shri Kripaluji Maharaj went to pratapgarh with them and stayed at the residence of Mahabani Ji.

At Mahabani Ji's residence the kirtan would continue till midnight. This devotee loved Shri Kripaluji Maharaj as a child. He would decorate Shri Kripaluji Maharaj with many colorful fragrant flowers. He would also spread flower petals on the ground for Shri Maharaj Ji so that his lotus feet would experience their soft comfortable touch.

How can anyone describe the sweetness of the nectar Shri Kripaluji Maharaj freely distributed! Devotees drank that nectar to their hearts, content. Some would cry, some would writhe in the pain of separation, some would cry out in anguish, and some would dance. There was no one who did not return from the kirtan sessions in a state of intoxication.


In Pratapgarh, the sankirtan would continue all night. The nectar freely distributed by Shri Kripaluji Maharaj cannot be described in words. After the sankirtan, Shri Maharaj Ji used to go to his room, locking the door behind him. At times, Mahabani Ji and his family could hear faint voices coming from inside the room. It seemed as if there were people in the room who were talking with Shri Kripaluji Maharaj, sometimes in Sanskrit, sometimes in Hindi and sometimes in some unrecognizable language. This continued for many days.

One Sunday afternoon as Shri Kripaluji Maharaj was resting inside his room, the voices were again heard coming from inside. When he came out, Mahabani Ji asked, "Please tell me, who comes into your room at night and holds conversations with you?” initially Shri Kripaluji Maharaj didn't answer and quickly changed the topic. But when Mahabani Ji became insistent and continued asking, then Shri Kripaluji Maharaj said very quietly, “Mahabani, the Vedas and Shastras are after me to reveal them in their true form in the world. Now it seems that the time has come to do this." The year was 1954 and Shri Maharaj Ji was just thirty-two years of age.

In this way, one could say that the journey to become Jagadguru started here. The very next year, Shri Kripaluji Maharaj arranged Chitrakoot Sammelan, a spiritual conference in the city of Chitrakoot. Here began his revelation of knowledge.

to be continued...