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Kripalu Gurudeva

JAGADGURU SHRI KRIPALU JI MAHARAJ was grace and kindness personified; grace was all around him, both inside and out. This is how he truly was. The word kripalu means one who showers grace and kindness all around. One may have gone to him with good or bad intentions, but he imparted his grace on all regardless. It seemed that his whole being and existence was comprised only of grace. Every moment of his life, whether he was sleeping or awake, he bestowed his grace on all living beings. The day we truly accept him one hundred percent as kripalu, the embodiment of grace, we will attain our ultimate goal.

As humble as he was great, Shri Maharaj Ji always made himself available to all sincere spiritual aspirants, irrespective of culture, age or spiritual persuasion. Every seeker was amazed to see how approachable he was, and enjoyed the special privilege of individual attention from him. The combination of his tall, regal stature and childlike personality created an indefinable attraction that drew all to him, be they young or old; man or woman. It was very easy to become a recipient, because there was no giver like Shri Maharaj Ji. True to his name, Kripalu, he was the very embodiment of grace.

JKP Charitable Activities

The spiritual work undertaken by Shri Maharaj Ji is certainly his greatest contribution to society. However, his philosophy concentrates on creating a balance in life by taking care of the body as well as the soul. Recognising this need, Shri Maharaj Ji inspired devotees to engage in various charitable activities. Thus, under the divine guidance of Shri Maharaj Ji, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP) was established and continues to flourish in his honour under the leadership of its three Presidents he appointed: H.H. Dr. Vishaka Tripathi, President, JKP Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, H.H. Dr. Shyama Tripathi, President, JKP Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan and H.H. Dr. Krishna Tripathi, President, JKP Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana.

The charitable institutions Shri Maharaj Ji founded are fully operational and serve ever growing numbers of poor and needy people every day. The hospitals built by JKP in various towns and villages that are maintained by dedicated devotees continue to provide 100% free healthcare services to all patients within a range of medical disciplines. For more information, please visit: www.jkphospitals.org

When JKP Presidents visit one such institution, their mere presence acts as a panacea reminding all of Shri Maharaj Ji, bringing joy on their faces and serenity in their hearts. As they walk through the corridors, greeting all as they pass by, they may pause for a moment and go into one of the recovery rooms where some patients are resting. They may enquire into someone's medical condition; ask another how he is feeling and whether he needs anything more to be comfortable, etc. all the while casting their soothing, beatific smiles on all. After their visit, the spirits of all those in recovery is boosted beyond words.

Shri Maharaj Ji always made sure that JKP served the neediest, such as people who are isolated or physically disadvantaged due to disability or age. His vision and inspiration is the driving force behind JKP's expanding charity work today. Much needed day-to-day necessities are distributed on mass to some of our country’s poorest – blankets, dining utensils, food, medicine and financial aid, etc. In times of tragedy, JKP has always been a generous donor of financial assistance, and will continue to be so. For more information, please visit: www.jkp.org
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In response to the needs of young people to have access to quality education in rural areas, Shri Maharaj Ji founded educational institutions where poor and socially disadvantaged families can send their children, free of cost. These institutes are running as usual, giving hope and a future to over 3,000 female students. For more information, please visit: www.jkpeducation.org

Since 1968, when the first satsang hall was completed in the small rural village of Mangarh, birthplace of Shri Maharaj Ji, satsang halls have been established throughout India, providing venues for sincere spiritual aspirants to retreat from their worldly commitments and focus their minds on Shri Radha Krishna, twenty-four hours a day. Today these ashrams cater to the growing numbers of people coming to learn about and practice bhakti yoga, under the guidance of Shri Maharaj Ji's teachings.

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