JOURNEY TOWARDS GOD
By Sushri H.H. Dr. Vishakha Tripathi Ji
Our scriptures tell us that as individual souls we are eternal and that we have received a human form countless times. We have met uncountable Saints over the course of our innumerable past lives, and from them, we received true knowledge of the scriptures, time and time again.
Yet, according to Shri Maharaj Ji, we made one critical error every time. What is that? After receiving this knowledge, we then listened to what our mind told us instead.
All over the world people of every faith go to places of worship, places of pilgrimage, and attend spiritual gatherings with devotional programs, and their motive for doing so is admirable. They all want to benefit and grow spiritually from being in the divine association of the Lord. They prepare well in advance by making sure there is no other urgent matter to attend to at home. But despite all this, it is not long before worldly thoughts enter the mind.
Let’s say someone starts thinking about his son. Those thoughts start to pull at his mind, grappling for its full attention. Instead of thinking about God, he starts weighing up what to do until finally, he decides to leave. Soon after returning home and facing the heat of worldly affairs, he starts regretting his decision. Sounds familiar? Well, you are not alone.
The Bhagwatam describes how the mystical powers are known as the siddhis once visited Rishabh Bhagavan. “My Lord, since you are a devotee of Shri Krishna, we have come to serve you.” But Rishabh could not be fooled, “You should say that you have come to ruin me! Even great yogis have fallen from their path because of their fascination with you. Get away from me!” Rishabh later urges that all those wishing for spiritual upliftment should never trust their mind.
Being a progeny of Maya, this mind is a very powerful adversary. This is not something new I am telling you. We have heard this over many lifetimes from various Saints, and we even understood it, just like we are doing now. But again our mind leads us astray. Everything being said is all well and good, but … By applying this but your mind raises questions and if unchecked ultimately brings about your downfall.
The mind works by building upon each successive thought, whether good or bad. Once an imposter thought enters your mind, if allowed it too will develop, grow and eventually transform into a decision. You must remember that this is the same mind that can take us to God, and for that to happen, we must always think favorably about Him, wherever and whatever we are doing. All we need to do is to develop firm faith in the words of our Guru and the scriptures and follow the path as directed by them, and not listen to our mind.
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*जगद्गुरु श्री कृपालु जी महाराज का संक्षिप्त परिचय* जगद्गुरु श्री कृपालु जी महाराज को काशी विद्वत् परिषद् द्वारा 14 जनवरी, सन् 1957 में जगद्गुरु की मूल उपाधि से विभूषित किया गया। आपने ‘प्रेम रस मदिरा’, ‘प्रेम रस सिद्धांत’ और ‘राधा गोविन्द गीत’ जैसे अनेक दिव्य ग्रंथों की रचना की है जो संपूर्ण विश्व को भक्ति करने की सही राह दिखा रहे हैं। आपके द्वारा विश्व को दी गई अनमोल धरोहरों में भक्ति धाम मनगढ़ स्थित – भक्ति मंदिर, वृन्दावन धाम स्थित – प्रेम मंदिर और बरसाना धाम स्थित – कीर्ति मंदिर आदि प्रमुख हैं। जगद्गुरु श्री कृपालुजी महाराज ने गरीबों, असहायों और साधु-सन्तों की चिकित्सीय सेवा हेतु अलग-अलग स्थानों पर पूर्णतः निःशुल्क, पूर्ण सुसज्जित चिकित्सालयों की स्थापना की है। प्रथम-जगद्गुरु कृपालु चिकित्सालय, भक्ति धाम- मनगढ़, कुण्डा, जिला-प्रतापगढ़, उ.प्र., द्वितीय- रँगीली महल, बरसाना और तृतीय वृन्दावन, जिला-मथुरा, उ.प्र., जहाँ प्रतिदिन हज़ारों रोगियों को स्वास्थ्य लाभ मिल रहा है। कल्याण एवं परोपकार के उद्देश्य से ही गरीब ग्रामीण बालिकाओं के लिये नर्सरी से लेकर एम.ए., बी.एड. तक की शिक्षा हेतु जगद्गुरु कृपालु महिला महाविद्यालय, कुण्डा, जिला-प्रतापगढ़, उ.प्र. की भी स्थापना की गई है, जहाँ हज़ारों बालिकाओं को पूर्णतः निःशुल्क शिक्षा एवं आर्थिक सहयोग प्रदान किया जा रहा है। अतः ‘जगद्गुरु कृपालु परिषत्’ गरीबों, असहायों की सेवा के लिये सदैव ही समर्पित है और रहेगी।
*A brief introduction of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj* (known by His devotees as Shri Maharajji) The original title of Jagadguruttam (‘Greatest Spiritual Teacher of the World’ ) was bestowed upon Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj on January 14, 1957 by ‘Kashi Vidvat Parishad’ (a council of 500 greatest scholars & saints of India). He composed divine texts like ‘Prem Ras Madira’, ‘Prem Ras Siddhant’ and ‘Radha Govind Geet’ to lead us on the right path of devotion. He also gave priceless monuments as gifts to the world which include - Bhakti Mandir located in Bhakti Dham, Mangarh, Prem Mandir located in Vrindavan Dham, Kirti Mandir located in Barsana Dham. Shri Maharajji also built hospitals for the impoverished, the Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya in Vrindavan, Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya in Barsana and another one in Pratapgarh. All three help millions of underprivileged to gain free access to medical care. His Kindergarten, School and College for impoverished girls Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education is located in Kunda and provides completely free education.