Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj was the fifth original Jagadguru in 5000 years of Indian history. He graced the earth from 1922 to 2013, dedicating his entire life for the upliftment of humankind and guiding souls towards God-realization.
“Shree Maharajji,” as his devotees lovingly called him, was an exemplary scholar and displayed glimpses of his exceptional abilities from a very young age. He earned his degree in Sanskrit Literature and History as “Vyakaranacharya(Master of Sanskrit Grammar) at the tender age of 15. Additionally, he received the degrees of Kavyatirth in 1942, Ayurvedacharya (Master of Ayurveda) from Delhi Vidyapeeth in 1943 and Sahitya Acharya (Master of History) from Calcutta Vidyapeeth in 1943. He completed eighteen years of education within a short span of two-and-a-half years, alongside with engaging in week-long and sometimes month-long akhand sankirtan (non-stop devotional chanting) programs.
At times, Shree Maharajji remained continuously immersed in the divine love for Radha Krishna and spent endless hours in the state of Bhav (spiritual ecstasy). It was similar to the Mahabhav, the highest form of Bhav revealed by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in 16 century. However, in this elevated state of his, devotees could not interact with him much. Thus, to fulfil the purpose of his descension on the planet earth, he lowered his state of Bhav and started conducting sankirtan programs, which soaked the souls in devotion, giving them unprecedented spiritual experiences.