In the swirling chaos of daily life, a question pierces the din: why do we meditate? Jagadguru Sadhana Shivir (JSS), a renowned devotional retreat, offers a profound answer: to rediscover the true purpose of human existence under the guidance of our revered spiritual master, Jagadguru Swami Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
From January 8th to 14th, 2024, the hallowed grounds of JSS vibrated with the melody of devotion, a testament to the enduring legacy of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj. His divine composition, 'Prem Ras Madira,' a cornerstone of Vedic meditation teachings, echoes through the ages: "Time, the charioteer of creation, conquers even celestial deities; what of us, mere mortals clinging to life's chariot?"
‘Prem Ras Madira’ (Siddhant Madhuri, Pad no - 7) as described below:
अरे मन! अवसर बेटियो जाट
(are mana! avasar beetyo jaat)
O Mind! The golden opportunity we have, is slipping away
काल केवल वश विधि हरि हर सब, तोरी कह विसात
(kaal kaval vash vidhi hari hara saba, tori kaha visaat)
Even the governors of the Brahmand - Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar, fall prey to time, what to speak of us
Can we, amidst the fleeting dance of life, afford to delay seeking the eternal embrace of Moksha, the ultimate liberation from suffering? Like Arjuna blinded by Maya's illusions, many chase transient desires, mistaking them for their true dharma. Yet, the sacred flame of devotion flickers within, whispering ancient Vedic wisdom from scriptures and our awakened hearts. JSS becomes the crucible where the call to spiritual awakening finally answers.
Here, the veil of Maun descends, a silence not just of the mouth, but of the very mind, dissolving worldly distractions. Each sunrise ushers with Arati, soul-stirring Japa meditation, designed to connect with the inner divine.
But JSS isn't just introspection; it's a festival :
Aalingan, the divine embrace. In the day of Jagadguru Diwas, each satsangi met Shri Maharaj Ji in his room in Jagadguru Bhawan, for a hug.
Maha Arati, a thousand flickering flames dancing in unison, is a symphony of surrender. “Arati” truly signify? Breaking it down, "Aa" signifies ubiquity, while "Rati" embodies love. Arati is a profound gesture of gratitude.
Abhishek of Ram Lala, each of the devotees participated in this event, offering their token of love to Lord Shri Ram.
"Dawat", a divine feast prepared with love , dedicated to Shri Maharaj Ji on the occasion of Jagadguru Diwas
Personal meeting with Devi Ji and Swami Ji, revered spiritual guides. These moments were the most memorable where they could develop a deep connection.
"ABHADA sewan", Prasad from the Jagannath temple, Puri. On 13th January all the devotees took the prasad brought from Jagannath temple, Puri
Other activities included:
Ras-Leela performance: A devotional group from Vrindavan performed Ras-Leela,
Gramya bhoj: It was arranged on the eve of Pujaniya Devi Ji's birth day. Nearly 8500 villagers took Prasad inside the ashram campus.
Devi Ji's Ramayan and Birthday celebration
Unveiling the Ramayan's Depths, devotees embarked on a special Darshanik discourse exploring the Ramayan, the epic saga of virtue and resilience. by unraveling its timeless wisdom, it helps us find parallels in our own life, and enrich our spiritual understanding with its profound lessons.
Celebrating Devi Ji divinity on 12th Jan which marks her birthday, everybody seemed offering Pranami (token of love) and offering her with gifts and cards wishing her for prosperity, health and longevity. Melting into her radiant embrace, we recognize her motherly hand that guides us towards devotion.
From JSS emerges not just an energized seeker, but a spiritual warrior, armed with the wisdom of Vedic meditation, the fire of practice, and the unwavering guidance of a spiritual master. Each breath becomes a whispered prayer, each step a pilgrimage towards the ultimate homecoming, Moksha.
In the echoing silence of JSS, a deep transformation awaits. Will you answer the call and claim your birthright, the embrace of being always immersed in bhakti, within this very lifetime?
Here is a video where Devi Ji is explaining the titles that Jagadgurutum Kripalu Ji holds and why should we care: