Updated: Oct 18, 2022
Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj
Serving the souls
Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu ji Maharaj, has dedicated an invaluable gift to humankind for them to reach their ultimate goal of Divine Love and Bliss, and Braj Gopika Seva Mission, has but one aim - to distribute that inexplicable, invaluable gem among the masses worldwide and drench each soul with that Raganuga form of devotion in which lies an unfathomable ocean of everlasting bliss.
The Foundation of BGSM - A revolution in spiritual welfare!
By the year 1999, many a number of people had joined H.H. Raseshwari Devi Ji and they were relishing the opportunity of listening to and practising sadhna in Her presence by attending Her discourses. Now they desired to do regular sadhna in Her constant guidance. By that time, Swami Yugal Sharan Ji had joined Her and with the incessant efforts of H.H. Raseshwari Devi Ji and Swami Shri Yugal Sharan Ji, the dream of BRAJ GOPIKA DHAM and the existence of BRAJ GOPIKA SEVA MISSION came true in the year 1999.
The Auspicious opening of BGSM units
In order to give a concrete shape to the goal of welfare of all, units were formed in all those places where Raseshwari Devi Ji gave a discourse. The objectives of these units were:
To provide an opportunity for regular satsang for the devotees (satsangis).
To maintain the association of satsangis with Braj Gopika Seva Mission and Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat.
To inspire the satsangis to conduct social activities under the guidance of Braj Gopika Seva Mission
To inspire the satsangis to celebrate all festivals, and give them true knowledge of why a particular festival is being celebrated.
In this manner, by the Supreme Grace of Shri Maharaj Ji and under the guidance of Raseshwari Devi Ji, many exemplary social activities have been conducted
Due to the formation of units, many satsangis have got the benefit of close association with Sri Maharaj ji and the rare opportunity of learning sadhana under Him. With the support of these units, many great activities have been conducted for social welfare. Prem Mandir, Bhakti Mandir, Bhakti Bhavan – grand monuments such as these have been made possible only due to the satsangis dedicating their complete body, mind and wealth to this goal.
The maximum number of units have been formed between 1996 and 2012. The units that have been formed till March 2019 are:
Dhanbad (2 units), Jharia (2 units), Angul (2 units), Varnapur (2 units), Bhagalpur, Bilaspur, BJB Nagar, Bada Bazaar, Durg (2 units), Jabalpur, Jamsedpur (2 units), Jodhpur (2 units), Udaipur (2 units), Kota, Mujjafarpur (2 units), Nayapalli, Patna (4 units), Raigarh, Ujjain, Rajnandgaon, Jabalpur, Bhagalpur, Ranchi (3 units), Raniganj, Rourkela (3 units), Siligudi (2 units), Darjeeling, Gouhati, Shri Ganga Nagar, Amritsar, Asansol (3 Units), Bhavnagar, Bhavanipur Bikaner, Durgapur, Gwalior, Kota, Ludhiana, Nayapalli , Ratlam, Bidisha, Akola, Alber, Ambikapur, Amaeavati, Asansol, Balaghat, Balurghat, Bankuda, Barbil, Bela, Brahmour (2 units), Bilwada, Bishnupur, Bolpur, Bardhman (2 units), Chittorgarh, Daltonganj, Drabhanga, Deoghar, Dhanwantari, Gaya, Giridihar, Gaundian, Hazaribagh, Jagdalpur, Cuutack, Jalpaigudi, Junagarh, Katihar, Kalyani, Krishnanagar (2 units), Korwa, Malda (2 units), Midinapur (2 units), Nagore, Porebandar, Purnia, Purulia, Raniganj , Raipur, Shikarsodhpur, Shrirampur, Shehdol, Tamlu (2 units), Yabatmal, Amritsir (2 units), Pali, Durgapur (2 units), Barodara, Koochbihar (2 units), Goa and Panjim.
The Foundation of BGSM - A revolution in spiritual welfare!
By the year 1999, many a number of people had joined Poojaniya Devij and were relishing the opportunity of listening to and practising sadhna in her presence by attending her discourses. Now they desired to do regular sadhna in her constant guidance. By that time one such dedicated soul had also joined her who was committed to giving a grand shape to her preaching. He wished that the wonderful life-saving philosophy and sadhana of Shri Maharaj Ji must reach maximum number of people. He had no care about his food, clothes or even taking rest. He had already realized that he had to accompany Devi Ji in her journey of spreading the brilliant discourse of Shri Maharaj Ji. He was none other than one of the major future preachers of Shri Maharaj Ji and co-founder of BGSM, Swami Shri Yugal Sharan Ji. His indomitable spirit and determination allured many a number of hearts and finally with the incessant efforts of Raseshwari Devi Ji and Swami Shri Yugal Sharan Ji, the dream of BRAJ GOPIKA DHAM and the existence of BRAJ GOPIKA SEVA MISSION came true in the year 1999.
Foundation of other ashrams by BGSM
During this period, the following Ashrams of Braj Gopika Seva Mission were founded-
In the year 2001, the founding stone of BHAKTI DHAM was laid in Navadweep, West Bengal. This center of Braj Gopika Seva Mission is situated in the holy land of Navadweep on the pious bank of River Ganga. The holy flower immersion of Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj has also been done here.
In the year 2004, in Jagannath Puri, Odisha, the founding stone of JAGADGURU DHAM was laid. The motive behind founding this ashram was to bring before the world a harmonious collaboration of India, Jagannath Dham, Puri, Lord Jagannath and Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. India, the land where all religions, and communities meet; Jagannath Dham Puri, where Lord Jagannath resides, and Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, the reconciler of all religious beliefs and philosophies (Nikhil Darshan Samanwayacharya)! Situated at a distance of two kms from Lord Jagannath Temple, filled with vibrant, natural splendour, this Ashram will be one of the major destinations and contributors in the spreading of Kripalu Bhaktiyog Darshan.
The Ashram is situated in Darjeeling which is filled with scenic beauty. 8000 metres above the sea level, with incomparable natural hues, this is the favourite place of satsangis for a spiritual retreat. The natural scenic beauty of Kanchenjunga arouses the feeling of uniting with God and resounds – "Hey, those who are enchanted by me, wouldn’t you like to meet my creator. My beauty is in no comparison with his, if only you could get a glimpse of it."
The ongoing journey of welfare!
During the period after 2014, spiritual discourses were organized in places like Banswada, Begusarai, Durgapur, Pali, Khandagiri, Amritsar, Jamshedpur etc. Now Braj Gopika Seva Mission started providing a new structure to its discourses and focused most of its time on the upliftment of its spiritual family so that in future it would help in promoting Sri Maharaj Ji's philosophies at a rapid pace. Due to this, a lot many more Sadhna shivirs were organized like Annual Sadhna Shivir, Jagadguru Sadhna Shivir, Regional Sadhna Shivirs, Youth Sadhna Shivir, Bal Vikas Shivir, Bhakti Yog Sadhna Shivir etc. Along with this, the organization wanted to open centres where different spiritual followers could be welcomed, the preaching process could be carried out on a vast scale and the followers could reach the true level of sadhna.
The Journey continues
This is not the end, it's just a beginning. We keep growing with the blessings of our Hari-Guru.