Birth. He was born in the year 1922, on the auspicious night of Sharad Poornima, in the village Mangarh, near Allahabad.
Childhood and youth: He spent his childhood excelling effortlessly in his studies. Then at the age of fourteen, he left his village and attended three Universities—Delhi University, Kolkata University, and Banaras Hindu University.
Divine Samadhi: At a young age, he suddenly gave up his studies and entered the dense forests of Chitrakoot. There he spent his time absorbed in intense of love for Radha Krishna.
Often he would lose all external consciousness, and go without eating and drinking for many days at a stretch. For long intervals, he would remain in mahabhav, the highest stage of devotion that manifests in Radharani.
These symptoms of mahabhav love had also had also manifested in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, 500 years ago. He emerged from the forest after two years to begin his mission of revealing the glories of Radha Krishna devotion to the world.
Kirtan movement: He then started conducting satsanghs that brought about a flood of bhakti in the states of UP and Rajasthan in the 1940s and 50s. He would lead kirtans imbued with intense devotion, which would continue throughout the night. These kirtans, which he wrote himself, have been compared by scholars with those of Meerabai, Soordas, Tulsidas, and Ras Khan.
Devotional literature: Kripaluji Maharaj has written thousands of verses revealing the Divine pastimes of Radha Krishna. His style of writing is unique: he begins the chanting of a pada or kirtan, and then keeps adding lines to it, as it goes along. Some of his famous books are Prem Ras Madira, Prem Ras Siddhant, Radha Govind Geet, Bhakti Shatak, etc. on which numerous Ph.D.s have been awarded.
Fifth Original Jagadguru: In January 1957, Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj gave a profound series of lectures at the invitation of the Kashi Vidvat Parishad, a body of 500 of the topmost Vedic scholars of India.
With profound admiration, the scholars accepted that his knowledge was deeper than the combined knowledge of all 500 of them put together. They unanimously acclaimed him as Jagadguru.
Significance of Jagadguru: The title of Jagadguru is conferred on personalities who are able to reconcile the entire gamut of spiritual scriptures and provide the decisive conclusion. In the past, such capabilities were recognized by spiritual masters of the era only in four other personalities: Jagadguru Shankaracharya, Jagadguru Nimbarkacharya, Jagadguru Ramanujacharya, Jagadguru Madhvacharya.
Scriptural Discourses: After accepting the title of Jagadguru, Kripaluji Maharaj travelled throughout the country for fourteen years.
He would deliver month-long discourses in each city, in which he would unravel the mysteries of the scriptures before the public. Tens of thousands of people would throng to these discourses, and listen spellbound while he tantalized them with humour, worldly examples, practical instructions, and chastisement.
It was a unique experience as he made the deepest scriptural truths accessible to everyone in the simplest language.
His lectures are broadcast on many important TV channels in India and abroad, and are viewed with great faith and reverence by crores of spiritual seekers around the world.
Authentic Quotation-Laden Discourse Style: people are amazed by his discourses that are profusely laden with quotations from all the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharat, Ramayan, Bhagavat Gita, etc, with their exact numbers.
Worldwide mission: To enable the worldwide spread of his teachings, Kripaluji Maharaj began training sanyasi preachers and sending them to different parts of the globe. He also created a formal organization and began the construction of huge ashrams, to provide facilities for devotees who wished to practically apply the teachings in their lives. This organization is today known as the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat.
Charitable Activities: The worldwide mission he has established is running many charitable schools, colleges, hospitals, and philanthropic activities in the service of humankind.