Devotional Compositions of
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
The sacred writings of Rasik Saints are the greatest treasure of a seeker of divine love.
Although it is possible for anyone to compose a kirtan - from an illiterate person to a scholarly poet - when a Saint writes any composition that is intended for use in devotional meditation, it is imbued with Divine grace.
This special grace of the Saint is absent from any other kind of composition, even if that composition is about a Divine subject or includes the names of God.
If we use a Saint's bhajans, kirtan or pad kirtan in our practice of bhakti yoga meditation, we are giving ourselves the best possible chance for awakening and evolving our devotional potential.
These devotional compositions that are used in kirtan or chanting could be extremely simple and include only one name of God, such as "Radhey", "Ram", "Shyam", and so on.
Pad kirtan is more complex and descriptive, evoking a specific aspect of devotional philosophy and experience of grace.
It is impossible to convey the incomparable uniqueness of these sacred writings. Their true value is experienced in your practice of bhakti yoga meditation.
Prem Ras Madira - Nectar of Divine Love
The pad kirtan or devotional songs available on this site are from Prem Ras Madira (the Nectar of Divine Love) - a collection of 1008 pad kirtan composed by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj that represents all the scriptural philosophy of selfless devotion in an extremely simple and sweet form, easily understood by all. This sacred writing is an unequalled work of devotional literature.
Prem Ras Madira is divided into madhuris that reveal leelas (pastimes) of all types of relational feelings for Radha Krishna. The pads are written in the Hindi dialect of Braj Bhasha, the language of the holy land of Braj.
The word madhuri means 'sweetness', giving an indication of the kind of sweet feeling that can be experienced when you reflect deeply on the devotional meaning of a particular pad, and also the quality of bliss you will receive by doing so. An example of pads from each of the madhuris is below: