Kripalu Trayodashi are 13 verses written by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj that are the essence
of all the Vedic scriptures. They reveal in a sequential manner how to attain the ultimate aim of life.
Brahm, jeev, maya tatva, Govinda Radhey.
Teenon hain anadi anant bata dey.
(1) There are 3 eternal entities: God, the souls, and Maya. They have no beginning and they willhave no end. They have always been in existence and they will always remain in existence.
Brahm jeev chetan, Govinda Radhey.
Brahm shakti jeev yatey ansh bata de.
(2) Supreme God and the souls are chetan, live. In gist, this means they have senses, mind,intellect, physical form and they perform actions. The soul is not independent. It is a power of God,and as such, it is called a part or ansh of God.
Brahm shakti maya jada, Govinda Radhey.
Jeev maya shasak brahm bata dey.
(3) Another eternal power of God is Maya, which is lifeless. The governor of both Maya and the souls is God. They are both His powers that are governed by Him.
Sarva shakti swamini, Govinda Radhey.
Ek shakti para antaranga bata dey.
(4) The supreme power of all of God’s powers is called para shakti, which is also called antaranga shakti, swaroop shakti and yogamaya shakti. It is God’s most intimate and personal power. This is the swamini or supreme governor of all the other powers of God. It is due to this power that God remains ever-blissful.
Brahm bigya sukhakanda, Govinda Radhey.
Jeev agya mayadheen sada te bata dey.
(5) This verse explains the difference between God and the soul. God is all-knowing and the form of unlimited bliss. Because it is eternally under the control of Maya, the soul is ignorant.
Brahma ke anek roop, Govinda Radhey.
Sarvaroop aashreya Krishna bata dey.
(6) God has uncountable forms, but three are main: Brahma, Paramatma, and Bhagawan. Bhagawan Shri Krishna is foremost of all the divine forms of God because all the divine powers are revealed in His personality; they are only partially revealed in the other forms. There are not multiple Gods, rather one God has different forms related to the powers that are manifested. For this reason, the form of Shri Krishna has special importance.
Shri Krishna prapti se hi, Govinda Radhey.
Jeev ko divya sukha prapt ho bata dey.
(7) How will the soul attain divine happiness, its ultimate aim? The happiness we desire can be attained only from Shri Krishna, not any of the other forms of God.
Shri Krishna prapti hetu, Govinda Radhey.
Shri Krishna – kripa anivarya bata dey.
(8) How will we attain Shri Krishna? Through Shri Krishna’s grace or kripa.
Shri Krishna-kripa hetu, Govinda Radhey.
Sadhan ke bal bhakti bata dey.
(9) How will we attain happiness? By attaining Shri Krishna. How will we attain Shri Krishna?
Through His grace. How will we attain His grace? This verse explains: only through bhakti or
Bhakti (a) man se ho (b) nitya, Govinda Radhey.
Bhav (c) nishkam (d) ananya bata dey.
(10) How will we practice bhakti? Bhakti has four conditions: (a) it is done by the mind, (b) it is continuous, (c) it is selfless, (d) it is single-mindedly directed towards God and Guru. What happens as a result of practicing the devotion that fulfills these four conditions?
Imi man shuddha ho to, Govinda Radhey.
Man ko swaroop shakti divya bata dey.
(11) By completely purifying the mind through devotion, now our work is finished and the work of God and Guru remains. The Guru will grace your mind with God’s para shakti or swaroop shakti, and make it divine.
Tab divya man men den, Govinda Radhey.
Guru haldini sar prem bata dey.
(12) Divine love is the absolute essence of God’s personal power, swaroop shakti. The Guru
bestows that divine love on the qualified soul who has completely purified his mind.
Tab jeev pa le nij, Govinda Radhey.
Nitya dasatva adhikar bata dey.
(13) The divine love that the disciple receives is bestowed upon him by the Guru; it isn’t the result of his devotional effort. It is attained through grace. After this, now free from the bondage of Maya, he is qualified to perform God’s eternal service in God’s abode, Golok, forever.