Swami Kripalvananda devoted his entire life
to the determined quest for truth and liberation maintaining ten
hours a day practicing Natural Yoga while keeping silence for the last eighteen
years of his life. Having mastered all previous stages of yoga,
he finally reached the highest transcendental state of nirvikalpa
samadhi. Through his progress in Natural Yoga he rediscovered the
ancient eight fold path of yoga. He restored Kayavarohana, the
ancient center of Indian civilization, as a center of yogic study
and pilgrimage constructing there a temple
to yogic principles. This temple preserves the Jyotirlingam
the holy statue of Lord Lakulisha
Swami Kripalvananda's book Asana and Mudra
is an encyclopedia
of yoga. The Science
thoroughly describes the exact stages and
processes of meditation. In Revealing
he maps out the hidden experiential path of
the mystics for today's seekers on the path of yoga.
Other writings of Swami Kripalvananda
available for download are the Kripalupanishad
, Birthday Discourse, Sadhak's Companion,
and Yoga and Celibacy
Swami Kripalvananda referred to himself as a a
pilgrim on the path love. Early in his life he was a great lover
of detective novels and at seventeen, he wrote a novel of his own.
He loved cows dearly and gave each cow a different name. When he
called a particular cow by name, she would come to him.
His love was universal. He had a great love for God
and for all of us. He said:
"Thoughts and actions filled with
love create love in others. When you look at me with
love in your eyes, you create balance. Understand the
power of your love. Where ever you direct your loving
glance, it brings someone into balance and peace." p.
"Every living being is a stream of
love. Let us allow someone to taste our love, and let
us taste someone else's love. Love flowing in another's
life is the source of our happiness, and the love flowing
in our own life is the source of another's happiness.
Thus the key to our heart lies hidden in the heart of
another." p. 72 Sayings
of Swami Kripalu
Love is the only universal language and
worldwide religion. Whether the scripture you hold in
your hand is the Vedas, the Bible or the Koran, it is
trivial without love. Love is God's only envoy, everyone's
well-wisher, and the only guide on the true path. p.
of Swami Kripalu
From 1935 to 1940 Swami Kripalvananda ran a music
school in Maninagar, a suburb of Ahmedabad, and wrote a definitive
three-volume work on music which earned him the title of Master
of Music. He published more than fifty articles on music and his
work was considered revolutionary in the world of Indian music.
He played the tamboura and harmonium so skillfully that he could
have been a concertmaster. After he took his vow
of renunciation (sannyasa), he no longer focused on
music. But when he experienced the emergence of divine sound (anahat
nad) in his Natural Yoga practice, his love for music was rekindled.
Through his research and practice, he realized a deep connection
between anahat nad and Indian classical music.
For further details about Swami Kripalvananda's
life see Pilgrim
of Love by
Atma Jo Ann Levitt.
View Memories of Swami Kripalu with Umesh Eric Baldwin
Further reading: A Sunrise of Joy and From the Heart of the Lotus both compiled and edited by John Mundahl
Bapuji Painting (Swami Kripalvananda) by Amrit Desai