Infinite Grace – Centennial Edition


During the twenty-eighth Dwapar age when Dwaipayan, son of Parasar, will be Vyas and Lord Vishnu shall incarnate as Lord Krishna, son of Vasudeva, I too shall incarnate in the body of a celibate and shall be known as Lakulish. The place of my incarnation shall be siddhakshetra and it shall be renowned among men till the earth shall last. (Shiv Puran, Shatrudra Samhita, 5:43-50). This prophesy came to pass nearly 4500 years ago, when Lord Lakulish appeared on earth at Kayavarohan, a well-known holy pilgrimage center in western India. He preached the principles of Sanatan Dharma and the spiritual science of Divine Yoga. His spiritual tradition flourished for nearly 3000 years. In 1913 Lord Lakulish reappeared and gave spiritual initiation to Swami Pranavanandji, and thus once again revived his spiritual tradition. On the death of Pranavanandaji, Lord Lakulish assumed Pravanandaji’s identity and initiated a young man who would subsequently become the third spiritual head of the lineage. That 19 year old youth was destined to become Swami Kripalvanandji (later to be lovingly called Bapuji by his disciples). Bapuji had the great fortune to spend 15 months with his Guru, Swami Pranavanandji, but he did not discover his Guru s true identity as Lord Lakulish, the 28th incarnation of Lord Shiva, until some 23 years later, by a divine incident that occurred according to destiny. During the months he spent with his Guru, he witnessed many miraculous events, but Pranavanandji had told his young disciple that he should neither speak about him nor write his biography until he, Bapuji, attained nirbij samadhi. At the same time he gave Bapuji permission to share these experiences in the future with his favourite disciple. In 1971, Swami Kripalvanandji ( Bapuji) initiated Swami Rajarshi Muniji as his prime disciple and passed on to him the secrets of Divine Yoga. While teaching Rajarshi yoga and the deep mysteries contained in certain scriptural passagages, Bapuji would often talk to him of Dadaji s (Swami Pranavanandji’s) extraordinary character. After Bapuji left his mortal body towards the end of 1981, Swami Rajarshi Muni, the present spiritual head of the lineage, subsequently narrated the story of the extraordinary spiritual tradition of Lord Lakulish in modern times in a 1989 published book entitled Mari Guruparampara (My Spiritual Lineage). It tells the story of Bapuji from his birth to his Maha-Samadhi in 1981 and includes greater detail about Bapuji s Guru, Swami Pranavananji, than had hitherto been made public. The English translation of this book, Infinite Grace, its first English edition, was published in 2002. The first edition of this book narrated the story of the guru's in Swami Rajarshi Muni's spiritual lineage and concluded with the Maha-Samadhi of his Guru, Swami Kripalvanandaji(Bapuji)in 1981 and an Epilogue giving an account of Lord Lakulish's granting Rajarshi his darshan in 1993 and giving him the Divine Command to undertake a worldwide enlightenment campaign for the propagation of the principles of karma, gyan, bhakti yoga and Sanatan Dharm, the eternal dharm. This Edition updates the events that have taken place between 1982-1993 as well as the many developments post 1993 right through 2013. This Centennial Edition is substantially enlarged over that of the previous edition, not only by way of new text, but also by the addition of many new photographs. It is the sincere wish of the author that this account of Dadaji's lineage and its work will lift the spirit and lives of all those who read it.

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