The experience of kripa is generally considered to be the catalyst for a devotee or bhakti yogi to begin an intense spiritual transformation, which will ultimately lead to moksha (spiritual liberation). In a sense, kripa is the key to unlocking Self-realization.
In some teachings, such as those by the sage, Vasistha, kripa is considered to be the only way to transcend the bondage of karma. Madhvacharya, a Hindu philosopher, taught that kripa should not be considered a gift from God. Instead, it is an experience which must be earned.
There are various types of kripa, including:
- Ishwara kripa - the grace of God
- Shastra kripa - the grace of the scripture
- Guru kripa - the grace of the guru
- Atma kripa - the grace of the Self