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Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

Publishers' Note:

The present work, "Practice of Bhakti Yoga" is yet another of Sri Swamiji's thrilling works. Consistent with the spirit of his earlier works, the revered author has employed a language which cannot be easily surpassed for its simplicity, fluency and spiritual force. Very few books there are today dealing with Bhakti Yoga that make such a marvellously comprehensive survey of this intricate and elaborate subject with such scientific accuracy as this book. And we are really proud to claim this as the first and foremost reason for publishing "Practice of Bhakti Yoga".

All the pages of this book ring with the sublime note that the dire need of the hour is Love, and Love alone. Says the author: "A life without love, faith and devotion is a dreary waste. It is real death. Love is Divine. Love is the greatest power on earth. It is real death. It is irresistible. It is love that can really conquer an enemy. Its power is infinite. Its depth is unfathomable. Its nature is ineffable. Its glory is indescribable. The essence of religion is Love," and exhorts all his readers to develop pure Love which, if possessed even to the magnitude of a ray, can cure all ills and bestow real joy and happiness.

If this book should go perchance into the hands of the dictators of some of the countries of the world and if they should interpret the message in the spirit in which it was intended by us, then all the ills to which this world is heir today will melt away and there will once again emerge a veritable heaven on earth.

May the Lord Krishna, the Source of all Love, the embodiment of Prem, the Lover of Radha, and the Protector of the fallen, bless this war-ridden world and bestow peace. joy, happiness, prosperity and long life for ever and ever!

[THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY]

CONTENTS

Publishers' Note(6)
Preamble(7)
Secret of Renunciation(8)
Four Spiritual Gems(8)
Hari Stotra(9)
Surya-Namaskara(10)
Essence of Four Yogas(11)
Sagune Meditation(12)
Universal Prayer(13)
Lord Krishna(14)
Bhaja Govindam(15)
Emotion Needs Culturing(19)
Chapter I
GOSPEL OF BHAKTI
1.Who Is God?29
2.God Exists31
3.God Is Immanent35
4.What Is Bhakti?37
5.Fruits of Bhakti39
6.Six Classifications of Bhakti39
7.Five Classes of Worship43
8.Five Kinds of Worship43
9.Five Kinds of Bhava44
10.Five Thorns in the Bhakti Marga44
11.Five Internal Enemies44
12.Five External Enemies44
13.Four Grades of Bhakti44
14.Four Classes of Love44
15.Four Kinds of Mukti45
16.Eight Signs of Bhakti45
17.Requisites for God-realisation45
18.Characteristics of a Bhakti45
Chapter II
NAME, FAITH AND LOVE
1.Glory of Rama Nam47
2.Faith Can Work Miracles49
3.Yoga of Universal Love53
4.Krishna's Flute57
5.Radha- The World Mother62
Chapter III
BHAKTI AND JNANA
1.Philosophy of Pratima66
2.Jnani is the Greatest Bhakta67
3.Doctrine of Avatarahood69
4.Mutual Dependence of Bhakti and Jnana72
5.Akbar's Four Questions73
6.Bhakti and Jnana Compared74
Chapter IV
BHAKTI SADHANA
1.Practice of Japa-Yoga76
2.God Gives Darshan85
3.The Secret of Ramayana86
4.Japa of Mahamantra88
5.Meditation on Gayatri89
6.How to Do Dhyana?98
7.Manasic Pooja100
8.Anushthana100
9.How to Develop Bhakti100
10.Secret of Surrender101
11.Background of Though104
12.How to See God106
13.Glory of Lord Siva108
14.Lord Krishna and His Teachings114
15.Sankirtan Movement118
16.Vairagya Maala130
17.Sciences of Worship133
18.Bhakti Yoga Sadhana139
19.Bhaktas of Chiatrakuta142
20.Why Should We Believe in God?142
21.Where is the Harm in Not Believing in God's
Existence?144
Chapter V
OBSTACLES IN GOD-REALISATION
1.Introduction146
2.Raja-Yoga and Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad146
3.Poor Health147
4.Impure and Immoderate Food149
5.Doubt150
6.Tandri-Alasya-Nidra151
7.Manorajya152
8.Lack of Preceptor153
9.Vishayasakti155
10.Lack of Brahmacharya156
11.Name and Fame159
12.Evil Company163
13.Tooshnimbhoota and Stabdha Avashtas164
14.False Tushti and Rasasvada165
15.So-called Friends166
16.Depression167
17.Religious Hypocrisy168
18.Moral and Spiritual Pride168
19.Prejudice, Intolerance and Bigotry169
20.Shilly-Shallying170
21.Easy, Comfortables Pranayama (Sukha Purvak)171
22.Dilly-Dallying173
23.Jilly-Vallying173
24.Vill-Vallying174
25.Irregularity of Sadhana175
26.Cessation of Sadhana176
27.Fault-finding176
28.Fear177
29.Force of Old Samskaras178
30.Jealousy179
31.Habit of Self-justification179
32.Backbiting180
33.Anger181
34.Tamas or Inertia184
35.Greed185
36.Moha186
37.Hatred187
38.Valediction189
Chapter VI
SAMADHI OR COSMIC CONSCIOUNESS
1.Message of Prem192
2.Samadhi199
3.Upadesamritam216
Chapter VII
BHAKTI SUTRAS OF NARADA
1.The Nature of Divine Love222
2.Definition of Bhakti223
3.Fruits of Bhakti224
4.Renunciation230
5.Different Definitions of Bhakti243
6.Supremacy of Devotion248
7.Knowledge and Devotion251
8.How to Develop Bhakti253
9.Glory of the Company of the Wise257
10.Give Up Evil Company258
11.Who Crosses Maya?261
12.Nature of Love263
13.Secondary Devotion265
14.Bhakti Easy to Practise265
15.Bhakti and Social Customs266
16.Glory of Bhaktas268
17.Bhaktas Above Caste and Creed269
18.Instructions to Devotees271
19.Bhakti: The Best Means275
20.Conclusion276
Chapter VIII
INSPIRING SONGS OF SIVA
1.Shatpadi Stotra278
2.Song of Salutation279
3.Prayer Song280
4.Song of Instructions281
5.Song of Jnana Vairagya281
6.Song of Goal of Life283
7.Shranagati Song283
8.Song of Vairagya284
9.Song of Admonition284
10.Song of Devotion285
11.Song of Bhakti and Vairagya285
12.Song of Abhyasa287
13.Siva Lorrie287
14.Song of Grace288
15.The Song of Immortality288
16.Song of Illusion290
17.Song of Freedom290
18.Song of Flute-Bearer291
19.Song of Bansuriwala291
20.Song of Prem292
21.Song of Siva Thandavam292
22.Song of Prarthana292
23.Song of Darshan292
24.Song of Savara Bansiwala293
25.Song of Real Sadhana293
26.Song for Developing Will294
27.Song of a Sage295
28.Soham Song296
29.Song of Vedantin297
30.Song of Antaratma298
31.Nirugha Song298
32.Song of a Paramahamsa299
33.Song of Brahma Vichara300
34.Song of Brahma-Mayam300
35.Select Dwanis301
Chapter IX
LIVES OF BHAKTAS
1.Mataji Omkareshwari303
2.Samarth Ramdas303
3.Pavahari Baba304
4.Raidas-The Cobbler Saint304
5.Paltu Das309
6.Charan Das310
7.Srimati Suratkumari Devi310
8.Avadhoot Kesavanandaji311
9.Sri Swami Narayanji311
10.Sri Sundarnathji312
APPENDIX
1.Glory of Womanhood313
2.A Talk to Sannyasins318
3.How to Develop Love322
4.Glory of Mantra-writing323
5.Mysterious Self-surrender324
6.A Soliloquy of the Lord325
7.Places for Meditation326
8.Glossary327

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PRACTICE OF BHAKTI YOGA

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Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

Publishers' Note:

The present work, "Practice of Bhakti Yoga" is yet another of Sri Swamiji's thrilling works. Consistent with the spirit of his earlier works, the revered author has employed a language which cannot be easily surpassed for its simplicity, fluency and spiritual force. Very few books there are today dealing with Bhakti Yoga that make such a marvellously comprehensive survey of this intricate and elaborate subject with such scientific accuracy as this book. And we are really proud to claim this as the first and foremost reason for publishing "Practice of Bhakti Yoga".

All the pages of this book ring with the sublime note that the dire need of the hour is Love, and Love alone. Says the author: "A life without love, faith and devotion is a dreary waste. It is real death. Love is Divine. Love is the greatest power on earth. It is real death. It is irresistible. It is love that can really conquer an enemy. Its power is infinite. Its depth is unfathomable. Its nature is ineffable. Its glory is indescribable. The essence of religion is Love," and exhorts all his readers to develop pure Love which, if possessed even to the magnitude of a ray, can cure all ills and bestow real joy and happiness.

If this book should go perchance into the hands of the dictators of some of the countries of the world and if they should interpret the message in the spirit in which it was intended by us, then all the ills to which this world is heir today will melt away and there will once again emerge a veritable heaven on earth.

May the Lord Krishna, the Source of all Love, the embodiment of Prem, the Lover of Radha, and the Protector of the fallen, bless this war-ridden world and bestow peace. joy, happiness, prosperity and long life for ever and ever!

[THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY]

CONTENTS

Publishers' Note(6)
Preamble(7)
Secret of Renunciation(8)
Four Spiritual Gems(8)
Hari Stotra(9)
Surya-Namaskara(10)
Essence of Four Yogas(11)
Sagune Meditation(12)
Universal Prayer(13)
Lord Krishna(14)
Bhaja Govindam(15)
Emotion Needs Culturing(19)
Chapter I
GOSPEL OF BHAKTI
1.Who Is God?29
2.God Exists31
3.God Is Immanent35
4.What Is Bhakti?37
5.Fruits of Bhakti39
6.Six Classifications of Bhakti39
7.Five Classes of Worship43
8.Five Kinds of Worship43
9.Five Kinds of Bhava44
10.Five Thorns in the Bhakti Marga44
11.Five Internal Enemies44
12.Five External Enemies44
13.Four Grades of Bhakti44
14.Four Classes of Love44
15.Four Kinds of Mukti45
16.Eight Signs of Bhakti45
17.Requisites for God-realisation45
18.Characteristics of a Bhakti45
Chapter II
NAME, FAITH AND LOVE
1.Glory of Rama Nam47
2.Faith Can Work Miracles49
3.Yoga of Universal Love53
4.Krishna's Flute57
5.Radha- The World Mother62
Chapter III
BHAKTI AND JNANA
1.Philosophy of Pratima66
2.Jnani is the Greatest Bhakta67
3.Doctrine of Avatarahood69
4.Mutual Dependence of Bhakti and Jnana72
5.Akbar's Four Questions73
6.Bhakti and Jnana Compared74
Chapter IV
BHAKTI SADHANA
1.Practice of Japa-Yoga76
2.God Gives Darshan85
3.The Secret of Ramayana86
4.Japa of Mahamantra88
5.Meditation on Gayatri89
6.How to Do Dhyana?98
7.Manasic Pooja100
8.Anushthana100
9.How to Develop Bhakti100
10.Secret of Surrender101
11.Background of Though104
12.How to See God106
13.Glory of Lord Siva108
14.Lord Krishna and His Teachings114
15.Sankirtan Movement118
16.Vairagya Maala130
17.Sciences of Worship133
18.Bhakti Yoga Sadhana139
19.Bhaktas of Chiatrakuta142
20.Why Should We Believe in God?142
21.Where is the Harm in Not Believing in God's
Existence?144
Chapter V
OBSTACLES IN GOD-REALISATION
1.Introduction146
2.Raja-Yoga and Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad146
3.Poor Health147
4.Impure and Immoderate Food149
5.Doubt150
6.Tandri-Alasya-Nidra151
7.Manorajya152
8.Lack of Preceptor153
9.Vishayasakti155
10.Lack of Brahmacharya156
11.Name and Fame159
12.Evil Company163
13.Tooshnimbhoota and Stabdha Avashtas164
14.False Tushti and Rasasvada165
15.So-called Friends166
16.Depression167
17.Religious Hypocrisy168
18.Moral and Spiritual Pride168
19.Prejudice, Intolerance and Bigotry169
20.Shilly-Shallying170
21.Easy, Comfortables Pranayama (Sukha Purvak)171
22.Dilly-Dallying173
23.Jilly-Vallying173
24.Vill-Vallying174
25.Irregularity of Sadhana175
26.Cessation of Sadhana176
27.Fault-finding176
28.Fear177
29.Force of Old Samskaras178
30.Jealousy179
31.Habit of Self-justification179
32.Backbiting180
33.Anger181
34.Tamas or Inertia184
35.Greed185
36.Moha186
37.Hatred187
38.Valediction189
Chapter VI
SAMADHI OR COSMIC CONSCIOUNESS
1.Message of Prem192
2.Samadhi199
3.Upadesamritam216
Chapter VII
BHAKTI SUTRAS OF NARADA
1.The Nature of Divine Love222
2.Definition of Bhakti223
3.Fruits of Bhakti224
4.Renunciation230
5.Different Definitions of Bhakti243
6.Supremacy of Devotion248
7.Knowledge and Devotion251
8.How to Develop Bhakti253
9.Glory of the Company of the Wise257
10.Give Up Evil Company258
11.Who Crosses Maya?261
12.Nature of Love263
13.Secondary Devotion265
14.Bhakti Easy to Practise265
15.Bhakti and Social Customs266
16.Glory of Bhaktas268
17.Bhaktas Above Caste and Creed269
18.Instructions to Devotees271
19.Bhakti: The Best Means275
20.Conclusion276
Chapter VIII
INSPIRING SONGS OF SIVA
1.Shatpadi Stotra278
2.Song of Salutation279
3.Prayer Song280
4.Song of Instructions281
5.Song of Jnana Vairagya281
6.Song of Goal of Life283
7.Shranagati Song283
8.Song of Vairagya284
9.Song of Admonition284
10.Song of Devotion285
11.Song of Bhakti and Vairagya285
12.Song of Abhyasa287
13.Siva Lorrie287
14.Song of Grace288
15.The Song of Immortality288
16.Song of Illusion290
17.Song of Freedom290
18.Song of Flute-Bearer291
19.Song of Bansuriwala291
20.Song of Prem292
21.Song of Siva Thandavam292
22.Song of Prarthana292
23.Song of Darshan292
24.Song of Savara Bansiwala293
25.Song of Real Sadhana293
26.Song for Developing Will294
27.Song of a Sage295
28.Soham Song296
29.Song of Vedantin297
30.Song of Antaratma298
31.Nirugha Song298
32.Song of a Paramahamsa299
33.Song of Brahma Vichara300
34.Song of Brahma-Mayam300
35.Select Dwanis301
Chapter IX
LIVES OF BHAKTAS
1.Mataji Omkareshwari303
2.Samarth Ramdas303
3.Pavahari Baba304
4.Raidas-The Cobbler Saint304
5.Paltu Das309
6.Charan Das310
7.Srimati Suratkumari Devi310
8.Avadhoot Kesavanandaji311
9.Sri Swami Narayanji311
10.Sri Sundarnathji312
APPENDIX
1.Glory of Womanhood313
2.A Talk to Sannyasins318
3.How to Develop Love322
4.Glory of Mantra-writing323
5.Mysterious Self-surrender324
6.A Soliloquy of the Lord325
7.Places for Meditation326
8.Glossary327

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