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Bhakti - A Collection of Articles on the Path of Divine Love

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Item Code: NAN370
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9788178837215
Pages: 520 (Throughout Color and B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.5 inch x 5.0 inch
weight of the book: 415 gms
Back of the Book

Everyone is a natural Bhakta-devotee. The difference only lies in the fact as to what we are devoted to. Most people are devoted to earning and accumulating money, in becoming famous and powerful, in pursuits that satisfy their ego and senses and so on. While they are 'devotees' of the 'world', the genuine, real Bhakta is a devotee of the Unchanging Reality, Eternal Beloved called God and wants to pour all his love towards Him and Him alone. Such is the ideal of Bhakti. This book explores the rich Bhakti-traditions and describes various aspects of it.

Publisher’s Note

Everyone is a natural Bhakta-devotee. The difference only lies in the fact as to what we are devoted to. Most people are devoted to earning and accumulating money, in becoming famous and powerful, in pursuits that satisfy their ego and senses and so on. While they are 'devotees' of the 'world', the genuine, real Bhakta is a devotee of the Unchanging Reality, Eternal Beloved called God and wants to pour all his love towards Him and Him alone. The following pages deal with this divine-based love and its various aspects. Divided into three sections, the book is an attempt to document the rich tradition of Bhakti and different forms of its practice and how one can cultivate it in life.

Originally published as the annual number of The Vedanta Kesari, the spiritual and cultural monthly, published from this Math, the handy volume on Bhakti will help the readers to understand the ideal of Bhakti from Hindu as well as other perspectives. The basic approach of the book, of course, is not academic but practical and spiritual. Swami Vivekananda in the ideal of harmony of Yogas that he formulated for mankind, held Bhakti as one of the four Yogas. May Bhagavan, all sacred books of Bhakti and all great Bhaktas bless us to understand and practice Bhakti is our prayer.

Contents

 

  Publisher's Note III
1 Bhakti-the Path and the Destination 1
2 Bhakti- The Way To Highest Spiritual Enlightenment 12
  STUDIES ON THE PATH OF BHAKTI  
3 Bhakti or Devotion 26
4 Sri Ramakrishna on Bhakti (A Brief Perspective Study) 37
5 Swami Vivekananda-The Bhakta 65
6 Narada-Bhakti-Sutra: A free translation dictated by Swami Vivekananda in America 83
7 The Central Theme of Narada Bhakti Sutras: Frequently Asked Questions 90
8 Bhakti in Srirnad Bhagavatam 100
9 Insights of Sri Ramanujacharya in Bhakti 111
10 Bhakti According to Madhusudana Sarasvati 122
11 Nine Forms of Bhakti: Navadha Bhakti In Sri Ramacharita-manas 135
12 Sri Ramakrishna and Bhakti in Adhyatma Ramayana 154
13 Bhakti According to Bhagavad Gita 166
  SPLENDOURS OF BHAKTI TRADITIONS  
14 Sri Chaitanya's Path of Bhakti 180
15 Bhakti Tradition of the Alwars 206
16 Bhakti in Tamil Saivism 217
17 Bhakti in Vachanas of Shaiva Sharanas 229
18 Bhakti in Shakta Tradition 242
19 When Bhakti enters Life . . . 254
20 Bhakti: A Christian Perspective 255
21 Gems of Bhakti from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna 265
22 Bhakti in Varkari Tradition: The Path Royale for the Masses 281
23 Bhakti in the Tradition of Purandaradasa 301
24 Spiritual Significance of Gopis of Brindavan 314
25 Bhakti Sangeet and Its Place in Bhakti Sadhana: A Historical and Applied Perspective 327
26 Bhakti in Sri Guru Granth Sahib 341
27 Tradition of Bhakti: A Sufi Perspective 355
  PRACTICE OF BHAKTI  
28 Training of the Heart 368
29 Sri Ramakrishna's Five Commandments to Develop Bhakti 376
30 Distinguishing Characteristics of Bhakti 389
31 Embarking on the Path of Bhakti 405
32 Self-surrender in Bhakti and Inana Paths -Sri Ramakrishna's Teachings 419
33 Inculcating Devotion through Ritual Worship 433
34 Aratrika-An Act of Loving Honour 446
35 The Story of the Boy Gopala 454
36 In Praise of Bhakti 464
37 Instances of Bhakti from Srimad Bhagavatam 471
38 Cultivating Divine Love: A Youth Perspective 481

 

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