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Open Your Heart to God Through Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion) Based on the Teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda and Other Great Masters

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From the Jacket This is a comprehensive text on Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion). It covers all aspects of Bhakti Yoga with detailed guidelines for its practice. It is one of the four major paths for attaining the life’s goal of self realization or God realization. Compared with the other paths the practice of Bhakti yoga is far simpler less austere and more natural. Everyone may not have exceptional energy to practice Karma Yoga or keen intellect for practicing Jnana Yoga or one poi...
From the Jacket

This is a comprehensive text on Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion). It covers all aspects of Bhakti Yoga with detailed guidelines for its practice. It is one of the four major paths for attaining the life’s goal of self realization or God realization. Compared with the other paths the practice of Bhakti yoga is far simpler less austere and more natural. Everyone may not have exceptional energy to practice Karma Yoga or keen intellect for practicing Jnana Yoga or one pointed concentration for practicing Bhakti. Therefore as the Divine Sage Narada states Bhakti is the easiest of the spiritual paths.

Though all the paths of Yoga lead to the same goal, Bhakti is considered to be superior to the other paths in some respects. In all other paths, there is the fear of a fall but in Bhakti there is no such fear. The other paths are methods of practice and are needed as long as one has not realized the Supreme. They only help the aspirants on their way to the goal. But supreme devotion (Para Bhakti) is both the means and the end. Supreme Devotion and God Realization are identical. Bhakti is a living force in the spiritual life of the world. Throughout the ages many devotes have realized god by deep devotion and self-surrender.

 

Preface

This text on Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion) was assembled from the transcribed lectures of our Rev. Sri Gurudev Sri Swami Satchidananda and from the Narada Bhakti Sutras and their commentaries the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna, and other Saints which are listed under References. I acknowledge my grateful indebtedness to all them. If there are any errors and fault I am personally responsible.

This text is a comprehensive one covering all aspects of Bhakti Yoga with detailed guidelines the great Yoga of Divine Love. There are four major paths for attaining the life’s goal of self realization, namely Bhakti Yoga, karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga karma Yoga is the approach to god through selfness service. Jnana Yoga is the path of wisdom. It is the approach through dispassion and discrimination between the real and unreal. Raja yoga is the approach through intensive practice of meditation. These three Yogas – karma Yoga Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga – demand qualities and faculties that are not possessed by every one or even by a large majority of human being. Karma Yoga calls for exceptional energy and strong will as well as great humility and patience. Jnana Yoga requires an exceptionally acute intellect and reason. Raja Yoga calls for unwavering concentration and control of sense.

Compared with them the practice of Bhakti Yoga seems far simpler, less austere and more natural. Everyone may not have exceptional energy, keen intellect or concentration, but all have love in their hearts. Therefore as the Divine Sage Narada states Bhakti is the easiest of the Yogas. The very fact that very ordinary persons have become great devotes and realized God is a valid proof for this statement.

The compilation of this work entirely due to the Grace of our beloved Sri Gurudev and the Supreme Lord. Indeed Sri Gurudev and the supreme lord worked through this soul. With deep Devotion I dedicate this Text to the Lotus feet of Sri Gurudev and the Lord for having used this as an instrument in their Hands.

May this text inspire and guide the students of Yoga and Devotees in their sincere practices for achieving the ultimate purpose of life God realization.

 

Contents

 

  Preface vii
  Acknowledgements ix
1 The Goal of life 1
2 Yoga and the Goal of Life 9
3 What is God? 21
4 Bhakti Yoga 41
5 Aims of Bhakti Yoga 52
6 Characteristics of Bhakti 63
7 The Philosophy of Bhakti Yoga 71
8 Worldly Love and Divine Love 78
9 Stages of Bhakti: 1 Preparatory Devotion 88
10 Stages of Bhakti: 2. Supreme Devotion 97
11 Qualification and Qualities of a Devotee 106
12 Guru’s Role 119
13 Discipleship 133
14 Mantra 147
15 The objects of Worship 156
16 Attitudes (Bhavas) of Devotees 166
17 Nine Modes of Bhakti 174
18 Obstacles and Remedies 186
19 Cultivation of Bhakti: Introduction 199
20 Cultivation of Bhakti: Negative Practices – I
Overcoming Maya: Renunciation of ego
204
21 Cultivation of Bhakti: Negative Practices – II
Transcending Gunas; Non attachment; Avoiding
Vain Discussions Shunning Evil Company;
Transcending Devotion with Motives
217
22 Cultivation of Bhakti: Positive Practices – I
Preparatory Disciplines; Cultivation of Virtues;
Seeking Holy Company ( Satsang); Listening and singing
229
23 Cultivation of Bhakti: Positive Practices – II
Puja (personal Worship)
253
24 Cultivation of Bhakti: Positive Practices – III
Meditation; Japa
277
25 Cultivation of Bhakti: Positive Practices – IV
Self surrender
292
26 Cultivation of Bhakti: Positive Practices – V
Selfness Services dedication of Action Giving up
fruits of Actions; Reflection upon the Scriptures
303
27 Divine Grace 310
28 Practice of Bhakti in Action 316
29 Dangers and Degeneration of Bhakti 323
30 God Realization 328
31 Worldly Persons and God Realization 338
32 Jivanmukta (Liberated sage) 343
33 World teachers and Great Devotes 352
  Glossary 385

 

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Item Code: IHE078 Author: Dr. O.R. Krishnaswami Cover: Paperback Edition: 2014 Publisher: Integral Yoga Centre ISBN: 9789381406335 Language: English Size: 8.9” X 5.6” Pages: 389 Other Details: weight of book 444 gms
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