THUS ENDS BHAKTI YOGA
- God is love. Love is God. God is nectar. God is Prema.
- Bhakti is supreme love towards God. It is love for loves sake. The devotee wants
God and God alone. There is no selfish expectation here.
- Bhakti is the greatest power on this earth. It gushes from ones pure heart. It
redeems and saves. It purifies the heart.
- Devotion is the seed. Faith is the root. Service of saints is the shower. Communion with
the Lord is the fruit.
- Bhakti is of two kinds, viz., Apara Bhakti (lower type of devotion) and Para Bhakti
(highest Bhakti or Supreme Love). Ringing bells and waving lights is Apara Bhakti. In Para
Bhakti, there is no ritualistic worship. The devotee is absorbed in God.
- In Supreme Love, the devotee forgets his self entirely. He has only thoughts of God.
- Para Bhakti and Jnana are one. Bhakti melts into wisdom in the end. Two have become one
- Bhakti grows gradually just as you grow a flower or a tree in a garden. Cultivate Bhakti
in the garden of your heart gradually.
- Faith is necessary for attaining God-realisation. Faith can work wonders. Faith can move
mountains. Faith can take you to the inner chambers of the Lord, where reason dares not
- Japa, Kirtan, prayer, service of saints, study of books on Bhakti are all aids to
- Sattvic food is a help to devotion. Take milk, fruits, etc.
- Evil company is an enemy of devotion. Give up evil company. Take recourse to Satsanga or
company of the saints.
- Pray to the Lord thus; O Adorable Lord of Compassion and Love! Give me faith and
devotion. Let my mind be ever fixed On Thy Lotus Feet. Let me have constant remembrance of
Thee. Let me sing Thy glory always.
- The Name of the Lord is your sole refuge. It is your prop, shelter and abode. Name is
divine nectar. Nama and Nami are inseparable.
- Keep a picture of the Lord and concentrate on itthe face or feet or the whole
picture. Then visualise the picture in your heart or the space between the two eyebrows.
- Repeat your Ishta MantraOm Namah Sivaya, Om Namo Narayanaya, Om Namo Bhagavate
Vasudevayamentally, sometimes verbally when the mind wanders.
- The five kinds of Bhavas are: Santa Bhava, Dasya Bhava (master-servant relation),
Vatsalya Bhava (father-son relation), Sakhya Bhava (friendship), Madhurya Bhava (the
relationship of lover and beloved).
- Bhishma had Santa Bhava; Hanuman had Dasya Bhava; Jayadeva and Gauranga had Madhurya
Bhava; the Gopis had Sakhya-Bhava; Arjuna and Guha had Sakhya Bhava; Yasoda and
Vishnuchitta had Vatsalya Bhava.
- Have any kind of Bhava that suits your temperament. Develop it again and again.
- Practise the nine modes of devotion or Nava-vidha Bhakti, viz., Sravana (hearing the
Lilas of the Lord), Kirtan (singing His Name), Smarana (His remembrance), Padasevana
(service of His Feet), Archana (offering flowers), Vandana (prostrations), Dasyam
(servant-Bhava), Sakhya (His friendship), and Atmanivedana (self-surrender).
- Say unto the Lord: I am Thine, all is Thine, Thy Will be done. Feel you are
an instrument in the hands of the Lord, that the Lord works through your mind, body and
senses. Offer all your actions and the fruits of the actions unto the Lord. This is the
way to do self-surrender.
- Do Anushtan frequently. Live on milk and fruits for a week. Observe Mouna or silence and
do Japa and meditate in an intense manner.
- Manasic Puja or mental worship is a great help for increasing devotion and attaining
concentration. Offer flowers, incense, etc., mentally to the Lord.
- Consider your house as a temple of the Lord, every action as service of Lord, the light
that you burn as waving lights to the Lord, every word you speak as the Japa of the
Lords Name, your daily walk as perambulation to the Lord. This is an easy way of
worship of the Lord.
- Shall I wash Thy Feet with holy water, O Lord? The very Ganga flows from Thy Feet. Shall
I give You seat? Thou art all-pervading. Shall I wave lights for Thee? Sun and Moon are
Thy Eyes! Shall I offer flowers to Thee? Thou art the essence of flowersthis is Para
- Feel the presence of the Lord everywhere. He dwells in the chambers of your heart, too.
He is in the breath in the nostrils; He glitters in your eyes. He is nearer to you than
your jugular vein. Behold Him in every face.
- Horripilation (Romanchana), tears from the eyes (Asrupat), Kampan or twitching of
muscles, Svarabhanga (choking of the voice) are marks or Lingas of devotion.
- A realised Bhakta is free from lust, egoism, mine-ness, hatred, jealousy, greed. He is
full of humility, compassion and kindness. He sees God in all beings, in all objects. He
has equal vision and a balanced mind.
- Draupadi was an Arta-Bhaktini; Nachiketas was Jijnasu-Bhakta; Dhruva was an
Artharthee-Bhakta; Suka Deva was a Jnani-Bhakta; Prahlada was an absolutely Nishkama
- Bhakti is immortalising nectar. It transmutes a man into divinity. It makes him perfect.
It bestows on him everlasting peace and bliss.