Narada Bhakti Sutras or aphorisms of love was a text written by Narada Muni. In this, he talks about the various attributes of Bhakti or Divine love. What are the different types of Bhakti as mentioned in it?


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The reference to different types of Bhakti or Divine love is found the Shloka 82 of the Narada Bhakti Sutra.


|Gunmahatmyasakti roopasakti poojasakti smaranasakti dasyasakti |

|| Sakhyasakti vatsalyasakti kantasakti atmanivedanasakti ||

|| tanmayatasakti paramavirhasakti rupa ekadha api ekadashadha bhavati ||


…Though it is only one, there are eleven flavours of Love:

Gunmahatmyasakti - adoring the qualities

Roopasakti - adoring the form

Poojasakti - worship

Smaranasakti - constant rememberance of the Divine

Dasyasakti - wanting to serve the God

Sakhyasakti - companionship, taking God as one’s beloved

Vatsalyasakti - considering God as one’s child

Kantasakti - considering God as one’s own partner. As centre of attraction of all sorts in life.

Atmanivedanasakti - Offering every moment, this entire body, mind - physical, mental emotional; entire life, total letting go.

Tanmayatasakti - Being immersed in knowledge that he is already in you and every part is immersed in Him.

Paramavirhasakti - longing, excruciating longing

Referenced from this commentary on the Narada Bhakti Sutras.

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