Usually Bhakti is referred to unconditional love towards God, Worshiping God, Chanting his name and thinking of him day and night. And a bhakta who is completely Devoted to God in mind, body and soul will be liberated.

My question is, can someone have that intensity of bhakti towards his/her mother, father, husband, wife or any person other than God and get moksha?

  • It is common to misunderstand bakthi and bakthi yoga are same, where the former is what you are referring to while the latter is the one that leads to liberation.
    – Narayanan
    Nov 26, 2015 at 10:16
  • I think there is an example of Shravan Kumar, who had the same bhakti towards his parents and he is also said to be liberated.
    – Aby
    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:15

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Yes, it is possible to develop intense love for a human and still attain liberation. Here (search page 453) are words spoken by Sri Ramakrishna, quoting an incident where some women asked him about their salvation:

The women then asked me if they would have salvation. 'Yes,' I said, 'if you are absolutely faithful to one man and look on him as your God. But you cannot be liberated if you live with five men.'

Therefore as per the great saint, it is possible to develop deep devotion for a human. This way, considering the person as your God, the mind of the lover is purified and the salvation is attained.

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