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bhakti (Sanskrit: भक्ति), derived from the Sanskrit verb root bhaj, which according to the Nighantu(glossary for Vedic terms) means to "offer seva" — is an expression of devotional Love for God; single-minded devotion to one's Iswara, or personal deity. One who practices bhakti is called a bhakta, while bhakti as a spiritual path is referred to as bhakti marga, or the bhakti way, or the bhakti yoga.

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Verses on efficacy of prayer over rituals

Whatever little amount of scripture has been read shows that while they speak much on importance of rituals, sadācāra & siddhānta, very few mentions were obtained about prayer. In these times, ...
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Did Pey Alvar suffer from a mental health illness?

I read somewhere online the Pey Alvar/Azhvar at one point suffered from a mental health condition and yet was loved by Shri Vishnu. I have not seen this mentioned elsewhere. Is this true? Are there ...
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Do we need guru or diksha to do bhakti or nama japa for certain forms? For example, Matangi?

I have heard that one cannot worship Matangi without guru and initiation. I have heard similar things about other forms, for example other tantric deities. My question is, does this apply also to ...
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Question about sanskrit song

I'd like to have the proper lyrics of the following song Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya by Deepak Ram & Tara Devi, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjvB-7AoTO8 The lyrics shown in that video are ...
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Anyone learned in sanskrit please translate this verse for me

Śrimad Bhagavatam 8.16.21.: स विधास्यति ते कामान्हरिर्दीनानुकम्पन: । अमोघा भगवद्भ‍क्तिर्नेतरेति मतिर्मम ॥ २१ ॥ sa vidhāsyati te kāmān harir dīnānukampanaḥ amoghā bhagavad-bhaktir netareti matir mama ...
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Why is Shiva bhakti termed as the religion of Monsters in the Vamana purana?

Vaman Purāna 11.15-16,26 says this Does this mean if I devote myself to Shiva with the exclusion of all other devatas, It would make me a demon?
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A question about hearing abuse of saintly persons?

I read somewhere in bhagavatam probably that if a ksatriya hears abuse of saintly persons then he should kill the abuser and commit suicide and if brahmana hears abuse then he should go away from ...
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Why should people aim for moksha and god realisation rather than occult powers?

Realised beings like Ramakrishna paramahamsa have always advocated for god realisation and have criticised occult powers as they tend to remove the focus from god realisation. Why should one aim for ...
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Can bad things happen to a devotee of god?

If a person is a complete bhakt of god: he always remembers god, always thinks about god in any situation. Can bad things happen to such a person? (Obviously due to bad karma committed by him in the ...
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Is Ganesha ever worshiped by Madhura bhava?

I've come across information on madhura bhava for both Vishnu (in the form of Krishna) and Shiva (in the form of Bhikshatana). But I was curious if Ganesha is ever worshiped this way? I know there is ...
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Is it possible to worship God in forms that aren't sanctioned by any scripture?

As per what I have heard in Hindu belief, God manifests in front of a devotee in any form that the devotee wants him to. However, from a personal viewpoint, my mind does not find any connection or ...
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Sri Vaishnavism - What to do?

I am interested in becoming a Sri Vaishnava. I am not initiated yet. Please guide me as to what should I do as a Sri Vaishnava? What rules should I follow? What books should I read? Anything else I ...
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Age old divine confusion: Shiva or Krishna?

My spiritual journey: I was not a firm believer for the better part of my life. The lure of science (especially physics (my career) and the theory of evolution) led me to stray off of my somewhat ...
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Can One Worship God as a Wife?

Mirabai Worshipped God as a Husband. Saints of the Radhavallabha sect Worship God as sakhi or swamini. There are some devotees who Worship God as their mother, and even others who worship God in the ...
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Can a person listen to the recorded songs of bhakti ? Importance of music in bhakti?

Can a person listen to the recorded songs of bhakti towards god i.e. bhakti songs ? Or Is it waste of time ? Should a person only chant the name of god by himself ? What is the importance of music in ...
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How should the bhakti of god be done?

How should we do bhakti of god ? Should we continously keep chanting the name of god in whatever free time we have ? In what way bhakti of god should be pursued ?
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Is it necessary to chant the name of god in the multiples of 108?

Why do many people keep mala having 108 beads to chant the name of god ? Can't they just keep chanting the name of god without keeping a count on it ? Is it necessary to chat the name of god in the ...
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What is reality of Kabir Sagar and other scriptures on Sant Kabir

What is Kabir Sagar written by Sant Dharmadas ji which claims that Lord Hanuman and many famous Vaishnav and famous Shaiva saints were initiated by Sant Kabir in some form in and helped them achieve ...
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As per Hinduism, What happens to those who worship Imaginary Gods?

As per texts like Bhagavad Gita, Worshippers of Pitrs go to Pitrs and Worshippers of Devas go to Devas in the afterlife. What happens to those who worship Imaginary characters who don't even exist as ...
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Were saints like Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Kabir, and others frauds because they said Hindus and Muslim pray to the same God

Let's be honest, the Hindu God is very VERY different from the God of Abraham that Jews, Christians and Muslims follow. Our God is a peaceful, compassionate, understanding and calm God while Abrahamic ...
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A question regarding bhakti?

In Bhagavatam 8.16.21 Kashyapa muni tells Aditi that "Amogham bhagavat bhakti na itareti iti matir mama" Devotion to Supreme Lord is infallible not others,this is my opinion.. Does it mean ...
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Does devotion means chanting God name as portrayed in movies?

Unknowingly most of us under impression that devotion means to sit in a lonely place, close eyes and repeat god name continuously so that one day god will appear in front of that devotee and offers ...
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What is God's attitude or feelings towards a person who indulges in his or her bhakti, Sadhna or who just believes in them?

We often hear of them is all kind and father/mother like but I doubt it is so simple. It maybe also possible that it can't be understood by our limited human undertanding or maybe its different for ...
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How do I pray to Maa Durga?

I really want to pray to maa Durga but I don't have any Guru and any sort of initiation. I can't and don't want to use mantras. I tried searching about naam jap but couldn't find any proper ...
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List of Shaiva sages mentioned in scriptures

Which Sages are described in the scriptures(Vedas,Upanishads,Puranas) to be Shaivas (Devotees of Shiva)? Please provide a list of Shaiva sages as long as possible.
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Where in scriptures are menstruating women not allowed to do bhakti?

Is it mentioned anywhere in scriptures (with reasoning if possible) that women cannot pray during menstruation? Thanks in advance.
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Does Vishnu care only about his devotees?

I had read somewhere that Vishnu is not concerned about anyone or suffering of anyone as everyone gets the fruits of their Karma only. But He is concerned only for his Bhakts, is involved in their ...
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Can a person do only Bhakti in his life ? Or Is engaging in wordly activities also necessary?

Gita is the ultimate book to know how should one live his life. Gita focuses on Karma Yoga and in Gita Krishna asks Arjun to engage in war i.e. Krishna didn't tell Arjun to do only Bhakti of him. I am ...
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how to do bhakti with non bhakt parents? [closed]

I am a jee aspirant belongs to a middle class family and my parents wants to see me studying any time every second. they behave very angry and awkward when they caught me listning a bhajan on youtube. ...
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What is the relation of Yogi with God?

He cannot expect protection as compared to a Devotee? Given he achieves things by ego-effort the personal safety should also be his own responsibility.
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According to Vaishnavism, what is a fruitive activity?

I am currently reading Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu by Rupa Gosvami (with commentary by Jiva Gosvami). In it, it has been mentioned that a pure devotee is above fruitive activities such as the varnasrama ...
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what is the longest an smallest kand in valmiki ramayana?

According to Valmiki Ramayana, there are 7 kands. what is the largest and smallest kand? and what about sargas?
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Are there other determinants of caste apart from birth and qualities? [duplicate]

In the Tamil book Hindu Madham Enge Pogirathu | இந்து மதம் எங்கே போகிறது (where is the Hindu Religion headed) by Suruthi Shmiruthi ithikaasaPuraana miimaamsaathvaaya suthra visaarathaVedaarththa ...
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Are there any older commentaries on Narada Bhakti Sutras?

I want to study Narada Bhakti Sutra.Are there any old and popular commentaries on the Narada Bhakti Sutra?
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Is our life only for Bhakti of God? [duplicate]

Is there anywhere explictly written that the purpose of our life is only Bhakti of God and nothing else. I have heard it is writen in some scripture (I think Garbha Upandishad) that when a child is in ...
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Is there merit in continuing with a practice if you have faltered?

Sometimes when trying to follow practices like partial fasts on Ekadashi or meditating every day during certain periods, something happens that disrupts the practice, and I would like to know the best ...
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How to remember God all the time?

How can one remember God/Vishnu/Krishna all the time, while simultaneously fulfilling his worldly duties. Is there any thing written about it in the scriptures ?
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Can anyone share Dhyanmantra for Krishna?

Since we have not seen Krishna ,I want to know What image of Krishna should we mediate upon. So,I want to know Dhaynmantra/DhyanSholaka for Krishna.
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Does chanting Hare Krushna mantra means that one is looking for moksha?

What if one devotee chants Hare Krushna Mantra and don't want to attain moksha, will lord attract him towards it and try to take away his material desires? Does chanting mantra means that one is ...
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How does a person know that a deity chose him to be his devotee?

Recently I read somewhere that a person was talking about being chosen by Lord Krishna to be his deity. How do they know? Does it mean? They are gradually drawn towards that particular God. ...
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What are Sanskrit mantras for worshiping Krishna?

What are different Sanskrit mantras or verses for worshiping Krishna ?
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Is Shiva praised within the Valmiki-Ramayan?

Are there any verses within the Valmiki-Ramayana that praise Shiva? If so could you please refer to them?
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What is the difference between Bhakti and Parabhakti?

What is Parabhakti? I heard this term for the first time. What is the difference between Bhakti and Parabhakti? Are there any other types of Bhakti? How many types of Bhakti are there?
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Should we pray/worship to God only in Sanskrit language?

Should we pray to gods only in the Sanskrit language and using proper mantras only? Should using other languages be avoided?
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What karma should I do to get blessed with beauty and intellect in my next birth?

I have seen so many people till now who are very miserable because they were born ugly, poor, with less intelligence. And this world is cruel to ugly, poor and dumb people and there is no doubt about ...
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Please enlist methods and ways of practising Bhakti Yoga?

As per my understanding, Bhakti yog is the way of life i.e. one should always be devoted towards god. But one's mind always gets diverted away from god. Because of this there should be certain methods ...
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How much time one should give to worhsipping /meditating upon god?

According to Gita , Karma Yog and Bhakti Yog should be combinely pursued. My question is how much time one should give to worshiping god or meditation upon god and devote rest of out time in Karma ...
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What happens to a woman devotee who views Krishna as her husband/lover?

It is not uncommon for a female devotee to see Krishna as her lover/husband. (Mira bai was one example). Theoretically, what happens to them if their devotion is true? Do they get merged with Radha/...
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Bhakti vs karma

I have been following your teachings on social media. I have many questions to ask out of which one is here : You mentioned complete surrender to lord Krishna and you yourself left the corporate world ...
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Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Opinions

Is there any evidence that shows that Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur (founder of Gauriya Mat) was critical/not critical of Ramkrishna Paramhamsa, Omkaranath Thakur, and Prabupad Bijoy Krishna ...
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