Questions tagged [bhakti]

bhakti (Sanskrit: भक्ति, "devotion"), from Sanskrit verb root bhaj, whose meanings include "to share in", "to belong to", and "to worship" — 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.

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During the period of practising silence(mauna), bhajan /kirtan is allowed or not?

Suppose if someone is practicing mauna( silence) , then kirtan/bhajan is allowed or not ? My thinking : Practice of mouna mean don't produce any sound(voices) from mouth .when we do kirtan/bhajan ...
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Is there evidence of the miracles of Tulsidas?

Several miracles are attributed to the great medieval poet and philosopher Tulsidas, among them reviving the dead, and one of the ones that most caught my attention, his arrest by Emperor Akbar, and ...
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Why is the Madhurya Bhakti Bhāva (Kaanta Bhakti) considered the topmost or the best bhāva (sentiment), that a devotee can practice?

As per this QnA , the different kinds of Bhakti-Bhāva / Rasa (i.e., Mode/Types of Devotion), which includes: Mādhurya, Vātsalya, Sākhya, Santa, Dāsya., aren't to be found in any of the ...
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Is there any Bhakti as we understand it today in the “Bhakti Yoga” chapter of the Gita? [closed]

like the Bhakti of Mirabai for Krishna. or, like Swami Sivananda put it: "Bhakti is the slender thread of Prem or love that binds the heart of a devotee with the lotus feet of the Lord. Bhakti is ...
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What gives the “spiritual - theological authenticity” to modern compositions like Chālīsās & ārtís?

Hanumāna Chālīsā is by far, one of the most popular devotional hymn to a God. It's authorship is credited to Tulsídāsa, although few other sources might also call it as a later interpolated addition ...
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Devotee granting boon to diety

It is normal and expected that a devotee receives boon from deities like Siva, Vishnu etc., But, I came across an incident in Mahabharata, in which Garuda grants boon to Vishnu. "And the son of ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

I live in central India and I haven't met many people who only worship one particular deity or God. They may be partial to one over others, but they worship all dieties. Most temples also contain ...
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what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and karma yoga?

what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and Karma yoga? I know that both paths are almost the same, I mean both motives are the way to salvation I want to know what is the major difference between ...
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How to find a family's Kuladevata when all known sources have failed?

A lot of Hindu families these days don't know who their Kuladevata is. How can one find out, if there is no information available online, in the community, and if the elders in the family are not ...
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Henotheism in the Puranas?

The henotheism, a kind of halfway house between polytheism and monotheism reflects the demotion of the many gods of the Hindu pantheon to the position of portions (amsas) of one primary God. This ...
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Can I create my own God?

I would like to know if it is possible to create my own God, and if so, will worshiping that god have the same value as worshiping others?
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What changes were done in people's mindset by Ramanujacharya?

After Adishankaracharya, people started to know about hinduism, nirguna brahman, jiva, worship etc, so similarly what our people known from Ramanujacharya. What changes are done to people mindset and ...
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Why there are no graves of great devotees? [closed]

When a politician dies, we develop a park around it and the people will go to there every year on that day to memorize them. There are some brindavanams constructed for some devotees who went on ...
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What Vedanta philosophy is followed in Utkaliya Vaishnava of Mahapurusha Achyutananda of Odisha?

Achyutananda (and the other four saints) believed in a concept of God (Vishnu) as Shunya (emptiness, void, zero) called Shunya Purusha and/or Shunya Brahman. This shunya signifies a transcendental ...
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Which scripture mentions the verse “Chandalohpi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah…”?

Chandalohapi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah | Haribhaktivihinashcha dviijohapi shvapachadhamah || English Translation: Chandalas with Hari Bhakti are superior to Munis. But if a Dvija is devoid of ...
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Significance of Krishna's relationship to Radha [duplicate]

What does Krishna -Radha Prem signify? It is not that of wife-husband, as Rukmini, Satyabhama and Jambavanti were legal wives of Krishna. If it signifies Ras bhakti, then why only Radha is seen to be ...
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Condensed form of Shaiva Purana

Just wondering if there are any works like Narayaneeyam which is a condensed version of Srimad Bhagavatham, similar to Purana of Lord shiva, Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, etc., in Sanskrit language?
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9 Types of Devotion [duplicate]

I would like to share this Excerpts from: Sathya Sai Baba, Divine Discourse "Let Unity Be the Undercurrent Everywhere" 2 Mar 2003 regarding 9 types of devotion. What are in details the 9 ...
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Where can one find the original bengali book of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma?

I am look for the book Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, an important Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya. Any idea where i can find it?
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Where can I find the book Ujjvala nilamani of Srila Rupa Gosvami?

I am looking for the book Ujjvala nīlamaṇi. It is by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and has commentaries as well. Where can I find?
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relationship between tantra and devotion

I'm not really asking for the differences but I also believe that devotion as Lord Krishna mentions in Geeta is the best path for enlightnment. I'm just curious if there is any relationship between ...
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Is sacrifice required for devotion?

If yes, how to quantify it? Is there any real devotion without sacrifice? Suppose someone says he is really devoted, but doesnt sacrifice anything (time, money, thoughts etc) is he really devoted?
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Original version of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram bhajan?

I would like to know about the original source and version and the author of the famous bhajan Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram. This bhajan was later edited and popularized by Gandhi. This was widely ...
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deekshya vs. gyan what's the difference

When I read the bhagwat geeta I not even once came across the word deekshya only gyan , but outside the geeta and on majorly other forms of attaining liberation i.e. forms different from devotion I ...
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Is it possible that Lord Shri Krishna may reveal himself to his ardent devotees in the physical world itself?

What I mean is.. the final goal which we bhakts seek is just a glimpse of the particular God we are devotee of... As the folklores keep on mentioning instances of thousands of divine lovers and bhakts ...
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Is there any statement that bhakti destroys karma?

The Bhagavad Gita 4.37 directly and explicitly says that jnAna or knowledge destroys all karmas. मूल श्लोकः - यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात्कुरुतेऽर्जुन। ज्ञानाग्निः सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते ...
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Where can I get good books / pdfs on Mira bai?

I wanted to read the life of Mira bai written by a devotee and not a historian who will try to cross verify whether the facts mentions are true or not. Poems are available online but a devotional book ...
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It is okay to believe in God , but why did we need to worship God? [duplicate]

I like the God, I like their stories, but what is his link with worship. I know worship means thinking of god always. If we do good to others, they will be happy. I.e. I can see that response is ...
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How did Prahlada survive demoniac tortures?

The demons [Rākṣasas], the servants of Hiraṇyakaśipu, thus began striking the tender parts of Prahlāda Mahārāja’s body with their tridents. The demons all had fearful faces, sharp teeth and ...
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Is Gayatri and Yogic practice compatible with Pure Bhakti practice or not [closed]

This is my doubt, and now again... Is Gayatri and Yogic practice compatible with Pure Bhakti practice or not?! Explanation: I have practiced many things and sādhanas, I'm not the first day, BUT... ...
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How to restore bhakti after you stopped praying for a long time? [closed]

I am an aspiring Sri Vaishnava in an Asian foreign country with the least minimum Sri Vaishnavas around for guidance and I have never met anyone except the temple priests from the local Perumal ...
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What is the historical origin of Bhakti?

In the Vedas, Karma Marga (path of action) and Gayn Marga (path of knowledge) are described. Upanishads (Vedanta or the end part of the Veda) talks about the path of knowledge, while the earlier Vedic ...
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Are there any Shaiva groups?

Like ISKCON is a Vaishnava group, are there any Shaiva groups? If I ever wanted to meet Shaivas, where would I find them?
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What are the names of the saints mentioned in the Bhaktamal?

Bhaktamal is a Ramanandi text written in in Braja language by Nabhadas in the seventeenth century. Written in poetry form, the work depicts the lives of more than two hundred Vaishnava saints across ...
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What is the Significance of 'paadaseva' of Sri Vishnu?

'Paada-Sevana' is one of the nine types of Bhakti. It is said that Devi Lakshmi 'got' Sri Vishnu by serving His lotus Feet. ('tad-anghri-bhajane lakshmih'). In images also we see Lakshmi doing 'pada-...
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What is the scriptural logic behind the equality of 'Naama' and 'Naami'?

The Bhakti literature emphasizes on the equality of 'Nama' and 'Naami'.For example, they say Lord Krishna and His name(Krishna) are one and the same. What is the scriptural logic behind this? Also, ...
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Can Moksha be achieved through Bhakti towards a physical object?

I am looking for any scriptural sources relating to whether Bhakti towards a lover, a king, a country, or a physical idol can lead to Moksha by itself, or does one need to have Bhakti for the formless ...
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Did Ramanuja compose any devotional works?

I am not aware of any - and given his advocacy of devotion and surrender, it would be surprising if he did not compose any. So - what are some of his devotional works?
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Does Gita say bhakti is topmost in any verses?

Does Bhagavad Gita say bhakti is best of all processes anywhere? If yes, does it say it is the only process for realizing god?
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How to have faith and devotion again?

I have become attached to all forbidden things rather than praying and worshiping. How do I free myself of all hindrances to my faith and devotion?
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What is a broad summary of the differences and similarities between Bhaktic and Vedantic Hinduism? [closed]

Eastern Orthodox theologian, David Bentley Hart mentioned during an interview that he is able to reconcile the Christian Trinity with "certain schools of Bhaktic Hinduism and Vedanta". This got me ...
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Do our scriptures give way to reduce or cross over Prarabdha Karma? [duplicate]

It is stated that Prarabdha Karma is the one which the person has to undergo without a doubt and cannot be changed unlike other Karma-s which can be changed. But do we have a way to cross or ...
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Is devotion of Lord Hanuman is equal to devotion of Lord Shiva?

Hanuman is the partial incarnation of Lord Shiva. So if someone is devoting Lord Hanuman then it's mean he is devoting to Lord Shiva? For example: If one being told (from aspect of kundali or any ...
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Do any Sampradayas apart from the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya differentiate between Sharanagati and Bhakti Yoga?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, there are two paths to Moksha- Bhakti-Yoga and Sharanagati. Bhakti-Yoga to them is considered a longer and more difficult path to Moksha and involves Karma-Yoga and Jnana-...
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How a devotee of God leaves his body for Moksha?

Our body is city of 9 gates. My question is how a devotee leaves a body and is different from a Yogi who quits his body for Moksha. Generally in Tantric Yoga it is said one whose soul exits through ...
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Six aspects of surrender mentioned in Pancharatra texts?

Recently while exploring the topic of Devotion or Bhakti , I came across the info. that there are six aspects of surrender to the Lord , mentioned in Pancharatra texts. So my question is - What are ...
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Details on Nava vidha Bhakti

Vaishanivsm has categorized Bhakti into nine groups: “Sravanam Keerthanam Vishnoo: Smaranam Pada Sevanam Archanam Vandhanam Dhasyam Sakhyam Athma Nivedhanam” They are: 1.Sravanam – Listen ...
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How worship will help to merge with brahman?

How can worship help to get self-realization? If I chant 'Om Namah Shivaya' continuously, then will that give me moksha? If Chanting is also part of worship, what is the connection between chanting ...
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What are Manda Bhakti, Madyama Bhakti and Uttama Bhakti?

As the question says, what are those three stages of Bhakti viz. Manda Bhakti, Madhyama Bhakti and Uttama Bhakti?
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Why did Pundalika order Lord Krishna to stand on the stone?

I have heard the folk story about Pundalika. He was busy with doing some work and suddenly Lord Krishna came to his home. He ordered Lord Krishna to stand up on the stone. If this is true, then I ...