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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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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Does the concept of enlightenment apply to sects which only believe in Bhakti?

Enlightenment as applied to enlightened being such as Ramana Maharishi implies a radical change of consciousness from the everyday state. Does that apply to followers of sects that only believe in ...
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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 Navavidha Bhakti?

Bhakti is intense devotion and supreme love for God. There is no expectation of anything in Bhakti marga. This higher feeling is indescribable in words. It has to be sincerely experienced by the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The concept of God in Bhakti Yoga

From three classical yogas in Hinduism viz. Karma, Bhakti and Jnana, I found me Ajnani in case of Bhakti yoga probably due to improper concept of god. I understand the Karma Yoga: Nishkam Karma or ...
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What are some of the devotional works by Madhusudan Saraswati?

Madhusudhan Saraswati, the author of the famous work, Advaitasiddhi was a Vaishnava belonging to the Shankarite sect. A great devotee of Shri Krishna, he is said to have been initially against Advaita ...
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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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What is the difference between Suktam, Strotam, Gayatri and Ashtakam?

What is the purpose behind each of these variations while worshiping a particular deity? Which one should be used to worship or pray to a deity? For example, for Goddess Laxmi, there are Sri Suktam, ...
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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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Who had the first priority in getting Moksha in the 'Gajendra Moksha' story, the crocodile or the elephant Gajendra?

I was going through this question about animals attaining Moksha. According to story, both elephant and crocodile were the devotees of the the Lord Vishnu in previous life. In the plot of the story, ...
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Relationships between prayers and devotion [duplicate]

What do the Gods do every time? How do they spend their leisure time? Does God watch us everyone and listen to each of our prayers? God's complete satisfaction is the prayers and devotion we ...
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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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Looking for that passage or verse from Ramayana where Rama acknowldeges the power of Bhakti

So pleased with Hanuman at a certain time in Ramayana Lord Rama declares that by dint of his love and Bhakthi Hanuman has become in fact even more powerful than himself (Rama)... a sort of win-over. ...
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What does the statement 'Brahman is devoid of good and bad' mean?

Brahman the supreme soul is described to be limitless and not attributed to duality like hot or cold, good or bad, male or female. But if he is beyond good and bad then why does he take avatar to ...
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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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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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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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Are Sri RamaKrishna's statements about attaining Brahman through Bhakti inline with Adi Shankara?

According to Shankaracharya, knowledge of Brahman can only be had through Jnana Yoga but recent Mahatmas like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa say that it can also be gotten through Bhakti Yoga. Why doesn't ...
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How can one increase bhakti?

How can a person increase his or her bhakti? Do scriptures give any guidance or advice over this issue?
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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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What are the earliest references to Bhakti Yoga?

From my understanding the Bhakti movement did not start until around 700 - 1000 CE in Tamil Nadu. My understanding of Bhakti is that it is a pure, selfless love towards a deity. A path which can ...
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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 ...
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What are the legends of Narasih Mehta?

In Gujarat there was a saint named Narasih Mehta, it is heard that he is a renowned saint and famous as well as the kind person. I would like to know his full story. What I heard about him was Lord ...
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How exactly do we define devotion?

I would like to understand the definition of the term 'devotion' from two different perspective: Bachelor person (brahmchari) Married person Reason is that as a bachelor you are free to opt for any ...
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What are the steps for following Bhakti Yoga?

We can find the steps for following Jnana Yoga from this answer, similarly, what are the steps to be followed for Bhakti Yoga? How can someone choose which tradition of Bhakhi is suitable for ...
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How regional is Hinduism? [closed]

I know that different Gods, or different manifestations of Ultimate Reality, are worshiped in different regions. Furthermore, there is a lot of linguistic diversity across Bhārat. So, I'm wondering: ...
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What is the difference between Jijnashu and Jnani Bhaktas mentioned in Bhagavad Gita?

There are four types of Bhaktas (devotee) mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita: Arta (आर्त​) Artharthi (अर्थार्थी) Jijnashu (जिज्ञासु) Jnani (ज्ञानी) चतुर्विधा भजन्ते मां जनाः सुकृतिनोऽर्जुन। आर्तो ...
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Does any principal upanishad advocate devotion to a personal God?

According to Wiki: "Bhakti in Indian religions is "emotional devotionalism", particularly to a personal god or to spiritual ideas" Do any principal upanishads recommend devotion to a personal God?
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How should a devotee respond to bigotry towards his or her ishta?

Following some attacks on certain deities on this site, a question has arisen on my mind on how such statements should be responded by devotees. For example, if a person comes to a devotee and ...
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What is the story of chokha mela?

Chokha was a saint from Maharashtra bhakti movement. He is known to have faced many difficulties due to caste but continued the good work. One of his well known abhanga which reflects social norms ...
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What is mahAnubhAv panth?

Mahanubhava panth is related to bhakti movement. How did it come to existence? What are it's central teachings? Who propagated the sect ? What is the current position?
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What is the life story and miracles associated with kanakadasa?

Kanaka dasa was a poet saint hailing from Karnataka region. He belonged to the bhakti sampradaya and composed many devotional songs and kirtans especially on lord Krishna It is also said that some ...
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Where does Vaduga Nambi call two other shishyas of Ramanujacharya double-minded?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya had 74 disciples, known as the Simhasanadhipatis, but three of his closest disciples were Kurathalwan, Mudhaliandan, and Vaduga Nambi. Kurathalwan is ...
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Does listening to Hanuman Chalisa every day give the same benefits as chanting the Hanuman Chalisa? [duplicate]

Does listening to Hanuman Chalisa every day give the same benefits as chanting the Hanuman Chalisa?
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Is there a difference between the concepts explained in Shandilya and Narada Bhakti Sutras

I came across a notion that Bhakti Sutra that Shandilya Bhakti Sutra (SBS) is devoted to Nirguna Brahman and the Narada Bhakti Sutra (NBS) focuses on devotion to Saguna Brahman. Another notion is that ...