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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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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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Why does Krishna consider/believe the devotee who worship him as saguna superior than who worship as nirguna?

At the starting of 12th chapter of Bhagavad Geeta, Arjuna asked: एवं सततयुक्ता ये भक्तास्त्वां पर्युपासते । ये चाप्यक्षरमव्यक्तं तेषां के योगवित्तमाः ॥ English translation (from vedabase): ...
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What does it mean to say that Vishnu worships those who worship him?

In this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, Shiva extols the great qualities of Vishnu. In particular, he says this: The illustrious Hari, the puissant Narayana, is verily, the ...
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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 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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What Chandogya Upanishad verse is the sevenfold discipline of Bhakti Yoga related to?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Was one of Yamunacharya's verses to Vishnu inspired by a verse of Thirumangai Alwar?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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What is the difference between Bhakti Yoga & Sharanagati?

We know typically there are three paths towards Moksha: Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga & Karma Yoga. Sri Vaishnava sampradaya, the famous Vaishnava sampradaya, the basic tenets of which are said to be ...
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What are the different types of Divine love mentioned in the Narada Bhakti Sutras?

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 ...
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Why do devotees offer gods own creation as offering to him?

I see lot of people offering flowers, fruits and other tangible things to god to please him. However, I fail to understand, how can god be pleased by offerings that are his own creation.
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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 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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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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Does Lord Shiva grant wishes?

Sometimes people have a certain wish that they want to be fulfilled. I've read and heard that God can grant any wish. How does one ask or approach Him to grant a wish. If you chant His name numerous ...
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Is this shlokha from the Garuda Purana? If so, which chapter?

From here: Garuda Purana says: tAvattapO vrataM tIrthaM japahOmArchanAdikaM vEdashAstrAgamakathA yAvattattvaM na vindati So long as one has not achieved atma jnana, one should ...
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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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Do the Vedas say anything about Bhakti? [duplicate]

An Arya Samaji recently claimed to me that the Vedas do not talk about bhakti-yoga but only jnana-yoga and karma-yoga. Is he right to say that the concept of bhakti is not present in the Vedas. Note: ...
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What's the difference between puja (पूजा), vandana (वंदना) and stuti (स्तुति)

There are some synonyms for puja (पूजा) like vandana (वंदना), archana (अर्चना) and stuti (स्तुति). Is there any difference among them?
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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 a devotee curse Lord Vishnu to turn into a stone?

Lord Vishnu received a curse from one of His most loyal devotees. The curse turned Him into a stone. Who is he/she? What is the reason for Cursing God? Do any Scriptures mention this Curse?
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Why do we worship Devas? Because they are immortal etc., ? [duplicate]

The followers of Hindu religion generally worship Devas(Devtas), whereas we know that real creator of this world is Trideva, not Devas. And also we know that all Devas are son(next generation and ...
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What is the difference between Bhakta and Para Bhakta?

I would like to know the difference between Bhakta and Para bhakta? Is there any difference in how they worship? Is there any difference in their character? Do they do more Poojas than bhaktas?
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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 ...