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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Why Devas are worshiped by humans? Where all are one Brahman?

I don't know that why Devas are worshiped by humans? In another word, it can be said that, they are worshiped by themselves. Because, We know that all thing, all creature of this world are one Brahman....
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Which scriptures declare the supremacy of devotees over God? [duplicate]

Many saints often say that devotees are superior to God. The sixteenth century saint Goswami Tulsidas, for example, once said: Hanuman as a devotee of Rama is greater than Rama Himself Do any ...
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which traditions call god by derogatory terms to express love?

siva is called "pittan" or madman as a term of endearment in tamil. there is a famous double-meaning sentence to tie lemons and snakes together "pittan mudiyerum" = ascends to the head of a madman - ...
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Is it mandatory to follow one Marga?

Bhagavad Gita says: Bg 12.9 — My dear Arjuna, O winner of wealth, if you cannot fix your mind upon Me without deviation, then follow the regulative principles of bhakti-yoga. In this way develop a ...
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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 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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Whose avatar was Sri Eknath?

Sri Eknath was one of the famous saints from the Varkari line of Bhakti tradition. Whose incarnation was he ?
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How not to displease Lord Hanuman

I am a great devotee of Lord Hanuman and want to be careful with my actions. I want to know, being a devotee of Lord Hanuman what things should I avoid which might displease him.
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What are the teachings of saint JanA bAi?

She was one of the famous.saints in the vArkari bhakti movement. What were the principles she preached?
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Whose avatar was saint Jnaneshwar?

Sant gyaneshwar (dnyaneshwar) was a famous saint from maharastrian bhakti movement (varkari). Whose avatar was he ?
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Whose avatar was SripAda Srivallabha?

One of the well known spiritual guru of India was SripAda Srivallabha. Whose avatar was he ?
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Whose avatar was Sri nAmdev?

One of the eminent saintly figure of bhakti tradition was Sri nAmdev. Whose avatar is he believed to be ? What were the.miracles in his life ?
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Who are some great devotees of Lord Ganesha from the scriptures?

I am looking for the names of some Lord Ganesha devotees.Those names have to be mentioned in the scriptures. In scriptures (like the PurAnas) we often find such names. For example, PrahlAda was a ...
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According to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, which is more important in attaining moksha- Bhakti or Jnana?

According to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, which is more important in attaining moksha- Bhakti or Jnana? As far as I know Jnana is more important in Advaita and both were Advaitins. ...
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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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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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Merge of Karma & Bhakti into Jnana

Read my previous question where I said that I think/believe that other ways should merge into Jnana ultimately but this can be considered as my opinion only. The scriptural reference supporting this ...
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Significant devotion of Gunaseela Maharishi

What is the great achievement by this maharishi? How the God appeared before him and what the God asked him to do?
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What is Sri Vaishnavism? What is the Vishishtadvaita?

I'm a liberal Vaishnava ... I was formerly practising Gaudiya Vaishnavism but recently got dissatisfied with it as their doctrines about Goloka and Krishna's supremacy based on Rasa concept wasn't ...
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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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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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Hanuman and the highest state of Sri Rama bhakti

On learning about the whereabouts of Goddess Sita from Jatayu’s brother Sampati, the brave Hanuman crossed the endless seas and proceeded to Lanka. He found Goddess Sita in Ashoka Vatika and assured ...
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Sakadevan binds Lord Krishna

I have heard a story that in the period before war, when Krishna projects that even though he wishes peace, others like Bhima are going for war. Sakadevan points that by binding Krishna, one can stop ...
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I live in North America - how can I live a pious life? [closed]

Please, reveal to me the scriptures that can teach me to live in the way most holy, no matter where we live on earth. What practises shall I undertake. I love life and God, but I know my actions are ...
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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 Jadbharat?

What is the story of Jadbharat and his rebirth as deer? How he get salvation even in form of deer? This question came in my mind while reading this blog.
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Sadhana Bakthi and Bakthi Yoga

There are types of Bakthis. What is Sadhana Bakthi? Will this come under Bakthi Yoga?
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will there be another influential pure devotee of Krishna in the remaining time of kali yuga?

We've had Jesus, Lord Chaitanya, and Srila Prabhupada who has shared valuable knowledge of God and lead by example of how to serve The Lord with pure devotion. Will there be a time (in Kali Yuga) ...
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Influence of the classical Upanishads on the belief of the maiority of contemporary Hindus

Nearly every book about the classical Upanishads emphasizes their importance for every Hindu. The Upanishads are considered part of Shruti. My question asks for the relevance of the Upanishads for ...
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What are the signs of Divine love as enunciated by different Rishis in Narada Bhakti Sutras?

What are the signs of Bhakti as enunciated by different Rishis in Narada Bhakti Sutras? Narada Muni mentions Rishi Parashara, Rishi Garga and Rishi Shandilya in this text. What are the viewpoints of ...
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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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What is the difference between a good man and a devotee?

I would like to know the difference between a good man and a devotee. A good man does good karma due to which his previous karma's effect gets reduced. In a similar way, a devotee's karma is also ...
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Why doesn't God not give us anything without doing something?

In Hinduism there are cases where astrologers or pandits ask devotees to chant certain mantras or do fasting on specific days. Why doesn't God give what we want directly (without doing anything) as we ...
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Is Naradha Muni a Mischief Maker as Depicted in popular culture

Few South Indian movies portray Naradha muni as mischief maker involving in creation of quarrels between Wives of Trimurti (Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma & Lord MahaVishnu). He also involves in creating ...
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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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How to progress spiritually without discrimination?

When I first make some progress in spiritual life, I have to develop some discrimination for certain things like food, friends, activities, etc... But I soon realized that I'm creating my very own ...
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How does one differentiate between Bhakti and Bhakti Yoga?

The Bhagavad Gita which is part of Mahabharata is elucidation of Tattva, Hita and purushartha by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. It talks about various aspects like Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti yoga and ...
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How to differentiate between a spiritual experience and a mental disorder or delusion?

Many spiritual teachings ask the followers to develop detachment towards worldly objects and events. Certain meditation techniques ask the followers to be a mere spectator to one's thoughts and get ...
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Can we attain liberation through having Bhakti on a normal person?

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 ...