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How can one increase bhakti?

Yes, scriptures provide 9 steps of Bhakti known as Navdha Bhakti. In the Ramacharitmanas 3.35 - 3.36, Lord Shri Rama explains Navdha Bhakti to Shabri: प्रथम भगति संतन्ह कर संगा। The first ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

As per the advice that most Gurus give, it's not beneficial to worship multiple deities for any particular individual. One must only worship his/her Ishta Devata and stick with it's worship only (...
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What is the difference between Bhakti Yoga & Sharanagati?

Sri Vaishnavas believe there are two paths to Moksha, Bhakti Yoga and Sharanagati (aka Prapatti). Bhakti Yoga is a long and difficult path to Moksha, and it has both Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga as ...
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Who are some great devotees of Lord Ganesha from the scriptures?

Ganesha Purana and some Ganesha-centric scriptures mention few great devotees of Sri Ganesha. Since i don't have complete Ganesha Purana, i will cite Puranic Encyclopedia by Vettam mani as reference. ...
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Six aspects of surrender mentioned in Pancharatra texts?

Prapatti (or self-surrender) is an important aspect of SrI Vaishnava Teachings. According to pAncarAtra samhitas (Ahirbudhnya samhitA, LakshmI tantra), there are six aspects or angas to prapatti: ...
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How a devotee of God leaves his body for Moksha?

Have a look at the following verse from Kathopanishad's (Kath UP) Tritiya Valli: ShataichekA cha hridasya nAdyastAsAm murdhAnamabhinihsritaikA | TayorddhvamAyannmritatvameti vishvanganyA ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

The purpose of worshiping multiple Gods is because of multiple desires fulfillment. For example worship of Indra is done in order to please him for rain. Worship of Kuber is done for the wealth etc. ...
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Hanuman and the highest state of Sri Rama bhakti

In the Srimad-Bhagavata and the Vishnu Purana are mentioned the nine forms of Bhakti, which are given as under :- (1) Sravana -hearing of God's Lilas and stories. (2) Kirtana- singing of God’s ...
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Did a devotee curse Lord Vishnu to turn into a stone?

Yes. It was Tulasi who cursed Vishnu to become Saligrama Stone and Tulasi became Gandhaki River and Tulasi plant. Saligrama Stone is Swayambhu representation of Lord Vishnu and one gets many virtues ...
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According to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, which is more important in attaining moksha- Bhakti or Jnana?

They're equally important. I'm here quoting some relevant quotes of Swami Vivekananda from The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Bhakti-Yoga/Definition of Bhakti: There is not really so ...
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Does Lord Shiva grant wishes?

Anugraham (bestowing grace) is one of the fundamental characteristic of Lord Shiva. So, Lord Shiva certainly grants wishes. In the scripture also we find many many stories where Lord Shiva grants ...
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Original version of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram bhajan?

The original lyrics of Raghupati Raghava Rajaaram are written by Sri Lakshamanacharya in a religious text titled Shri Nama Ramayanam Source: Raghupati Raghav Rajaram – The Original Lyrics Original ...
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Is this shlokha from the Garuda Purana? If so, which chapter?

Yes the sloka is from Garuda Puranam (2.49.98). The following images(& texts) are from the book called Garuda Purana Saaraam(The essence of Garuda Purana). tŸvat tapo vrataÄ t rthaÄ japa ...
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What are the different types of Divine love mentioned in the Narada Bhakti Sutras?

The reference to different types of Bhakti or Divine love is found the Shloka 82 of the Narada Bhakti Sutra. Shloka |Gunmahatmyasakti roopasakti poojasakti smaranasakti dasyasakti | || Sakhyasakti ...
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What is the difference between Jijnashu and Jnani Bhaktas mentioned in Bhagavad Gita?

According to Adi Sankaracharya commentary on this verse, Jijnashu is one who wants to know the reality of the lord and Jnani is one who already have intellectual knowledge and aspires of liberation. ...
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Is there any statement that bhakti destroys karma?

Here are some verses: Bhagavata 1.2.15 yad-anudhyāsinā yuktāḥ karma-granthi-nibandhanam | chindanti kovidās tasya ko na kuryāt kathā-ratim || Who will not develop attraction for topics of ...
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What is the Navavidha Bhakti?

In the Ramacharitmanas 3.35 - 3.36, Lord Shri Rama explains Navdha Bhakti to Shabri: नवधा भगति कहउँ तोहि पाहीं। सावधान सुनु धरु मन माहीं।। प्रथम भगति संतन्ह कर संगा। दुसरि रति मम कथा ...
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What is the story of Jadbharat?

The story from Vishnu Puran (विष्णू पुराण) is-: Long ago there was a king named Bharata (भरत). His father was Rishabha (ऋषभ) and were living in a place called Shalagrama (शाळग्राम). He was great ...
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Why does Krishna consider/believe the devotee who worship him as saguna superior than who worship as nirguna?

Good question. This love of Lord for His Saguna worshippers is discussed in verse 6.47 also. There should not be a question of which is better as Lord Himself declares that both attain the God in ...
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How can one increase bhakti?

The answers given are mostly describing what the Navabhida Bhaktis (the 9 types of devotional acts) are. But as far as i can see, you're simply asking "How to increase Bhakti". So, i assume that you ...
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What are some of the devotional works by Madhusudan Saraswati?

Notable devotional works of Madhusudana Saraswati are: AnandamandAkinI (आनन्दमन्दाकिनी) Bhagavad Bhakti Rasayanam (भगवद्भक्तिरसायनम्) Ishvarapratipattiprakasha (ईश्वरप्रतिपत्तिप्रकाशः) All are ...
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What are the legends of Narasih Mehta?

Narsi Mehta belonged to a Vadanagar Nagar-Brahmin family of Junagarh in Kathiawar, Gujarat. He was born to a very poor family. From his very boyhood, he had a great devotion to Lord Krishna. He lived ...
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What changes were done in people's mindset by Ramanujacharya?

There are many changes Sri Ramanujacharya made to change mindset of the people. I will list a few Brahman and Jiva : He interprets Brahman as essentially a Personal God, of a real world, permeated ...
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Merge of Karma & Bhakti into Jnana

Merge of Bhakti into Jnana: According to Bhagavad Gita, verse 10.10 & 10.11 (English translation from Gitapress): तेषां सततयुक्तानां भजतां प्रीतिपूर्वकम् । ददामि बुद्धियोगं तं येन मामुपयान्ति...
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Who had the first priority in getting Moksha in the 'Gajendra Moksha' story, the crocodile or the elephant Gajendra?

As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) » 8.4, the crocodile didn't attain moksha at all. He was Gandharva King Hūhū earlier, by the curse of Devala Muni became a crocodile and again regained his ...
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Whose avatar was saint Jnaneshwar?

According to Navanath Bhaktisaar (नवनाथ भक्तिसार) Chapter one -Shloka 48- Shree Gynashwar was avatara of "Shree Vishnu " in the form of Shree Krishna. i.e. Shree Krishna himself incarnated as Saint ...
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Is sacrifice required for devotion?

There can be various types of Bhakti (devotion). The Gunas are three in number so Bhakti can be Tamasik, Rajasik and Sattvik to start with. And, higher than those there is Para Bhakti (supreme ...
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Ninefold devotion?

The Navavidha Bhakti are nine types of devotional services. It is usually referred to in connection with Lord Vishnu only. Mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana 7.5.23-24: श्रीप्रह्राद उवाच श्रवणं की...
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