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Navavidha Bhakti Shrimad Bhagavatam 7.5:23-24 sri-prahrada uvaca sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam iti pumsarpita visnau bhaktis cen nava-laksana kriyeta bhagavaty addha tan manye 'dhitam uttamam Prahlada Maharaja said: Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name,...


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This is a recurring theme throughout the scriptures. Krishna says in the Uddhava Gita (Chapter 9): Neither Brahma, nor Shiva, nor Balarama, nor Lakshmi, nor My own form is so dear to Me as you. [addressing Uddhava, who Krishna says is the supreme devotee of the Lord] With a view to purifying Myself by the dust of his feet, I always follow the sage ...


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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 step to devotion (Bhakti) is to keep company of the saints (Satsang). दुसरि रति मम कथा प्रसंगा॥ The second step is to enjoy listening to legends/...


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The single line answer is "Pure bhakthi and Pure Jnana are same". If you try to study both gurus lives, you will understand that: Sankaracharya is outwardly jnani but inside he is a pure bhaktha. Sri Ramakrishna is Outwardly bhaktha but inside he is pure Jnani. Sankara himself re-initiated most of famous south Indian temple daily procedures and we can ...


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Have a look at the following verse from Kathopanishad's (Kath UP) Tritiya Valli: ShataichekA cha hridasya nAdyastAsAm murdhAnamabhinihsritaikA | TayorddhvamAyannmritatvameti vishvanganyA utkramane bhavanti || Among the 101 NAdis, that emerge from the region of heart, only one has gone up to the Brahmarandhra. During the time of death, only if ...


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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 Angas. Here is how Vedanta Desikan describes this path in the Rahasyatraya Sara: Karma Yoga means the performance of certain kinds of Karmas or rites and duties ...


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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. I will update exact references as soon as possible. Here are some list of devotees: Ballala was a son of Vaishya and Lord Ganesha Himself manifests at his ...


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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: आनुकुलस्य संकल्प: प्रतिकूल्यस्य वर्जनम् | रक्षीष्यतीति विश्वासो गोप्त्रुत्ववरणं तथा || LakshmI Tantra 17.60|| आत्मनिक्षेप कार्पण्ये षड्विधा शरणागति: ...


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Good question! This is an advaitic view of Bhakti and Bhakti Yoga. What is Bhakti Bhakti means to always think of God. Bhakti Yoga implies constant remebrance of God. Sri Swami Sivananda says in Bhakti Yoga by Sri Swami Sivananda The term Bhakti comes from the root 'Bhaj', which means 'to be attached to God'. Bhajan, worship, Bhakti, Anurag, Prem, ...


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Krishna says in the Gita (IV. 34.) Swami Nikhilananda translator: Learn it by prostration, by inquiry and by service. The wise, who have seen the Truth, will teach you that Knowledge. And the Chandogya Upanishad (IV. ix. 3.) Swami Nikhilananda translator: Only the knowledge that is learnt from a teacher leads to the Highest Good. And again in ...


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There is no purpose behind these classifications it is just a way of dividing stanzas and collection of verses in Sanskrit language. Suktam/Sukta refers to a vedic hynm of unmanned composition, since vedas are apaurusheya they are of divine origins (It is best way to worship a deity but for word of caution it is only meant for dwijas If you don't have had ...


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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 by worshiping it. Story of Tulasi and Shamkachuda is described in detail from Chapter 27 to Chapter 41 of Rudra Samhita (Yuddha Khanda) of Shiva Mahapurana, ...


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There is no difference between serving a devotee and serving God. In fact the question need not even come up. Here is why: Who is God? Where is He present? Sri Krishna says thus in Bhagavad Gita 10:20: I am the Self, O Gudakesa, seated in the hearts of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings. So He is present in all. So ...


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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 glories. (3) Smarana -remembrance of God’s name and presence. (4) Padasevana- service of God’s feet. (5) Archana- worship of God. (6) Vandana- prostration ...


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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 wishes to his devotees. Like giving son to Vyasa, Sanjivani Vidya to Sukra, Drinking poison on request by Devas, Giving Chandrahaans to Ravana etc... and so on. ...


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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 much difference between knowledge (Jnana) and love (Bhakti) as people sometimes imagine. We shall see, as we go on, that in the end they converge and meet ...


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It is popularly believed that Sankara taught only Jnana. But an examination of his writings reveals otherwise. In his Vivekachudamani, Crest Jewel of Discrimination, Sankara says (Swami Madhavananda translator): verse 31. Among things conducive to Liberation, devotion (Bhakti) alone holds the supreme place. The seeking after one's real nature is ...


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I would say, its a matter of love. Imagine your 1.5 year old kid(actually I have one now) grabbing some stuff from your plate as you are eating and feeding back to you and showing his tiny teeth. How to you feel? The Supreme Lord is a person. And so is other gods as well. And everyone wants sweet relationships. And one of the ways by which relationships are ...


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God or Iswara is not gaining anything ,we offer him fruits, flowers and leaves because it pleases us.God doesn't need them so to speak ,as he is the creator and owner of all that exists.Its because of our love and devotion that we offer him such meagre things. When we say "naivedyam nivedayami" during a shodasa upachara Puja it doesn't mean that we are ...


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Don't confuse the Bhakti movement with Bhakti Yoga. Bhakti Yoga is not of post-Vedic origin. Many Western scholars have claimed a post A.D. origin for Bhakti - this was originally done by 19th century Western academics. It was done so that they could claim that Bhakti was originally Christian, and not Hindu, and that the Hindus derived their Bhakti from ...


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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 devotee of Lord Vishnu (श्री विष्णू) . One time Bharata had gone to bath in a river. A deer was also their drinking water . While the deer was drinking water, ...


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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 homŸrcanŸdikam | veda ÀŸstrŸgama kathŸ yŸvat tattvaÄ na vindati || 2.49.98 || Penances, vows, pilgrimage, prayers, sacrifice, worship, scriptural study and ...


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Pāda-Sevanam, one of the Nava Vidha Bhakti, is one of the most profound ways to worship the Lord Viṣṇu! Pāda-Sevanam doesn’t literally refer to massaging his lotus feet; that honour is only given to Śrī Mahā Lakṣmī! It means worshipping the Lord by concentrating upon, or honouring his divine lotus feet or his Pādukās (his divine sandals). Pāda-Sevanam is ...


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Yes, it is possible to develop intense love for a human and still attain liberation. Here (search page 453) are words spoken by Sri Ramakrishna, quoting an incident where some women asked him about their salvation: The women then asked me if they would have salvation. 'Yes,' I said, 'if you are absolutely faithful to one man and look on him as your God. ...


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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 verse 12.4. Following is an attempt to write an answer without showing disrespect to any of them. Saguna: Worship of all-inclusive God Sri Krsna has declared in ...


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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 ते ॥ On those ever united through meditation with Me and worshipping Me with love, I confer that Yoga of wisdom by which they come to Me. तेषामेवा...


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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 Gyaneshwar in Kali-Yuga for the welfare of people. It's said in NavaNath Bhakti Saar that at the end of Dwapar Yuga and starting of Kali Yuga. Shree Vishnu ...


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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 have less of that. And, the answer to it is simple: By following the conducts of Dharma as laid down in the scriptures. If one does so, he will get devotion, if ...


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