Bhakti is intense love of God. Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion.
It appeals to the majority of mankind. ‘Love for Love’s Sake’ is
the motto or formula of a Bhakti-Yogin. God is an embodiment of love.
You will have to attain Him by loving Him. God can be realised only by
means of a love as ardent and all-absorbing as the conjugal passion.
Love for God must be gradually cultivated.
He who loves God has neither wants nor sorrows. He does not hate any
being or object. He never takes delight in sensual objects. He includes
everyone in the warm embrace of his love.
Kama (worldly desires) and Trishna (cravings) are
enemies of devotion. So long as there is any trace of desire in your
mind for sensual objects, you cannot have an intense longing for God.
Atma-Nivedana is total, ungrudging, absolute self-surrender to the
Lord. Atma-Nivedana is the highest rung in the ladder of Nava-vidha
Bhakti, or nine modes of devotion. Atma-Nivedana is Prapatti or
Saranagati. The devotee becomes one with the Lord through Prapatti. He
obtains the divine grace or Prasada.
Love of God and the rapturous ecstasy enjoyed by fellowship with God,
cannot be adequately described in words. It is as if a dumb man, who had
tasted some palatable food, could not speak about it. It could be
revealed only to the chosen few. He who has once experienced love will
see that alone, hear that alone and speak of that alone, because he
constantly thinks of that alone.
Bhakti is one of the chief spiritual sciences. He is wealthy indeed,
who has love for the Lord. There is no sorrow other than lack of
devotion to the Lord. There is no right course except love of the
devotee for the Lord. The Name, qualities and Lilas of the Lord are the
chief things to be remembered. The lotus-feet of the Lord are the chief
objects of meditation. The devotee drinks the nectar of Prema or divine
There are no distinctions of caste, creed, family, colour or race
among the devotees. God does not look into these things. He looks to the
purity of heart of the devotees. Anyone can become a devotee of the
Lord. Nanda, an untouchable; Rai Das, a cobbler; Kannappa, a hunter;
Sena, a barber; Kabir, a Moslem weaver; and Sabari, a Bhilini were all
devotees of the Lord, and were great saints. Kannappa, an illiterate
barbarian who poured water from his mouth on the Linga and who offered
swine’s flesh, became the best among the Bhaktas. The Vaishnava Alvars
and the Saiva Nayanars, of South India, were from different classes of