Monday, 15 August 2011

Practical steps to spirituality - Part 17

Bhakti  Yoga-the path of devotion  -part 1

The  path of  devotion  is  given  to those  who are  predominantly  emotional.  Bhakti  is  not  blind   faith  in  God  or  superstitions  or  performing  rituals  mechanically.. People  restrict  themselves to a particular  idol.  The  idol  represents   an  ideal. It  is  a  symbolic  representation  of a higher ideal  , the unmanifest  formless  Reality. Idols  represent   a personal God  with a name  and form.

So what  is  devotion?  Devotion  arises  when  the  intellect  fails  to understand  the unknown and  the  mind  surrenders  to  that  unknown. Devotion  is  a state  of  mind  which  involves  two  things. 1. your  mind  is  full of gratitude  to  the  immense  abundance  you  experience in  your life.  2.  You  surrender  to  that  unknown Hand  in  gratitude . You  see Divinity  everywhere. You  then   realise   that  unseen  power  as  the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent  Reality. A true   devotee  will think  of  himself  as a spoke  in the wheel  of  life  and  he  contributes  happily  to  the general  plan  of  nature.

A doubt  may  arise  in  the  mind  of  the  readers. Does  Hinduism  believe in  many  gods? The  general  belief  is that  there  are 300  million  gods  and  goddesses  The. truth  is , the  different  gods  are  only  manifestations  of  the  different  powers   of   the  one  and  only  Supreme  God /Absolute  Reality. .There is
only  one power  and  to  that power  you  surrender  with  devotion

to  be  continued.....

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