Bhakti (Devotion) occupies the pride of place

11/16/2011 § Leave a comment

Bhakti (Devotion) occupies the pride of place in Bharathiya culture. Devotion cannot be confined to observances like worship, pilgrimages or going to temples. These are merely actions indicative of devotion. There is a power that provides a basic impulse for these actions. That is the love of God.
Bhakti means Paripurna Prema (total love). This love is motiveless. Love based on a motive cannot be real love. As a river seeks to join the ocean by a natural impulse, as a creeper winds itself naturally around a tree to climb upwards, so too is the devotee’s love a spontaneous expression of the yearning to realise God, free from worldly desires of any kind. To experience the presence of the Divine, the devotee’s love should flow as a pure selfless stream. It should regard the Divine as One that pervades everything. The devotee should practise seeing God in every object in the cosmos and firmly believe that all names and forms are derived from God. – Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba


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