Basic Lessons on Hindu Dharma
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Chapter - 5:
An Introduction to Paths of Yoga Hindu Traditions
 
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HR105 - 05
The Spiritual Disciplines of the Four Yogas for Religious Experience
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Lesson: 5-05
The Path of Bhakthi or Devotion and Surrender
Devotional Prayers to the Supreme in Many Forms as Spiritual Discipline
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Bhakthi Yoga is the Spiritual discipline of devotion or love and attachment directed only to God. It is the devotion to one's personal God in one of the forms. This is in contrast to the formless and impersonal supreme divinity of the Jnana Yogin and the Advaithin. At times, the concept of a personal Deity is erroneously described by some as a projection of the human mind. Hinduism does support such a view.

According to Advaitha or non-dualism, the supreme impersonal Divinity or Brahmam appears as God in various forms through its own inscrutable creative power, the Yoga Maya. The devotee sees everything as a manifestation of God, and there is no place for jealousy, hatred, anger, greed or egoistic pride.

The discipline of Bhakthi is the easiest and most natural of all yogas. It does not demand any change or suppression of desires or any normal human impulses. It only calls for the devotees to turn them towards God. The devotee sees God in every thing and every thing in God.

Some times, imperfect knowledge leads one to be narrow minded, and to consider his devotion and his ideals are superior. It shows a dislike to the religious ideals of others. This leads to hatred, cruelty, war and blood shed through fanaticism. The doctrine of Bhakti Yoga does not support this action. They see God everywhere. During the initial or preparatory phase of Bhakthi, one desires for the spiritual discipline and prays to one of the several forms of God in addition to all their materialistic way of life. In the advanced stage, the devotee feels God within himself and everywhere around him. He will be always happy and nothing shakes his beliefs or makes him sad.

In Bhakthi doctrine, a devotee may see God in ever so many forms all the time in their prayers. This inner attitude that expresses this relationship is called Bhava. They see Him as a Master, as a mother, as a child, as a brother, as a father, as a servant, as a friend or even as a husband or lover with the devotees as the girl friends who totally surrender all of themselves. They consider the path of devotion [Bhakthi] is the ultimate way to reach salvation, after following the path of selfless duty [Karma] and obtaining knowledge [Jnaana] of the Divine as the Supreme Reality.

 
 

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