The path of spiritual progress that the teachers of the Bengal school recommend is neither yoga nor jnana but bhakti. While the followers of the way of yoga emphasise the subjective aspect and those of the path of jnana both the subjective and objective aspect, the followers of the path of bhakti emphasize the objective aspect of consciousness .
He who has really prayed to the Master, even once, has nothing to fear. By, praying to him constantly one gets ecstatic love (Prema Bhakti) through his grace.sarada devi
The origin of thought and movement lie, in the case of Sattriya, you have to locate it in the deeply rooted, shared belief system of the ‘Bhakti Marg’.
He who has really prayed to the Master, even once, has nothing to fear. By, praying to him constantly one gets ecstatic love (Prema Bhakti) through his grace.
Bhakti: Others boast of their love for God . My boast is that I did not love God; it was He who loved me and forced me to belong to him.
Bhakti movement is of indigenous origin, since, besides a number of devotional hymns in the Rigveda , there is a sizable volume of material in the Gita , in the santiparva of Mahabharata , as well as as in some earlier Puranas to establish its Indian origin beyond doubt.
Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, consists of surrender to the Divine within the heart . The Maharishi considered the most important yoga path after self-enquiry and usually recommended the two together. Surrender [Bhakti] can be done in four ways:To the Supreme Self (Atma-Bhakti);To God or the Cosmic Lord as a formless being (Ishvara-Bhakti);To God in the form of various Gods or Goddesses (Ishta Devata-Bhakti) and:;; To God in the form of the Guru ( Guru -Bhakti).
Bhakti is knowledge of Brahman , an unfailing recollection of the supreme Lord, a constant meditation on Him which develops into direct perception of Him....Disinterested performance of obligatory rituals removes the obstacles to knowledge , such actions become the means of attaining the constant memory of God .
Bhakti is the attitude of the mind , and jnana is the attitude of the intellect , both flow towards the Lord. In life to handle yourself, use your head , but to handle others, use your heart .
Bhakti Yoga is described by Swami Vivekananda as the path of systematized devotion for the attainment of union with the Absolute .
Bhakti is a series of succession of mental efforts at religious Realization|realization beginning with ordinary worship ending in a supreme intensity of love for Ishvara.
Sattriya is revealed as a living, evolving tradition, rooted in the philosophy and vision of saint-preacher-reformer-artist-composer Sankaradeva (1499-1568). The history of the Bhakti movement behind the rise of Sattriya, the socio-cultural-religious context.
The Srimad Bhagavatam teaches nine primary forms of Bhakti , as explained by Prahlada as:(1) ?rava?a ("listening" to the scriptural stories of K???a and his companions), (2) k?rtana ("praising," usually refers to ecstatic group singing), (3) smara?a ("remembering" or fixing the mind on Vi??u), (4) p?da-sevana (rendering service), (5) arcana (worshiping an image), (6) vandana (paying homage), (7) d?sya (servitude), (8) s?khya (friendship), and (9) ?tma-nivedana (complete surrender of the self ).
Bharata Natyam is grounded in Bhakti. In fact Bhakti is at the center of all the arts of India. Our music and dance are two important offerings to God.Balasaraswati
One achieves Bhakti [love of God] by hearing and chanting about the Supreme Lord's special qualities, even while engaged in the ordinary activities of life in this world.Srimad Bhagavatam
... he [Chaitanya] described Bhakti as that state of mind in which one abandons all duties through love of Krishna and points out that one cannot reach the path of love without renouncing all thoughts of oneself.K. R. sundararajan
The Bhakti poets use an elaborate, multi-vocal rhetoric, which requires the taking on, not only of personal voices to suit different emotions and genres, but also the voices of some of the dramatis personae of classical Tamil (Cankam) poetry, such as the lovelorn heroine or her solicitous girlfriend.
Complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny , whether you achieve this effacement through Self-inquiry or through Bhakti marga.
The veneration of sixty-three saints called ‘Nayanar’(Nayanar:saint; plural nayanmar) is an important element of Saiva devotional (Bhakti) religion in the Tamil region.
The Bhagavata Purana teaches nine primary forms of Bhakti, as explained by [[w:Prahlada|Prahlada as:(1) ?rava?a ("listening" to the scriptural stories of K???a and his companions), (2) k?rtana ("praising," usually refers to ecstatic group singing), (3) smara?a ("remembering" or fixing the mind on Vi??u), (4) p?da-sevana (rendering service), (5) arcana (worshiping an image), (6) vandana (paying homage ), (7) d?sya ( servitude ), (8) s?khya ( friendship ), and (9) ?tma-nivedana (complete surrender of the self ).
An aspirant possessed of rAjasic Bhakti puts a tilak on his forehead and a necklace of holy rudrAksha beads , interspersed with gold ones, around his neck. At worship he wears a silk cloth.
A Brahmin without this love is no longer a Brahmin. And a pariah with the love of God is no longer a pariah. Through Bhakti an untouchable becomes pure and elevated.ramakrishna
This whole sphere , this whole world of Knowledge and the Master and, practicing, and devotion, and participation and all that This is traditionally in India called the path of devotion, Bhakti marg.
There is no sect [or, indeed, Hindu movement] without some element of Bhakti.
Tulsidas is a devotee of Rama, who is an emblem of moral values and decorum . Quite naturally, a tone of high seriousness marks his devotional poetry. His Bhakti has a sound socio-moral base with a rational background.
From the invocation to the conclusion, the poet Tulsidas seeks the grace of Rama and announces over and over again that the final object of his poetic performance is the attainment of Bhakti – complete dedication to Rama. The narrative ends with an elaborate discourse on the supremacy of the devotional sentiment .
...there were three different ways of approaching God, viz., the ways of action ( karma ), knowledge ( jnana ), and devotion (Bhakti). Of these, Bhakti is the best among them, since it is the only means of salvation and the state of love (prema) and service (seva) which Bhakti implies is better than even release.
The renunciation necessary for the attainment of Bhakti is not obtained by killing anything, but comes naturally as in the presence of an increasingly stronger light , the less intense ones become dimmer and dimmer until they vanish away completely. So this love of pleasures of the senses and of the intellect is all made dim and thrown aside and cast into the shade by the love of God Himself.
Mira Bai belonged to a strong tradition of Bhakti (devotional) poets in medieval India who expressed their love of God through the analogy of human relations – a mother's love for her child, a friend for a friend, or a woman for her beloved. The immense popularity and charm of her lyrics lies in their use of everyday images and in the sweetness of emotions easily understood by the people of India.Kathleen Kuiper
Devotion ( Bhakti ) effectively spans and reconciles the seemingly disparate aims of obtaining aid in solving worldly problems and locating one’s soul in relation to divinity . The term Bhakti is derived from a root that literally means “having a share”; devotion unites without totally merging the identities of worshipers and deities .