Bhagavad Gita, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda

Bhakti Yoga (Devotion) by Swami Vivekananda

Spiritual realization, the objective of Bhakti Yoga (Swami Vivekananda). Philosophy of Ishvara

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Introduction to Bhakti (Devotion) by Swami Vivekananda

  1. Definition of Bhakti
  2. The Philosophy of Ishvara
  3. Spiritual realization, the goal of Bhakti Yoga
  4. The need for the guru
  5. Applicant and teacher qualifications
  6. Embodied Masters and Incarnation
  7. The OM mantra: word and wisdom
  8. Worship of substitutes and images
  9. The chosen ideal
  10. The method and the means
  11. Para-Bhakti

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Bhakti Yoga is the science of supreme love, Swami Vivekananda

Introduction to Bhakti (Devotion) by Swami Vivekananda (Yoga Philosophy)
Introduction to Bhakti (Devotion) by Swami Vivekananda, Bhagavad Gita Course

When an Incarnation comes, a tidal wave of spirituality breaks over the world (Sri Ramakrishna)

Bhakti Yoga is a real and genuine search for the Lord, a search that begins, continues and ends in love.

Bhakti has been the only constant theme of the Hindu sages. Apart from the specialized writers on Bhakti, such as Shandilya or Narada, the great commentators of the Vyasa-Sutras, evidently defenders of Knowledge (Jnana), also have something very suggestive to say about love.

«He is the Soul of the Universe; He is Immortal; Yours is the Government; He is the Omniscient, the Omnipresent, the Protector of the Universe, the Eternal Ruler. No one else is as efficient to rule the world eternally. He who at the beginning of creation projected Brahma (that is, the universal consciousness), and who gave him the Vedas, seeking liberation I seek refuge towards the effulgent One, whose light turns the understanding towards Atman.» Shvetashvatara-Upanishad, VI. 17-18.

There really is not as much difference between Knowledge (Jnana) and love (Bhakti) as people sometimes imagine. In the end they converge and meet at the same point. The same thing happens with Raja Yoga, when it is pursued as a means to achieve liberation (Realization of the Bhagavad Gita).

Bhagavad Gita Sri Ramakrishna Path love Bhakti (Yoga Philosophy)

The one great advantage of Bhakti is that it is the easiest and most natural way of attaining the great divine end in view; Its great disadvantage is that in its lower forms it often degenerates into a frightful fanaticism. This danger exists only in that stage of Bhakti which is called preparatory (Gauni). When Bhakti has matured and passed into that form which is called the supreme (Para Bhakti), there is no longer any fear of these horrible manifestations of fanaticism; that soul which is dominated by this higher form of Bhakti is too close to the God of Love to become an instrument for the spread of hatred.

Jnana (Knowledge) is one wing, Bhakti (Love) is the other and Yoga is the tail that maintains the balance of the bird

The Jnanis hold that Bhakti is an instrument of liberation, the Bhaktas consider it both the instrument and the thing to be attained.

Bhakti is a series or succession of mental efforts in religious realization beginning with ordinary worship and ending in a supreme intensity of love for Ishvara.

It must always be understood that the Personal God worshiped by the Bhakta is not separate or different from Brahman. Everything is Brahman.

These three letters (AUM), pronounced in combination as Om, may well be the generalized symbol for all possible sounds. The letter A is the least differentiated of all sounds, which is why Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita “I am A among the letters.”

«Of the letters, the letter A; of the compounds, I am the Dvandva; I am the imperishable time; I am the creator who is present everywhere» Bhagavad Gita X-33.

The man whose heart never entertains even the thought of harming anyone, who rejoices in the prosperity of even his greatest enemy, that man is the Bhakta, that is the Yogi, that is the Guru of all

Swami Vivekananda - Paths of Yoga Bhagavad Gita: Karma, Jnana, Bhakti

We find that in many different religions, holy figures have been worshiped. They worship Krishna, they worship Buddha, they worship Jesus, and so on. Then, there is the worship of the saints; Hundreds of them have been worshiped around the world, and why not? The vibration of light is everywhere.

Temples or churches, books or forms, are simply the kindergarten of religion, to make the spiritual child strong enough to take higher steps; and these first steps are necessary if you want religion.

Sri Ramakrishna, Harmony, so many paths, so many religions

With thirst, longing for God, comes true devotion, true Bhakti. Who has the desire? That is the question, neither in dogmas, nor in intellectual argumentation; It is being and becoming, it is realization. We hear so many people talk about God and the soul, and all the mysteries of the universe, but if you take them one by one and ask them: “Have you realized God?" Have you seen your Soul? How many can answer affirmatively? And yet they are all fighting each other!

Sri Ramakrishna who sheds tears for God? Swami Vivekananda

However, all these forms and symbols are simply the beginning, not the true love of God.

As long as man thinks of God as a Being sitting on the clouds, with rewards in one hand and punishments in the other, there can be no love.

Under the impetus of that love, Christ gives his life for humanity, Buddha even for an animal, the mother for the child, the husband for the wife.

Thus we arrive at what is called Bhakti, supreme devotion, in which forms and symbols fade away. He who has achieved that cannot belong to any sect, because all sects are in him.

Introduction to Bhakti by Swami Vivekananda
Introduction to Bhakti (Devotion) by Swami Vivekananda, Bhagavad Gita Course

The rest of this summary on “Introduction to Bhakti by Vivekananda” (Yoga Philosophy) is only available to students of the Gita Institute

Source: “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” by Swami Vivekananda. Volume 2,3 and 4

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Translated by Pedro Nonell

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