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Bhakti Yoga

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195676389
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0017
Bhakti Yoga

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A characteristic of modern Hinduism is the simplification of the various yogas that lead to spiritual realization, and the recognition of their interconnection. The combination of bhakti and jñāna is simple yet effective. In this context, the devotee may first ask a question on devotion to the master, who in this case is Ramana Maharsi. The devotee then proceeds to ask more questions about the relationship of bhakti and jñāna, about his problems in pursuing devotional practices steadily, and again about the relationship of bhakti and jñāna. How should one carry on nāma-japa? Where is the need for inquiry or vichāra? Jñāna does not differ from absolute surrender to the Lord in terms of thought, word, and deed. To be complete, surrender must be unquestioning; such entire surrender comprises all: it is jñāna and vairāgya, devotion and love.

Keywords: Hinduism; yoga; devotion; bhakti; jñāna; nāma-japa; surrender; vairāgya; love

Chapter.  1363 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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