''By cultivating and order in your life, bhakti develops. The effort in bhakti is to be alert and aware of your character and behaviour, and develop excellence in thought, felling and action by nuturing the sattwic, creative, positive nature. Bhakti will be realized when the attempt is mode to eradicate the negativity cunning and deception from your life and your mind. If your mind and emotions can be fine- tuned, then there is no need to sit with your eyes closed in front of a statue of God. If you can make your mind and heart sensitive and connect them to the positive, uplifting, creative qualities and traits, then that is bhakti.''
On the occasion of Guru Poornima in 2009, Swami Niranjanananda gave a series of satsangs from 4th to 6th July, on the theme of bhakti. In his discourses, Swamiji presented the classical definitions as well as practical sadhnas to follow this path of spiritual progress. The satsangs reach right into the heart of the aspirant and make him see the world from a new perspective, full of softness and contentment. The book is an invaluable gift for all those who have had a glimpse of bhakti, the way of channelling emotions and positive living.
At the behest of his guru, he returned to India in 1983 to guide the activities of Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Math and the Yoga Reasearch Foundation at Ganga Darshan. In 1990 he was initiated as a paramahasmsa sannyasin and in 1995 anointed spiritual precepter preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He established Bihar Yoga Bharti, the first university of yoga, in 1994 and the Yoga Publications Trust in 2000 in Munger. He also initiated a children's Yoga movement Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, in 1995. In addition to steering the activities at Munger, he travelled extensively to guide seekeres around the world till 2009, when he received the command to embark on a new phase of sannyasa life.
Author of many classic books on yoga, tantra and the Upanishads, Swami Niranjan is magnetic source of wicsdom on all aspects of yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle. He ably combines tradition with modernity as he contunues to nurture and spread his guru's mission from his base at Munger.
|Swami Shivananda Saraswati: Crest Jewel of Bhakti||1|
|Bhakti : An Art of Living||5|
|Prerequisities of Bhakti||23|
|Stepping into Bhakti||30|
|Foundation of Bhakti||51|
|Steps to Bhakti||64|
|Applied Bhakti Sadhana||81|