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PRACTICE OF BHAKTI YOGA

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  • Dimensions:8.6' X 5.8'
  • Edition:2007
  • Author:Swami Sivananda
  • Publisher:The Divine Life Society
  • ISBN:8170521580
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:334
  • About the Author:

    Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

    His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

    It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

    In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

    Publishers' Note:

    The present work, ''Practice of Bhakti Yoga'' is yet another of Sri Swamiji's thrilling works. Consistent with the spirit of his earlier works, the revered author has employed a language which cannot be easily surpassed for its simplicity, fluency and spiritual force. Very few books there are today dealing with Bhakti Yoga that make such a marvellously comprehensive survey of this intricate and elaborate subject with such scientific accuracy as this book. And we are really proud to claim this as the first and foremost reason for publishing ''Practice of Bhakti Yoga''.

    All the pages of this book ring with the sublime note that the dire need of the hour is Love, and Love alone. Says the author: ''A life without love, faith and devotion is a dreary waste. It is real death. Love is Divine. Love is the greatest power on earth. It is real death. It is irresistible. It is love that can really conquer an enemy. Its power is infinite. Its depth is unfathomable. Its nature is ineffable. Its glory is indescribable. The essence of religion is Love,'' and exhorts all his readers to develop pure Love which, if possessed even to the magnitude of a ray, can cure all ills and bestow real joy and happiness.

    If this book should go perchance into the hands of the dictators of some of the countries of the world and if they should interpret the message in the spirit in which it was intended by us, then all the ills to which this world is heir today will melt away and there will once again emerge a veritable heaven on earth.

    May the Lord Krishna, the Source of all Love, the embodiment of Prem, the Lover of Radha, and the Protector of the fallen, bless this war-ridden world and bestow peace. joy, happiness, prosperity and long life for ever and ever!

    [THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY]

    CONTENTS

    Publishers' Note (6)
    Preamble (7)
    Secret of Renunciation (8)
    Four Spiritual Gems (8)
    Hari Stotra (9)
    Surya-Namaskara (10)
    Essence of Four Yogas (11)
    Sagune Meditation (12)
    Universal Prayer (13)
    Lord Krishna (14)
    Bhaja Govindam (15)
    Emotion Needs Culturing (19)
    Chapter I
    GOSPEL OF BHAKTI
    1. Who Is God? 29
    2. God Exists 31
    3. God Is Immanent 35
    4. What Is Bhakti? 37
    5. Fruits of Bhakti 39
    6. Six Classifications of Bhakti 39
    7. Five Classes of Worship 43
    8. Five Kinds of Worship 43
    9. Five Kinds of Bhava 44
    10. Five Thorns in the Bhakti Marga 44
    11. Five Internal Enemies 44
    12. Five External Enemies 44
    13. Four Grades of Bhakti 44
    14. Four Classes of Love 44
    15. Four Kinds of Mukti 45
    16. Eight Signs of Bhakti 45
    17. Requisites for God-realisation 45
    18. Characteristics of a Bhakti 45
    Chapter II
    NAME, FAITH AND LOVE
    1. Glory of Rama Nam 47
    2. Faith Can Work Miracles 49
    3. Yoga of Universal Love 53
    4. Krishna's Flute 57
    5. Radha- The World Mother 62
    Chapter III
    BHAKTI AND JNANA
    1. Philosophy of Pratima 66
    2. Jnani is the Greatest Bhakta 67
    3. Doctrine of Avatarahood 69
    4. Mutual Dependence of Bhakti and Jnana 72
    5. Akbar's Four Questions 73
    6. Bhakti and Jnana Compared 74
    Chapter IV
    BHAKTI SADHANA
    1. Practice of Japa-Yoga 76
    2. God Gives Darshan 85
    3. The Secret of Ramayana 86
    4. Japa of Mahamantra 88
    5. Meditation on Gayatri 89
    6. How to Do Dhyana? 98
    7. Manasic Pooja 100
    8. Anushthana 100
    9. How to Develop Bhakti 100
    10. Secret of Surrender 101
    11. Background of Though 104
    12. How to See God 106
    13. Glory of Lord Siva 108
    14. Lord Krishna and His Teachings 114
    15. Sankirtan Movement 118
    16. Vairagya Maala 130
    17. Sciences of Worship 133
    18. Bhakti Yoga Sadhana 139
    19. Bhaktas of Chiatrakuta 142
    20. Why Should We Believe in God? 142
    21. Where is the Harm in Not Believing in God's
    Existence? 144
    Chapter V
    OBSTACLES IN GOD-REALISATION
    1. Introduction 146
    2. Raja-Yoga and Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad 146
    3. Poor Health 147
    4. Impure and Immoderate Food 149
    5. Doubt 150
    6. Tandri-Alasya-Nidra 151
    7. Manorajya 152
    8. Lack of Preceptor 153
    9. Vishayasakti 155
    10. Lack of Brahmacharya 156
    11. Name and Fame 159
    12. Evil Company 163
    13. Tooshnimbhoota and Stabdha Avashtas 164
    14. False Tushti and Rasasvada 165
    15. So-called Friends 166
    16. Depression 167
    17. Religious Hypocrisy 168
    18. Moral and Spiritual Pride 168
    19. Prejudice, Intolerance and Bigotry 169
    20. Shilly-Shallying 170
    21. Easy, Comfortables Pranayama (Sukha Purvak) 171
    22. Dilly-Dallying 173
    23. Jilly-Vallying 173
    24. Vill-Vallying 174
    25. Irregularity of Sadhana 175
    26. Cessation of Sadhana 176
    27. Fault-finding 176
    28. Fear 177
    29. Force of Old Samskaras 178
    30. Jealousy 179
    31. Habit of Self-justification 179
    32. Backbiting 180
    33. Anger 181
    34. Tamas or Inertia 184
    35. Greed 185
    36. Moha 186
    37. Hatred 187
    38. Valediction 189
    Chapter VI
    SAMADHI OR COSMIC CONSCIOUNESS
    1. Message of Prem 192
    2. Samadhi 199
    3. Upadesamritam 216
    Chapter VII
    BHAKTI SUTRAS OF NARADA
    1. The Nature of Divine Love 222
    2. Definition of Bhakti 223
    3. Fruits of Bhakti 224
    4. Renunciation 230
    5. Different Definitions of Bhakti 243
    6. Supremacy of Devotion 248
    7. Knowledge and Devotion 251
    8. How to Develop Bhakti 253
    9. Glory of the Company of the Wise 257
    10. Give Up Evil Company 258
    11. Who Crosses Maya? 261
    12. Nature of Love 263
    13. Secondary Devotion 265
    14. Bhakti Easy to Practise 265
    15. Bhakti and Social Customs 266
    16. Glory of Bhaktas 268
    17. Bhaktas Above Caste and Creed 269
    18. Instructions to Devotees 271
    19. Bhakti: The Best Means 275
    20. Conclusion 276
    Chapter VIII
    INSPIRING SONGS OF SIVA
    1. Shatpadi Stotra 278
    2. Song of Salutation 279
    3. Prayer Song 280
    4. Song of Instructions 281
    5. Song of Jnana Vairagya 281
    6. Song of Goal of Life 283
    7. Shranagati Song 283
    8. Song of Vairagya 284
    9. Song of Admonition 284
    10. Song of Devotion 285
    11. Song of Bhakti and Vairagya 285
    12. Song of Abhyasa 287
    13. Siva Lorrie 287
    14. Song of Grace 288
    15. The Song of Immortality 288
    16. Song of Illusion 290
    17. Song of Freedom 290
    18. Song of Flute-Bearer 291
    19. Song of Bansuriwala 291
    20. Song of Prem 292
    21. Song of Siva Thandavam 292
    22. Song of Prarthana 292
    23. Song of Darshan 292
    24. Song of Savara Bansiwala 293
    25. Song of Real Sadhana 293
    26. Song for Developing Will 294
    27. Song of a Sage 295
    28. Soham Song 296
    29. Song of Vedantin 297
    30. Song of Antaratma 298
    31. Nirugha Song 298
    32. Song of a Paramahamsa 299
    33. Song of Brahma Vichara 300
    34. Song of Brahma-Mayam 300
    35. Select Dwanis 301
    Chapter IX
    LIVES OF BHAKTAS
    1. Mataji Omkareshwari 303
    2. Samarth Ramdas 303
    3. Pavahari Baba 304
    4. Raidas-The Cobbler Saint 304
    5. Paltu Das 309
    6. Charan Das 310
    7. Srimati Suratkumari Devi 310
    8. Avadhoot Kesavanandaji 311
    9. Sri Swami Narayanji 311
    10. Sri Sundarnathji 312
    APPENDIX
    1. Glory of Womanhood 313
    2. A Talk to Sannyasins 318
    3. How to Develop Love 322
    4. Glory of Mantra-writing 323
    5. Mysterious Self-surrender 324
    6. A Soliloquy of the Lord 325
    7. Places for Meditation 326
    8. Glossary 327

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