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The Essence of Bhakti Yoga

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  • Dimensions:8.6' X 5.6'
  • Edition:2002
  • Author:Swami Sivananda
  • Publisher:The Divine Life Society
  • ISBN:8170520169
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:202
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    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. A-dded 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.

    CONTENTS

    Pages
    Preface vii
    BOOK ONE
    ESSENCE OF BHAKTI
    Philosophy of Bhakti 3
    The Doctrine of Grace 9
    The Divine Name 11
    Prayer 14
    Faith and Aspiration 17
    Four Kinds of Bhaktas 19
    Nava-Vidha Bhakti 20
    Nava-Vidha Bhakti According to Ramacharitamanas
    of Goswami Tulsidasji 37
    Bhava and Rasa in Bhakti 37
    Five Kinds of Bhavas 42
    Self-surrender 52
    Para Bhakti 55
    Siva Bhakti Sutras 57
    Puja or Worship 57
    Anushthana 60
    Eleven Points for Development of Bhakti 65
    Bhakti Yoga Alphabets 69
    To Pseudo Para-Bhaktas 70
    Nama-Aparadha 73
    BOOK TWO
    BHAKTI RASAMRITAM
    Bhakti Marga 75
    Bhava in Bhakti 78
    Navavidha Bhakti 82
    Feeling of Separation 87
    Prayer to Lord Krishna 89
    Prayer to Lord Hari 93
    Para Bhakti 104
    Ninda Stuti 106
    Rambles in Bhakti 115
    BOOK THREE
    SANKIRTAN YOGA
    Sankirtan Purifies and Nourishes 117
    Divya Nama Kirtan 124
    Kirtan in Bengal 128
    Kirtan in Maharashtra 137
    Ardha Vasa 138
    Latvian Sankirtan 139
    Kirtan at Ananda Kutir 140
    Maharashtra Kirtan Dhwanis 142
    Selected Kirtan Dhwanis 143
    Eka Sloki Ramayana 145
    Eka Sloki Bhagavata 148
    APPENDIX
    Hari, Rama, Krishna 149
    Radha, the Personification of Bhakti 149
    Song of Navavidha Bhakti 152
    Song of Immanence of Ram 154
    A Conversation Between a Theist and an Atheist 155
    Bhakti Yoga-I 171
    Bhakti Yoga-II 171
    What is Bhakti? 172
    Navavidha-Bhakti 173
    Ten Bhakti Commandments 174
    Rules for Japa 175
    Yoga of Self-surrender-I 177
    Yoga of Self-surrender-II 178
    Harvest of God-realisation 181
    Siva's Kirtan 181
    Devi Kirtan 183
    Hari Kirtan Dhvanis 189
    Narayana-Sadasiva Kirtan 189

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