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What is Bhakti?
10-05-2017, 06:24 AM
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What is Bhakti?
Bhakti involves becoming free from the attachments of this material world and becoming attached instead to Kṛṣṇa. One cannot become unattached, for one must be attached to something, but in order to become attached to Kṛṣṇa or enter into the devotional service of the Lord, one has to become detached from material affection.

Sadhana-bhakti, or practice of devotional service, can be divided into two parts. The first part is called regulative principles: one has to follow these different regulative principles by the order of the spiritual master, or on the strength of authoritative scriptures, and there can be no question of refusal. That is called vaidhi, or regulated. One has to do it without any argument. Another part of sadhana-bhakti is called raganuga. Raganuga refers to the point at which, by following the regulative principles, one becomes a little more attached to Kṛṣṇa and executes devotional service out of natural love. For example, a person engaged in devotional service may be ordered to rise early in the morning and offers arati, which is a form of Deity worship. In the beginning, by the order of his spiritual master, one rises early in the morning and offers arati, but then he develops real attachment. When he gets this attachment, he automatically tries to decorate the Deity and prepare different kinds of dresses and thinks of different plans to execute his devotional service nicely. Although it is within the category of practice, this offering of loving service is spontaneous. So the practice of devotional service, sadhana-bhakti, can be divided into two parts-namely, regulative and spontaneous.
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10-06-2017, 09:11 PM
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RE: What is Bhakti?
(10-05-2017 06:24 AM)iandkrsna Wrote:  [align=justify]Bhakti involves becoming free from the attachments of this material world and becoming attached instead to Kṛṣṇa. One cannot become unattached, for one must be attached to something, but in order to become attached to Kṛṣṇa or enter into the devotional service of the Lord, one has to become detached from material affection.

I am sorry but this is wrong & Yes i am a proud Hindu. Because life is so harsh, we hope to run away to some magic lands in the sky where the living is easy and religions exploit this desire. You are attached to Krishna because you want something? The easy life where you won't have any problems? That is the concept of Heaven that religions like Christianity and Islam exploit to push for conversions. "Only our God will get you heaven, no one else will" - Imagine that - a God who divides people based on which name one uses to call God - Name Worshippers get rewarded - use the wrong name and you get tortured? Yes we live in the 21st century, honest!

we Hindus do not divide people in this way, thank God. But you are also hoping to run away from life. Hinduism preaches Reincarnation for a reason - it is very, very, very tempting to run away and hide. Hinduism is the Warrior faith - only faith to offer pain and Suffering - aka - Life, REAL LIFE! Yes all the pain and suffering included.

What is this "devotional service"? - just sitting in some temple and singing God's praises? And God will be pleased and give you the easy good life? How is this any different from people of the past singing the King's praises hoping he will reward them? You see where these ideas are coming from?

How did you get your job? A promotion? By singing the boss's praises? By polishing the right shoes? or did you get those because of sheer hard work and effort? Why not think God will also be pleased by the same? Do you understand where i am going with this?

And lastly, please do not use the word Lord when addressing God Krishna. Lord is short for Lord & Master - that is a slave word. We are not slaves - we are Children of God, our rightful place is by the side of God, not down on the ground on our knees.
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