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Bhakti Yoga

Thinking and Happiness

You think your way Out of Happiness

I’m reading this very interesting book – “Don’t believe everything you think” by joseph Nguyen. I purchased this book purely out of impulse after reading its cover. While most of the contents of the book aren’t new, a few chapters I’ve read have been articulated quite well. One of the chapters titled, “why do we …

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Bhakti Yoga 10: The Method and The Means

This is the tenth and the last chapter in the series of Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. In regard to the method and the means of Bhakti-Yoga we read in the commentary of Bhagvan Ramanuja on the Vedanta-Sutras: “The attaining of That comes through discrimination, controlling the passions, practice, sacrificial work, purity, strength, and suppression …

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Bhakti Yoga 8: The Worship of Substitutes and Images

This is the eighth chapter of the Bhakti Yoga series by Swami Vivekananda. The next points to be considered are the worship of Pratikas or of things more or less satisfactory as substitutes for God, and the worship of Pratimas or images. What is the worshp of God through a Pratika? It is – Joining …

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Bhakti Yoga 7: The Mantra – OM

This is the seventh chapter in the series on Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. But we are now considering not these Maha-Purushas, the great incarnations, but only the Siddha-Gurus (teachers who have attained the goal); they, as a rule, have to convey the germs of spiritual wisdom to the dsiciple by means of words (Mantras) …

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Bhakti Yoga 6: Incarnate Teachers and Incarnation

This is the sixth chapter in the series on Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. Wherever His name is spoken, that very place is holy. How much more so is the man who speaks His name, and with what veneration ought we to approach that man out of whon comes to us spiritual truth! Such great …

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Bhakti Yoga 5: Qualifications of the Aspirant and The Teacher

This is the fifth chapter in the series of Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. How are we to know a teacher, then? The sun requires no torch to make him visible, we need not light a candle in order to see him. When the sun rises, we instinctively become aware of the fact, and when …

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Bhakti Yoga 3: Spiritual Realization, The Aim of Bhakti-Yoga

This is the 3rd chapter on the Bhakti Yoga series by Swami Vivekananda. To the Bhakta (devotee) these dry details are necessary only to strengthen his will; beyond that they are of no use to him. For he is treading on a path which is fitted very soon to lead him beyond the hazy turbulent …

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What is Bhakti Yoga?

An often asked question among many Yoga enthusiasts and practitioners is – What is Bhakti Yoga? In this post, we’ll understand what is Bhakti Yoga in simple bulleted points taking references from the 1st chapter of the Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda Bhakti Yoga – Definition Bhakti-Yoga is a real, genuine search after the Lord, …

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