Weight of word ‘Bhakti’ is so immense, that I am mustering courage to use it – lest my perspective strikes someone’s sensitive nerve(s).  Rightful so, it could mean the world to someone, literally the only way of life – history has it documented.

I wonder why? Why this emotion is considered supreme amongst all other cravings of the human mind ‘chitta’? What makes it so special and if it’s even natural or is it cultivated?

Wikipedia says ‘Bhakti Yoga’ is one of the three prominent paths to liberation ‘Moksha’ –  Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga being the other two.

Hence this way of life could be summed up into three words: Bhakti, Yoga & Moksha.

Touching upon each of these and joining the dots: ‘Bhakti’ is that aspect of human consciousness which craves for union with something higher to gain a state of completion. Completion brings cessation of thoughts – thoughts that were driving us ‘out’ into the world in attempt to plug that gap originally, but in despair were draining peace & battering in us into futility.

With cessation of thoughts ‘Yoga’ is attained, as described by the great sage Patanjali in Yoga Sutras “yogas chitta vritti nirodhah” and I can only imagine that being immersed in the state of ‘Yoga’, with no thoughts of any kind to bind mind with external world, liberation ‘Moksha’ could be attained from it.

Doesn’t it look like an extra-ordinary affair/process/phenomenon, with a rare probability of occurrence? I believe it is – that’s why we only have a handful of examples registered in documented history of mankind.

So in principle – such elevated is ‘Bhakti’ and such supreme are the ‘Bhaktas’.

In other words – such rare, elevated & supreme is our ‘Dear Swami’.

On weather its natural or cultivated, I believe its both – part of it is in-born while rest could be cultivated, nurtured and be blessed by the ‘Bhaktas’.

Check it yourself, repeat saying this in your own voice and see how sweet it sounds:

 Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare.                                                 Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Disclaimer: By no means I am entitled to say anything on such subjects, just sharing my limited perspective. All your feedbacks & suggestions are welcomed, do convey them.