Swami Vivekananda’s Bhakti Yoga – Br. Shankara

Sunday, September 8, 2013

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Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda defined Bhakti Yoga as a search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing and ending in Love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love for God is said to bring eternal freedom.

As Narada wrote in his explanation of the Bhakti Sutras, “Bhakti is intense love to God … When a man gets it, he loves all, hates none; he becomes satisfied for ever.

“This love cannot be reduced to any earthly benefit,” because as long as worldly desires last, that kind of love does not come. “Bhakti is greater than Karma, greater than Yoga, because they are intended for an object in view, while Bhakti is its own fruition, its own means and its own end.” — Adapted from Swami Vivekananda’s Bhakti Yoga (Chapter 1, “Definition of Bhakti”).

Br. Shankara talks about Vivekananda and the devotional path to realization.