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Talk: Your Bhakti-Karma Cocktail

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– Br. Shankara

June 30, 2019

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June is a month for study of Bhakti Yoga. A bhakti yogi (bhakta) establishes a devotional relationship with God through study, prayer, ritual, and worship. As a bhakta, you practice giving every action, thought, emotion, perception and tendency “a Godward turn.” All your energies and attributes, both positive and negative, are offered to the Divine Presence. Your prayer is for self-surrender and, ultimately, union with your Belovèd.

“After so much austerity I have known that the highest truth is this: He is present in every being! These are all … manifold forms of him. There is no other God to seek for! He alone is worshipping God, who serves all beings! …

“Let all our passions and emotions go up unto Him. They are meant for Him, for if they miss their mark and go lower, they become vile; and when they go straight to the mark, to the Lord, even the lowest of them becomes transfigured. All the energies of the human body and mind, howsoever they may express themselves, have the Lord as their one goal …” — from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

From The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna: “The English people always exhort us to be active. Isn’t action the aim of life then?”

Sri Ramakrishna: “The aim of life is the attainment of God. Work is only a preliminary step; it can never be the end. Even unselfish work is only a means; it is not the end.” (P. 453)

Your Bhakti-Karma Cocktail

A close friend of the Center takes a daily “cocktail” of drugs to treat his Parkinson’s Disease. Cocktail has become a common term for a prescription of two or more medicines. We’re giving the word a “Godward turn.”

Sri Ramakrishna once said to some visitors: “Go and enjoy the world. When you are sick of it, come back to me. I have the cure.” As we read elsewhere in his Gospel, the Master’s prescription often was a “cocktail” of bhakti and karma.

This Sunday morning, we’ll explore the connection between the deep reverence that comes from practice of Bhakti Yoga and the abandonment of selfishness that arises from Karma Yoga.

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