The Yoga of De­vo­tion

The Economic Times - - Breaking Ideas -

Out of a num­ber of prac­tices that lead to the ul­ti­mate goal of hu­man­ity, God Re­al­i­sa­tion, Bhakti Yoga is one of the most im­por­tant. Bhakti Yoga means the art of wor­ship. The pro­found wor­ship based on the ideals of phi­los­o­phy and spir­i­tu­al­ity, prompted by di­vine love, doubt­less forms true Bhakti Yoga.

Al­though Bhakti Yoga can­not be di­vided into sep­a­rate wa­ter­tight com­part­ments, it may be said to have three prin­ci­pal stages. The first stage, which is ele­men­tary, con­cerns it­self with rit­u­al­is­tic wor­ship. The sec­ond stage, which is in­ter­me­di­ate, con­cerns it­self with the con­stant re­mem­brance of God.

The third stage, which is ad­vanced, con­cerns it­self with di­vine love and long­ing of a high order. The one in third stage is be­yond thought, for his thoughts have been con­sumed in the blaz­ing and all-con­sum­ing fire of an in­tense long­ing for God. When wor­ship from the heart is of­fered for the sake of wor­ship only, and with­out any thoughts of re­ward, it is called Nishkama Bhakti and is con­cerned with the sec­ond and third stages of Bhakti Yoga.

True, the as­pi­ra­tion to see and be one with God is the chief mo­tive of the high­est wor­ship, but this as­pi­ra­tion is such that even when one comes face to face with God, it re­mains in full blaze un­til the Union is ef­fected — as ev­i­dent from what Hafiz ex­claimed when he came face to face with God, “I al­ways de­sired to see dif­fer­ent things, but since I have seen You, I de­sire to see noth­ing but You.”

To­day is the 123rd birth an­niver­sary of Avatar Meher Baba

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