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Narada Bhakti Sutras - 1
« on: December 17, 2009, 10:53:34 AM »
Verse1: Now, therefore , I will comment on Bhakti [Divine Love]

Narada Bhakti Sutras define Divine Love -- Bhakti!
As we shall see shortly, Narada succeeds in giving a pretty clear definition of bhakti.
Many so called devotees mistake emotional outbursts and superstitions to be signs of Bhakti. As a result, we see these so called "bhaktas" exhibiting wierd behaviour: crying, jumping etc. Ofcourse, as it is with Jnana, a bhakta cannot be very well identified from his external marks. One cannot say that a person is a great bhakta if he carries a japa mala or if he adopts a particular appearance. While some of these so called devotees cheat others, some of them are themselves in illusion - they have taken their own momentary emotions to be bhakti.

Narada, in these commentaries explains Bhakti and helps one identify true bhakti from other emotions. One needs to carefully what is not bhakti and hold onto bhakti.



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Re: Narada Bhakti Sutras - 1
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 11:01:48 AM »
Dear srkudai,

Very Nice.  I am not sure, but Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman
said that Narada Bhakti Sutra never mentions about worship of Narayana.  You can verify this point.  Secondly, he said Bhakti,
is that is not Vibhakti.  Vibhakti, as in Sanskrit, means case-
endings, case endings of I - viz, I, mine, for me, by me, of me,
from me, due to me - seven case ends, all forms of ego!  When
this is erased, there is only Bhakti which is another name of Jnana.

No external marks like japa-mala, mantra uchadana, body marks,
achamaniyam etc., can indicate true bhakti.  You are right.

Arunachala Siva.