September 22, 2021, Wednesday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Loving one God doesn’t mean hating the other

The Nepal Weekly
September 7, 2021

Bhakti or devotion is known as the intense love to the God. The great advantage of Bhakti is that it is the easiest and most natural way to attain liberation or to establish contact with the God. According to Swami Vivekananda, Bhakti Yoga is a real, genuine search for the God, the Parmatma. In Bhakti the search for the God begins with love, continues with love and ends in love.
Bhakti is greater than even Yoga and karma, as these are intended for an object in view, while Bhakti is its own fruition, its own mean and its own end, says Vivekananda.

Bhakti is greater than even Yoga and karma, as these are intended for an object in view, while Bhakti is its own fruition, its own mean and its own end, says Vivekananda. However, there are fanatics in every religion, be it Christianity, or Hinduism or
Mohammedanism. All the weak and underdeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, that is by hating every other ideal, points out Vivekananda. An obedient dog, who is driven by instinct, is better than such a fanatic in the sense that the dog never mistakes its master for an enemy in whatever dress he may come before it. Therefore, the real spiritual person not only loves his own God, but also respects all other Gods.
True Bhakti or para-Bhakti arises, when the devotee loves the God without any desire in mind. Nishkama Bhakti or unselfish Bhakti is the true bhakti, which can win the love or mercy of God.
Both Bhakti and Jnana lead to the same goal, says Vivekananda. Each seems to lay a great stress upon his own peculiar method of worship, forgetting that with perfect love true knowledge is bound to come even unsought, and that from perfect knowledge true love is inseparable, points out Vivekananda.
Three things are necessary for a bird to fly — the two wings and the tail as a rudder for steering. Jnana (Knowledge) is the one wing, Bhakti (Love) is the other, and Yoga is the tail that keeps up the balance, points out Vivekananda.