Bhakti Yoga. It is for such as are
of an emotional nature. It teaches how ordinary emotions can bring forth spiritual unfoldment of the highest
kind and lead to the realization of the ultimate ideal of all religions. In a word, it is the
path of devotion and love. It explains the nature of divine love and shows us how to turn human love into divine, and thus fulfill the
purpose of life both here and hereafter.
Bhakti is intense love for God (or the Ideal); getting which, man becomes perfect, immortal and satisfied for ever; getting which, man desires no more, does not be come jealous of anything, does not take pleasure in vanities; knowing which, man becomes filled with spirituality, becomes calm and finds pleasure only in God. . . . Narada gives these as the signs of love: When all thoughts, all words, and all deeds are given up unto the Lord, and the least forgetfulness of God makes one intensely miserable, then love has begun. Narada Bhakti Sutras
Men weep rivers of tears because a son is not born to them, others wear away their hearts with sorrow because they cannot get riches. But how many are there who weep and sorrow because they have not seen God? He finds who seeks Him; he who with intense longing weeps for God has found God. Sri Ramakrishna
You all say there is a God and that He is an Omnipresent Being. Close your eyes and think what He is. What do you find? Either you are thinking, in bringing the idea of Omnipresence in your mind, of the sea or an expanse of meadow, or such things as you have seen in your life. If that is so, you do not mean anything by Omnipresent God; it has no meaning at all to you.
So with every other attribute of God. What idea have we
of omnipotence or omniscience? We have none. Religion is realizing, and I will call you a worshipper of God
when you have become able to realize the Idea. Before that it is the spelling of words and no more. It is this
power of realization that makes religion; no amount of doctrines or philosophies, or ethical books, that you may
have stuffed into your brain will matter much, - only what you are, and what you have
realized. Swami Vivekananda
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