Thursday, September 17, 2020

Extreme Love to God is Bhakti

        “Extreme love to God is Bhakti, and this love is the real immortality, getting which a man becomes perfectly satisfied, sorrows for no loss, and is never jealous; knowing which man becomes mad.”

        My Master used to say, “This world is a huge lunatic asylum where all men are mad, some after money, some after women, some after name or fame, and a few after God. I prefer to be mad after God. God is the philosophers stone that turns us to gold in an instant; the form remains, but the nature is changed – the human form remains, but no more can we hurt or sin”

“Thinking of God, some weep, some sing, some laugh, some dance, some say wonderful things, but all speak of nothing but God.”

Prophets preach, but the Incarnations like Jesus, Buddha, Ramakrishna, can give religion; one glance, one touch is enough. That is the power of the Holy Ghost, the “laying on of hands”; the power was actually transmitted to the disciples by the Master – the “chain of Guru- power”. That, the real baptism, has been handed down for untold ages. (VII, 8)

        On Monday 4th June 1895, Swamiji spoke at the  Thousand Island Park on Para Bhakti based on Narada Bhakti Sutra. He has provided many insights into Bhakti. “Bhakti is greater than Karma and Jnana. Para Bhakti and ultimate knowledge are the same.”  Swamiji reminded them that prophets show us the way but we have to solve our problems ourselves. He encouraged his disciples to surrender everything at the feet of Lord Jesus. He taught them how to make their love for the Lord more fruitful through meditation.   

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