[Advaita-l] Bhakti expressed in Karmayoga

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun Jul 23 22:09:31 EDT 2017

Thank you Sada ji for this post. For a person to offer everything, action,
fruit thereof, etc. to Bhagavan, there must be the unalloyed devotion to
the Lord. Otherwise there is nothing for him that motivates him to offer
everything to the Lord.


On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 2:52 AM, kuntimaddi sadananda via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> PraNAms to all
> This was posted several years ago - posting it again in terms of bhakti in
> Karmayoga.
> In the third Chapter, only two yogas are mentioned one Karmayoga and the
> other jnaana yoga - there was no Bhakti yoga - since Bhakti is essential
> for both karma yoga and jnaana yoga.
> Hari Om!Sadananda
> Karma Yoga – Part V: Devotion and Devotee
> Love for higher is called devotion, while love for the lower is called
> lust. One rises in devotion while the other falls in love or lust. What
> constitutes ‘higher’? That which provides an inspiration, that which
> integrates the mind and intellect, that which makes the mind calm and
> quiet, and that which energises an individual is called the higher goal.
> Higher the goal, higher the energy that one can draw from the goal itself.
> An inspired action can follow from the one who has high goal provided his
> mind is fully dedicated or devoted to the action. A puny man with a stick
> in his hand and handful of salt in the other could inspire the whole nation
> and shake the whole British Empire only because of his complete surrender
> to the highest goal.
> Love demands sacrifice. ‘I love you, but…’ that but does not come when
> there is pure love. This is shown beautifully in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana
> Series where Bharata goes to the forest to bring Rama back to Ayodhya. He
> goes to the forest with the notion that his devotion to Rama is greater
> than Rama’s commitment to Dharma, and Rama has to oblige to return to
> Ayodhya. Janaka points out that devotion is greater than dharma provided
> one surrenders to his Lord. In surrendering, there is no demand of ‘what I
> want’ but fulfilling only whatever the Lord wants – ‘thy will be done not
> mine’ should be the understanding. Iswara arpaNa will be transformed as
> Iswara aajna or daiva iccha – His will or His desire.

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