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by Swami SivanandaPaperback (Edition: 2000)
The Divine Life Society Publication
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Weight of the Book: 261 gms
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Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission. It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta. In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.
Introduction From the Book:
The world is now passing through a great crisis due to the present wars. Rajasic evil forces of materialism are flying aloft in the sky deluding the people with fears and ancieties and keeping them in the dark about the existence of the inner Atmic treasure and Supreme Bliss within. People look upon religion with contempt. Ignorance prevails everywhere. There is lack of faith in the Vedic scriptures or there has been a misunderstanding of it in some quarters. People interpret religion to suit their taste and convenience. They pretend to know everything.
IN fact, there is no spiritual growth in most of the people now-a-days. There is no real education. There is no culture. There is no ethical training. When the lamp of knowledge - the lamp of devotion to God - is lit up then all these dark forces of Rajas will fly away and there will be peace. harmony, good understanding and universal brotherhood. Sattva will reign supreme and there will be happiness everywhere.
The book "Bhakti and Sankirtan" contains very useful instructions for the students in the path of Bhakti Yoga, First of all, I have proved with practical illustrations the existence of God for the conviction of rank materialists and atheists. The first chapter contains the essence of Bhakti Sadhana. I have stressed the importance of worship, Bhajan, Upasana, Manasic Puja, etc., as a means to develop highest devotion.
In the second chapter I have dealt with the subject of "Love" in detail, - the various methods for developing love, the glory of true universal love, etc. Here I have also shown that faith is the primary requisite in the development of Bhakti. In this chapter, Viraha or separation of the devotee from his Lord, the sufferings the devotee will have the undergo before he gets God-vision and the various methods of Sadhana suited to ahieve this end, have been clearly shown.
The third chapter contains some of the essentials in the path of devotion. The efficacy of practila Sadhana to the exclusion of all vain discussions have been pointed out here. The qualifications of a devotee, when and how can give real spiritual progress and a stimulus for the continuance of Sadhana, etc., have been shown in detail.
The science of Sankirtan, the benefits of Sankirtan and how to conduct Akhanda Kirtan have all abeen discussed with many instructions for Sankirtanists in the fourth chapter. The condition of the present day Sankirtan is also reviewed here briefly.
I hope the present book will be a boon to the aspirants who wish to attain the goal of life by treading the path of devotion. All Sadhakas meet on the platform whichever path they may proceed. God or Brahman is the only reality. This world is a mere ;how. Realise this and become free in this very brith.
May you all tread the path of devotion and ever rest in the state of divine ecstasy and unalloyed bliss of Joy and happiness!
- ANANDA KUTIR,
11th May, 1941.
|2. Power of Prayer||30|
|3. Importance of Worship||31|
|4. Pratima or Symbol||32|
|8. Manasika Puja||39|
|9. Four Kinds of Bhavas||40|
|10. Yearn for God-vision||41|
|12. Stages in Bhakti||45|
|1. What is Love?||46|
|2. Gospel of Love||48|
|4. The Lover's Path||56|
|6. Gopis love for Krishna||65|
|7. God Becomes a Slave of Bhaktas||68|
|9. Philosophy of the Word Radha||73|
|10. Glory of a Bhagavata||75|
|1. Drink the Essence||78|
|2. Sow the Spiritual Seed in Youth||80|
|3. Anyone Can Become a Bhakta||82|
|4. Do Not Bargain With God||83|
|6. Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity||84|
|7. Method of Combination||86|
|1. What is Sankirtan||88|
|2. Science of Sankirtan||89|
|3. Benefits of Sankirtan||92|
|4. Sankirtanists, Wake Up!||95|
|5. Canker in Sankirtan||97|
|6. Akhanda Kirtan||99|
|1. Importance of Guru Bhakti||132|
|2. Bhakti Yoga in a Nutshell||136|
|3. Prema Yoga||137|
|4. Puja or Worship||140|
|5. Prasad Mahima||144|
|6. Worship of Lord Subhrahmanya||145|
|7. Worship of Lord Ganesa||148|
|1. Life of Prahlada||167|
|2. Life of Narada||176|
|3. Life of Dhruva||178|
|4. Life of Ratnakar||180|
|5. Life of Jagai and Madhai||180|
|6. Story of a Thief||181|
|7. Life of Namdev||181|
|8. Story of Puja with Two Cats||181|
|9. The Story of Ambarisha||182|
|1. Bhakti Yoga Prasnottari||186|
|2. Bhakti Yoga Alphabets||193|
|3. Glory of Ram Nam||194|
|4. The Maha Kumbha Mela||196|
|5. Origin of "Sri Ram" Mantra||199|
|6. Divine Namapathy||201|
|7. Glory of Ekadasi||203|
|8. The Four Stages of Sound||206|
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