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Item Code: IDG023
Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 8170521580
Pages: 334
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.6" X 5.8"
Weight 330 gm

About the Author:

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.

Publishers' Note:

The present work, "Practice of Bhakti Yoga" is yet another of Sri Swamiji's thrilling works. Consistent with the spirit of his earlier works, the revered author has employed a language which cannot be easily surpassed for its simplicity, fluency and spiritual force. Very few books there are today dealing with Bhakti Yoga that make such a marvellously comprehensive survey of this intricate and elaborate subject with such scientific accuracy as this book. And we are really proud to claim this as the first and foremost reason for publishing "Practice of Bhakti Yoga".

All the pages of this book ring with the sublime note that the dire need of the hour is Love, and Love alone. Says the author: "A life without love, faith and devotion is a dreary waste. It is real death. Love is Divine. Love is the greatest power on earth. It is real death. It is irresistible. It is love that can really conquer an enemy. Its power is infinite. Its depth is unfathomable. Its nature is ineffable. Its glory is indescribable. The essence of religion is Love," and exhorts all his readers to develop pure Love which, if possessed even to the magnitude of a ray, can cure all ills and bestow real joy and happiness.

If this book should go perchance into the hands of the dictators of some of the countries of the world and if they should interpret the message in the spirit in which it was intended by us, then all the ills to which this world is heir today will melt away and there will once again emerge a veritable heaven on earth.

May the Lord Krishna, the Source of all Love, the embodiment of Prem, the Lover of Radha, and the Protector of the fallen, bless this war-ridden world and bestow peace. joy, happiness, prosperity and long life for ever and ever!

[THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY]

 

CONTENTS

 

  Publishers' Note (6)
  Preamble (7)
  Secret of Renunciation (8)
  Four Spiritual Gems (8)
  Hari Stotra (9)
  Surya-Namaskara (10)
  Essence of Four Yogas (11)
  Sagune Meditation (12)
  Universal Prayer (13)
  Lord Krishna (14)
  Bhaja Govindam (15)
  Emotion Needs Culturing (19)
Chapter I
 
GOSPEL OF BHAKTI
 
1. Who Is God? 29
2. God Exists 31
3. God Is Immanent 35
4. What Is Bhakti? 37
5. Fruits of Bhakti 39
6. Six Classifications of Bhakti 39
7. Five Classes of Worship 43
8. Five Kinds of Worship 43
9. Five Kinds of Bhava 44
10. Five Thorns in the Bhakti Marga 44
11. Five Internal Enemies 44
12. Five External Enemies 44
13. Four Grades of Bhakti 44
14. Four Classes of Love 44
15. Four Kinds of Mukti 45
16. Eight Signs of Bhakti 45
17. Requisites for God-realisation 45
18. Characteristics of a Bhakti 45
Chapter II
 
NAME, FAITH AND LOVE
 
1. Glory of Rama Nam 47
2. Faith Can Work Miracles 49
3. Yoga of Universal Love 53
4. Krishna's Flute 57
5. Radha- The World Mother 62
Chapter III
 
BHAKTI AND JNANA
 
1. Philosophy of Pratima 66
2. Jnani is the Greatest Bhakta 67
3. Doctrine of Avatarahood 69
4. Mutual Dependence of Bhakti and Jnana 72
5. Akbar's Four Questions 73
6. Bhakti and Jnana Compared 74
Chapter IV
 
BHAKTI SADHANA
 
1. Practice of Japa-Yoga 76
2. God Gives Darshan 85
3. The Secret of Ramayana 86
4. Japa of Mahamantra 88
5. Meditation on Gayatri 89
6. How to Do Dhyana? 98
7. Manasic Pooja 100
8. Anushthana 100
9. How to Develop Bhakti 100
10. Secret of Surrender 101
11. Background of Though 104
12. How to See God 106
13. Glory of Lord Siva 108
14. Lord Krishna and His Teachings 114
15. Sankirtan Movement 118
16. Vairagya Maala 130
17. Sciences of Worship 133
18. Bhakti Yoga Sadhana 139
19. Bhaktas of Chiatrakuta 142
20. Why Should We Believe in God? 142
21. Where is the Harm in Not Believing in God's  
  Existence? 144
Chapter V
 
OBSTACLES IN GOD-REALISATION
 
1. Introduction 146
2. Raja-Yoga and Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad 146
3. Poor Health 147
4. Impure and Immoderate Food 149
5. Doubt 150
6. Tandri-Alasya-Nidra 151
7. Manorajya 152
8. Lack of Preceptor 153
9. Vishayasakti 155
10. Lack of Brahmacharya 156
11. Name and Fame 159
12. Evil Company 163
13. Tooshnimbhoota and Stabdha Avashtas 164
14. False Tushti and Rasasvada 165
15. So-called Friends 166
16. Depression 167
17. Religious Hypocrisy 168
18. Moral and Spiritual Pride 168
19. Prejudice, Intolerance and Bigotry 169
20. Shilly-Shallying 170
21. Easy, Comfortables Pranayama (Sukha Purvak) 171
22. Dilly-Dallying 173
23. Jilly-Vallying 173
24. Vill-Vallying 174
25. Irregularity of Sadhana 175
26. Cessation of Sadhana 176
27. Fault-finding 176
28. Fear 177
29. Force of Old Samskaras 178
30. Jealousy 179
31. Habit of Self-justification 179
32. Backbiting 180
33. Anger 181
34. Tamas or Inertia 184
35. Greed 185
36. Moha 186
37. Hatred 187
38. Valediction 189
Chapter VI
 
SAMADHI OR COSMIC CONSCIOUNESS
 
1. Message of Prem 192
2. Samadhi 199
3. Upadesamritam 216
Chapter VII
 
BHAKTI SUTRAS OF NARADA
 
1. The Nature of Divine Love 222
2. Definition of Bhakti 223
3. Fruits of Bhakti 224
4. Renunciation 230
5. Different Definitions of Bhakti 243
6. Supremacy of Devotion 248
7. Knowledge and Devotion 251
8. How to Develop Bhakti 253
9. Glory of the Company of the Wise 257
10. Give Up Evil Company 258
11. Who Crosses Maya? 261
12. Nature of Love 263
13. Secondary Devotion 265
14. Bhakti Easy to Practise 265
15. Bhakti and Social Customs 266
16. Glory of Bhaktas 268
17. Bhaktas Above Caste and Creed 269
18. Instructions to Devotees 271
19. Bhakti: The Best Means 275
20. Conclusion 276
Chapter VIII
 
INSPIRING SONGS OF SIVA
 
1. Shatpadi Stotra 278
2. Song of Salutation 279
3. Prayer Song 280
4. Song of Instructions 281
5. Song of Jnana Vairagya 281
6. Song of Goal of Life 283
7. Shranagati Song 283
8. Song of Vairagya 284
9. Song of Admonition 284
10. Song of Devotion 285
11. Song of Bhakti and Vairagya 285
12. Song of Abhyasa 287
13. Siva Lorrie 287
14. Song of Grace 288
15. The Song of Immortality 288
16. Song of Illusion 290
17. Song of Freedom 290
18. Song of Flute-Bearer 291
19. Song of Bansuriwala 291
20. Song of Prem 292
21. Song of Siva Thandavam 292
22. Song of Prarthana 292
23. Song of Darshan 292
24. Song of Savara Bansiwala 293
25. Song of Real Sadhana 293
26. Song for Developing Will 294
27. Song of a Sage 295
28. Soham Song 296
29. Song of Vedantin 297
30. Song of Antaratma 298
31. Nirugha Song 298
32. Song of a Paramahamsa 299
33. Song of Brahma Vichara 300
34. Song of Brahma-Mayam 300
35. Select Dwanis 301
Chapter IX
 
LIVES OF BHAKTAS
 
1. Mataji Omkareshwari 303
2. Samarth Ramdas 303
3. Pavahari Baba 304
4. Raidas-The Cobbler Saint 304
5. Paltu Das 309
6. Charan Das 310
7. Srimati Suratkumari Devi 310
8. Avadhoot Kesavanandaji 311
9. Sri Swami Narayanji 311
10. Sri Sundarnathji 312
APPENDIX
 
1. Glory of Womanhood 313
2. A Talk to Sannyasins 318
3. How to Develop Love 322
4. Glory of Mantra-writing 323
5. Mysterious Self-surrender 324
6. A Soliloquy of the Lord 325
7. Places for Meditation 326
8. Glossary 327
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