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Swami Sivananda: Philosophy of Bhakti

PHILOSOPHY OF BHAKTI



Bhakti or devotion is indispensable for attaining jnana. Jnana is the condition necessary for bhakti to reach its fullest

development in love. Knowledge without devotion is as futile as devotion without

knowledge.



Love follows from the basic oneness of all beings. God is being. World is becoming. The creation of the world does not in any way affect

the integrity of God. The world does not stand apart from God, but is pervaded

by… Continue

Added by Michael Krahl on April 27, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Amma / Mata Amritanandamayi:

..."Service is also a form of sadhana. If you claim that you have attained



perfection after doing sadhana sitting in a certain place, Amma will not

accept that. Getting out into the world and doing service is very much a

part of sadhana. If we want to eliminate the enemies that lurk in the

innermost depths of the heart, we have to serve the world. Only then will we be

able to tell how effective our meditation has been. Only when someone gets

angry with us,… Continue

Added by Michael Krahl on April 26, 2010 at 11:12pm — No Comments

What shall I be?

WHAT SHALL I BE?
I have again and again grown like grass;
I have experienced seven hundred and seventy moulds.
I died from minerality and became vegetable;
And from vegetativeness I died and became animal.
I died from animality and became man.
Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die, Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels:
After that soaring higher than angels--What you cannot imagine.
I shall be that! ~ Jalaludin Rumi

Added by Michael Krahl on April 12, 2010 at 11:02am — No Comments

Amma Quotes

"It is through selfless sharing that the flower of life becomes beautiful and
fragrant." -- Amma

Added by Michael Krahl on March 28, 2010 at 1:02pm — No Comments

My Quote of the Day

"If you have not been a lover, count your life not lived." Rumi, the 13th Century brilliant Persian mystic und poet.

Added by Michael Krahl on July 3, 2009 at 8:54am — No Comments

Choosing to Live Fully

This story I found at Help Others.org:



Choosing to Live Fully



John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!' He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious,… Continue

Added by Michael Krahl on June 10, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Getting out of samsara

Getting out of Samsara



CHENNAI: Every human birth is an opportunity to strive for salvation and this truth is reinforced emphatically in the lives of saints. It is important that each individual becomes self introspective and tries to understand the purpose of life. We have to get rid of the consequences of our actions if one has to transcend the cycle of Samsara.



Saiva Siddhanta points out that every act (good or bad) of an individual is recorded and the consequences (joy… Continue

Added by Michael Krahl on March 25, 2009 at 3:24pm — No Comments

What a beautiful soul in the physical body of a dog...

Read this amazing story:

http://www.greyhoundfriendsnj.org/info/display?PageID=6082

Isn´t it beautiful?

Added by Michael Krahl on March 25, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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