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Bhakti Alone can win the Lord’s heart | Shraddha or Surrendered Faith | Shandilya Bhakti Sutra-10

Many scholars and learned men, on the path of spirituality praise the paths of Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga. These paths are even recommended in the Gita, spoken by the Supreme Lord. But in the same Scripture the Lord establishes the purity and superiority of the simple path of Bhakti which is not as elaborate as the paths of Jnana and Karma. The greatness of Bhakti is its simplicity and its power to enslave the Lord. The Lord says that he is happy to be sold out to the living entity who has surrendered to the feet of the Supreme Being. Bhakti starts with the cultivation of surrendered faith.

Position of Devotee greater than Jnani Yogi | Devotion to Vishnu is the greatest | Shandilya Bhakti Sutra-09

Bhakti is the crest jewel of all endeavors both material and spiritual. One who strives for Bhakti alone can be considered most intelligent. All aspects of spiritual discipline are to be considered supportive or supplementary to Bhakti. Bhakti is the life-giver to spiritual pursuits. If spiritual discipline including Karma, Jnana and Yoga is the tree, then Bhakti is the fruit of that tree. Unless spiritual discipline culminates into Bhakti, all spiritual endeavors remain open ended and incomplete.

Rukmini love for Krishna | Sadhana Siddha and Nitya-Siddha meaning | Shandilya Bhakti Sutra-08

It is to be understood that the Shandilya Bhakti Sutra is meant for people who want to solely pursue the path of Bhakti to the exclusion of all other paths. Dry Jnana and Vairagya have no place if Bhakti is not the primary driver within spiritual practice. The work exhorts the necessity for Jnana and Vairagya to be solely subservient to Bhakti. Only when these three aspects are well-intentioned, keeping Bhakti as the goal as well as the means, can sadhana of any sort bear fruit.

Importance of Bhakti | Association of pure devotees | Story of Kubja | Shandilya Bhakti Sutra-07

Bhakti is universal and the highest of all mellows. Jnana can only be considered as a variation within Bhakti, as a by product of deep Bhakti. Jnana devoid of Bhakti can never bring total fulfilment. Bhakti revolves around appreciation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead to the exclusion of everything else. Even in the entire creation, the thing of beauty is in the Creator alone. This is the central theme of Bhakti.

Bhakti yoga Superiority | Goal of Bhakti Yoga | Shandilya Bhakti Sutra-06

It is to be understood, that among the Shastra, there are three types the Satvika, Rajasik and Tamasik Shastra. The Satvik Shastra is considered topmost and dedicates itself to the most subtle refinement of elevated God-consciousness. It is the ultimate proclamation of the Satvik Shastra that Bhakti is the Topmost form of Sadhana. Even a full blown Jnani has to finally adopt Bhakti, if he is to relieve himself from the last morsel of material consciousness.

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