Shandilya Bhakti Sutra

Prakriti, Jiva, Purusha

Is Maya real or unreal?| Creation of the universe | Shandilya Bhakti Sutra-14

Maya and Bhagawan, are eternal, existing irrespective of the creation, maintenance or annihilation of the universe. Maya is not unreal because she is the potency of Bhagawan. The Lord is her master and she is the embodiment of His energy. Energy is always subservient to the energetic, just like a powerful person may not display his power although he does possess it.

Bhakti Alone can win the Lord's heart

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.