Bhagavad Bhakti (H)

Devotional practice while living in the world
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Pages: 96

Over eight consecutive mornings from 4 January 2007, while staying in the holy city of Navadvip in the Nadia district of West Bengal, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj gave a series of hard-hitting discourses explaining the meaning of this devotional couplet he composed: hari anuraga ho ya govinda radhe, jaga viraga ho, ho mana se bata de. "It is the mind alone that has to be detached from the world and attached to God."

This series typifies the rational approach Shri Maharaj Ji adopted to convey his message, validating each point with scriptural references from a range of sources. We are left understanding that both detachment from the world and attachment to God are performed by the mind, and not by the senses or the soul. It is the mind alone that is the cause of bondage or liberation.

The duty of a spiritual aspirant is therefore as simple as replacing his or her desires for the world with desires for God. It's that simple. This process is what the scriptures call bhakti, and it should be practiced constantly. How this is done in the hustle and bustle of today's world is then explained. This booklet contains transcripts of all eight discourses that stress the importance of the mind being present during any form of devotional practice. 

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