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The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion: A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti…

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American Yogi Prem Prakash has done a great service by providing a modern translation and accessible commentary for readers interested in learning about and/or following the path of yoga. Regarding bhakti yoga, that is, the yoga of spiritual devotion, Prem Prakash says in his Introduction, “By making love his polestar, the bhakti yogi follows its light along the path of life until the soul realizes it is one with that light.” Here are a few notes I have made in my multiple readings of this beautiful book:

The sweetness of devotion fills the yogi and the yogi becomes intoxicated with bliss.

Take care of the body so it supports spiritual practice.

Hold intention to always be attuned to the divine. Be sweet and soft and sensitive.

According to Narada, bhakti or spiritual devotion is its own fruit. The yogi feels joy and gratitude on feeling the love from the divine within.

Want liberation? All you need is bhakti. All you need is love.

Sing and listen to the qualities of the divine – kirtan and satsung and drumming – celebrate everything and everyone being worthy of love.

Be a sun and generate light.

Be free from the bondage of orthodox doctrine, tradition, and social and religious teachings – the divine is direct and spontaneous, not mediated through anyone or anybody.

Be a love-infused yogi

Peace and joy are experienced every step of the way in the path of bhakti yoga – if this is not one’s experience than something has gone wrong. The eternal divine relationship must be present in the yogi at every moment if the practice is truly authentic.

One need not be perfect as long as motivation is pure. Every striving, no matter how small, counts.

The bhakti yogi exerts a subtle influence on all whom he or she comes into contact

Among bhakti yogis there is no prejudice. Worldly status means nothing.

Live in a simple, orderly and comfortable way.

Whatever form the divine takes to inspire the yogi to devotion – god, goddess, light, whatever – is the proper form.

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  GlennRussell | Feb 16, 2017 |
An exemplary work that traces the birth, growth, development and expression of Bhakti in a lucid and simple manner. A valuable commentary to the pithy aphorisms.
  Saraswati_Library | Jul 29, 2010 |
Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, is considered one of the primary paths for spiritual realisation in the yogic tradition. Prem Prakash's book offers a sensitive introduction to the devotional path. He makes the ancient Bhakti Sutras of Narada come alive for all of us who wish to cultivate the power of the heart.
  Saraswati_Library | Nov 12, 2008 |
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Bhakti yoga is often demeaned as a gross simplification of Hindu spiritualism, and sometimes for good reason. It needn't be, though, because bhakti devotionalism can also offer a rich fullness that permeates daily life. In this commentary on the Narada Bhakti Sutras, American yogi Prem Prakash explains that unlike other yogas, bhakti yoga does not involve special activities or heavy thinking. In appearance, bhakti comes off like the 20 minute workout of religions--easy, quick, and guaranteed to give results. But as its name suggests, more than anything bhakti requires devotion. In a page or two of comments on each of the 84 verses of the Narada Bhakti Sutras, Prakash examines the straightforward doctrines of devotionalism and the calm joy that results. For example, he outlines the four methods for developing devotion, which entail relinquishing all attachment to the external world, unceasing worship ("orienting our minds away from selfish preoccupations and toward unselfish, unceasing love), engaging the world with love and joy, and accepting the grace of God through the teachings of a loving guru. If bhakti doesn't appear so simple after all, just remember that the devotional practitioner "is the most simple of men, finding his natural place in the rhythm of life and gaily dancing." --Brian Bruya

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