from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism The devotional way of achieving salvation, emphasizing the loving faith of a devotee for a deity and open to all persons irrespective of sex or caste.
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- n. devotion to God
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- n. (Hinduism) loving devotion to a deity leading to salvation and nirvana; open to all persons independent of caste or sex
He stands in Indian literary history at the center of an enduring religious and philosophical movement called bhakti , which stresses transcendent spiritual devotion without distracting rituals and doctrine.
The Sanskrit word bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means "to adore or worship God."
Frawley calls bhakti "the sweetest of the yoga approaches" and says it is often more accessible than other forms of yoga, which may explain its growing popularity.
The idea that Hinduism is a single unified religion is difficult to justify, since there are many different perspectives (monotheism, monism and polytheism), scriptures (the Vedas, the Upanishads etc.), and practices such as bhakti and smrti (Baird, 1968: 28).
They are separated by nice questions of doctrine, especially as to the nature of prapatti, resignation or self-surrender to the deity, a sentiment slightly different from bhakti which is active faith or devotion.
I've already written several PP articles about Sikhism and South Asian Sufism during the past 6 months, although you should also do some research on 'bhakti' Hinduism.
This is probably because for 'bhakti' and dedication,
The theatrical performance of 'Ram Mangal', the rural folk art form of Kishorganj, flourishes throughout the 'bhakti' belt of Mymensingh district.
TIRUPATI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams will soon be embarking on a new concept - mobile temples - to propagate the 'bhakti' cult among the people at the grass-root level.
The full benefits of yoga cannot be experienced without also treading the sister paths of jnana yoga (path of knowledge), bhakti yoga (path of devotion to God) and karma yoga (path of selfess action) or the sister tradition of Ayurveda.
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