Author: Swami SivanandaPublisher: Divine Life SocietyYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 190ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170520169
In The Essence of Bhakti yoga has been laid out in great detail the course of Bhakti Yoga from start to finish. Every milestone had been clearly indicated. Every next step towards the goal has been carefully guided. Every chance of getting into despondency has been eliminated and by going into minute details, every effort has been made to rescue the despondent soul. Bhakti Yoga is not without its method, though it is the method of striking the fountain of emotional sweetness and rightly guiding the leaping nectar of devotional striving. Properly canalised it leads to speedy self-fulfillment. As such, Bhakti Yoga is a hidden science.To shed light on this difficult science is beyond the powers of the intellect and the imagination, and is possible only for one who has experimented the principles of this science on himself and realized its truths.The essence of Bhakti Yoga coming as it does from the inspired pen of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is, therefore, a rare opportunity for the reading public and the surest guide for the Bhakti Yogi aspirant. It unfolds in the simplest language the secrets of the emotions of “Bhakti” or divine Love. It analyses the whole psychology of Bhakti and explains the significance of every element of it. It gives ample guidance in the difficult art of building those elements, which constitute the psychosis of God-consciousness. It makes the practice of god’s Presence easy.
PrefaceESSENCE OF BHAKTI:Philosophy of BhaktiThe Doctrine of GraceThe divine NamePrayerFaith and AspirationFour Kinds of BhaktasNava-Vidha BhaktiNava-Vidha Bhakti According to Ramacharitamanas of TulasidasjiBhava and Rasa in BhaktiFive Kinds of BhavasSelf-surrenderPara BhaktiSiva Bhakti SutrasPuja or WorshipAnushthanaEleven Points for development of BhaktiBhakti: Yoga AlphabetsaTo Pseudo Para-BhaktasNama-AparadhaBHAKTI RASAMRITAM:Bhakti MargaBhava in BhaktiNavavidha BhaktiFeeling of separationPrayer to Lord KrishnaPrayer to Lord HariPara BhaktiNinda StutiSANKIRTAN YOGA:Sankirtan Purifies and Nourishes Divya Nama KirtanKirtan in BengalKirtan in MaharashtraArdha VasalatvianSaniirtanKirtan at Ananda Kutir Maharashtra Kirtan DhwanisSelected Kirtan DhwanisEka Sloki RamayanaEka Sloki BhagavataAPPENDIX:Hari, Rama, KrishnaRadha, the Personification of BhaktiSong of Navavidha BhaktiSong of Immanence of RamA Conversation Between a Theist and an AtheistBhakti Yoga - IBhakti Yoga - IIWhat is Bhakti?Navavidha BhaktiTen Bhakti CommandmentsRules for JapaYoga of Self-surrender - IYoga of Self-surrender - IIHarvest of God-reaslisationSiva’s KirtanDevi KirtanHari Kirtan DhvanisNarayana-Sadasiva Kirtan