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Devotion goal of life

On the paths of action and knowledge, Parama Purus´a is the goal, the entity to be realised, and there is a definite cult to attain Him, to realise Him. But on the path of Bhakti (devotion), it is the goal itself and not a cult. This is the fundamental difference between devotion on the one hand and knowledge and action on the other.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2011 00:44 IST

On the paths of action and knowledge, Parama Purus´a is the goal, the entity to be realised, and there is a definite cult to attain Him, to realise Him. But on the path of Bhakti (devotion), it is the goal itself and not a cult. This is the fundamental difference between devotion on the one hand and knowledge and action on the other.

Bhakti is neither a cult nor an applied science; rather it is the highest stance of a cult. Those who follow the paths of action and knowledge say, “I want to realise the Supreme Entity.” But the idea in the devotee’s mind is, “I want to serve Parama Purus´a.” That is, the idea of service is predominant in Bhakti.

“I don’t want anything from You, I don’t want even to know You, I only want to serve You.” Therein lies the excellence, as well as the superiority of Bhakti. The awakening of devotion causes the aesthetic sense – the feeling of beauty that is dormant in one’s heart – to express itself fully. One might say there is a gulf of difference between subjectivity (internal feelings) and objectivity (external expressions). Why, then, are such contradictory adjectives used about the devotees? The reason is that the unit beings are both individually and collectively associated with Brahmananda (Cosmic Bliss).

That is why in the state of devotional bliss, there is no difference between subjectivity and objectivity. In the case of Ananda, both these terms are used. What is life? It is the expression of vital energy. Because of this expression, the inferential vibrations of the world get scope for reflection.

For devotees, devotion is life, the expression of their vital energy. Where there is no devotion, the throbbing of their lives also stops. That is why devotees cannot even think of surviving without devotion. Devotion is fundamentally different from action and knowledge.

(Excerpts from the writer’s book Anandavachanamritam)