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What Is Bhakti?
Seeker: Dearest James, greetings! I have not written to you in some time, so I thought I would check in. I will be attending the Bend teachings in June and am very much looking forward to being with you again.
I continue to expose my mind to the teachings of Vedanta by reading your book The Essence of Enlightenment, watching your videos nightly, engaging in satsang discussions with my wife and my friend Mike (whom you know), meditating each morning as well as performing some devotional practices (not that I don’t offer the previously mentioned activities to Isvara as well. ☺ There is a slow but sure confidence building inside me. I was thinking the other day that coming into contact with you and Vedanta it truly the singlemost important event of my life. Bless you! Thank you, Isvara! Don’t tell my wife I said that. ☺
As of late I have been watching the Bhakti series. Bhakti is a term I was quite unfamiliar with prior to watching this series. I am still exploring its meaning, but from what I gather, in its essence, bhakti is the impersonal love that I am. It is the enlightened jiva’s nature expressed in the world, knowing that he/she is the world, clearly not a mushy, gushy “fall into my attachment-trap” love. Rather a love that is non-dual, and thus one can do none other than offer kindness, understanding and non-attachment toward people, things, actions and results. It is the ultimate forgiveness. It is the ultimate generosity with self and other. It is the path and the way, i.e. the key to “being on the bus,” “staying on the bus” and ultimately having perfect confidence in knowing who/what I am. Bhakti is the ultimate sacrifice… to let go of everything that was not mine in the first place and offer it to Isvara. Who would have thought that true devotion both takes everything away and gives everything to you all at once?! I am full and complete. Thank you, James! Thank you, Isvara!
~ With great love and devotion