Religion talks: Practice of Bhakti
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Sanatana Dharma is the backbone of human existence and it has been prophesied that Kali Yuga would be characterised by materialistic pulls. Thus there is every danger of righteousness and spiritual leanings to become diluted and sparse. The indication is that Satva Guna would be eclipsed by Rajas and Tamas. As if to reassure us that faith and tradition can be kept alive so that we can get back to our moorings, the Bhagavata Purana serves as a manual to those who wish to make their lives meaningful, said Srimati Prema Pandurang in a lecture.
If Lord Krishna extols Bhakti as the sure route to salvation, this Purana reveals through its many narratives, discussions and practical demonstrations how to practise Bhakti in day-to-day life.
To gain a human birth is a difficult proposition and having obtained it, it is important that we make full use of this opportunity. Time is a crucial factor in our lives. The child Prahlada is so realised and devoted to the Lord that he advises his friends that instead of getting involved with the world and its glitter, one should not waste one’s time and begin to remain devoted to the Lord. Time and again we have to make an internal audit and assess our position in this world which is temporary and full of sorrow.
Prahlada also speaks of the nine ways of practising Bhakti — Sravanam (listening to the narratives of the Lord), Kirtanam (chanting His name), Smaranam (remembering Him always), Padasevanam (serving Him), Archanam (worshipping Him), Vandanam (paying obeisance to Him), Dasyam (practising the role of a servant to Him), Sakhyam (considering Him as friend) and Atmanivedanam (surrendering oneself to Him).
Various reasons can be attributed to cause problems to human beings and scriptures have broadly classified the reasons as arising due to 1) the external world such as those caused by nature, etc., 2) from the peripheral worlds of spirits, ghosts, etc., and 3) those caused by one’s one nature, both physical and mental. Remembering the Lord who is the essence of eternity, consciousness and bliss can heal our sorrows.
( Courtesy: http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/religion/ )
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