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श्रद्धावान्भजते यो मां स मे युक्ततमो मत: ||
yoginām api sarveṣhāṁ mad-gatenāntar-ātmanā
śhraddhāvān bhajate yo māṁ sa me yuktatamo mataḥ
(Bhagavad Gita 6.47)
all yogis, those whose minds are always absorbed in Me, and who engage
in devotion to Me with great faith, them I consider to be the highest of
From the Editor's Desk
Devotion to the Supreme
Lord is so potent that it can reform even the vilest sinner. Valmiki,
who couldn't even enunciate "Ra..ma," was reformed and transformed into a
legendary saint due to his bhakti. Such is the greatness of the path of devotion! So, let's understand what true devotion means.
The Infinite Potency of Bhakti (Devotion)
Shree Krishna declares that the bhakti yogi is the highest, superior to even the best aṣhṭāṅg yogi and haṭha yogi. That is because bhakti, or divine love, is the highest power of God. It is such a power that binds God and makes him a slave of his devotee.
Hence, he reveals in the Bhagavatam:
अहं भक्त पराधीनो ह्यस्वतन्त्र इव द्विज
साधुभिर्ग्रस्तहृदयो भक्तैर्भक्तजनप्रिय: ||ahaṁ bhakta-parādhīno hyasvatantra iva dvijasādhubhir grasta-hṛidayo bhaktair bhakta-jana-priyaḥ
(Śreemad Bhāgavatam 9.4.63)
I am supremely independent, yet I become enslaved by my devotees. They
conquer my heart. What to speak of my devotees, even the devotees of my
devotees are very dear to me." The bhakti
yogi possesses the power of divine love and is dearest to God. Thus, he is considered to be the highest of all yogis.
an instance of a devotee was Mother Yashoda. Not only did she have the
power to address the Supreme Lord as 'lala,' but she bound him to a
wooden mortar with a rope. Who can tie the almighty Lord who is capable
of running faster than the wind and is stronger than Indra's
thunderbolt? And yet, the Lord allowed himself to be enslaved by
The Sanskrit word bhakti is derived from the verb root bhaj,
which means 'to serve.' It is a far more significant word for devotion
than 'worship,' which means 'to adore.' Those who not merely adore him,
but also serve him with loving devotion are true devotees. They are thus
established in the natural position of the soul, as the servant of God.
Hence, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stated:
jīver svaroop hay kṛiṣhṇer nitya dās
"We are the eternal servants of Shree Krishna." A true devotee is the one who has learned to sacrifice his happiness for the Lord's happiness. In doing so, one has mastered the three tenets of bhakti: ananyata (no other), nishkamta (selflessness), and nirantarta (constant remembrance). And it is only when one has perfected these three tenets that God gets bound by the selfless, unconditional love of such a devotee.
Thus, bhakti is śhreekṛiṣhnākarṣhiṇī, which means it enslaves Shree Krishna.
Wellness for Life
Mukundananda ji always asks us to embed devotion in all activities of
life including yoga and meditation. He teaches us to making the physical
actions of yoga into a spiritual activity by adding the name of God
when we breathe in and out during yoga and pranayama. Here are the steps
for Dhanurasana. This asana helps to keep a steady mind by relieving
stress and anxiety.
- Lie down flat on your stomach. Bend both your knees and lift them upwards.
- Then hold your left ankle with the left hand and the right ankle with the right hand.
- If this is difficult, then spread out your knees a little bit to make this easier.
a deep inhaling breath by saying "Radhey" and gently pull the ankles up
by lifting the knees above the floor. At the same time, raise the chest
and head upward and draw it backwards.
- Slowly release your breath saying "Shyam" or "Krishna" as we make the pose stable.
sure that the abdomen bears the whole body weight on the floor. You can
raise the body higher by separating the knees and arching the back as far as possible.
in this pose for 15-20 seconds with normal breathing, then slowly bring
the knees down to the floor, release your ankles, and bring your arms
back to the side.
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