Monday, August 25, 2008

Ananya Bhakti

Sanskrit Ananya means "without other"; bhakti means "devotion, love directed towards the Divine". The idea of a single Self - One without an other - is resisted by those who feel that, without a fundamental division between the individual soul and the Supreme Being, bhakti would not be possible (there must be an other to be the object of devotion).
The singular Self has no sense of subject or object, yet in It bhakti is not diminished at all, on the contrary, it is magnified infinitely, because the Self is nothing but pure devotion.

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