Bhakti Is The Foundation

Advaita Vedanta has a reputation for being very cerebral. It's a path of study, thinking, debating, talking, and learning. In very general terms it seems that if you want the path of study, you become an Advaitan. If you want the path of devotion you become a Vaishnava. If you want action you become a Shivite. If you want mysticism you become a Shakti. But as I've said before, there is a balance of all these different elements and it's a very rare person who can be fully one and not any of the … [Read more...]

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You can’t just study: the three paths to God

Someone made a comment last week (and I can't remember now where it was, whether here or Facebook) that western Hindus are all about philosophy and not bhakti, which is devotion practices.He has a point. Leaving aside ISKCON which is full of westerners practicing bhakti, many of us follow Advaita and the emphasis is on learning, reading, studying, intellectually understanding.In Hinduism it is said that there are three different channels of spiritual growth and each person (or each … [Read more...]

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