Tuesday, January 25, 2011
From: Dharmacentral <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Subject: [Dharmacentral.com] The Difference Between Devotion and Emotion
To: Pakistan Hindu Post (PHP)
The Difference Between Devotion and Emotion
By Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
"The central message of the Bhagavad Gita, the most important scripture in all of Sanatana Dharma, is that bhakti, or devotion to the Absolute, constitutes the most effective and highly recommended path in all of the Yoga tradition. It is truly unfortunate, however, that despite the almost universally held importance of bhakti in the history of Yoga, there seems to have always been a good deal of misunderstanding on the part of many about what the terms 'bhakti' and 'Bhakti Yoga' actually mean. I've read even many supposedly knowledgeable authors mistakenly write that bhakti is to be seen as the 'Yoga of emotion', or that it somehow precludes any involvement with jnana (knowledge, or intellectualism), philosophy, or serious Yogic sadhana (practice). In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth...."
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