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Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love (Part 2)


Have you ever felt an explicable sense of love and gratitude toward higher divinity? This is bhakti yoga—the yoga of love and devotion. In its purest sense, bhakti can lead us to the heights of enlightenment.

But many of us have a complicated relationship with higher divinity. We may not be sure how to relate to the divine, or our feelings may change based on what we’re experiencing in our lives. When things go wrong, we may blame God for our problems or beg God to solve our problems.

As Pandit Tigunait explains in Part 2 of Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Love, divinity is unwavering and absolute. But we relate to divinity differently based on our personalities, inclinations, and level of spiritual evolution. We may perceive God as a master and ourselves as servants who are in need of protection (dasya bhakti). Or we may see God as a loving friend and companion (sakhya bhakti). Or we may relate to God as a teacher and see ourselves as his or her student (shishya bhakti).

Drawing on examples from the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures, Panditji shows how when we walk on the path of transformation, our idea of divinity evolves. The knowledge we gain through study and practice—along with trustful surrender and grace—transforms our bhakti into the highest form, and we come to taste freedom.

Format: .mp3 audio file with download
Length: 1 hr 20 mins

Source: Bhakti Sutra lectures (Honesdale, 2015)

About the Teacher

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online at the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

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