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Fruits of Bhakti

by Swami sivananda

Bhakti softens the heart and removes jealousy, hatred, lust, anger, egoism, pride and arrogance. It infuses joy, divine ecstasy, bliss, peace and knowledge. All cares, worries and anxieties, fears, mental torments and tribulations entirely vanish. The devotee is freed from the Samsaric wheel of births and deaths. He attains the immortal abode of everlasting peace, bliss and knowledge. Love for God is as sweet as nectar by tasting which one becomes immortal. One who lives, moves and has his being in God becomes immortal.

"That unmanifested, the Indestructible, It is called; It is named the highest path. They who reach It return not. That is My Supreme Abode" (Gita: VIII‑21). "By His grace thou shalt obtain supreme peace, the everlasting dwelling place" (XVIII‑62). "The devotees, liberated from the bonds of birth, go to the blissful seat" (II‑51). Param Dhama (Supreme abode), Anandamaya Pada (Blissful seat), Sasvata Pada (everlasting abode), Parama Gati (highest path) are all synonymous terms.

HARVEST OF GOD-REALISATION

Faith is the seed;

Divine grace is the rain;

Prayer is the plough;

Self-surrender is the rein;

Worship is the handle;

Meditation is the ox;

Devotion is the goal;

Ploughing is weeding

'I'-ness and 'mine'-ness;

The harvest is God-realisation,

Which removes all sorrows and pains,

And bestows everlasting peace,

Joy and eternal satisfaction.


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