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Ten Bhakti Commandments

by Swami Sivananda

Develop devotion through Japa, Kirtan, Sattvic food, worship (Puja), etc. Yearn for God-vision. Love Him with all your heart. Remember Him constantly.

Keep the company of saints, the righteous and the wise. Study devotional books like the Gita, the Bhagavata, the Ramayana, the lives of saints.

The name of the Lord is Divine Nectar. Name is your sole Refuge, Prop and Treasure. Name and Nami (God) are one. Always chant His Names with devotion. Do Kirtan. This is the principal Sadhana in Kaliyuga.

Pray to the Lord from the core of your heart: I am Thine. All is Thine. Thy Will be done. I am an instrument in Thy Hands. You do everything. You are just. Grant me faith and devotion.

Feel the presence of God with you. See God in every face. Behold the whole world as the Lord.

Practise Sadachara (right conduct). Cultivate virtues and eradicate vices. Be good. Be kind to all. Be humble. Be pure. Speak the truth. Control anger. Have a large heart. Develop compassion.

Teach the eye to behold the Form of the Lord. Teach the ear to hear the Lord's Lilas and Glory. Teach the hands to serve the saints and the poor.

Take refuge in the Lord. Do total, ungrudging self-surrender. Live for Him. Offer your actions to Him. His Grace will descend on you.

Have perfect trust in God. Faith is necessary to attain God. Faith can take you to the inner chambers of the Lord.

Constantly repeat some inspiring verses (praises of God's glory) or some Mantras, or the Names of God. This will be your Divine background of thought.

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