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The schools of devotion advocate that [[bhakti]] is [[a]] direct means to mokṣa and state that it is much easier than jñāna.
 
The schools of devotion advocate that [[bhakti]] is [[a]] direct means to mokṣa and state that it is much easier than jñāna.
  
A devotee of God can cultivate bhakti for several reasons :
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A devotee of God can cultivate [[bhakti]] for several reasons :
 
* To get over his troubles
 
* To get over his troubles
 
* To get wealth, position or pleasures of life
 
* To get wealth, position or pleasures of life
 
* To realize God  
 
* To realize God  
  
It is the last category that is bhakti in the real sense, the others being just trading in religion. A true devotee of God, called [[ek]]āntin, wants Him and Him alone and nothing else. Such [[a]] devotion is designated ‘akiñcana-bhakti,’ a devotion that does not want anything else in return from Him.
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It is the last category that is [[bhakti]] in the real sense, the others being just trading in religion. A true devotee of God, called [[ek]]āntin, wants Him and Him alone and nothing else. Such [[a]] devotion is designated ‘akiñcana-bhakti,’ a devotion that does not want anything else in return from Him.
  
  

Latest revision as of 07:43, 15 December 2016

Akiñcana-bhakti literally means ‘devotion that does not ask for anything else’.

Sometimes transliterated as: Akincana-bhakti, AkiJcana-bhakti, Akiycana-bhakti


The scriptures have two main currents of thought. These are:

  • Jñāna - knowledge
  • Bhakti - devotion

The schools of devotion advocate that bhakti is a direct means to mokṣa and state that it is much easier than jñāna.

A devotee of God can cultivate bhakti for several reasons :

  • To get over his troubles
  • To get wealth, position or pleasures of life
  • To realize God

It is the last category that is bhakti in the real sense, the others being just trading in religion. A true devotee of God, called ekāntin, wants Him and Him alone and nothing else. Such a devotion is designated ‘akiñcana-bhakti,’ a devotion that does not want anything else in return from Him.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore