Sākhyabhakti

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sakhyabhakti, SAkhyabhakti, Saakhyabhakti


sakhyabhakti (‘devotion [to God] as a friend’)

Bhakti or devotion to God, can assume several forms. The Nārada Bhakti-sūtras, a well-known treatise on bhakti, describes eleven such modes (sūtra 82). The sixth mode in this series is called ‘sakhyāsakti,’ same as sakhyabhakti.

It denotes love of God as one’s dear friend. Arjuna, Uddhava, Sudāma (or Kucela) and the cowherd boys of Vṛndābana are quoted as the classic examples. The Bhagavadgītā (11.41, 42) reflects this idea very well.

See also BHAKTI.


References

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

OLD CONTENT

By Swami Harshananda

sakhyabhakti (‘devotion [to God] as a friend’)

Bhakti or devotion to God, can assume several forms. The Nārada Bhakti-sutras, a well-known treatise on bhakti, describes eleven such modes (sutra 82). The sixth mode in this series is called ‘sakhyāsakti,’ same as sakhyabhakti.

It denotes love of God as one’s dear friend. Arjuna, Uddhava, Sudāma (or Kucela) and the cowherd boys of Vṛndābana are quoted as the classic examples. The Bhagavadgītā (11.41, 42) reflects this idea very well.

See also BHAKTI.


References

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

OLD CONTENT

sakhyabhakti (‘devotion [to God] as a friend’) Bhakti or devotion to God, can assume several forms. The Nārada Bhakti- sutras, a well-known treatise on bhakti, describes eleven such modes (sutra 82). The sixth mode in this series is called ‘sakhyāsakti,’ same as sakhyabhakti. It denotes love of God as one’s dear friend. Arjuna, Uddhava, Sudāma (or Kucela) and the cowherd boys of Vṛndābana are quoted as the classic examples. The Bhagavadgītā (11.41, 42) reflects this idea very well. See also BHAKTI.