12 Facts About Bhakti


Bhakti literally means "attachment, participation, fondness for, homage, faith, love, devotion, worship, purity".

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Bhakti ideas have inspired many popular texts and saint-poets in India.

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Bhakti is found in other religions practiced in India, and it has influenced interactions between Christianity and Hinduism in the modern era.

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Bhakti adds that, in the concept of bhakti in Hinduism, the engagement involves a simultaneous tension between emotion and intellection, "emotion to reaffirm the social context and temporal freedom, intellection to ground the experience in a thoughtful, conscious approach".

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Bhakti Movement was a rapid growth of bhakti, first starting in the later part of 1st millennium CE, from Tamil Nadu in southern India with the Shaiva Nayanars and the Vaishnava Alvars.

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Bhakti movement swept over east and north India from the fifteenth-century onwards, reaching its zenith between the 15th and 17th century CE.

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Postmodern scholars question this traditional view and whether the Bhakti movement were ever a social reform or rebellion of any kind.

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Bhakti Yoga is described by Swami Vivekananda as "the path of systematized devotion for the attainment of union with the Absolute".

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Bhakti who sees equality in everything, In the image of his own Self, Arjuna, Whether in pleasure or in pain, Is thought to be a supreme yogi.

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Bhakti has been a common aspect of Buddhism, where offerings and group prayers are made to images such the images of the Buddha and the Bodhisattvas, or to deities such as wrathful deities.

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Bhakti is often used disparagingly to describe acts of worship to deities, often seen as ineffective and improper for a Buddhist.

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Bhakti has been a prevalent ancient practice in various Jaina sects, wherein learned Tirthankara and human gurus have been venerated with offerings, songs and Arati prayers.

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