Bhagavad Geeta ----- Bhakti (Devotion) The Highest Love To God


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In Bhgavad Gita the Highest Love to God is explained in two lines(two sentences), speaking Lord Krishna such as:---

" Through unfailing devotion, Arjuna, you can know Me, see me, and attain union with Me. Whoever makes Me the Supreme Goal of all his work and acts without selfish attachment, he who devotes himself to Me completely and is free from ill will for any creature, enters into Me."
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11 verses 54-55
Bhakti (भक्ति,)is called devotion in English. This portion of spirituality spoken as bhakti (bhakti yoga), devotion, unselfish love for God signifies an active involvement by the devotee in divine worship in practice. The term bhakti (written in orginal language Sanskrit and Hindi in Devanagari alphabet as भक्ति)is often translated as "devotion", though increasingly "participation" is being used as a more accurate rendering, since it conveys a fully engaged relationship with God. One who practices bhakti(devotion to God) is called a bhakta, while bhakti as a spiritual path is referred to as bhakti marga(or is called Bhakti Yoga), or the bhakti way. Bhakti is an important component of many branches of Hinduism, defined differently by various sects and schools.

Bhakti emphasises devotion and practice above ritual. Bhakti is typically represented in terms of human relationships, most often as beloved-lover, friend-friend, parent-child, and master-servant. It may refer to devotion to a spiritual teacher (Guru) as guru-bhakti, to a personal form of God, or to divinity without form (nirguna). Different traditions of bhakti in Hinduism are sometimes distinguished, including: Shaivas, who worship Shiva and the gods and goddesses associated with him; Vaishnavas, who worship forms of Vishnu, his avatars, and others associated with; Shaktas, who worship a variety of goddesses. Belonging to a particular tradition is not exclusive—devotion to one deity does not preclude worship of another.

The Bhagavad Gita is the first text to explicitly use the word "bhakti" to designate a religious path, which the Bhagavata Purana develops more elaborately. The so-called Bhakti Movement saw a rapid growth of bhakti beginning in Southern India with the Vaisnava Alvars (6th-9th century CE) and Saiva Nayanars (5th-10th century CE), who spread bhakti poetry and devotion throughout India by the 12th-18th century CE. Bhakti influence in India spread to other religions, coloring many aspects of Hindu culture to this day, from religious to secular, and becoming an integral part of Indian society.