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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day 5, 6, 7 & 8 of Swami Nikhilanand's discourse at Hanuman Temple of New York

Swami Nikhilanand, disciple and pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, giving a 15 day speech at Hanuman Temple of New York. Here is day 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, is currently delivering a 15-day lecture and kirtan series at Hanuman Temple of New York. Click here for all posts related to this devotionally inspirational event (All info taken from Swami Nikhilanand's facebook page)

On the continuation of The 3 Paths to God, we learned from Swami Nikhilanand, a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, that Bhakti is the better path for God realization because it is a much easier path to follow than Gyan. Gyan has many great and diffucult requirements and is a path which is bereft of God's Grace. Gyan is un-natural for the mind to just leave its attachments with nothing to replace them. Bhakti is a path which gives you something better to replace those disappointing attachments we have in the world

The path of Gyan Yoga and the path of pure Bhakti both lead you to God. Yet is the experience of God the same at the end? We learn the experience is not the same for the Gyani and the Bhakta. The Gyani experiences the bliss of oneness with God and the Bhakta experiences God with all his senses. Swamiji, a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj,  gave many example of the difference in the sweetness of Bhakti and the attainment of liberation. Then we heard stories of the greatest Gyani Saints of each yuga for example Sankadik Parmahans, King Janak, Uddhao, and Shankaracharya who all gave up their bliss of Gyan when they experienced the personal form of God. Swamiji quoted many Gyani Saints who exclaimed how the personal form of God stole their hearts and they forgot all about their liberation. After establishing the greatness and necessity of Bhakti Swamiji ended with tonight's lecture by telling us from here on he will be teaching the practical practice of the path of Bhakti. We will learn how to do Bhakti and be successful in this life

Part 7 of 15 on the 3 Paths to God Swamiji describes the two different types of Bhakti. There is Sadhana Bhakti which is the Bhakti that a soul has to do in order to purify his soul. The second Bhakti is Siddha Bhakti which a soul receives at the time of God realization. So then the question is how to do Sadhana Bhakti and this is will be answered in the next speech

The path of Bhakti is the easiest path to God and gives the highest attainment. In speech 8 of 15 Swamiji, a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj,  clarifies why a soul should not ask God for worldly matters and the dangers in doing so. He explains that most of what we ask for is already destined and God is not a business man who you can make an offering to and he changes your destiny. The danger is that we will one day lose faith if our faith is based on if we think God is listening to us or not. Also asking God who is perfect happiness for the world, which we have very thoroughly understood through all the speeches so far, is not logically. It is like asking a sweet shop owner who has delicious sweets for chapal. So to do true Bhakti we must first use our intelligence and stop asking God for the world. There are more misconceptions about Bhakti we must understand so we can finally do true Bhakti. This will be in the next speech.

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