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Devotion, prayer and being connected

In devotion to God there are three things: Stuti (praise), upasana (being connected) and prathana (prayer).Praising the qualities of God, meaning viewing the wonderful creation of God and being wonderstruck by it. To realize the presence of a creator and say, ‘what a wonderful creation you have created oh Lord!’, and then praising the qualities of the creator that is stuti (praise).

Just because you praise don’t think you are persuading God to grant you some favors. It is to hope that by praising, those qualities would come to you. When you say my grandmother and grandfather were very patient people, won’t you also get that quality of being patient? That is why when we are praising the qualities; those qualities will come to us. This is Stuti (praise).

Upasana means to create a near or a close relationship. To think God is mine.

A close relationship is to be developed with God. To develop a close connection with God, through mother, through father, through Guru, through your favorite Godhead (idol, name, and symbol) is called upasana. Now prathana (prayer); what is prayer? It is a request to God to help you out in something in which you are deficient in. Make up the things in which I am deficient in. Then yes I am thankful to whatever you have given me so far, this is prayer.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Devotion is your nature

Devotion is abiding in your own nature; like the sweetness cannot leave sugar, the coolness cannot leave ice; the nature to flow does not leave water right! Similarly devotion is your nature it won’t leave you.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The love of one who is so centered

Q: What is Divine Love?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There is a love in which respect is not lost in spite of intense intimate love, the love of one who is so centered. The more you go near Krishna, the more you go near Buddha, the more you go near Jesus, your respect will only increase, and it will not diminish.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar playing the Veena

Braj ke dohe, sawaiya, 47 of 144, Literature from Vrindavan

४७.

सोहत है चंदवा सिर मोर के तैसी ये सुन्दर पाग कसी है।

तैसी ये गोरज भाल विराजत तैसी हिये बनमाल लसी है॥

‘रसखान’ विलोकत बौरी भई दृग मूंदि के ग्वाल पुकारि हंसीहै।

खोलरी घूंघट खोलू कहा वह मूरति नैनन मांझ बसी है॥४७॥

Bhakti poet, Raskhan says: ‘Krishna is so attractive…He has a peacock feather tucked in his turban. His face is powdered with dust that settles down after clouds of dust are raised by his herd of cows walking in Vraj, and a beautiful garland of flowers from the jungle graces his chest. Seeing Krishna’s wonderful presence, i close my eyes in bliss. A cowherd boy laughs on seeing my state and asks me to wake up. I say, why should I open my eyes when wondrous Krishna is in my eyes. What else is there to see?’

This is Bhakti Yoga :-)

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