The word bhakti, devotion, means worship. For worship, both the person who worships and the one who is worshiped must be present. Hence, as long as there remains a difference between the devotee and God, there is the opportunity and necessity of bhakti-sadhana.
Bhakti signifies longing for the Supreme -Sa paranuraktrishvare. In the word ‘paranurakti,’ rakti denotes raga, attachment. Anurakti means maintaining attachment with or being attracted by a particular entity after having understood its meaning. Anurakti is of two kinds – anurakti for the Supreme Brahmn, the infinite cosmic Consciousness, is paranurakti. Anurakti for Brahmn under the sway of prakriti or anurakti for crude manifestations is termed aparanurakti.
The two kinds of anurakti exist only on account of the introverting or extroversial actions of the mind; that is, extroversion denotes aparanurakti, while introversion denotes paranurakti. The externalising forces subordinate a person to the sense organs and render him crude, divesting him of his spiritual force.
Paranurakti, on the other hand, releases a person from the grip of indriyas and through sublime meditation, establishes him in finer sublimated senses, in infinite blessedness beyond the bounds of the universe.
All that we see in the manifested universe, whether they be conscious or crude, have attraction for one another. This attraction is the dharma of the created universe and as a consequence, the continuity of thought projections of the Cosmic Mind is maintained. Therefore, attraction is natural for everything.
It is due to the attraction for one another amongst myriads of heavenly bodies oscillating in infinite space that balance is maintained in the firmament. In every planet or sub-planet, there is an effort for self-preservation. People assemble at a place that yields good water, fruits and fertile lands, because they find adequate material for self-preservation. The bee flies around flowers in quest of honey for its survival. Every entity chooses what is more lasting and secure for greater and longer safety. People run after money because they believe that they can maintain their lives with money, that money alone can save them. They do not know that money can provide neither permanent stability, nor secure shelter. During the span of one’s life, money will come and go several times. At times its glamour will dazzle our eyes and at other times, the lack of money will make one cry from hunger. Not only money, all finite objects have this characteristic. One uses finite objects with the intention of enjoying only one of their portions, then sooner or later the residue will be reached. That which is finite cannot permanently remain the object of your enjoyment or your permanent resort. The existence of all these things is dependent on other things – bound by the limits of time, place and person.
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