Welcome to day 6 of our Cookbook for a Sacred Life virtual course!
Today our topic is Bhakti Yoga.
The yoga of love and devotion is known as Bhakti Yoga. Song, dance, chanting and prayer have been throughout the ages traditional forms of Bhakti Yoga, and Ram Dass had great appreciation and love for the tradition.
From Be Here Now:
This yoga is difficult for us in the West to understand because we have used the term “love” in such a profane sense…that is, to reflect attachment to worldly objects of people. We speak of “loving” that food or drink or automobile or person…often in the same sense. We are so “action-oriented” that we think of love as “something to do.” But most people have sadly found that you can’t “make love” if love does not already exist. Meher Baba, a recent Indian saint who advocated love as the supreme vehicle said:
Love has to spring spontaneously from within: and it is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force. Love and coercion can never go together: but though love cannot be forced on anyone, it can be awakened in him through love itself. Love is essentially self-communicative: Those who do not have it catch it from those who have it. True love is unconquerable and irresistible; and it goes on gathering power and spreading itself, until eventually it transforms everyone whom it touches.
QUESTION: How does this interpretation of love make you feel? Have you experienced love like Meher Baba describes it?
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