Navavidha bhakti comprises the nine ways to express devotion or develop devotion for God or the higher Self.
Bhakti yoga is one of the main paths of yoga that a practitioner can follow on the path to Self-realization and is the path most followed in India. The name comes from the Sanskrit root word, bhaj, meaning “to adore/worship God.” Thus, it is the path of love and devotion. Bhakti is sometimes described as “love for love’s sake.”
In this discourse, gain a deeper understanding of the nine modes of bhakti and how to utilize these paths in your journey towards the Supreme.
Friday, March 26 | 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
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Swami Shantananda has dedicated his life to mission work and Vedantic teachings. He is the Acharya of Chinmaya Mission centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Mesmerized by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda in the 1960s, Brahmachari Raghavan (now Swami Shantananda) served Pujya Gurudev as his traveling secretary for a few years. After completing his Vedanta course in Mumbai, he traveled to Taiwan, where he successfully managed his own business and taught Vedanta part-time. He was instrumental in founding CM in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 1992, he received sannyasa diksha from Pujya Gurudev and became Swami Shantananda. Since then, Swamiji has dedicated his life to Mission work and Vedantic teachings, and is presently the resident acharya of Chinmaya Mission New Jersey. As a speaker, Swamiji’s talks are filled with wonderful insights into life and people respond instantly to his wisdom and affectionate nature. In 2001, as his personal tribute to Pujya Gurudev, to commemorate the 50th-year celebrations of Chinmaya Mission, Swamiji undertook and completed 50 Gita jnana yajnas all around the world.