“To thine own self be true.”

Once the Bhakta has tasted the sweet nectar from the Divine lips of the Beloved, one is in the grace of expanded awareness, and one is forever transformed, ah sweet Bliss. True love and Bhakti are such blessed topic to speak on, yet, their true meaning is impossible to convey with words. One must experience True Love, and Bhakti for oneself. To intellectualize Bhakti and think we understand it from mere study, and verbal expounding it to reside in the delusion of limited awareness. Bhakti must come from ones heart, the head and the mouth can but merely attempt to express the feeling. Some Bhaktas express this feeling through song, poetry, art, some quietly remain in the inner feeling of Bhakti.

Some of the problems in the path of Bhakti have to do with hypocrisy, and self-deception. Now, as you well know most human beings refuse to see themselves in this way, but readily point out others they find to be so. You see, we need not go around professing to be a Bhakta, trying to impress others with our false displays of Bhakti. If one is feeling in the heart True Bhakti, express it if it’s what you feel, just be Truthful to yourself. Remember, Shakespeare said, “To thine own self be true.” If you are pretending to express devotion and there is no feeling behind it, you are therefore, being a hypocrite, residing in self deceit. Two huge obstacles on the path of Bhakti Yoga, be careful here. If your mind can stay one pointed, and you struggle with the feeling in your heart, remember, you are practicing one or more of the other yogas, it’s ok. Feeling will arise spontaneously, perhaps you have already had such experience, and perhaps your awareness have been heightened.



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