Bhakti Darsana / On Devotion
Bhakti is meditation on the Self,
because the Self is the source of all Value (ananda).
A knower-of-the-Self meditates
by the Self upon the Self, forever.
The Absolute is meditated
because the Absolute is the source of all Value.
Constant meditation on the Absolute
is thus known as Bhakti.
All meditate the highest Value.
No one meditates suffering.
That meditation on the highest Value
is taught as Bhakti.
The Self alone meditates the Absolute.
meditates the Self alone, and no other.
Meditation of the Self is thus called Bhakti.
Value, the Self, the Absolute, are said
to be the names of the One.
He who has sure awareness of this
is called a Bhakta.
"I am Value. I am the Absolute. I am the Self."
He whose vital imagination
always takes such forms
is known as a Bhakta.
The wife does not adore only the husband,
nor the husband the wife.
It is the very form of highest Value they adore,
shining within every sense object.
Thus, one-who-knows sees not a trace
of anything other than
the bliss of the Self anywhere.
His is truly the highest Bhakti.
Where there is sympathy
toward the Father of the World, toward one's own Guru,
toward Father and Mother, toward the Fathers of Wisdom,
toward those who walk the same path ...........
Toward those who put down evil,
toward those who do good to all -- that also is Bhakti.
But that which pertains to the Supreme Self alone
is the ultimate Bhakti.