--svatantramasvantantraM cha dvividhaM tatvaMishyate--
--svatantro bhagavAn vishnuH--

Sri Madhvacharya, in his tatvasaMkhyAna

Unfamiliar with the transliteration?

Lucid definition of "Devotion" ("Bhakti")

parameshvara bhaktirnAma niravadhika ananta anavadya kalyANaguNatva GYAnapUrvakaH svAtmAtmIya samasta vastubhyo aneka guNAdhiko antarAya sahasrenApya pratibaddo nirantara premapravAhaH

— Sri JayatIrtha (aka Sri tIkachArya), commenting on “Bhakti” as presented by Sri MadhvacArya

Devotion to the Supreme Lord is that continuously surging flood of deep love & attachment to the Lord of the Universe, which is impregnable by any number of obstacles encountered in its march. It should be of such a quality & texture as would transcend all other forms of love which one may bear towards one’s own self, or to his nearest & dearest ones in life, or to his most cherished possessions. It should be founded on an unshakable intellectual & emotional conviction in the Majesty of the Lord – as the embodiment of all spiritual excellence.

Ed: This is not my own translation; this has probably come from the Dvaita list; I happened to see this in someone’s email footer.

- posted Mar 3, 12:39 pm in


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