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Nine Kinds of Devotional Service in the Bhagavad Purana

Srimad Bhagavad Purana mentions the nine kinds of devotional service. The nine activities constitute pure devotional service. They are:
Hearing about the transcendental name, form, qualities, paraphernalia, and pastimes of the Lord;Chanting about these things;Remembering them;Serving the lotus feet of the Lord;Offering the Lord respectful worship with incense, flowers, water, and so on;Offering prayers to the LordBecoming his servant;Considering the Lord one’s best friend;Surrendering everything unto Him.

Symbolism in the fighting between Devas and Asuras – Prakashananda

Often we read in Puranas descriptions of fighting between Devas and Asuras. Sometimes the Devas get the better, sometimes the Asuras. They may rightly be taken to be the representatives of two opposite forces — spiritual and material.
Since time immemorial fight has been going on between these two opposite forces in different planes of Nature. But this struggle is most marked in the human plane.
In man sometimes spiritual forces rise supreme and sometimes the material.
The first conquest of the spiritual over the material has always been the beginning of religion.
Religion does not consist in filling the mind with unhealthy, weak, sensational ideas, or in committing to memory all the philosophies of the world, or in getting some supernatural power, but in bringing the real man out by manifesting the divinity potential in all.
SourcePrabhuda Bharata August 1903.