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Bhakti – A Way to Obtain God’s Grace

Man undergoes troubles and pains in a greater measure than other animals; but that is compensated for by this capacity to acquire Jnana, which makes for the realization of Truth and the experiencing of Aananda or Supreme Shanti.

He is the Paramataman in whom all auspicious qualities are fully affirmed in a superlative measure. Even as the ocean is the repository of all waters, Isvara is fullness, the All. There is no other to him. He is the All without a second. That is Advaita. Idam Sarvam Purusha Eva, all this is the Paramatman, says the Sruti.

Our duty is worship Him in this way with devotion, and if we do so, He reveals His true nature to us. Bhagavan says:
Bhaktyaa Mam Abhijanaati Yaavaan Yaschaami Tatvatah
The word, Bhaktyaa, meaning through devotion, shows that bhakthi is the means for the realization of the truth of God's nature.

To say 'I have devotion to God', and not to act upto His commands is meaningless. Performance of prescribed duties is the sign of true devotion. Doing one's Karma, one should dedicate it to God.

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji  (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994), or the Sage of Kanchi or Maha Periyavar, was the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.