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On Bhakti Yoga and its Scientific Background

Delivering a lecture on Bhakti Yoga, the Vice-president of Indian Academy of Yoga, Prof IM Gupta said that the Bhakti Yoga has a scientific background. The lecture titled ‘Bhakti Yoga: An Analysis with a Scientific Backdrop Based on Bhagavad Gita’ was delivered at the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) in BHU in Varanasi.

The following points are excerpts of the lecture from Hindustan Times
  • Bhakti Yoga, the inevitable and logical culmination of all other forms of yoga — karma yoga, gyan yoga and dhyan yoga — the different pathways recommended for the elevation of human form in its various facets, has a scientific background.
  • Energy in scientific term is required by all living creatures for their subsistence and activity. The primary source of all energy in nature is the Sun, a manifestation of Lord Himself. The plant kingdom (green plants) alone has the means and ability to convert Sun’s energy into food for subsequent use through the process of photosynthesis.
  • No animal is capable of manufacturing its own food and it can only utilise food made available to it through the plant kingdom either in its original form or as its products meant essentially for its second generation for perpetuation of species, in form of flowers, fruits or seed in case of plants or as milk and eggs in the case of animals.
  • In Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna seeks leaf, flower and fruits from His devotees as offering, the purest of pure form of food energy of plant origin reflecting the very essence of Bhakti Yoga, thus we can say that Bhakti Yoga has a scientific background.