Embodied Love: Practicing Bhakti & Devotion

Embodied Love: Practicing Bhakti & Devotion

In this series, we will discover both traditional and non-traditional forms of love and devotion. We will explore the ways in which devotion transforms our world, from the inside out. Just as falling in love has the power to shape and renew one’s worldview, becoming a Bhakta transmutes our vision and refines our heart. Love for the divine further empowers the devotee to transcend aspects of mundane existence, as it challenges common and selfish expressions of love. By dedicating our practice to a principle or deity that transcends the ephemeral, we can begin to taste the fullness of embodied love and its liberating possibilities.

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Embodied Love: Practicing Bhakti & Devotion
  • Bhakti-Shakti: The Role of the Feminine in Transcendence

    This talk is for yoga enthusiasts and spiritual seekers who want to deepen their experience of bhakti by invoking the transcendental assistance of she who can conquer the Unconquerable. Pranada Comtois will discuss how the bhakti tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism elevates the Feminine Divine to th...

  • Serve the Lord to Save the World: Bhakti-yoga as a Call to Action

    Modern yogis want to look outward and uplift the world as much as they want to look inward and uplift themselves. Bhakti-yoga offers a powerful prescription for connecting the inward turn that’s required for our contemplative practices with the outward turn that’s required for our social action. ...

  • Lila, Atma, Bhakti, and Bhagavan

    Arguably in Krsna lila—divine play—we fully encounter the “play that is played eternally before [the creation of] all creatures,” and also the notion that at play God is and we are (with him) “what we really are.” Therein Goddess Bhakti, who in her early stages manifests as a spiritual practice (...

  • Bhakti as given in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna – a dialogue between Man and God. Hence it touches on all aspects of the various relationships between man and god. The dialogue is made more dramatic by the fact that it is set in the middle of a battlefield in which Arjuna, the hum...

  • Bhakti Yoga in the Vraj (Vrindavan) Tradition

    Since there are as many flavors of bhakti as there are human hearts wherein it abides, this talk will focus on one prominent expression of bhakti, the Krishna (Kṛṣṇa) bhakti of the 16th century Vraj (Vrindavan) tradition, as a lens into the larger multi-faceted universe of bhakti.

  • Secret Messages of Divine Love

    The great sacred writings on Bhakti, especially Bhagavad Gītā, offer teachings of living the life of the heart. However, there are secret messages in these great writings that are easily and too often overlooked––yet they reveal the necessary pre-conditions of Bhakti. In this short talk, Graham w...