The authorship of the Bhakti Sutras is attributed to the sage, Narada, who lived in India in ancient times, though no one seems to be certain of the exact time period. Some say that he has incarnated in each age for the good of humankind…
Narada is said to have wandered from village to village, singing his love for God to the accompaniment of the veena, a simple stringed instrument of his own devising. In his ecstasies, he often seemed demented and wildly intoxicated. In spite of a mischievous streak, kings and saints alike sought his advice.
…Narada speaks of this love (parabhakti) in the following [manner]…
The one who loves God loves loving God, and seeks God out of love alone.
Love directed toward God leads to pure love.
Pure love is unconditional, the true expression of wisdom and the greatest giver of joy.
By this pure love, The Greatest Love, all imperfections are washed away, special powers are awakened, immortality is attained and one becomes completely fulfilled. Then, there being nothing left to want, there is nothing left to gain or lose, and sorrow vanishes.
The best practice for the attainment of The Greatest Love, is the surrender of all thoughts, feelings and actions to God. The highest sign of having attained it, is the intense anguish that is experienced when this state is lost.
Just as one cannot satisfy hunger by the mere knowledge and sight of food, similarly one cannot be satisfied by knowledge of God without The Greatest Love. Therefore, those who seek freedom must have The Greatest Love for God as the object of their spiritual practice.
Surrender to God day and night, remembering the nature of God, free of concerns, and God will become manifest to you, and in you, as The Greatest Love…
…[which] takes the following eleven forms:
(1) The love of glorifying the nature of God.
(2) The love of the beauty of God.
(3) The love celebrating God.
(4) The love of remembrance of God.
(5) The love of offering oneself as an instrument or servant of God.
(6) The love of God as a personal friend.
(7) The love of God as one’s own child.
(8) The love of God as a lover or spouse.
(9) The love of surrendering to God.
(10) The love of complete absorption in God.
(11) …the pain of separation from God.
My Love to You,
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