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Hinduism - What Are Devotion Modes Of Bhakti In Hindu Worship?


Devotion Modes is a term used to describe different types of devotion.

For more than a century, devotion to God (bhakti) has been the most powerful force in Hindu religion.

The shape and tone of this devotion, on the other hand, have changed greatly throughout time and location.

Rupa Goswami, who lived in the mid-sixteenth century, did the most detailed articulation of several possible kinds of devotion.

Rupa was a follower of Krishna (bhakta) and a member of the Gaudiya Vaishnava religious sect, which was created by the Bengali saint Chaitanya.

The focus on relationship in Krishna devotion is marked by imagery of mythological occurrences from Krishna's life, through which one might enter his divine universe and thereby participate in his divine "play" (lila) with the world.

Rupa identified five such modes, each of which was marked by increasing emotional intensity.

The first was the "peaceful mode" (shanta bhava), in which the devotee achieved mental serenity by realizing his or her total unity with Brahman.

Because the god was perceived impersonally and the devotee had no personal contact with God, this was seen as a lower form.

The last four modes were based on human connections, ranging from the most remote to the most personal and loving: master and servant (dasa bhava), friend and friend (sakha bhava), parent and kid (vatsalya bhava), and lover and beloved (vatsalya bhava) (madhurya bhava).

Despite the fact that all of these types of interaction with the divine were valid, the final was regarded as the highest since it elicited the most powerful feelings.

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