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Narada Bhakti Sutra

The Narada Bhakti Sutra (IAST: Nārada Bhakti Sūtra) is a well known sutra venerated within the traditions of Hinduism, reportedly spoken by the famous sageNarada. The text details the process of devotion (Bhakti), or Bhakti yoga and is thus of particular importance to many of the Bhakti movements within Hinduism. It has received particular attention among the Vaishnava traditions.

Sanskrit scriptures often appear in variant editions which may show differences in organization and verse numbering. For example in the translation by Swami Prabhavananda there are eighty-four verses arranged in nine chapters,[1] whereas in the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust translation by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his disciple Satsvarupa dasa the eighty-four verses are organised into five chapters.[2]

As organized by Swami Prabhavananda, the text covers the following subjects:

  • provides a definition of bhakti.

  • stresses the importance of renunciation and self-surrender.

  • provides exemplars of divine love.

  • endorses bhakti as the highest goal of human life.

  • provides suggestions on how to practice divine love.

  • explains the importance of seeking holy company.

  • discusses the difference between preparatory and supreme devotion.

  • covers the forms of divine love.

  • recommends the practice of ethical virtues and worship of God

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