Bhakti Yoga in Sai Spirituality

Bhakti Yoga is prema (love) with saranagati (surrender). In Bhakti, we surrender ourselves totally, not only at the body level, but mentally, emotionally and intellectually; we surrender in totality. When there is surrender, our love gets purified. We may surrender to a god, goddess or our chosen spiritual ideal i.e. sadguru in Bhakti Yoga. By surrendering we surrender our obsessions, we lose our individuality and we expand in our consciousness to be one with supreme consciousness.

The Nava-vidha Bhakti or nine forms of Bhakti as described in Shri Sai Satcharita are:
1. Shravan (hearing)
2. Kirtan (praying)
3. Smaran (remembering)
4. Padasevan (resorting to the feet)
5. Archan (worship)
6. Namaskar (bowing)
7. Dasya (service)
8. Sakhyam (friendship)
9. Atmanivedan (surrender of the self)
All the Sadhanas, viz. Japa (vocal worship), Tapa (penance), Yoga practice and studying the scriptures and expounding them are quite useless, unless they are accompanied by Bhakti.

Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma
Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee
Yoga Practitioner, Dhrti Yoga

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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14 Responses to Bhakti Yoga in Sai Spirituality

  1. I have referred the book ‘The Science of Emotion`s Culture ( Bhakti Yoga )’ authored by Dr H R Nagendra used as a referral book in Dhrti Yoga centre dedicated to promotion of positive health through Yoga and related holistic sciences as basics of Bhakti Yoga. I have incorporated the description of nine forms of Bhakti mentioned in Chapter XXI of Shri Sai Satcharita on reading the text and devotion in Sai Spirituality.

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    A very valuable information for modern world.Thanks Sir,for sharing this.

    I believe, bhakti provides a convenient way of self realization and Moksha even as we are engaged in daily work and life. It helps life get proper meaning and value, and helps to set right direction. Surrendering self to supreme, self gradually vanishes revealing Self within.

  3. One of the important benefits of Bhakti is that mind is at complete rest, while we are in bhakti mode. Tension associated with responsibility goes. Neuro-chemical benefits of relaxation are achieved, mental performance improves and faith is basic source of all blessings. One must devote some time in Bhakti mode, once or twice a day.

  4. Respected Panda Sir,
    Very Nice Description presented by you via this Blog.

    I can explain “Bhakti” in a way of “Honest Dedication”.


  5. Tapas says:

    Bhakti doesn’t mean to showing ourselves from outer-side; it’s an inherent thing.

    It is very much related to the Sad-Shikshya that we have been getting from our parents, teachers or Gurus. Bhakti simply means to respect someone by heart; it’s meaningless to show others..

    OM SAI RAM..

  6. Santhosh says:

    Sai Ram Dear Uncle,

    A very well depicted post about Bhakthi. In this modernized world everyone is busy in their lives and not bothering about spirituality, but through Sai Baba’s teachings about the worldly things as depicted in Sri Sai Satcharithra be followed, then the world would be very peaceful with a lot of happiness.

    I pray Lord Sai Maharaaj to help all the people of the world to enlighten themselves in the path of Bhakthi.

    Om Sai Ram 🙂

    Thank you,
    San 🙂
    Santhosh KV
    Hewlett Packard India Global Operations,

  7. Respected Sir,
    After reading your article I remember Bhakta Sabari, Prahallad, Bidur, Hanuman, Gopis etc. who had different forms of Nabadha Bhakti.

    God says:”Mat bhakta yatra tisthanti,aham tatra tisthami…”
    In GITA also Lord Krishna says:”Sarva dharman parityajya mamekam saranam braja,aham twam sarva papebhyo mokshayishyami ma socha”.

    I think real Bhakti is complete surrender and take shelter on lotus feet of God because what is to be done,it has been done.

    Prakash Padhan

  8. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    Love-Surrender towards God !
    I think sir in present situation, it is difficult to define Love in Bhakti.But, your article ‘Bhakti Yoga in Sai Spirituality’ is a nice article regarding clear and appropriate definition of Love in Bhakti. Samarpana towards God is the right way towards Moksha.

    Sir, please write some thing about Sakhyam (friendship) as I feel doubt about this bhakti yoga whether towards god or mankind.

  9. V.Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    The Article Bhakti Yoga in Sai Spirituality is Well Written with Accurate Meanings to know more about Bhakti, which will be real Surrender to GOD with Peace and Spirituality.Each of the Points mentioned regarding Bhakti are Well Defined and Easy to Understand.

    However, one clarity I hope to get from You is that, among 12 months of a Year, Most of the Hindus Believe that the Month – Karthik (November) is More Valubale to Pray Lord Shiva or Vishnu with More Bhakti and to Get Moksha by observing Fasting, Puja with different kinds of Traditions and Cultures. Is it same as You mentioned in Your Article or You Want to Elaborate little more for much clarity.

    Thank You for a Good Article
    With Regads,

    • Dear Sri Nageswar Rao,
      This much I can say favourable time, place and person augment Bhakti Yoga; just like Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore has been a favourable place for me to grow and nurture ‘Bhakti Yoga in Sai Spirituality’.

  10. Chandra Kumr Panda says:

    Om Sri Sainathaya Namah

    Bhakti Yoga in Sai Spirituality indicates complete succumb during the time of Spiritual work before the Almighty; and in this regard linking to the matter, the Nava-vidha Bhakti or nine forms of Bhakti as described in Shri Sai Satcharita is highlighted in the article.

    Sir, any ‘Yoga’ to my mind is complete concentration on the trade of work may be bhakti,may be karma,and then only we can get the success and happiness.I think, when we have got the precious life of human being with thinking power and rationality; our mind should always be with the Supreme Power (God) wherever our field of work it may be and then only we can realise some ‘Sarthaka’.

    Yours Sincerely
    Chandra Kumar Panda

  11. Peter says:

    Keep working, nice post!

    “Bhakti is love with surrender”.

    This was the information I had to know.

  12. You may read my article Aloneness in Yoga and Spirituality which is my self-realisation in Bhakti Yoga as per my self-analysis.

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