Bhakti Movement

Jivatma Paramatma Krishna Sudama

Jivatma Paramatma Krishna Sudama

The Bhakti movement reached at its peak during the 14th and 15th centuries. Lot of Indian saints have developed bhakti in the minds of the people, and they tolerated even when they were criticised by other religious people, and their main aim was to propagate their religious philosophies and teachings amongst the masses.

The Bhakti movement is based on various gods and goddesses, and especially the 15th century Varkari saints were considered as the ardent devotees of Lord Vittal Mahaprabhu, a form of Lord Krishna.

Lot of poems were written by the great saints, like Thukaram, Gora Kumbhar and Meeraand it was sung in the Pandharpur Temple of Lord Vittal.

Dvaita scholars like Vyasaraja, Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa had written lot of songs on Lord Krishna and they were highly appreciated by the great king Sri Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire. Similarly Advaita scholars like Paramacharya stayed in the hearts of his devotees, and especially he was respected even by the other religious people and also by the non-believers of god. The Bhakti movement started with the aim of glorifying the Holy religion Hinduism.

Goddess Ma Shakti Devi is worshipped as the holy mother by her devotees, and lot of temples are dedicated to her throughout India.

The Holy Scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata Purana and other holy texts, added sweetness to our Hindu religion.

By reading the bhakti stories of the Bhagavathas like Prahlada, Dhruva and Markandeya people were interested to worship Vishnu and Shiva regularly, and they developed constant bhakti on the almighty.

The Bhakti movement emphasised the devotees to surrender before the god. And it also preached the unity among all the living beings in the world, and it welcomed the devotees even from the lower castes to contribute their part in the spiritual field, in the form of penning bhakti songs on the almighty. The great Krishna devotees like Chaitanya and Nityananda used to dance in front of the Krishna temples with much joy and excitement. They have forgotten their worries and they were away from worldly pleasures and illusions. Sri Chaintanya is considered as an aspect of Lord Krishna, and once he had shown his true form, similar to Lord Krishna who has shown his Viswaroopa darshan during the previous dwaparayuga.

At this present world, bhakti only heals our body and mind, and would give goodness to us. Ancient saints lived a very pious life, and they were concentrated their entire attention on the almighty by thinking that, without showing bhakti on the almighty, there is no possibility of attaining Mukti. Hence let us live a holy life by concentrating our attention on the almighty and be blessed.

“JAI SRIKRISHNA”
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