Definition of bhakti in English:



mass nounHinduism
  • Devotional worship directed to one supreme deity, usually Vishnu (especially in his incarnations as Rama and Krishna) or Shiva, by whose grace salvation may be attained by all regardless of sex, caste, or class. It is followed by the majority of Hindus today.

    • ‘They confess sins, do penance and engage in bhakti and karma yoga to raise consciousness.’
    • ‘Consequently, the goal of all auspicious activities - karma, jnana, yoga and bhakti - is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.’
    • ‘He firmly advocated karma and bhakti as the means to purification of mind, which then becomes fit for realization of Atman.’
    • ‘Saivism values both bhakti and yoga, devotional and contemplative sadhanas, or disciplines.’
    • ‘This makes it excellent for those practicing bhakti or a devotional religious path.’