Tusar Nath Mohapatra

The Limitations of the Lower Forms of Devotion

Posted on: December 27, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Studies

When we look closely at the various forms of devotion, bhakti, it becomes clear that several of them resemble not so much pure, disinterested devotion, but something of a “bargain” with the god being worshipped. Some worship to be released or protected from suffering in various forms. Some worship to obtain benefits, the fruits of their desire, to be provided by their chosen god in return for the worship. Clearly these are not the pure, high flames of a total consecration, but are forms of desire, developed through the play of the Gunas in the lower Nature. The Gita does not consider these forms to be the highest, but nevertheless, accepts them as stages or steps along the way. While our normal mental consciousness wants to seek out absolutes of “black and white” even in such matters, and thereby chooses that “my god is right–yours is wrong” or some…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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