The Relationship Between Air And Wind By Where Wind Is The Seat Of Loving Devotion

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The Pir states that the heart is the seat of loving devotion. The implied meaning here is that the heart of one smitten by prem pīḍā (pangs of love) and lāy (intense desire) eventually becomes the repository of prem bhakti or loving devotion for the Lord. The intensity of prem bhakti engulfs the a(n)tar (inner self), leading to a fixation and passion for the Beloved. In this state of loving devotion, the Pir advises his followers to remember the Beloved at all times.

The word bhagtī, used in the above verse is same as the Sanskrit word bhakti. Bhakti means ‘devotion’, ‘adoration’, ‘worship’. Bhakti is not about blind love - rather, it is about being blind in love. The relationship between prem and bhakti is similar to the relationship between air and wind, where wind is a current or flow of air. Likewise, bhakti an active expression of love in the form of worship or it is love in action. Therefore, love and action are two important aspects of bhakti. The third significant aspect of bhakti is mystical or spiritual knowledge. The Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary captures this idea quite well and defines the word bhakti in these words: “faith or love or devotion as a religious principle or means of salvation, together with karman, ‘works’ and jñāna, ‘spiritual knowledge’.” Thus, bhakti is a confluence of love, knowledge and action. Prem bhakti, therefore means, ‘devotion out of love’, ‘worship rooted in love’ or simply ‘loving devotion’.

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