Bhakti and Liberation
Questioner: Does a person have to do bhakti in order to be liberated?
Dadashri: Bhakti helps one acquire the tools for the path of liberation. Bhakti of the Vitarag Lords is only for liberation. If the person who is giving satsang has any kind of need or desire, interacting with him will not give you liberation. Such a satsang may help to attain a life in the celestial world. For moksha, one needs the satsang with someone who has no desire or does not beg for anything in this world.
What does the worshipper get out of it? He gets to ring the bells in the temple and eat the food offered to the Lord. They worship pictures of God. What does that do? You become like the one you worship. If you worship marble you will become like marble, if you worship a black stone, you will become like the black stone, if you worship a picture you will become like that picture and if you worship 'Dada', you will become like 'Dada'. What is the nature of bhakti? You become the one you do the bhakti of. Bhakti shows the relationship between God and his devotee. As long as there is God, there is a devotee. God and the devotee are separate. What we do here in the satsang with 'us' is not considered bhakti. It is called niddidhyasan. It is higher than bhakti. During niddidhyasan you become one with the Self. In niddidhyasan the self becomes the Self. Such a state can never be achieved even through bhakti of countless lifetimes.
If you go searching for God believing this computer to be God, then you will miss out on the real God. Worship those who are higher than you. You cannot worship anyone without first knowing their attributes. However, the bhakti that is going on elsewhere is bhakti of prakrutik attributes, i.e. attributes that are temporary and exist in duality. One cannot do bhakti if there is no compatibility and in the absence of a strong liking for it. Bhakti cannot be done without a liking for it.
The multiplication of three attributes defines devotion. These three are, worship of the name (naam), establishment of the one to be worshipped (sthapana- living or idol) and the visible evidences of the bhakti (dravya). Some worship an established image or idol. The true worship of the 'Gnani Purush' has four components. These are naam, sthapana, dravya and bhaav (inner intent of liberation only). When these four multiply in worship, then it is called the true bhakti of the Gnani Purush.
Questioner: Is there a difference between bhakti (devotion) and faith?
Dadashri: What do you understand by bhakti? Is it considered bhakti when I eat?
Questioner: No. Is single-minded devotion not bhakti?
Dadashri: Faith is established in the words by reading scriptures. One will develop devotion for Lord Krishna if he develops faith in the words of Lord Krishna. He begins with an adjustment with a sentence from someone, then he develops faith on that, and then the bhakti begins. Then if he develops faith in someone else’s writings, he will not be able to adjust with the former and his faith in him will become unstable. Here in Dada’s satsang, the faith is established with you in the initial experience of the Self (nischay) and such faith is conviction (pratiti) which remains with you until final liberation.
1) What is the nature of bhakti? You become the one you do the bhakti of.
2) Bhakti helps one acquire the tools for the path of liberation.Bhakti of the vitarag Lords is only for liberation.
3) When bhakti is done with the ultimate goal of attaining the Soul, you will attain the instruments i.e. the Gnani.
4) To remain in the awakened awareness of the absolute enlightened knowledge as the Self, is the highest bhakti.
5) Doing bhakti will lead to a meeting with the Gnani Purushand one will attain Gnan. Liberation is attained through Gnan.