Love – the Essential Prerequisite

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Love – the Essential Prerequisite
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 September 13
Place Patna, India
Topic Devotion for God is a fundamental requirement
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
Location in Sarkarverse
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the Essential Prerequisite is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1978 September 13 in Patna, India. This discourse is the fifth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2.[1]


There are many categories of bhakti. Amongst them the main three types are támasii, rájasii and sáttvikii bhakti. Támasii bhakti means static devotion. It is not actually bhakti because the unit’s desire is for his or her enemies to be destroyed. Since Parama Puruśa is not the goal, it is sure that he or she won’t get Parama Puruśa.

Rájasii bhakti means mutative devotion. In this form of bhakti, one wants physical property. So one may or may not, as a result of this bhakti gain prosperity, but it is sure one won’t get Parama Puruśa, because Parama Puruśa is not the goal.

In the case of sáttvikii bhakti, or sentient devotion, the goal is Parama Puruśa. Sádhakas should aspire for Him and Him alone, and this is the Supreme Goal of all human endeavours.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that without love for God, all human ventures become meaningless. Karma Yogis can do many an action, but if love is not there, they can not reach their goal. Jinaniis can read many books, but their path leads to crudity, lacking devotion. He then explains that Hatha yoga means control of mind through physical force. Since the practitioners of Hatha Yoga bear no love for the supreme goal, their minds become crude and they can never get liberation. Anandamurti goes on explaining that there are three categories of devotion. In Sentient devotion the only desire cherished by the devotee is to become one with His Lord. that is the best type of devotion.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2 
Preceded by
Soliloquy of the Supreme
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
With: the Essential Prerequisite
Succeeded by
Cardinal Attributions of God