Four Aspects Of Bhakti life That Are Anathema To Popular Religions

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 8.6)

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Bhakti-yoga might not be met with open arms in the beginning.  In fact, there are several aspects that will be strongly objected to, depending on the audience.

1. The four regulative principles

No meat eating? No gambling? Not allowed to drink alcohol? Wait a second, sex only for the purpose of having children? Are you intentionally trying to make life torturous? No need to wait for punishment in the afterlife, since you are creating such a distressful situation right now.

Religion doesn’t have to be like that. Follow the faith of your choice, usually that inherited from the parents. Be a good person. Don’t steal. Don’t cheat others. Believe in the savior and reach a higher destination after this life is…

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