The book "Bhakti and Sankirtan" contains very useful instructions for the students in the path of Bhakti Yoga, First of all, I have proved with practical illustrations the existence of God for the conviction of rank materialists and atheists. The first chapter contains the essence of Bhakti Sadhana. I have stressed the importance of worship, Bhajan, Upasana, Manasic Puja, etc., as a means to develop highest devotion.
In the second chapter I have dealt with the subject of "Love" in detail, - the various methods for developing love, the glory of true universal love, etc. Here I have also shown that faith is the primary requisite in the development of Bhakti. In this chapter, Viraha or separation of the devotee from his Lord, the sufferings the devotee will have before he gets God-vision and the various methods of Sadhana suited to achieve this end, have been clearly shown.
The third chapter contains some of the essentials in the path of devotion. The efficacy of practila Sadhana to the exclusion of all vain discussions has been pointed out here. The qualifications of a devotee, when and how can give real spiritual progress and a stimulus for the continuance of Sadhana, etc., have been shown in detail.
The science of Sankirtan, the benefits of Sankirtan and how to conduct Akhanda Kirtan have all been discussed with many instructions for Sankirtanists in the fourth chapter. The condition of the present day Sankirtan is also reviewed here briefly.
About the Author:
Sri Swami Sivananda, born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta.
He was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme.