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Swami Samarth Bhakti: How to do Swami Bhakti?
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  siddha yoga blue  Swami Bhakti – How to perform "Navavidha" Bhakti of Shri Swami Samarth?
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Introduction: Swami Bhakti - Why and How?
I receive this question may times – How should I perform Swami Samarth’s Bhakti? How can I receive Swami’s Krupa or divine grace in my life? What should I do so that Swami is pleased with my Bhakti? The answer is given by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita "If one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it". Bhakti is any offering to God with love from the bottom of your heart. The same goes about Swami Samarth Bhakti – anything offered to Swami Samarth with true love and devotion is his Bhakti. It is that simple.

There are also several people who send me their problems that are spiritual as well as material. I offer them only one solution, only one medicine – Swam Samarth’s Bhakti. Why? ...because Swami Bhakti is the ultimate medicine that works on all sorts of problems, it has worked for past 135 years and it will continue to work in the future. I have experienced it myself and with many others. (Example: Spiritual bhakti medicine and Material bhakti medicine.)

Here is an effort to explain how to perform Swami Samarth Bhakti to receive his divine grace.

This page is created for those who want to do Swami Bhakti for Spiritual and material progress in the long term. If you have serious material problem and have done many efforts to solve particular problem in your life and nothing else has worked you should visit this page: Miracle Cure – Experience Swami Samarth’s promise to you!!

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First - What is Bhakti?
Bhakti is supreme devotion, it is experience of divine love. Bhakti is a beautiful way to show love for the God. Bhakti is unconditional love towards the supreme. Bhakti Yoga is spiritual practice based on love and devotion towards God. It is done to evolve yourself continually to get nearer to the God. It is simple love for God.

God is all about overcoming doubts of our mind. Bhakti Yoga is simplest of the Yogas to attain this goal. Bhakti helps remove doubts. Mind stabilizes as doubts disappear, which further enhances the Bhakti...slowly the water gets clearer and clearer....where eventually you see your own image (Self). Till that time you must continue to believe that God is somewhere outside. Till that time you must follow one Guru, one God or one Principal. Once the duality of mind is dissolved, Bhakta can see the same Divine principal in all forms of God which eventually merge into one, single divine entity once again – The Self – This is the self-Realization!

Bhakti Yoga is a progressive path; devotee starts by giving some of what he does or has to Ishta-Devata (one’s preferred form of God) and ends with offering everything to him. Bhakti is essential for attaining Gyan (Knowledge of Self). Para (highest level) of Bhakti leads devotee into Maha-Bhava. Para (supreme) Bhakti and Gyan are one and the same. In Maha-Bhava devotee is unconscious of his body and the world. Finally, devotee attains a state where Gyan and Bhakti become one. Devotee is absolutely merged in God. There is no difference left between Bhakta and the God. This is the final destination of Bhakti Yoga. Read more at Bhakti Yoga: What is Bhakti and How to do Bhakti?

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Why do I always suggest Swami Bhakti and not any other Guru or Avatar Bhakti?
Simply because Swami Bhakti is the most powerful medicine for every problem in this world..and this medicine works every time, all the times. It never fails! Read here: Swami Bhakti is most powerful medicine for every problem. Also read: What is use of God who can't help? He must Help & Protect 
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Swami Bhakti – How to perform "Navavidha" Bhakti of Shri Swami Samarth?
There are nine principles of devotional service (Navavidha Bhakti) described to help devotee remain constantly in touch with God. All nine forms of Bhakti should be deployed to attain Swami Samarth’s Bhakti and receive his divine grace. Prayer, Pooja (worship), Seva (service) Japa (repetition of Swam Samarth’s name), Kirtan (chanting Swami Songs), Anusandhan (conscious remembrance of Swami), meditation, self- surrender and spiritual reading should be employed while performing Swami Samarth Bhakti.

The simplest and most important forms of Swami Samarth Bhakti include - Swami Naam/Japa, Seva, Spiritual reading and listening to devotional songs of Swami Samarth.

All forms of Bhakti bring the same results. At the same time each form of Bhakti is different and appeals differently to devotee’s mind and character. Swami devotees should try to use as many forms of devotion as possible. This reduces monotonous nature of Bhakti in the initial stages and helps devotee’s mind remain focused on Swami. 

Below I have listed various Bhakti forms. Each of them will help you maintain and increase devotion towards Shri Swami Samarth. I have also mentioned overall importance of the form of Bhakti in the category for each of them.

Please try to bring variation in your Bhakti methods. Use best combination of various approaches I have suggested below. Use little of everything. Variation helps remove the monotonous nature of Bhakti (in the initial stages). Use method of listening to devotional songs when you are travelling or busy with other chores of your day. That way you can still be doing Bhakti effortlessly and continously.

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Worshiping Swami Photo and Swami Charan-Kamal (lotus feet) (Category - Extremely important)
Guru's feet are termed as Charan Kamal (lotus-feet) in the religious scriptures. The lotus-feet is a metaphor for the divine feet of the God, Avatar or Guru. The true meaning of the phrase "lotus feet" is transcendental, not readily grasped by Buddhi (intellect) alone. Worshiping one's Ishta-Devata, in true sense, is an effort of unconditional surrender at the lotus feet of the God or Guru. Devotee expresses surrender, humility, devotion, dedication and love by worshiping and meditating upon the lotus feet of his form of God (Ista-Devata) or Guru. This way a communion with the Guru is established easily. Bhakta (devotee) should set aside all his intellect, ego and wisdom and fall at the feet of the God or Guru. If Bhakta’s thoughts are centered on the feet of the Guru, he will get all his desires fulfilled – spiritual and material both. There is absolutely no doubt about this. It is said, that the spiritual master plants his lotus feet in the heart of the disciple. Therefore, worshiping Guru's Charan-Kamal is the best possible form of Bhakti in my view.

Once you understand the importance of worshiping Charan Kamal of the God, here is how you do it.

How to worship Swami Samarth and his lotus feet?

First, properly place Shri Swami Samarth's photo in your Puja-Ghar (with Pratishthapana ceremony). You can buy required Swami Photo from India (anywhere in Maharashtra) or you can find one online. Here are couple of pictures that are ideal for Swami Bhakti.

 Fear Not I am with you – Swami Samarth!

Swami Samarth - The Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh-Shiva
Swami Samarth Shri Dattatreya avatar
"Fear Not I am with you" – Swami Samarth's Promise to his Devotees!
FIRST Original photo of Akkalkot Swami Samarth taken by Kodak Company photographer
This is the FIRST Photograph of Swami Samarth, taken by the Kodak Company’s photographer - Read story behind Swami's photo by Kodak
This is the most latest and probably LAST photo of Swami Samarth.
This is the most latest and probably the LAST photo of Swami Samarth.

You should perform Swami Puja every morning using the photo you have installed. (Refer to internet sources on how to do Puja if you don’t know one.) You can continue doing your other devatas pooja if you do it regularly. After performing Swami Puja, sit before Swami for 5 to 15 minutes in the morning  every day (and also in the evening if you can). Keep your eyes open while sitting before Swami and gaze steadily at Swami’s Charan (lotus feet) in the photo. Gazing at swami's Charan-Kamal for as long as you can is an extremely important step here. Try to bring Sharan Bhava (inner feeling of surrender) in your thoughts and mind. Perform Swami Japa constantly while you gaze at his feet (loud enough so that you can hear it). Use one of the two following Swami Japas - Japa One: "Maharaj Shri Swami Samarth Jai Jai Swami Samarth", Japa two: "Maharaj Shri Swami Samarth Jai Jai Swami Samarth". If it is hard for you to pronounce the Japa you can listen to it in the initial period, until you master it.

Following is the most important photograph for those who perform Swami Bhakti. These is picture of his lotus feet. Entire universe has merged at the feet of Swami. Worshiping and surrendering at the feet of Swami is the highest form of Bhakti one can attain towards Swami. There is no other Bhakti in the world that is higher than worshiping Swami’s Charan-Kamal.

Swami Samarth Charan, lotus feet, paduka

Swami Charan-Kamal (lotus feet): Most important photo for those who perform Swami Bhakti
Swami samarth original paduka swami  threw at chollappa
Original swami samartha paduka swami threw at chollappa
Swami Original Paduka in Akkalkot Math

If you worship Swami's lotus-feet and if your thoughts are consistently centered at the feet of Swami, you will be protected by Swami all the times. That is promise given by Swami. All your material and spiritual desires will be fulfilled eventually. Note the word "eventually". That also means fulfillment of desires does not happen instantaneously, so please dont expect miracles to happen after efforts of few weeks to perform Swami Bhakti. It takes sincere and consistent efforts of decades to be abel to surrender successfully at the feet of God. The God will take care of your world once you surrender fully and unconditionally.

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Spiritual reading – Swami Charitra and Leela (Category - extremely important)
Spiritual reading and reading of Sant Charitra (biography of Saints) is an extremely important form of Bhakti. When you immerse your mind and heart in spiritual books, you will always be filled, because spiritual reading gives you foundation in Divinity and deep understanding of God.

Devotee should read often and insatiably all the books about spiritual masters (Sant Charitra). Saints are Jivanmuktas who have liberated themselves from miserable cycle of life and death. They are no different than God. Their life is an example for others to follow. For Bhakta reading of Charitras is perhaps equivalent to Bhakti itself. Reading of Sant Charitra is easier way to help fight temptations and desires in life.

Spiritual books can guide you like a Guru. Throughout the spiritual journey a devotee will always have many questions and doubts about the path they are travelling. Many times Bhakta feels lost in the path of divinity (this is an inevitable part of the process). Spiritual reading reestablishes confidence about the God in the mind of Bhakta. It helps resolve many questions and doubts about the path and God. Bhakta should learn to see a Guru in spiritual book. This is more true when you read Sant Charitras. It works like light in a dark street. In absence of lights (spiritual reading) many Sadhak feel lost. Books of Gurus and Saints help like mother-is-holding-hand-of-a-child. Spiritual reading also helps keep the mind focused on Bhakti which is extremely important because Bhakta's mind will always drag him towards material joys of the life. Spiritual reading works like a goad that brings the elephant (of mind) back on his track (of divinity).

Several books have been written about Swami Samarth and his Leelas (miracles). Here are few suggested readings about Swami Samarth. If you are Marathi, I will suggest you to read book named "Swami Raja" by Leela Gole when you get chance. This book will certainly help you raise your faith level. There is another book named "A Glimpse of Divinity: Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj of Akkalkot" by Mukund M. Hanumante, Ph.D. (search on google for this book). This will provide answers to the perpetual quest of maniind for perfect peace and happiness. I am sure there are several other Swami Charitra's are available throughout Maharashtra. If you prefer English, here is one book by N S Karandikar on the Web that you will find very useful (search on google for this book).

You should also read books about Shri Sripad Srivallabh (First Purna Avatar of Shri Dattatreya - 1320), Shri Nrisiha Sarasvati (1378 − 1458) and Shri Manik Prabhu (1817 - 1865) when possible. All these books will help you strengthen your Bhakti. I would also encourage you to read Sant Charitras about several other Saints as well. God resides in each of the Jivanmukta (liberated soul). Every page read about Saints (Jivanmuktas) will illuminate your path towards God and Swami Samarth.

The best approach is to start reading about Swami at least one page every day. Do not read entire Charitra in one day. Read very little at a time, think over it, contemplate, let your mind engage in the message from it, let it stay in your mind for the day. You will get many questions resolved this way. That will bring stability and direction to your thoughts to some extent. When you read Swami's Charitra you must evince unflinching devotion from the bottom of your heart devotion to Swami.

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Swami Meditation (optional)
This is not really necessary but you can do meditation of Shri Swami Samarth daily if your time permits and you like meditation. 10 minutes sitting before Shri Swami Photo every day (with closed eyes) is sufficient initially. Try to think of Swami and his lotus feet during the meditation. Do Swami Japa during the meditation. This should be a silent Japa in the mind only. (Shri Swami Jaap/Naam - "Maharaj Shri Swami Samarth Jai Jai Swami Samarth, Shri Swami Samartha Jai Jai Swami Samarth!!" (visit video link Swami Samarth: Mantra, Bhajan, Aartis, Jaap, Naam: Video Collection) You can increase time slowly. Additional 5 minutes every 6 months is good enough. It is extremely important to maintain the consistency of meditation rather than doing it for longer time every day. Consistent (daily) worship of smaller duration is much more powerful than longer duration worship done occasionally (once a week). 

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Anusandhan – Conscious awareness of his presence in everything you do (Very important)
This is not an easy process and takes several years/decades to attain the state of Anusandhana. This state of mind can be achieved only when we take one step at a time for several decades to several lives.

In Anusandhan, Bhakta has absolute faith that Shri Swami Samarth he is never away from him (absolutely never). If you attain that state you will feel every moment Swami is with you as long as you are able to stay in the state of his Anusandhan. Swami is away from you only when you are away from him (actually in those situations too he is there with you.) Try to devote your Karma-Phala (fruit of your actions) to Shri Swami Samarth. Non-ownership of Karma-Phala is primary goal of Karma Yoga. Think that your intellect and decisions are coming from Swami. Obviously you will have to keep all your actions pure, divine and virtuous that way. Think that everything you have received in your life (good or bad) is Swami's will (desire). Everything happens only because of his will. Try to be happy and contented with you have in your life. Swami will help you where it is necessary to get more. It's him who decides what is important for you. Try to get rid of the doer-ship Bhava (ego) out of your actions and achievements. Dont be discontented because you have to do your Karma (of material world). Karma is extremely important because it keeps purifying your heart; it helps you keep on track of the Divine.

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Nam-Japa (Important)
Japa transforms the nature of the mind, fills mind with Sattva Bhava (divine purity). During Japa all the divine qualities steadily flow into your mind from the God. Japa calms mind and diverts intellect towards divine qualities. Japa slowly wipes out bad Vasanas (tendencies) and Samskaras (mental impressions) and gives Vairagya (dispassion) and Viveka (wisdom) to the Bhakta. Constant Japa and prayers purify mind and it is filled with pure and divine thoughts. He who thinks of divinity is transformed into divinity itself. When the mind thinks of Swami Samarth during Japa, the mind will actually assumes the form of Swami’s image.

Bhakta should perform Swami Naam Japa throughout the day when you can remember. Japa must continue during your work/study also. It can be done in mind when you are with other people. When you are alone you should do it loud (so that you can clearly heat it.) Your mind will try to divert towards worldly matters, but you must continue to bring it back with Japa. Slowly you will gain control over your mind and you will be able to focus your mind and do Japa easily. Repetition of Swami Samarth Mantra removes the dirt of the mind. Japa helps Bhakta slowly overcome Shadripus (six enemies) - Kama (lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment), Ahankar (ego) and Matsarya (envy)

A beginner should have a Japa-mala (rosary). Later on you can do Manasik Japa (mental repetition). Pray for Swami’s mercy and grace. All miseries and agonies will come to an end with Swami’s grace. Do Nam-Japa for at least 10 minutes in the morning and evening every day. You will find the miraculous effect within a short time. If you can repeat Swami Mantra for six hours daily, your heart will be purified quickly. Swami Naam in itself will eradicate the disease of birth and death and bestow on you liberation from the cycle birth and death.

Visit following page to choose Japa you would like - Swami Samarth: Mantra, Bhajan, Aartis, Jaap, Naam: Video Collection

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Listening to devotional songs (Category - extremely important)
Listening to Swami's devotional songs (Bhakti Geet) is one of the extremely important steps in Swami Bhakti. I sometimes consider it even more important than Japa. Divine songs & music are a great help for attaining God-realisation. Why is it so important? Nam-Japa sometimes can be monotonous in the initial stages of Bhakti Yoga, but devotional song remove the monotonicity of Nam-Japa. Listening to devotional songs enable Bhakta to maintain Anusandhan (conscious remembrance) of Swami Samarth. We are living Kali-Yuga (Iron Age or darkest age) and devotional songs are extremely helpful in removing the darkness in our mind. Therefore, listening to devotional songs is one of the MOST powerful tools in Bhakti Yoga. In my view devotional songs are equivalent to Nam Japa in itself.

Fortunately there are several of Swami's devotional songs easily accessible on you-tube. The more devotional songs of your Ista Devata (Swami in this case) available to you, the more it will be useful for your spiritual progress.

Upload to your MP3 player as many Swami Samarth devotional songs as possible from the following page. You should listen to them while you are travelling or driving to & from work. Sometime it is difficult to do the Japa but listening songs can be easy. This way you can still maintain Swami Anusandhan.

Swami Samarth: Mantra, Bhajan, Aartis, Jaap, Naam: Video Collection

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Seva (service) at Shri Swami Samarth math (very important if you have access to a Math near by the place you live)
I will strongly suggest Seva (service) for those who have Swami Samarth Math nearby their home or work place. You should visit Swami Math at least once a day if you can. Try to do Seva at the Math if you can. Seva Bhava helps mind get trained in removing ego and enables surrender before God.

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Self-Surrender: Ultimate goal in Swami Bhakti & What Bhakta receives in return
Always remember, Bhakta must walk towards God to attain God. Don’t expect God to come to you. Swami stays in his own Swaroop (own-self). It is you who must do consistent efforts to attain him. Ego and Desires are your biggest enemies. You can win both with the help of Swami Bhakti by keeping objective of Self-surrender.

Self-surrender is the final goal of Bhakti Yoga. Self-surrender is the ultimate form of Bhakti. In self-surrender individual soul (me) is united with the supreme soul (Swami). Bhakti removed layers of Maya (illusion) of duality. Bhakti starts with two and ends in one. The lover and the beloved become one. This is the pinnacle point of Bhakti. You will enter into Samadhi (super-conscious blissful state) when surrender is complete. Samadhi is what every Yogi craves for. You will achieve that Samadhi (communion with the God) through Swami Bhakti after complete surrender.

Offer all your efforts, works and fruits to Swami in order to achieve that self-surrender. Try not to have your own will. Say to Swami “I am yours, everything is yours, you do everything for me, and I am just a tool in your hands Swami”

Internally you should not feel any other duty than Swami Bhakti. You should not have independent existence apart from Swami Samarth. Swami will take care of all your spiritual as well as material needs. I mean it absolutely. This is my personal experience. The more you unfold yourself before Swami, the more grace you will receive from him. The more you give, the more you will receive. Many times you will arrive at a point where you don’t want anything for yourself, because everything you do for you and your family will bring you pains, for you come to know that it’s him who is leading your path. Any deviation of that path (towards ego and desires) is painful for Bhakta at such a point.

You should not have any sensual craving, because you don’t have your own body; it has been offered to Swami. You should feel the presence of Swami everywhere and nothing else. In fact there comes a point where you will start feeling “You are the Swami”. You will not feel a need to achieve anything once you realize that you receiving Swami’s Grace.

He has no enemies or friends, for he has given himself up to God who has no enemies or friends. He has no anxiety, for he has attained everything by attaining the grace of God. He does not even have the thought of salvation - he merely wants God and nothing but God.

Meera abandoned everything in love of Lord Krishna, she renounced her kingdom, husband, relatives and friends. She remembered Lord Krishna all day and became one with him, his Naam, his Swaroop. Her mind was always absorbed in Lord Krishna. Only then did Lord shower His grace upon her.

How Lord Krishna protected Meera?

Meera's brother-in-law Vikramaditya, who later became king of Chittor, tried to harm Meera in many ways: He mixed poison in the prasadam of Krishna and made her drink it. But by Lord’s grace, prasadam changed it to Amrit. The Poison could not kill Meera. Vikramaditya pinned iron nails in Meera's bed, but, again by God's grace they turned into rose petals. As Meera explains in one of her couplets - 'शूल सेज राणा नै भेजी, दीज्यो मीरां सुलाय/सांझ भई मिरां सोवन लागी, मानों फूल बिछाय'

Vikramaditya placed snake in flower basket and told her that it was a gift from him to her Lord, but when she opened there was flower garland.

Such is the power of Bhakti. Therefore, try to immerse yourself in Swami Bhakti and Swami will do everything for you. God protects, Swami protects!!! Such is the power of self-surrender.

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What you should NOT DO in Bhakti?
Bhakti is all about purifying one’s heart, mind, thoughts, speech and Karma. One must follow certain rules in material life that will support this purification process. Purification is not possible without dispassion, nonattachment and indifference to sensual enjoyments. Sama (control of mind), Niyama (discipline), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dama (control of the senses), Uparati (turning away), Titiksa (endurance) and Sraddha (faith), Sucha (internal and external purity) are extremely important for Bhakta’s spiritual progress.

Below are the basic rules Bhakta is supposed to follow. I have given an exhaustive list of things to avoid. All efforts must go together. Ultimate surrender in Bhakti is simply not possible without following the rules.

Many people ask question - What if I am doing Bhakti and still cannot resist the things/habits mentioned below? The answer is - The purification process will take longer in your cases. As Bhakti gets stronger the person will slowly drop the bad habits eventually. Do your best to avoid all of the things mentioned here.

  • Absolutely No adultery. Be honest to your family and the married partner (if you are married).
  • Absolutely No non-veg, be strict vegetarian.
  • Absolutely No drugs.
  • Absolutely No liquor or beer.
  • Absolutely no gossips. STOP taking interest in cheap matters of others.
  • No eggs.
  • Stop watching movies (try to reduce if you cannot stop).
  • Stop singing movie songs (try to reduce if you cannot stop).
  • Don’t use leather. I know it is hard but try using alternatives to leather wherever you can.
  • Try to avoid garlic, onion and spicy food.
  • This may sound strange and extremely difficult: While you are walking always try to keep your eyes down, closer to your feet. Why? As you see the world around, your mind will dwell upon the things, attractions and distractions that you will observe and think upon. This also means your mind will be engaged in worldly matters and impressions (Maya). By keeping your eyes away from all these things you will be able to focus more on Bhakti. My suggestion - Try the best you can.
  • …and most important – Do NOT lie. Try to be truthful all the times.

    The more you will follow the above rules the closer you will be to the God, Swam Samarth and the ultimate liberation (Mukti).

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Yoga is an exact science. It aims at the harmonious development of body, mind and soul. Everyone should follow one Yoga as their primary Yoga (based on their character). Then we must combine Karma Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Gyan Yoga. This “Yoga Synthesis” will lead one to the God.
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