Song of Devotion

Srimati Carrie
Speaks on "Song of Devotion"
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 11:00am

Sri Chaitannya was an ardent exponent of Bhakti Yoga, the philosophy of love and devotion. He wandered the village path awakening all with his songs of God. The pure heart of devotion sings joyfully through a life of attunement. Devotion is vital to sustain us on the spiritual path.
—Srimati Carrie

From the Gurus and Swamis: AUM

“In love we become silent. In the fullness of love, we are speechless. In love, our whole being vibrates in the rhythm of joy. Love needs no words to express itself.”

—Swami Premananda,The Magnetic Power of Love (Bhakti Yoga)

“From Anahata arises a specific mystic path of consciousness, the Brahmanari, which leads the individualized self-consciousness to its union with the perfection of Brahman. That mystic path arises from the consciousness of the soundless cosmic vibration heard within the holy Anahata.”

—Swami Kamalananda, The Mystic Cross

“Heavenly Father, may Thy love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken thy love in all hearts.”

—Swami Yogananada Paramhansa


“Spiritual words are potent with divine power. Repeat, incessantly repeat, spiritual words and gradually your body will become quiet and sanctified, and your mind serene and pure; and your soul will bring you perfect peace.”

—Chaitannya, (Apothegms of Love, Bhakti Sutras) from "The Way of Wisdom and Self-Liberation" by Swami Premananda

“Music, the word we use in our everyday language, is nothing less than the picture of our Beloved. It is because music is the picture of our Beloved that we love music. But the question is, what is our Beloved and where is our Beloved? Our Beloved is that which is our source and our goal; and what we see of our Beloved before our physical eyes is the beauty which is before us; and that part of our Beloved not manifest to our eyes is the inner form of beauty of which our Beloved speaks to us. If only we would listen to the voice of all the beauty that attracts us in any form, we would find that in every aspect it tells us that behind all manifestation is the perfect Spirit, the spirit of wisdom.”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

“You are the notes and we are the flute.”

—Rumi (Translated by Robert Bly)

“Effortlessly, love flows from God into man, like a bird who rivers the air without moving her wings. Thus, we move in His world one in body and soul, though outwardly separate in form. As the Source strikes the note, humanity sings: The Holy Spirit is our harpist, and all strings which are touched in Love must sound.”

- Mechthild of Magdeburg (Translated by Jane Hirshfield)
“The pursuit of Truth is true bhakti (devotion). It is the path that leads to God. How beautiful it would be, if all of us, young and old, men and women, devoted ourselves wholly to Truth in all that we might do in our waking hours, whether working, eating, drinking or playing, till dissolution of the body makes us one with Truth?”

—Mahatma Gandhi