The Importance of Bhakti (Love and Devotion)
Without Bhakti, all are hollow and sham, covers
without the kernel.
Therefore, hold fast to Bhakti and give up shrewdness
Devotion, affection and love are three different words,
but they denote one and the same thing.
Bhakti and Bhao (devotion and love) constitute
Guru-Mat [teachings of enlightened masters].
All else are Man-Mat [limited understanding of the mind].
The essence of Atma and Parmatma is Prem (love).
Sat Naam (True Name) is the embodiment of Bhakti
Bhakti (devotion) and Bhagwant (the Supreme
Being) are one. Sat Guru is the embodiment of
You are also Prem (love) in essence, so are all Jivas [souls].
But there is one difference. Somewhere it is a drop,
elsewhere, a wave.
At one place, it is ocean of Prem (Love) and at
another, it is the source and fountain head of Prem
At one place, it is Ichcha (desire)
which is predominant, and at another, it is
Maya which is powerful.
At one place there was a little of Maya [illusion], and that too
was purified because of its association with the
ocean of spirituality.
In the Source, there is no Maya. There, it is all Prem
— Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Vol. 1