Never lose heart on the path of the heart

Failure is an unpleasant but unavoidable part of life.

Different failures call for different responses. In some cases, we may persevere despite the failures; in others, we may pursue a new avenue.

Success in most fields of life requires some material abilities. A singer needs to have a decent voice. This necessity of material abilities extends even to most spiritual disciplines. For example, a seeker with modest cerebral capacity can’t succeed in jnana-yoga (the path of intellectual reflection); nor can a seeker without capacity for bodily austerity succeed in ashtanga-yoga (the eightfold path of yoga).

No doubt, many material capabilities can be improved by practice. Still, some limits can’t be escaped. A dumb person can’t become an opera singer.

Thankfully, there exists one path that doesn’t depend on material abilities: bhakti-yoga. Of course, if we have material abilities, it can put them to the best use, but such abilities are not prerequisites. Bhakti-yoga is essentially a path of the heart – it links the human heart with the divine heart through love.

All of us have a heart, that is, the capacity for emotions. After all, we are souls with an innate capacity for spiritual love. Though this capacity is presently dormant, it can be revived by the universal process of bhakti-yoga. No material limitation can stop this revival; the Bhagavad-gita (09.32) indicates that bhakti can elevate everyone, whatever their material background.

During our practice of bhakti, we may slip and fall, but such hiccups don’t have to dishearten us. Because in bhakti no one is disqualified; everyone has what it takes to succeed.

By thus meditating on the universal redeeming potency of bhakti-yoga, we can take heart, march steadily on the path of the heart and eventually attain the ultimate treasure of the heart – pure eternal love for Krishna.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 32

"O son of Prtha, those who take shelter in Me, though they be of lower birth – women, vaisyas [merchants] and sudras [workers] – can attain the supreme destination."

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12 Comments

  1. Hare Krishna ,
    Very encouraging article ,Prabhuji ,Thank you.

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  2. Hare Krsna,
    Very Nice … Thanks for sharing …

    Hari Bol

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  3. Thank you Prabhuji..

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  4. Thank you Pr for posting this article, Bhakti yoga is the simplest and effective means for balancing spiritual and material life….,

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  5. Hare Krishna Prabhu, each and every article on this site is so profound and uplifting, I feel the points that you bring out are so relevant for the lives of devotees and I personally take great inspiration from your posts. Thank you very much,

    Sahil
    (London)

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  6. “During our practice of bhakti, we may slip and fall, but such hiccups don’t have to dishearten us. Because in bhakti no one is disqualified; everyone has what it takes to succeed.” – wonderful!thanks for the encouragement prabhu.

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  7. Very inspiring!
    Thank you Prabhuji!

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  8. Another wonderful article…your each and every article gives a new understanding…it’s so profound and excellently answers to each and every difficulties faced by many in this process…seeking ur blessings pr. …I wish ur articles continue to make others and me more firmly situated in KC…ur article gives tremendous faith and gives best solution by analyzing the problems from its root and fixing it…ur words reflect Lord Krishna’s mercy…ur articles are also like an essential part of this process…Hare Krishna…:-)

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  9. Hare krishna prabhuji
    You have made us understand that bhakthi yoga is potent that no material limitations can stop us going towards our ultimate goal of acheiving Krishna.
    Thanks Prabhuji.

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  10. Hare Krishna Prabhuji, Dandvat Pranam! Thanks for being merciful and posting this article. It is so heartening to know that no failure can stop us from marching forward to achieve love of Supreme- Krishna.

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  11. Really inspired by this article, which encourages and sustains one more to tread firmly on this divine and most easy yet difficult path of bhakti yoga. Krishna is so kind to open this wonderful and sweet path of bhakti yoga to relish the sweetness of krishna’s grace and love. hare krishna.

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