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This little booklet contains a set of three discourses given by our beloved SwamiChidanandaji Maharaj on Bhakti Yoga at the Sivananda School of Yoga, Johannesburg, S.Africa, in March 1979. The talks are as usual an excellent guide and source of material thatspans the Bhakti Aphorisms of Narada Muni of ancient times as well as of other sages such asSandilya down to the great Bhakti Saints of more recent times such as Ramanuja. The materialmay appear at first to be in the class of ‘easier listened to than actually imbibed’, but containswithin it several inspiring anecdotes and guidelines which will not be missed by the keen readerand serious seeker of God and which will serve him or her well as a source of inspiration andwisdom.The apparent distinction between the absolute monism of Sankara and the qualifiedmonism of Ramanuja is explained. Also, the Krishna Lila with the Gopis which is confusing tomany in the laity is described and it instills in our hearts and minds the sublime devotion andpurity displayed in that marvellous drama. Swamiji’s distinct sense of humour mixed with thecrystal clear explanation is a joy to read and reread. It brings together the different methods andYoga traditions and unifies them with Bhakti through the experience of humility, faith, devotion,surrender to the Divine and final liberation or realization of the Absolute. It is hoped that thislittle booklet will be well received and serve as a useful guide to all sincere seekers and devoteesof God both in the spiritual family of Beloved Gurudev Swami Sivananda and the larger familyof seekers the world over.THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY