BG Chap 9 - Characteristics of bhakti ...Continued

(c) Gives realization of the Lord

This knowledge gives direct perception of the self and the Lord by realization and thus is the perfection of religion. The Lord makes His appearance in direct perception arising from methods such as hearing. Devotion, direct experience of the Lord, and detachment from other things – these three occur simultaneously for one who has taken shelter of the Lord. The attainment of realization is in accordance with the intensity of worship. This knowledge is faithful to dharma. It is nourished by righteous acts such as service to guru. Though one may fail to perform all dharmas, bhakti is the perfection of dharma. As pouring water on the root of a tree nourishes the entire tree, and as supplying food to the stomach enlivens the body, simply by worshipping the Supreme Lord satisfies the demigods, who are parts of the Supreme Personality.

(d) Easy to execute

The process of bhakti is easy to execute and performed thru acts like hearing about the Lord or offering tulasī leaves and water drops to the Lord. Unlike karma, jñāna and other processes, there are no extreme pains to the body, voice or mind. One can execute devotional service even in the most poverty-stricken condition. The Lord says, patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyam: He is ready to accept from the devotee any kind of offering, never mind what. Even a leaf, a flower, a bit of fruit, or a little water, which are all available in every part of the world, can be offered by any person, regardless of social position, and will be accepted if offered with love.