The Joyous Meditation Teachings of Lorin Roche


Bhakti- Division, Partition, Separation, Devotion


bhaktyudrekād viraktasya yādṛśī jāyate matiḥ |
sā śaktiḥ śāṅkarī nityam bhavayet tāṃ tataḥ śivaḥ || 121 ||


Bhakti is generally translated as “devotion to God.”

The full definition of bhakti weaves a wonderful melody, singing of the relation of the part to the whole, the river to the ocean, the play and interplay of separation and union.

Just roll with me on this, it’s worth it.

Bhakti:
  • distribution, partition, separation
  • a division, portion, share
  • a streak, line, variegated decoration
  • a row, series, succession, order
  • being a part of
  • belonging to
  • that which belongs to or is contained in anything else, an attribute
  • attachment, devotion, fondness for, devotion to,
  • trust, homage, worship, piety, faith or love or devotion (as a religious principle or means of salvation)

To get all poetic, we could say, Bhakti is the song the river sings as it flows toward union with the ocean.




bhakti
bhaktí [p= 743,1] [L=147660]
distribution , partition , separation RV. Ta1n2d2Br. &c (cf. ketra- , bhagī-bh°)
743,1] [L=147661]
AitBr.
743,2] [p= 743,1] [L=147662]
sāman (also called vidhi , of which 7 or 5 are enumerated) La1t2y. S3am2k.
743,2] [L=147663]
Ragh.
743,2] [L=147664]
Hariv. Ka1v.
743,2] [L=147665]
°tyā ind. and °ti-tas ind. in succession) RPra1t.
743,2] [L=147666]
ifc.) the being a part of (ajbhakte , " on the part of the vowels ") , belonging to Siddh. &c
743,2] [L=147667]
Nir. Pra1t.
743,2] [L=147668]
Car.
743,2] [L=147669]
loc. , gen. or ifc.) , trust , homage , worship , piety , faith or love or devotion (as a religious principle or means of salvation , together with karman , " works " , and jñāna , " spiritual knowledge " ; cf. IW. 326 RTL. 97) S3vetUp. Bhag. Ka1v. Pur. &c
743,2] [L=147670]
ifc.) assumption of the form of Megh. 61
743,2] [L=147671]
w.r. for bhagi or bhukti
bhaktyā [p= 743,2] [L=147672]
not in the regular sense , figuratively S3am2k.
(H2) f.
[p= a division , portion , share
[p= a division of a
[p= division by streaks or lines
[p= a streak , line , variegated decoration
[p= a row , series , succession , order (
[p= (
[p= that which belongs to or is contained in anything else , an attribute
[p= predisposition (of body to any disease)
[p= attachment , devotion , fondness for , devotion to (with
[p= (
[p= often
(H2C) ind.

You can read the Monier-Williams dictionary entry for Bhakti here as a scanned page.


Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon: Search Results

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bhakti

f. distribution , partition , separation RV. Ta1n2d2Br. &c. (cf. %{kSetra-} , %{bhaGgI-bh-}) ; a division , portion , share AitBr. ; a division of a Sa1man (also called %{vidhi} , of which 7 or 5 are enumerated) La1t2y. [743,2] Sam2k. ; division by streaks or lines Ragh. ; a streak , line , variegated decoration Hariv. Ka1v. ; a row , series , succession , order (%{-tyA} and %{-ti-tas} ind. in succession) RPra1t. ; (ifc.) the being a part of (%{ajbhakteH} , `" on the part of the vowels "') , belonging to Siddh. &c. ; that which belongs to or is contained in anything else , an attribute Nir. Pra1t. ; predisposition (of body to any disease) Car. ; attachment , devotion , fondness for , devotion to (with loc. , gen. or ifc.) , trust , homage , worship , piety , faith or love or devotion (as a religious principle or means of salvation , together with %{karman} , `" works "' , and %{jJAna} , `" spiritual knowledge "' ; cf. IW. 326 RTL. 97) S3vetUp. Bhag. Ka1v. Pur. &c. ; (ifc.) assumption of the form of Megh. 61 ; often w.r. for %{bhaGgi} or %{bhukti} ; (%{-tyA}) ind. not in the regular sense , figuratively S3am2k.



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Spoken Sanskrit Dictionary

Bhakti, written in Devanagari:

भक्ति
You can learn to recognize Devanagari one letter at a time.
= bha.

vibhakti
ví-bhakti [L=198197]
separation , partition , division , distinction , modification Br. Mn. MBh.

&c W.

accord. to Pa1n2. " a termination or inflection either of a case or of the persons of a tense " ; certain taddhita affixes which are used like case terminations have also the name vi-bhakti ; in the yājyā formulas esp. the cases of agni are so called) TS. Br. &c

partic. division of a sāman (= bhakti) S3a1n3khBr. Sch.

partic. high number Buddh.
(H2) f.
[L=198198]part , portion , share of inheritance
[L=198199](in gram.) inflection of nouns , declension , an affix of declension , case (
[L=198200]a
[L=198201]a