The Short Stories from Bhagwat Mahapurana on Bhakti
Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapurana is one of the 18 Puranic texts of Hindu literature, with its primary focus on bhakti (devotion) to the incarnations of Vishnu, particularly Krishna. Shrimad Bhagwat Katha nourishes Bhakti, Gyan and Vairagya. Sankadi Munis have informed Narada ji that Shrimad Bhagwat has 18000 verses. It has nine numbers which denotes completeness. Shri Ram was born on Navmi (9th day). Shri Krishna went to Gokul on Navmi (9th).
A few stories on Bhakti are discussed hereunder:
Spiritual Significance: This is an instance of unselfish love or bhakti.
Spiritual Significance: The person becomes intelligent in miseries. Only in case of trouble, we go to the almighty. We remember almighty. Hence, trouble is real wealth. Actually, when we do not remember almighty, that is real misery.
To display his siddhis, Changdev made vehicle of tiger & rein of snake and went to meet Saint Gyaneshwar. When saint Gyaneshwar heard about this, he thought Changdev has false pride of his siddhis. Saint Gyaneshwar decided to teach him a lesson. At that moment, saint Gyaneshwar was sitting in the kitchen. He ordered the stone of kitchen to start moving. When changdev saw this, his pride was destroyed. Changdev felt, he could control only violent animals whereas saint Gyaneshwar can control non-living things. Changdev became disciple of saint Gyaneshwar.
Spiritual Significance: Changdev was hath yogi (dhayan by force). Yog can make one attentive but bhakti makes manas (मन) great. Jealousy destroys both this world and next world.
Path of Bhakti requires surrender of everything to almighty.