Who is Devotee (भक्त) - The Bhagavad Gita
॥ श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता ॥ ॥ ॐ श्री परमात्मने नमः ॥ ॥ अथ श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता ॥
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita has explained to Arjuna, the attributes of Devotee or Bhakta in its various chapters. Bhaktas are dear to the almighty. A true bhakta get liberation from re-birth.
A bhakta is a friend of all, free from self-centredness, unaffected by vanity (arrogance) and pride, ever cheerful, patient in all circumstances and situations, firm in his resolves, absolutely self-surrendered to the God, attracting love and affection of all, unperturbed, pure, indifferent to worldly values, devoid of the feeling that he is the doer of anything, alike to friend & foe, alike in praise and insult, and looking on the whole world as his home. Detachment, universal love, resignation, self-control, absence of egoism etc. are the common characteristics of perfect person.
For one who is thus endowed with devotion that constantly makes the mind centred in Me (Brahman, Almighty, Shree Krishna), there is no need of knowledge and renunciation, as disciplines, separate from the practice of devotion, for attainment of the highest spiritual goal.
Shree Krishna says, when a man continues to follow the disciplines of Bhakti without break, I begin to dwell in his heart and thereupon, all the desires of the heart are destroyed owing to my presence. When an aspirant realises Me, the soul of all, his ego-sense, which constitutes the knot of the heart, is cut as under:
The path of devotion has advantage that, as he depends on personal God and not on his effort alone. Shree Krishna says that He is always at back to lift devotee out of the ocean of samsara. The persons should practise whole-hearted devotion.
Service of living beings with feeling that almighty dwell in them is real pada seva of God. Ritualism need to be accompanied by the service of society, of poor and the holy ones without them, it is futile.
The detailed explanations of attributes of Bhakta, chapter wise and verse-wise of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita (the relevant Sanskrit verses of Bhagavad Gita are mentioned at the bottom) are as under: