Sakamya Bhakti

Definition - What does Sakamya Bhakti mean?

In Hinduism, sakamya bhakti is devotion to God with the hope of attaining something in return. The term comes from the Sanskrit, sakamya, meaning “jointly,” “together” or "simultaneously”; and bhakti, which means “devotion,” “piety,” “love” and “worship.”

While sakamya bhakti has a selfish component, its opposite, nishkamya bhakti, is selfless devotion in which the yogi has no motivation except for his/her love of God. Nishkamya bhakti leads to union with the Divine. With sakamya bhakti, moksha (liberation) is impossible.

Yogapedia explains Sakamya Bhakti

Sakamya bhakti is perhaps the most common form of bhakti. When someone prays for good health, success or material gains, it is sakamya bhakti. But, sakamya bhakti does not have to be selfish. Praying for world peace, the safety of a loved one or the survival of hurricane victims are also examples of sakamya bhakti.

Although sakamya bhakti does not lead to moksha or union with the Divine, it can be a first step on a devotional path.

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