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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sadhanabhakti, SAdhanabhakti, Saadhanabhakti

Sādhanabhakti literally means ‘means of lower devotion that lead to the highest devotion, parābhakti’.

Bhakti or devotion towards God has two aspects:

  1. Parābhakti - It is the intense devotion that spontaneously arises after God-realization.
  2. Aparābhakti - It is the means to it. Hence it can be termed sādhanabhakti or gauni-bhakti.

In comparison, parābhakti is also called as sādhyabhakti.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore