Devotion

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Saint Teresa of Avila:Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then.
Encyclopædia Britannica:...a chosen deity may be the subject of pure, unmotivated devotional love, recollected in a few moments of morning meditation in prayers uttered before a shrine, or in the lighting of Incense.

Devotion is defined as the act or state of devoting or being devoted, the feeling of strong or fervent affection; dedication, Religious veneration, zeal, piety, prayer and religious ritual.


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Encyclopædia Britannica:Devotion (bhakti) effectively spans and reconciles the seemingly disparate aims of obtaining aid in solving worldly problems and locating one’s soul in relation to divinity. The term bhakti is derived from a root that literally means “having a share”; devotion unites without totally merging the identities of worshipers and deities.
  • Devotion (bhakti) effectively spans and reconciles the seemingly disparate aims of obtaining aid in solving worldly problems and locating one’s soul in relation to divinity. The term bhakti is derived from a root that literally means “having a share”; devotion unites without totally merging the identities of worshipers and deities.
Lord Byron:...On lesser charms, for no cause save that such
Devotion was a duty, and I hated
All that look'd like a chain for me or others

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**Winston Churchill: throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world warby their prowess and their devotion.
  • Devotion to Sri Narayana also is the means to cultivate love within. To “hear” of his glories, to “sing” about His beauties, to “reflect” upon His love, to “meditate” upon His Presence within us, are the ways by which a devotee grows in his love for Him.

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Charles Darwin: It is nearly impossible to give an adequate idea of the higher feelings which are excited; wonder astonishment, and sublime devotion fill and elevate the mind.

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Anatole France: St. Orberosia is forgotten by the Penguins, her devotion abandoned, and her sanctuary deserted. On her shrine, bereft of its gold and precious stones, the spider silently weaves her web.

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James A. Garfield:With unquestioning devotion to the Union, with a patience and gentleness not born of fear, they have 'followed the light as God gave them to see the light.

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William Hazlitt:Gallantry to women (the sure road to their favor) is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute towards it.

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Julian (emperor):*To myself grant for the fruit of my devotion to thee — Truth in belief concerning the gods, the attainment of perfection in religious rites, and in all the undertakings which we attempt as regards warlike or military measures....

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Klaus K. Klostermaier: The atmosphere of devotion which hangs above the river is improbable in strength; stronger than in any church that I have ever visited. Every Christian priest would do well to sacrifice a year of his theological studies in order to spend his time on the Ganges; here he would discover what piety is.

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Vladimir Lenin:As leader and man Lenin possessed a selfless devotion to communist ideals and to the cause of the party and of the working class and a supreme conviction of the righteousness and justice of that cause.

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Gurinder Singh Mann:Vedanta had attracted Westerners to Indian philosophy and theology or religious study. ISKCON drew them to the path of personal devotion (bhakthi) to a Hindu deity, Krishna, and to a guru, Swami Prabhupada.
Sun Myung Moon:There are, certainly, differing degrees of devotion among Moon's followers; the fact that they bow at the right moment or shout "Mansei! ...
  • The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning. I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way.
  • Hindus offer devotion and offering to them Gods -Vishnu and Shiva at shrines in their homes and temples.
    • Gurinder Singh Mann, in "Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in America : A Short History", p. 50

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Martina Navratilova:He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson.

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Barack Obama:The soldier's courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such.

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Paul Pathickal:...Hindus see Christians of all denominations going to worship services on Sundays,...
Paul Pathickal:Bhakthi movement became prominent in later Hinduism. In the Bhakti Marga (Way of Devotion), devotion to god is a specific religious attitude and sentiment, the essential features of which are faith, love, and trust in god...
  • True devotion to god is indeed filled with wisdom and knowledge.
    • Paul Pathickal, in "Christ and the Hindu Diaspora", p. 49

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Franklin D. Roosevelt:But the challenge is always the same — whether each generation facing its own circumstances can summon the practical devotion to attain and retain that greatest good for the greatest number which this government of the people was created to ensure.

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Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami:There are many ways Hindus offer devotion through chanting and song.

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Mother Teresa:There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

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Swami Vivekananda:This idea of devotion and worship to some higher being who can reflect back the love to man is universal. In various religions this love and devotion is manifested in various degrees, at different stages.
  • This idea of devotion and worship to some higher being who can reflect back the love to man is universal. In various religions this love and devotion is manifested in various degrees, at different stages.
    • Swami Vivekananda, in "The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 2/Bhakti or Devotion".
  • So we find that in almost every religion these are the three primary things which we have in the worship of God — forms or symbols, names, God-men. All religions have these, but you find that they want to fight with each other...These are the external forms of devotion, through which man has to pass; but if he is sincere, if he really wants to reach the truth, he goes higher than these, to a plane where forms are as nothing.
    • Swami Vivekananda, in "The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 2/Bhakti or Devotion".

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