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From Back to Godhead

By Satyaraja Dasa

A section of the Padma Purana glorifying the Bhagavatam presents an allegorical account of bhakti’s travels.

In India’s traditional wisdom texts, bhakti, or devotion, is sometimes presented as a person. This is especially so in Gaudiya Vaishnava literature. In Kavi Karnapura’s Chaitanya-candrodaya-natakam, for example, we see bhakti personified as a character in a play. In the modern era, Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Bhakti-tattva-viveka describes her as a

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