The Narada Bhakti Sutras (aphorisms of Divine Love) were first expounded by Devarishi Narada, thousands of years ago, on request from Maharishi Ved Vyas in Badrikashrama. Maharishi Ved Vyas asked Narada, “Man seeks freedom. This seeking without devotion is dry. Many paths lead to freedom but they have importance only in so far as they are auxiliary to devotion. I, therefore humbly ask you to me the virtue of devotion.”
In reply Sage Narada explained all aspects of the Path of Divine Love through 84 sutras (aphorisms). These aphorisms are referred to as ‘Narada Bhakti Sutras’. The Bhakti Sutras of Sage Narada, considered to be the best guide on the path of devotion, stand out for their clarity, simplicity and internal coherence.
Art of Living Blog presents the English translation with the original Sanskrit Sutras on Bhakti as expounded by sage Narada. (For a deeper understanding do check out a deeply moving series of talks by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji on the path of Love)
The first 24 sutras deal with the nature of Bhakti
Next 9 sutras (25-33) explain why the path of Bhakti is superior
Next 17 sutras (34-50) describe the methods by which bhakti can be cultivated and practiced
Next 16 sutras (51-66) gives the sign of true devotion
Last 18 sutras (67-84) glorify those who have reached the pinnacle of devotion.