Simple heartedness is not simple mindedness (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 20, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07, Text 19

Some people think that the path of bhakti is too simplistic and so is meant for sentimental non-intellectual people.

However, the simplicity characteristic of bhakti is not simple-mindednessbut simple-heartedness. Let’s understand the difference between the two:

Simple-mindedness: In much contemporary intellectual discourse, the mind refers to the intellectual faculty, as when a thinker is honored as “one of the greatest minds of the century.” In this parlance, simple-mindedness refers to intellectual naiveté, the inability to reason critically and coherently. Only the most historically ignorant people can claim that bhakti is for the simple-minded. The leading exponents of bhakti like Ramanuja, Vyasatirtha and Jiva Goswami rank among the best minds that the world has ever seen, as even a cursory perusal of their intellectual works will reveal. That even the simple-minded can practice bhakti is evidence of its inclusiveness, not its non-intellectualness.

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