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Regarding Satari

From: Eswar Josyula (
Date: Tue Oct 17 1995 - 07:50:58 PDT

I have the same problem in understanding difference between
bhakti and prapatti, as Ravi has.  Although, the bhakti/prapatti
terminology is commonly used only in Srivaisnavism, the concepts
are common to all.

As I understand, Bhakti is an individual's effort in developing
relationship with God.  This includes the different kinds of 
sadhana or devotional services.  So it appears that bhakti is
initiated by the individual.  Prapatti, on the other hand is initiated
totally by God only.  In prapatti, God as the Supreme controller
initiates or accepts service as He only knows how and why.

The key concept here is whether an individual has even a little
freedom to as he/she wishes to do or is that also controlled by God.

Please correct me, as necessary.

-Eswar Josyula