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Spiritual Meditations (18 Mar 2013 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • @logic
    did u read comment given by ramu prasad. Bhakthi movement started from Tamil Nadu around 600 CE even Islam not born by alwars and nayanmars. Ramnuja came the order of alwars.
    Did you ever read history of Ramanda. He came to south India and became the disciple of order of Ramnuja.
    It is always bogus claim like saying bible corrupted , then suftsam inspired India because india has no religion likewise.

    By dharamaraj - 6/14/2014 1:28:00 PM

  • Mr dharmaraj, Ramunaja belonged to the twelfth century while in India sufis came from Middle East and Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran before tenth century. Later, Bhakti Movement got steam inspired by Sufism. Sufi Ali Hujweri was born in Pakistan in 990 and died in 1077 while Ramanuja was born in 1017 and died in 1137.
    By logic - 6/14/2014 8:09:50 AM

  • apropos the bhakti movement curbing the caste system.

    nothing (bar nothing) could touch caste system. it still intact today. even among the indian migrants to europe and americas. caste system is not going anywhere.

    infact whatever religion came and addressed this issue simply copoted the caste system in its own religious heterodoxy.


    there are castes among muslims in india, bangladesh and pakistan. in go, the christians are divided into forwrad caste christians and backward caste christians and scheduled caste christians. in addition, the muslims as well as the christians among the scheduled castes want a seperate slice of the reservation cake.

    it is less than honest to claim that either islam or christianity weakened the caste system. quite the contrary. caste system weakened islam as well as christianity.

    if anything, today, the caste system is quite strong and vigorous and thriving both among muslims as well as christians.

    By hats off! - 6/14/2014 4:44:06 AM

  • Ramanada clearly said that he brought devotional movement from dravida(Tamil Nadu). He was also disciple of order of Ramnuja. Ironically, the auther claimed bhakthi movement inspired by sufti movement. Actually sufi movement inspired by bhakthi movement like qur-on inspired by jewish riddles. In India , north part not only there but south part there. Always mutual contact between south and north there.

    By dharamaraj - 6/14/2014 12:53:51 AM

  • It looks like your dates etc are completely off.

    The Bhakti movement is generally believed to have begun in S. India around 600-700 CE.

    If you read literature from Karnataka (Basavashawara and the Sharnas - various versions of the spelling exist)  you will see that they peaked around 1100 CE; having been around as a school of thought for some time before that.

    In Tamil Nadu, the Bhakti movement existed around 600-700 CE.

    By Ramu Prasad - 6/13/2014 9:29:27 AM


    By Robin - 5/15/2014 9:40:34 AM

  • Dr Mahmood Islahi is absolutely right in his saying that: "The message of the sufis of the subcontinent who believed in sulh-e-kul spread all over and captivated the Hindus and Muslims alike. With their compassion and sympathy for the downtrodden and the poor both from Muslims and Hindus, they had become a rallying point for the people from all castes and religions".
    Perhaps, it was due to influence of Sufis that the torch-bearers of Bhakti movement taught that people could cast aside the heavy burdens of ritual and caste, and the subtle complexities of philosophy, and simply express their overwhelming love for God 
    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 3/21/2013 6:33:43 AM

  • Varsha Sharma, You are absolutely right. Bhakti movement was a reformist movement that played a crucial role in curbing the prevalent caste ideology in Hinduism So, the Bhakti movement has its own importance to save Hinduism.
    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 3/20/2013 11:46:14 PM

  • भक्ति आन्दोलन मध्‍यकालीन भारत का सांस्‍कृतिक इतिहास में एक महत्‍वपूर्ण पड़ाव था। इस काल में सामाजिक-धार्मिक सुधारकों की धारा द्वारा समाज विभिन्न तरह से भगवान की भक्ति का प्रचार-प्रसार किया गया। यह एक मौन क्रान्ति थी।

    By Varsha Sharma - 3/20/2013 11:35:56 PM