Happy Kartik to everyone on the East Coast!
Krishna says in Bg 4.39, “One who believes attains knowledge.” The Sanskrit word for ‘belief’, ’sraddha’ is actually an action word, the act of placing ‘dhā’ one’s śrad, trust, faith, heart, in something.
The word śrad is only used in compounds such as śrad-dhā, and is ‘probably’ cognate with, for example, the Greek kardía (cardiology) ‘heart,
and the Latin cor, ‘heart,’. (cf Spanish corazon, Portuguese coração, Italian cuore, French coeur, all meaning ‘heart.’)
Thus ‘putting one’s heart’ into bhakti brings knowledge (4.39).
This should not be misunderstood to mean that bhakti is merely an emotionalism. Krishna says at 7.19 that a wise person surrenders to Him, knowing that Vāsudeva is everything. Similarly, Krishna says Bg 10.10 we come to Him by buddhi-yoga, the practice of spiritual reason or analysis.
So, bhakti is a perfect integration of head and heart. One may give priority to the heart, but I like to think that when the greatest devotees such as Radha and the Gopis give their love to Krishna, they are simultaneously realizing something infinitely extraordinary about Krishna, and their love and realization are perfectly integrated in one experience.
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