Sanskrit Yoga Glossary

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    Word 'bhava'




    1. Inner feeling.
    2. Attitude.
    3. Right intention or mental disposition.
    4. Purity of thought.

    Additional Explanation(s)

    The term bhava is usually used when expressing a particular relationship with God.

    For Vishnu devotees the five main bhavas or attitudes to God are Santa (peace), Dasya (servant), Sakhya (friend), Vatsalya (mother to child), and Madhurya (lover).