On any spiritual path, including bhakti, there are three factors involved: the practitioner, the practice, and the goal to be achieved. To be successful in one’s spiritual practice, one must have a clear understanding of all three of these factors.
This book primarily focuses on providing authoritative knowledge about the practitioner, the
jīva. Knowledge about the
jīva is gained from
śāstra. However, if one does not know how to interpret it properly,
śāstra can be misunderstood. It is for this reason that there are differences of opinion about the nature of the
jīva in different groups of spiritualists. In this book, some basic principles are discussed that govern how
śāstra is meant to be understood at different levels and how its true intentions are realized.