|(i) Bhakti comes from the Sanskrit term 'bhaj', meaning 'to derive or share'. This suggests an intimate/two-way relationship between the deity and the devotee.|
|(ii) Bhakti is directed towards Bhagwat, which is often translated as God but also means the one who possesses and shares bhaga, literally "good fortune' or 'bliss'.|
|(iii) The devotee, known as the bhakta or the bhagavata shares his or her chosen deity's bhaga.|
|(iv) Bhakti is generally understood as a person's devotion to his or her chosen deity. Anybody whether rich or poor, belonging to the so called 'high' or Tow' castes, man or woman could follow the path of Bhakti.|
|(v) According to this system, if a devotee worships the chosen deity with a pure heart, the deity will appear in the form in which he or she may desire. So, the deity could be thought of as a human being, lion, tree or any other form.|
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