Bhav Meaning

bhāv or bhāva - भाव

What is bhav? Spiritual feeling (1) or attitude (2); devotion (3); the religious attitude of immersing oneself in the thought of God. (4)

According to Swami Kriyananda, bhav has multiple levels of meaning. It is the way one views God, and also the way one views oneself in relation to God. One can view God as wisdom, as love, or as a particular deity. Each of these is a type of bhav. (4)

For example:

“When [Paramhansa Yogananda] was in the bhav, or attitude, of wisdom, he was like a Himalayan yogi in a cave.”
—Swami Kriyananda, A Handbook on Discipleship

  1. Faith is My Armor, Devi Novak. Chapter 17, “Who Is Swami Kriyananda.”
  2. The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Swami Kriyananda. Step Eight: II. Yoga Postures.
  3. Letter written by Swami Kriyananda for Lahiri Mahasaya’s birthday in 1995 (published June 2011).
  4. a b Rays of the Same Light, Swami Kriyananda. Chapter 35, “The Supreme Secret of Success.”