(Ātmā Nivedana): “Self-offering,” one of the aspects of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion). It means the total surrender of the ego and the unconditional worship of the Divine (a surrender to God). Through atma nivedana, the devotee enters the immortal body of God—a total surrender of the individual consciousness. This condition is found mostly during samadhi (states of ecstasy). It is one of the nine anga (limbs) of Bhakti Yoga expounded by Rupa Gosvamin (a devotional spiritual master of the Vaishnava tradition) in his work Bhakti Rasa Amrita Sindhu (“The Ocean of the Immortal Essence of Devotion”).
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