The appropriate question to pose would be, \u2018Bhakti \u2013 What can it NOT achieve?\u2019 At the offset, what is Bhakti? Traditionally several explanations are offered to explain what comprises bhakti. Some state Bhakti is devotion to a personified Godhead, while others maintain that Supreme Wisdom must be defined as Bhakti. To put it in a nutshell, Bhakti is a consuming fire of the soul that takes several forms. In the great Yogic masters, it takes the form of yearning for union with a higher force. In the Karma-Yog\u012b, Bhakti becomes inextricable dedication to his duty. In a devotee of a personal God, Bhakti becomes an all-consuming love for that beloved Godhead. Bhakti can be as simple as pure love for a friend and as profound as the yearning for one\u2019s soul. No description is comprehensive and no description is entirely false. \u0100di \u015aa\u1e45kara says, \u0905\u0919\u094d\u0915\u094b\u0932\u0902 \u0928\u093f\u091c\u092c\u0940\u091c\u0938\u0928\u094d\u0924\u0924\u093f\u0930\u092f\u0938\u094d\u0915\u093e\u0924\u094b\u092a\u0932\u0902 \u0938\u0942\u091a\u093f\u0915\u093e \u0938\u093e\u0927\u094d\u0935\u0940 \u0928\u0948\u091c\u0935\u093f\u092d\u0941\u0902 \u0932\u0924\u093e\u0915\u094d\u0937\u093f\u0924\u093f\u0930\u0941\u0939\u0902 \u0938\u093f\u0928\u094d\u0927\u0941\u0903 \u0938\u0930\u093f\u0926\u094d\u0935\u0932\u094d\u0932\u092d\u092e\u094d\u0964 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u093e\u092a\u094d\u0928\u094b\u0924\u0940\u0939 \u092f\u0925\u093e \u0924\u0925\u093e \u092a\u0936\u0941\u092a\u0924\u0947\u0903 \u092a\u093e\u0926\u093e\u0930\u0935\u093f\u0928\u094d\u0926\u0926\u094d\u0935\u092f\u0902 \u091a\u0947\u0924\u094b\u0935\u0943\u0924\u094d\u0924\u093f\u0930\u0941\u092a\u0947\u0924\u094d\u092f \u0924\u093f\u0937\u094d\u0920\u0924\u093f \u0938\u0926\u093e \u0938\u093e \u092d\u0915\u094d\u0924\u093f\u0930\u093f\u0924\u094d\u092f\u0941\u091a\u094d\u092f\u0924\u0947\u0965 a\u1e45kola\u1e41 nijab\u012bjasantatirayask\u0101topala\u1e41 s\u016bcik\u0101 s\u0101dhv\u012b naijavibhu\u1e41 lat\u0101k\u1e63itiruha\u1e41 sindhu\u1e25 saridvallabham| pr\u0101pnot\u012bha yath\u0101 tath\u0101 pa\u015bupate\u1e25 p\u0101d\u0101ravindadvaya\u1e41 cetov\u1e5bttirupetya ti\u1e63\u1e6dhati sad\u0101 s\u0101 bhaktirityucyate|| Bhakti is a constant tug at the heart, drawing one towards the creator \u2013 much like the tug that inexplicably attaches the A\u1e45kola seed to its tree trunk, the tug that draws an iron needle to the magnet, the love that binds a noble wife to her beloved husband, the inexorable entwinement of a creeper and the tree it rests upon, the inevitable magnetism between the river and the sea. - \u015aiv\u0101nandalahar\u012b, 61 1. It is believed that the seeds of the A\u1e45kola tree that are exposed from insects consuming the fruits, return to stick to the tree trunk when rains begin. The seeds then sprout around the tree and grow into separate trees at the base of the parent tree. A glorious example of such a constant and undying love for the creator was personified by Kannapan. To the undiscerning, Ka\u1e47\u1e47appan was a hunter who was neither read in the scriptures nor given to any form of penance. The Bh\u0101rat\u012bya tradition however, glorifies Ka\u1e47\u1e47appan as one amongst the sixty-three Tamil \u015aaivite saints. In a small village called U\u1e0dupp\u016br near modern day K\u0101lahast\u012b was a hunter-chieftan, N\u0101gan. His son was the valorous Ti\u1e47\u1e47an, a precious son begotten by the grace of Almighty, after many years of yearning on the part of the parents. N\u0101gan annointed him chief of the huntsmen tribe and Ti\u1e47\u1e47an set out along with a few others, for his first hunt as chief. In the thick of the forest, an engrossed Ti\u1e47\u1e47an was separated from his kinsmen, as he raced after a scurrying wild boar. He managed to catch up to the beast by foot of the hill and to shoot it down, when his eyes fell upon an exquisite \u015aiva-Li\u1e45ga. Ti\u1e47\u1e47an was smitten. One of the tribesmen alone, who had managed to keep pace with Ti\u1e47\u1e47an, stood there, a witness to the inexplicable love that welled up within Ti\u1e47\u1e47an. Unable to tear himself away from the Li\u1e45gam, Ti\u1e47\u1e47an asks his tribesman to leave for U\u1e0dupp\u016br and to inform his parents that he had decided to stay on in the forest. Ti\u1e47\u1e47an became consumed with the \u015aiva-Li\u1e45gam. To him, the Li\u1e45gam was not just a phallic representation, but a living receptacle of his undying love. He conversed with the Li\u1e45gam as he would with a comrade. He inquired of the Li\u1e45gam, \u2018are you hungry? Do not fret; I shall bring you the juiciest meal in a jiffy.\u2019 He would leave in order to hunt prey and would return with freshly hunted meat in his hands, water from the river in his mouth, and wild flowers carried in the matted locks of his hair. He would offer the best portion of the meat to the Li\u1e45gam, spit the water upon it as consecrated offering, and shower the Li\u1e45gam with the wild flowers preserved in his matted locks. A pious preist who had been worshipping the Li\u1e45gam for long, once arrived when Ti\u1e47\u1e47an was away hunting, and was aghast at the sacrilege. He initially believed the meat had been scattered by wild beasts. When the priest found meat at the altar everyday, he became deeply pained. He bemoaned the sacrilege and pleaded with the Lord, \u2018who has dared to defile thee thus?\u2019 The Lord appeared in the dream of the priest and said to him, \u2018do not mistake the offerings to be sacrileges against me. Th offerings are in fact an outpouring of unimaginable love and adulation. If you wish to see the extent of the devotion of my dear devotee, hide behind the bushes tomorrow and watch.\u2019 The next morning, the priest did as the Lord had instructed him to, and watched with horror, as Ti\u1e47\u1e47an offered meat and spat water unpon the \u015aiva-Li\u1e45gam. Ti\u1e47\u1e47an began entreating the Lord with loving words. He said, \u2018Eat, my Lord. This is the delicious meat of the forehead of a plump wild boar. I can assure you it is delicious because I tasted it first\u2019. As he entreated the Lord thus, blood began trickling down the left eye of the Li\u1e45gam. Ti\u1e47\u1e47an was alarmed. He rushed towards the Li\u1e45gam and tried to wipe the eye with his garment. He then rushed into the forest and brought medicinal herbs to apply to the bleeding eye. When the the bleeding did not abate, he pulled out an arrow and gouged out his left eye. He then placed the eye as a replacement for the diseased eye of the Lord. Much to Ti\u1e47\u1e47ana\u2019s delight, the bleeding ceased immediately and Ti\u1e47\u1e47an danced in joy. Within a few seconds however, the other eye of the Lord began bleeding. Ti\u1e47\u1e47an was not fazed. He rejoiced on the other hand, for he had another eye to offer. He placed his left foot (along with the sandals) upon the eye of the lord so that he would be able find the spot when he was blind. He drew out an arrow from his quiver and readied himself to gouge his right eye out, when the Lord burst forth from the Li\u1e45gam with the words, \u2018halt Ka\u1e47\u1e47appa; halt. You are henceforth Ka\u1e47\u1e47appan\u2019. Glorifying Ka\u1e47\u1e47appan and the power of such love, \u0100di \u015aa\u1e45kara says, \u092e\u093e\u0930\u094d\u0917\u093e\u0935\u0930\u094d\u0924\u093f\u0924\u092a\u093e\u0926\u0941\u0915\u093e \u092a\u0936\u0941\u092a\u0924\u0947\u0930\u0919\u094d\u0917\u0938\u094d\u092f \u0915\u0942\u0930\u094d\u091a\u093e\u092f\u0924\u0947 \u0917\u0923\u094d\u0921\u0942\u0937\u093e\u092e\u094d\u092c\u0941\u0928\u093f\u0937\u0947\u091a\u0928\u0902 \u092a\u0941\u0930\u0930\u093f\u092a\u094b\u0930\u094d\u0926\u093f\u0935\u094d\u092f\u093e\u092d\u093f\u0937\u0947\u0915\u093e\u092f\u0924\u0947\u0964 \u0915\u093f\u091e\u094d\u091a\u093f\u0926\u094d\u092d\u0915\u094d\u0937\u093f\u0924\u092e\u093e\u0902\u0938\u0936\u0947\u0937\u0915\u0935\u0932\u0902 \u0928\u0935\u094d\u092f\u094b\u092a\u0939\u093e\u0930\u093e\u092f\u0924\u0947 \u092d\u0915\u094d\u0924\u093f\u0903 \u0915\u093f\u0902 \u0928 \u0915\u0930\u094b\u0924\u094d\u092f\u0939\u094b \u0935\u0928\u091a\u0930\u094b \u092d\u0915\u094d\u0924\u093e\u0935\u0924\u0902\u0938\u093e\u092f\u0924\u0947\u0965 m\u0101rg\u0101vartitap\u0101duk\u0101 pa\u015bupatera\u1e45gasya k\u016brc\u0101yate ga\u1e47\u1e0d\u016b\u1e63\u0101mbuni\u1e63ecana\u1e41 puraripordivy\u0101bhi\u1e63ek\u0101yate| ki\u00f1cidbhak\u1e63itam\u0101\u1e41sa\u015be\u1e63akavala\u1e41 navyopah\u0101r\u0101yate bhakti\u1e25 ki\u1e41 na karotyaho vanacaro bhakt\u0101vata\u1e41s\u0101yate|| A pair of sandals that walks the streets became the crown of the Lord. Water spat from the mouth became verily (waters offerd in) ceremonial bathing. A morsel of meat that was offered after it had been tasted was transformed to a freshly-prepared consecrated offering, and an uncouth forest dweller was transformed into a crestjewel amongst devotees. What indeed is beyond the reach of Bhakti?! - \u015aiv\u0101nandalahar\u012b, 63 2. The one who placed his healthy eye upon the diseased eye of the Lord.