akiñcana-bhakti

(‘devotion that does not ask for anything else’)

From the beginning two main currents of religious thought have existed in the Hindu scriptures: that of jñāna (knowledge) and that of bhakti (devotion).

The schools of devotion advocate that bhakti is the direct means to mokṣa (liberation) and even go to the extent of stressing that it is much easier than jñāna.

A devotee of God can cultivate bhakti for several reasons: to get over his troubles, to get wealth, position or pleasures of life or to realize God. It is the last category that is bhakti in the real sense, the others being just trading in religion. A true devotee of God, called ekāntin, wants Him and Him alone and nothing else. Such a devotion is designated ‘akiñcana-bhakti,’ a devotion that does not want anything else from Him.