Bhakti-Sastras describes various forms of bhakti, interpreting the feeling of the
worshipper to wards the worshipped in terms of human relation- ship. The most important of
these forms are termed Dasya-bhava, Sakhya-bhava, Vatsalya-bhava, Sisu-Bhava, Kanta-bhava
and Madhura-bhava. When God is conceived as a person, the feeling of the worshipper
towards Him may be to start with, that of a servant to his master, as in the case of
Hanuman in the Ramayana.
Such a type of Bhakti is
known as Dasya - bhava. At a later stage it may be that of a man to his friend, as in the
case of Kucela in the Bhagavata Purana. Such a type of Bhakti is known as Sakhya-bhava. Or
it may be that of the parent to the child, as in the case of Sita or Rukmini. Such a type
bhakti is known as-Vatsalya-bhava. The opposite of this is Santa-bhava, the feeling of a
child to its parent exemplified in Rama
Krishna Paramahamsa's devotion to the goddess Kali.
Or it may be that of the wife to the husband, as in the case of
Sita or Rukmini. Such a type of bhakti is known as Kanta-bhava. Or, finally, it may be the
romantic love of the lover and the beloved, as in the case of Krsna and Radha. Such a type
of bhakti is known as Madhura bhava. Love of God is indeed like an ocean, and there are
as many forms of it as there are gulfs and bays in the ocean. Theoretically each bhakta
has his own form , bhakti, as each man sees his own rainbow.