At first I disagreed with her statements about devotion being required for the path until she further defined what she meant.
Love of service and love of knowledge are also devotion.
Without love for something, why would you pursue it?
Devotion from the heart, dedication from the mind.
She objects to Bhakti being associated only with Vaishnavas (like followers of Krishna) and Kirtan. She observes these are just 2 forms of expression.
You don’t have to choose one object of devotion. It is all aspects of the Divine.
Similarly, she objects to conditional devotion where it becomes too prescribed. This deity is just for removing obstacles, for example. This is like calling your friend only when you need your computer fixed.
She’s not suggesting you shouldn’t call on a deity with specific expertise. Only not to treat them as tools of personal convenience.
As she points out, it’s an inner commitment and openness to the process that brings results, not surface performance.
She compares Bhakti to Tarka, perfected reasoning. Finer and finer discernment, discovering what is awareness itself.
Without love of awareness, you get sucked into the drama of the maya /mind. The more you make it an intellectual process, the more you’ll get frustrated.
Bhakti comes in your form, what you bring to it.
Kavitha teaches an effortless meditation practice and various courses on devotional practice. I’ve written a half dozen articles on her work. Just search Kavitha here to find more.