Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam (Introduction - excerpt)
True bhakti or devotion is the perfectly non-dual love that we should each have for our own real self or essential being.
In other words, in order to succeed in our efforts to
know our real self and thereby to surrender our false
individual self, we must be consumed by overwhelming
love for our own true self-conscious being. True bhakti or
devotion is therefore the perfectly non-dual love that we
should each have for our own real self or essential being.
As Sri Bhagavan says in verse 9 of Upadesa Undiyar and
verse 15 of Upadesa Tanippakkal:
By the strength of [such ananya] bhava [the
attitude or conviction that God is not other than
ourself], being [abiding or remaining] in sat-bhava
[our natural state of being], which transcends [all]
bhavana [imagination, thinking or meditation], is
alone para-bhakti tattva [the true state of supreme
Since God exists as atma [our own real self or
essential being], atma-anusandhana [self-contemplation or self-attentiveness] is parama-isabhakti [supreme devotion to God].