by 200-hour Purple Lotus Yoga student

Bhakti Yoga: The Religion of Love

Bhakti Yoga is the path of pure spiritual devotion, love, and surrender. It is known as the most natural path of yoga for those who are seeking emotional fulfillment and well-being.

“Bhakti” is a Sanskrit word meaning “devotion.” It is through the devotion to a life of love over all other emotions, particularly anger, that leads one to a successful practice of Bhakti yoga.

In Bhakti Yoga, everything is but a manifestation of the divine and all else is meaningless, including the ego. This is based on the doctrine “Love is God, and God is Love.”

The Bhakta (a Bhakti yogi) experiences separation and longs to meet or even just get a glimpse of the divine. Anything but would be considered meaningless. For example, food, sex, sleep, attachments, and responsibilities are no longer important.

In a practice of Bhakti Yoga, a continuous flow of love and life force brings about a super-conscious state of awareness which is generally called a mood, or bhava. Therefore, a Bhakta is constantly in a kind of walking, meditative state – always making positive choices that cultivate acceptance and tolerance. This is said to be the ultimate expression of unconditional love.

There is nothing higher than love, and Bhakti Yoga is the religion of love.

Bhakti Yoga is different from Jnana (wisdom) because knowledge and wisdom only provide an awareness of the cosmic principle. Bhakti Yoga lets one see the absolute manifested in all experiences. In fact, Jnana is one of the benefits that come from a devoted Bhakti Yoga practice.

In other words, Jnana intensifies Bhakti.

Bhakti advises its students to open their hearts to the sacred and be open-hearted in their most intimate relationships. In return, Bhakti softens the heart and removes jealousy, hatred, lust, anger, egoism, pride, and arrogance. It infuses joy, divine ecstasy, bliss, peace, and knowledge. All cares, worries, anxieties, fears, mental torments, and tribulations vanish entirely.

The devoted Bhakta is free to live a life of ultimate happiness – delighting in an existence of everlasting harmony with all living things.

{Editor’s Comment}  How do YOU practice bhakti? Share with us in the comments section.