Bhakti Yoga



Bhakti Yoga is one of the main yogic paths to enlightenment. Bhakti means "devotion" or "love" and this path contains various practices to unite the one's self with the Divine. Bhakti Yoga is considered the easiest yogic path to master and the most direct method to experience the unity of mind, body and spirit. Bhakti Yoga complements other paths of yoga well, and it is said that jnana will dawn by itself when you engage in the devotional practices of Bhakti Yoga.

Devotional Practices

Shravana - "listening" to the ancient scriptures,
Kirtana - "singing" devotional songs,
Smarana - "remembering" the Divine by constantly
Padasevana - "service at the feet" of the Divine,
Archana - the "ritual worship" of the Divine through practices such as puja,
Vandana - the "prostration" before the image of one's chosen image
Dasya - the "unquestioning" devotion of the Divine involving the cultivation of serving
Sakhya - the "friendship" and relationship between the Divine and the devotee,
Atmanivedana - the "self-offering" and complete surrender of the self to the Divine.