Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga is all about getting in touch with the Divine Being by following the outpourings of one’s heart. The term ‘bhakti‘ can be roughly translated to mean ‘devotion’, and this emotion coupled with the Christian concept of faith leads to a state of mind which can be described as being immersed in bhakti.

Bhakti yoga, or devotional yoga, is the most natural path for those who are dominantly seeking emotional fulfillment and well being.

This is perhaps the easiest of the varieties of yoga, because it does not involve any highly technical and complicated procedures, nor does it call for any special intellectual capacity on the part of the student. It has a tremendous appeal to the common man, because it develops a feeling of security in the devotee (bhakta) who has a kind of reliance and dependence on the object of his devotion. It is based on the conviction that there exists a higher power (called God) that has wilfully created the universe, and that this power, which is all-powerful and merciful, may shower grace and mercy on the devotee, thereby protecting him from harms and evils.

All that the devotee is expected to do is to make himself fit for obtaining the grace and mercy of God, the Supreme Creator, through devotion and the practice of virtue. The devotee aspires to become ultimately one with the object of devotion, resting eternally in peace and happiness with Him. The devotee surrenders all his motives and acts to the Divine Power, and renounces all responsibility towards the good or bad consequences of what he does, in the name of the will of the Supreme. Devotion and faith are observed to play an important part in religion, and the devotee is usually a religious person, who is supposed to develop friendliness to all human beings, abstain from doing any harm to others, read religious literature, concentrate on the symbol of the Supreme, and so on. The widespread appeal of Bhakti Yoga is largely drawn from the element of simplicity, which is a characteristic mark of it.