Bhakti Yoga

The word „bhakti“ comes from the root „bhaja“ which means to adore, to love or to serve.  Bhakti yoga is therefore often called the yoga of devotion and is equated with devotional rituals. However, this is only a very narrow and limiting view.

Through bhakti yoga the practitioner learns to channel his emotions and feelings into the desired direction and experiences an uplifted and refined state of consciousness. To see divinity and transendence in each person is the real goal of bhakti yoga.

Methods of bhakti yoga:

  • Meditation to use the power of emotional energy
  • Chanting of mantras, bhajans and kirtans to open the heart
  • The study of biographies and stories of realized masters
  • Satsang (spiritual teachings of a master)

How can bhakti yoga be integrated into daily life:

  • Positive environment: Connect to people who inspire you and support you on your path. Avoid people who take advantage of you and hinder your development.
  • Positive attitude: Try to cultivate a positive inner attitude and identify with your strengths.
  • Honesty: The absence of prejudice and arrogance leads to a pure mind.
  • Union with fellow human beings: Develop the feeling that all beings are interconnected.
  • Contentment: Judge your life situations in a realistic way. Accept the good things in your life and let go of the doubting mind.

Literature: Bhakti Yoga Sagar Series