Yoga is pure spiritual devotion, of
love for God which is Love. The Deity is the beloved and the
devotee is the lover. In Bhakti yoga, everything is but a
manifestation of the divine and all else is meaningless, including
the Ego. When the
Bhakta is blessed by divine grace he feels an undivided union
and non-dual consciousness prevails. Bhakti Yoga is regarded
as the most direct method to merge in cosmic consciousness.
Bhakti yoga is based on
the doctrine "Love is God and God is Love". The
bhakta experiences separation and longs to meet or even just
glimpse his beloved. Nothing else attracts him, nothing else
holds his attention, all else is meaningless. Food, sex, sleep,
attachments, responsibilities - all are no longer important
in bhakti yoga.
Yoga is the most direct method, the shortest way to experience the divine. All
yoga and knowledge, jnana, rest on the
foundation stone of true faith, true devotion, true bhakti yoga. There is nothing
higher than love and Bhakti Yoga is the religion of love. To kindle the candle
of love with the spark of knowledge and to do the yoga of love or Bhakti Yoga.
In whatever form the Bhakta
finds the divine, all other forms are magically present. The
form literally becomes the deity, which in term becomes the
devotee. Knower and known, subject and object, deity and devotee
- all become One. This is the essence of Bhakti Yoga.
Knowledge and wisdom only
provide an awareness of the cosmic principle. Bhakti Yoga
lets one see the absolute manifested in all experience.