To spread the original, universal and eternal truth, path or law of yoga, which remains forever the same in essence, yet always adapts to the time and place.
Bhakti 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.
Bhakti 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.
The above overview on Bhakti Yoga was extracted and synthesized by Wil Geraets from various sources, among which the following are the most important :
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Sanatan Society is an international networking association of students of the late Harish Johari, joining efforts to promote his teachings of yoga philosophy, tantra, worship, art and love. Sanatan Society stands for the original, universal and eternal truth, path or law of yoga. Though it is Hindu in origin, Sanatan Society is not limited to any religion, race, time or country, nor in fact to any particular organisation. More about Sanatan Society...