What is bhakti yoga?
Bhakti yoga is
an aggregate of methods for forming in oneself the
emotional love for the Creator; it includes also
ritual forms of worshiping Him. One should
understand that realization of the goals of bhakti
yoga is not possible without, first, the development of
the organ of emotional love — the
and, second, in order to learn to love the Creator,
one has to learn first to love His Creation.
Bhakti yoga — devotion-love for God
of bhakti — devotion-love for God — was first
proclaimed by Krishna through the
11:54. … Only
love can contemplate Me in My innermost Essence and
merge with Me!
you do, whatever you eat, whatever you sacrifice or
offer, whichever feat you perform… — do it for the
sake of Me!
Seeking unity with Me, resolutely cognizing the
Atman, devoted the mind and consciousness to Me —
such a loving Me disciple is dear to Me!
12:20. … All
for whom I am the Supreme Goal… are dear to Me above
It is clear to everyone who has advanced
already on the Path of spiritual development that
without love for the Creator it is not possible to
achieve the Highest Goal of human life: that is
direct cognition of God in the aspect of the Creator
and mergence with Him.
It is the
emotions of love that help
consciousnesses to become closer to each other and
to unite with each other — consciousnesses of
ordinary people and Those Perfect Consciousnesses
that dwell in the Abode of the Creator.
So the task of every spiritual seeker is
to develop love-aspiration for the Creator that can
attract him or her to the Embrace of the main
Beloved and can help to abandon all earthly
attachments, all vices — so that there remain only
the Creator and devotional service to Him.
In this way one can achieve
of oneself — in Him. And then such a Perfect Soul
acts from within Him, helping others who have not
achieved the Highest Goal yet.
All who achieved the fullness of the
Perfection were bhaktas of the Creator.
Let us note that
Jesus Christ paid much
attention to this.
For example, in the New Testament there
are the following commandments:
“I give you a new commandment, that you
love one another!” (John 13:34).
“And above all things have fervent love
for each other…” (1 Peter 4:8).
“Beloved, let us love one another, for
love is of God, and everyone who loves has been born
of God, and knows God. The one who does not love has
not known God, for God is Love” (1 John 4:7-8).
“We have to love one another… If we love
one another, God dwells in us, and His perfect Love
is in us” (1 John 4:11-12).
“God is Love, and he who abides in love
abides in God, and God — in him.” (1 John 4:16).
“Owe no one anything, except… love” (Rom
“Love your enemies, bless those who curse
you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for
those who mistreat you and persecute you…” (Matt
“… If you love those who love you, what
reward do you have?” (Matt 5:46).
“He who says he is in the light and hates
his brother is in darkness until now” (1 John 2:9).
“Let your love be without hypocrisy!
Shrink from evil, cleave to good!
“Be brotherly loving one
another!…” (Rom 12:9-10).
Methods of development of the emotions of love
are also methods developed in religious movements
that contribute to the development of the emotions
of love directed toward God.
in Catholicism there are schemes of expressing
gratitude to Jesus for the feat of His earthly life,
compassionating Him with regard to His painful death
on the cross.
There are also
good Orthodox chorales.
meditations contributing to the development of
exalted love for God practiced in some Protestant
There are also
bhajans: short meditative formulas repeated many
times in the form of chanting. Their purpose is to
imprint in the consciousnesses of the participants
the state of reverence, gratitude for God and to rid
oneself of vices, to develop positive qualities in
one can mention mahamantra invented by Divine
Chaitanya; it praises the Creator of the Teachings
of bhakti yoga — Krishna. Mahamantra sounds as
Krishna — hare, hare!
Rama, Rama —
Its meaning is
the following: praise to Krishna Omnipresent! (Rama
beautiful bhajans performed by Avatar of our days
Sathya Sai Baba.
Also it is
very important that there is a way to accelerate
significantly the growth of the considered positive
qualities by stimulating directly the development of
the organ of emotional love — the spiritual heart —
with the help of special esoteric techniques.
One of such
techniques is Jesus Prayer — an attempt to invite
Jesus into the spiritual heart by repeating
frequently an appeal to Him: “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!…”
In this way, one can invite Jesus to enter one’s
anahata from behind.
Then one has
to grow oneself as a spiritual heart (with the help
of the methods of raja yoga and
buddhi yoga), which
becomes more and more subtle, — in order to become
capable of perceiving directly God.
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