The skillful practice of devotion and worship, e.g. Hare Krishna.
A branch or path of yoga. It is the path of love and devotion which sees the Divine in all of creation and places devotion to the Divine ahead of everything else. It provides us with an opportunity to cultivate acceptance and tolerance for everyone we come into contact with.
A type of yoga in which a person worships a god or goddess. The idea is to approach the divine being by showing one's love through by worship and by subordinating oneself. A modern version of bhakti yoga in the West is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, popularly known as the "Hare Krishnas." For a fuller explanation, go here.
Bhakti means, “love of God” or “love of Truth.” The first manifestation of this is desire for something more in life, for an ideal (ishta). Bhakti yoga practice systematically channels desire and emotion toward the practitioner’s highest ideal, beginning with the question, “Why am I here?” and ending with ecstatic union with the divine within.
The yogic path of love, involving devotional practices, meditation, chanting and singing in order to awaken love in the heart and open to the flow of divine grace.
is the way of love and the emotions. Love is the most powerful, positive and primary emotion. Our consciousness always expands in Love. Although this appears simple and easy, it is difficult because pure love is about letting go of the ego.
The spiritual discipline of devotion to a deity or guru.
a [path of love and devotion, traditionally considered one of the simplest paths to experiencing
The path of devotion followed by dualistic worshippers.
The path of devotion (see article on Yoga Paths).
the yoga of devotion.
union through devotion. Bhakti Yoga is the practice of devotional disciplines, worship, prayer, chanting, and singing with the aim of awakening love in the heart and opening oneself to God's grace. See Yoga Styles.
Yoga of devotion. One of the traditional monastic forms practiced at yoga ashrams.
literally "path of devotion" (love); in Hinduism, a spiritual practice in which one worships a deity through chant, prayer and song. In so doing, the deity is regarded as a personal savior rather than an impersonal, transcendent absolute.
("Yoga of devotion"): a major branch of the yoga tradition, utilizing the feeling capacity to connect with the ultimate Reality conceived as a supreme Person (uttama-purusha)
Bhakti yoga is a term within Hinduism which denotes the spiritual practice of fostering of loving devotion to God, called bhakti. Traditionally there are nine forms of bhakti-yoga. Bhakti yoga is generally considered the easiest of the four general paths to liberation, or moksha (the others being Karma, Raja and Jnana Yoga), and especially so within the current age of Kali yuga (according to the Hindu cycle of time).