Bhakti Yoga

The term Bhakti is used in a variety of ways, and the following excerpt comes from the official website of Radhanath Swami:

  1. Most simply, bhakti refers to the common religious devotion that is held in the heart of a devoted person of any spiritual faith.
  2. Bhakti can also refer to a practice of yoga (Bhakti-yoga), a spiritual discipline meant to bring one to a state of pure love of God.
  3. More specifically, the term Bhakti can refer to the devotional interpretation of Vedanta. Vedanta is the most popular of India’s six classical schools of philosophy and the primary influence in Hinduism.
  4. Bhakti also is used to refer to a trend within the history of Indian spirituality – the Bhakti Movement.
  5. Finally, the word Bhakti refers to the perfected state of consciousness – exclusive and continuous love of God, the natural condition of the soul; eternal, enlightened bliss.
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