Bhakti Yoga's Ease of Practice

Every meditation practice stresses continuous practice. If you stop practicing, your progress is slowed, stopped or it may even revert.

For example, a concert pianist still practices hours every day. If he stops, his skills would diminish.

If a hatha yogi stops doing her physical practice of asanas, slowly she will lose her flexibility and strength.

All accomplishments that require practice, including meditation, are subject to our physical and mental limitations. If a person has a physical handicap, she can't become accomplished in asanas. If someone has a mental handicap, he is incapable of meditating properly.

But everyone has a heart that is longing for love. This is not a skill we need to develop; it is our inborn nature and our deepest desire - to love and be loved. We can offer our full loving affection, even if our body and mind are imperfect and limited.

Offering your emotions is the heart of bhakti meditation. This makes bhakti the easiest path for everyone, and it is, in fact, the ONLY path the joins a soul with God.

Krishna summarized the essence of the Gita and the meaning of yogi in the 18th Chapter. He said, "Ajrun, remember Me with love. Be my bhakta, My devotee." (18/65)

Then His final words were, "Stop following all the different dharmas except for one: surrender completely to Me. With My grace, I will remove all the consequences of action that are binding you in this material world, and I will grace you with Divine realization." (18/66)

Bhakti yoga means to join one's feelings of loving affection with God with a desire to receive His Grace. When this feeling of loving attachment is for God alone, then this is the state of complete surrender. At this point, a soul fully receives God's grace and that enlightens his senses, mind and intellect with Divine realization.

Any other practice must be combined with bhakti.

Karma yoga means performing one's duties in the world while reserving one's loving attachment for God.

Gyan yoga, kundalini yoga, kriya yoga, raja yoga etc. mean combining any physical practice of asanas and pranayama or any kind of nondual meditation with loving devotion and a desire for God's grace.

Bhakti yoga means combining worshiping rituals prescribed in the Vedas with a feeling of loving remembrance of God or just having a feeling of loving remembrance.

So either you can combine bhakti with another type of meditation, practice or worship, or you can practice bhakti alone.

In this sense, bhakti is completely independent and doesn't need the support of any other practice, but every other practice must include bhakti if you wish to attain Divine realization as it is described in the Vedic scriptures.

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