What is Bhakti Yoga?

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain, American writer

Each and every one of us is looking for the answer to the question ‘Why?’ at some level or the other – either consciously or subconsciously. Some of us actively pursue avenues that we hope may lead us to the answer. Others merely experience the lack of purpose in life as unhappiness, dissatisfaction or a lack of fulfillment despite our earnest endeavours for happiness.

So, why is it that this question regarding the purpose of our existence has continued to possess humans across the planet, irrespective of nationality, ethnicity or gender, even going back to antiquity? It is because all of us possess that innate wisdom within, which is beyond our physical selves, that tells us there is something higher than the mundane pursuits of our existence.

Ancient Vedic wisdom very elegantly lays out the various means to achieve what we seek. The most celebrated of all such means is the path of  “Bhakti Yoga” – The Science of Loving Devotion. The various practices defined in Bhakti Yoga methodically bring us to the platform of knowledge about our selves and all of creation, step by step. It teaches us the all important lesson of how to love for the sake of love, without ulterior motives.  It guides us towards the essential qualities that we need to develop for self-realization, and then shows us how to transcend all of them to achieve perfection. Ultimately, Bhakti Yoga brings us that ever-lasting sweet bliss, that is greater than anything we could have desired.

Bhakti Yoga is not just a path, it is an experience that mere words cannot describe. As they say, ‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating.’

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