Bhagwa Na Sri has mentioned three yogas in the Bhagavad Gita, one of which is Bhakti Yoga. A person can choose any yoga to pursue his spiritual path, but my own belief is that Bhakti yoga must be done along with it. By Bhakti Yoga, love, loyalty, and firm belief in God are created in man, due to which the Yamas and Niyamas under Ashtanga Yoga are automatically corrected.
Form of Devotion:
Bhakti is the subtle love string tying the hearts of the devotees with the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord. Devotion is the name of deep devotion and ultimate attachment to God. Devotion is the ultimate love for God. That pure, unselfish divine love is pure love. It’s love for love’s sake. There is not the slightest feeling of desire or reward in it.
It is not possible to describe that elevated feeling. It has to be experienced sincerely by the devotees. Bhakti is the sublime emotional, pure, higher wave that the devotee receives from the Lord.
In this, to experience God as one’s own and without getting attached to any external subject, keep deep love in that one subject. It is the undivided love of God in which only that one is experienced.
The main purpose of Bhakti Yoga.
The main concept of Bhakti Yoga is with the exclusive feeling. Not bringing into the mind the feeling of anyone other than the supremely revered God is called an exclusive feeling. God is attained only by exclusive devotion and devotion. For the attainment of the Supreme God within whom the whole world exists, it must be done through devotion.
Surrendering everything to the omnipotent, omnipotent Almighty God, to be ever content and always remembering Him with exclusive love in all respects is exclusive devotion. Through this exclusive devotion, the seeker can attain his worship, the Supreme God. Along with having an exclusive mind, the feeling of surrendering to the Lord is essential for Bhakti-yoga.
Distinctions of Bhakti
There are five types of devotion –
1. Apara and Para Bhakti
A devotee is new in Apara Bhakti. He performs rituals and worship. He rings the bell, applies sandalwood to the idol, and offers flowers, Arghya, Naivedya, etc. His heart was not big.
Para bhakti is Nirguna bhakti, which is beyond the three Gunas. He is the willing and unbroken live-stream of God. That is unrestricted devotion to God. He is sitting in the desire of the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord. He does not even wish for Kaivalya’s liberation. He wants pure divine love.
2. Ragatmika and Vidhi Bhakti
In Ragatmika Bhakti, there is no bondage of the customs, customs, and rules of the society. There is a free flow of divine love in him. The devotee does not worry at all about the beliefs of society. He is as simple as a baby. For his beloved or presiding deity, he pours out his love with full speed.
In Vidhi Bhakti, the devotee follows various types of rules of conduct and worship. There are some restrictions for that. The innocent Gopis of Vrindavan and Goddess Meera had Ragatmika devotion. Meera was the queen, yet she did not care for society, relatives, or even her PTI in the slightest.
3. Sakamya and Nishkamya Bhakti
Sakam Bhakti Worshiping God out of the desire for wealth, desire for a son, for the purpose of getting rid of sorrow or disease is a fruitful devotion. Sakam Bhakti gradually turns into Nishkaam Bhakti.
Nishkam Bhakti Dhruva Kumar used to do only fruitful devotion. Initially, he went to the forest with the desire to seize the kingdom as told by his mother, but after seeing Hari, his devotion became selfless. All his desires were destroyed.
4. Adulterous and adulterous devotion
Adultery devotion is to love God for some time and to love wife, son, wealth for some time is adulterous devotion.
Adulterous Bhakti Keep in mind that love for the only God forever and ever is adulterous devotion.
5. Sattviki, Rajasic and Tamasi Bhakti
In Sattvik bhakti, there is a predominance of sattva quality in the devotee. He worships God in order to please God, to eliminate his desires, and for similar purposes.
In Rajas Bhakti, there is a predominance of Rajoguna in the devotee. The devotee worships God for wealth, wealth, name, and fame.
In Tamas Bhakti, Tamoguna prevails. The devotee has the qualities of violence, malice, egoism, asuya, anger, etc. Worshiping God in order to destroy one’s enemy and to seize someone’s property by an undisturbed path is tamas bhakti.
The Five Kantakas of the Path of Bhakti:
There are five obstacles in the path of devotion and they are – pride of caste, pride of knowledge, pride of position, pride of form, and pride of youth. If you want to become Harimay, then these five prides have to be removed.
Five Inner Enemies –
There are five internal enemies that hinder progress in devotion. They are lust, anger, greed, attachment, and aversion. They have to be done away with celibacy, forgiveness, dispassionate thoughts, pure love, and service.
Five External Enemies –
A man who is on the path of devotion has five external enemies – cinema, sex, obscene songs, Rajas food, and novels, which are full of sexual and provocative subjects. If you want to move forward on the path of devotion, then these five must be mercilessly disposed of.
Eight Characteristics of Bhakti
Tears coming from the eyes, blinking, trembling, crying, laughing, sweating, fainting and disorientation – these eight symptoms are found in the development of devotion.
Things needed to attain God
Let us know by keeping in mind what are the things in Bhakti Yoga, God can be seen –
- Devotion should be selfless.
- Devotion should be adulterous.
- Devotion should remain uninterrupted in oil flow.
- The seeker should be virtuous.
- In Bhakti, there should be utmost devotion and faith and burning dispassion and thoughts for the vision of God.
Bhakti Yoga is such a path where the seeker does not get any kind of trouble and just has to surrender himself to that Supreme God. Everything else is handled by God Himself. Therefore, special importance has been given to Bhakti Yoga in Kali Yuga.