Yoga is the Spiritual discipline of devotion or love and attachment
directed only to God. It is the devotion to one's personal God in
one of the forms. This is in contrast to the formless and impersonal
supreme divinity of the Jñana Yogin and the Advaithin. At
times, the concept of a personal Deity is erroneously described
by some as a projection of the human mind. Hinduism does support
such a view.
to Advaitha or non-dualism, the supreme impersonal Divinity or Brahman
appears as God in various forms through its own inscrutable creative
power, the Yoga Maya. The devotee sees everything as a manifestation
of God, and there is no place for jealousy, hatred, anger, greed
or egoistic pride. The discipline of Bhakthi is the easiest and
most natural of all yogas. It does not demand any change or suppression
of desires or any normal human impulses. It only calls for the devotees
to turn them towards God. The devotee sees God in every thing and
every thing in God.
Some times, imperfect knowledge leads one to be narrow minded, and
to consider his devotion and his ideals are superior. It shows a
dislike to the religious ideals of others. This leads to hatred,
cruelty, war and blood shed through fanaticism. The doctrine of
Bhakti Yoga does not support this action. They see God everywhere.
the initial or preparatory phase of Bhakthi, one desires for the
spiritual discipline and prays to one of the several forms of God
in addition to all their materialistic way of life. In the advanced
stage, the devotee feels God within himself and everywhere around
him. He will be always happy and nothing shakes his beliefs or makes
him sad. In Bhakthi doctrine, a devotee may see God in ever so many
forms all the time in their prayers.
inner attitude that expresses this relationship is called Bhava.
They see Him as a Master, as a mother, as a child, as a brother,
as a father, as a servant, as a friend or even as a husband or lover
with the devotees as the girl friends who totally surrender all
of themselves. They consider the path of devotion [Bhakthi] is the
ultimate way to reach salvation, after following the path of selfless
duty [Karma] and obtaining knowledge [Jñaana] of the Divine
as the Supreme Reality.