“There are different types of mind. People have different tastes, tendencies, temperaments, inclinations and capacities for Sadhana. So various paths are necessary although the goal to be reached, i.e., Self-realization is always the same. The path of Bhakti Yoga is open to all and it is the easiest path for God-realization in this Iron Age. Anybody can become a devotee. No distinction of caste, colour or sex finds a place in the realm of Bhakti. Devotion has nothing to do with age, caste, position or rank in life. The desire for liberation alone makes one a fit person for developing devotion and taking up the path of Bhakti Yoga. Merits acquired in the previous births generate devotion in the heart of a man in the following birth. Liberation comes to him who is devoted to the Lord.
Navavidha Bhakti or nine models of devotion should be practiced by all aspirants in the path of Bhakti Yoga. They are:Sravanamhearing the lilas of the Lord, Kirtanam singing His praise, Smaranam remembering God, Padasevanam worshipping the lotus feet of God (service of humanity, country and poor people), Archanam offering of flowers, Vandanam prostration, Dasyam service, Sakhyam friendship and Atmanivedanam complete self-surrender.”
Sadhana – Swami Sivananda
Chapter Fourteen, Bhakti Yoga Sadhana
Essentials in Bhakti Yoga Sadhana
Interested in Exploring Bhakti Yoga?
Visit us at the Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. Bhakti Yoga is incorporated into all we do in many ways. For example, we hold Satsang several times a week. Satsang includes chanting and kirtan, group meditation and a spiritual talk or story. We also have a Puja each Saturday morning, a lovely ceremony whereby we chant and offer flowers and milk to various deities.
Both Satsang and Puja are beautiful ways to experience Bhakti Yoga, purify the mind, open the heart and uplift the spirit. They are always offered free of charge. No previous knowledge required. Everyone is always welcome. Join us!