“Bhakti is an inherent part of every individual. Bhakti, devotion, faith, or the ability to surrender, is the result of being open in mind and in spirit.”
– Swami Niranjanananda (Yoga Darshan)
Bhakti Yoga is a systematic means of channeling the emotions to assist in spiritual awakening. On a practical level it can give individuals the tools to transform troublesome emotions such as fear and anger and to focus this energy on a higher purpose. Bhakti means “devotion” in Sanskrit.
The practice of Bhakti Yoga from a spiritual perspective is focusing on serving the Divine, allowing the spirit of service and love to purify and transform us, resulting in noticeable changes in every corner of our being – from our innermost thoughts to our external interactions with others.
How, where and with whom we practice Bhakti Yoga will vary from individual to individual. It can be practiced in any service or relationship; it is about the attitude that we cultivate through practicing selflessness and compassion, not the context. Bhakti Yoga is practiced through Anahata chakra, as Anahata is where we purify our emotions. When Anahata chakra is purified we embody selfless love, compassion and devotion.