Yoga refers to any process of linking, or uniting, to the Divine. Bhakti yoga, often calledthe “yoga of the heart”, refers to the process of uniting oneself with the Supreme through love and devotion. In many traditions it is also considered the easiest and most effective way to ignite one’s forgotten relationship with the Divine.
In desiring to practice bhakti yoga, there are a few principles that one accepts to take action on this path.
1) The understanding that we are a soul, not a body. In accepting that one’s true nature has an eternal, spiritual identity, one contrasts this with the temporary needs and activities of the body, and begins to put energy into the spiritual activities and needs of the soul.
2) The understanding that the Absolute Truth is ultimately personal–that we have a dynamic, interactive relationship with the Supreme Source, and that our actions, and our love and sincerity, affect this relationship. Just as in any relationship, interaction with and knowledge of the other person combines with mutual giving and receiving to strengthen the love and ultimately, the oneness and connection of the two parties.
3) The understanding that everything that exists emanates from this Supreme Source–or God–,is controlled by him, is his energy, and belongs to him. In this way the practitioner recognizes that nothing is his own, that everything must be offered back to the Supreme. In devoting everything to the One who creates, maintains, and controls everything, the yogi reawakens the divine relationship, and in return–as lovers reciprocate–he becomes eternally and irrevocably connected to that unlimited spiritual field of knowledge, bliss, and eternity.